Holly Tonry, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas women’s basketball team was defeated in a close game against Texas Lutheran University on Friday evening. The Lady Crusaders set the tone early with a 4-7 lead in the first four minutes, but Texas Lutheran then countered and put the pressure on UD for most of the first half. By the end of the half, Texas Lutheran had posted an 11-point lead over the blue and white.
At the start of the second half, the lady Crusaders showed their resilience as they cut Texas Lutheran’s lead down to only four points. UD continued to attack and eventually tied the Lady Bulldogs with two minutes left in the game.
As the clock continued to wind down, the Lady Crusaders and the Bulldogs matched each other point for point. Unfortunately, after an exciting second half, Texas Lutheran came out on top with a 58-52 win over the Lady Crusaders. Notable performances came from junior Marleyna Bustamante, who led the scoring with 15 points, and freshman Darion Summers, who was close behind with 13 points.
The team then suffered another close loss against Schreiner University on Sunday afternoon.
Before the game, senior Christy Allen was honored for her four years of dedication to the team and the great leadership she has shown during her senior season. She continued to show her skill and leadership on the court during the game, scoring 15 points overall.
The Lady Crusaders put the pressure on Schreiner for most of the first half, until the Lady Mountaineers pulled away with an eight-point lead with two minutes left in the half. However, UD did not give up as it pushed to take the lead by scoring nine points in the last few minutes before the halftime break.
The Lady Mountaineers came into the second half by quickly taking a six-point lead over UD. The Lady Crusaders then settled down and continued to hang point for point with Schreiner for the remainder of the second half. The rally from UD was not enough, however, as Schreiner held its lead for the win (77-73). The Lady Crusaders hope to get back on track as they travel to play Centenary College of Louisiana and Austin College this weekend.