Crusaders cruise to an easy victory

Rory MacCallum, Contributing Writer

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The University of Dallas women’s basketball team toppled Southwestern Adventist University this past Monday night with a score of 56-39. It was never much of a contest as the Crusaders quickly jumped out to a 10-2 lead.

Sophomore forward Michelle DeCoud had another big night, dropping 18 points, while going 9 of 12 shooting, despite playing just 17 minutes. The Crusaders were able to give the entire team significant playing time in the game.

The Knights of Southwestern Adventist really struggled against UD’s 2-3 zone. The Crusaders were able to jump the passing lanes throughout the night and racked up a season-high 19 steals, creating easy transition opportunities. The Knights gave up 28 turnovers total for the game.

Head coach Greta Grothe was pleased with the team’s effort and that the whole team was able to play and contribute.

“It was a great chance for our young kids to show what they’ve been practicing,” Grothe said.

DeCoud was the only Crusader to crack double figures in scoring, but ten of the 12 Crusaders made the stat sheet in that column. It was certainly a balanced effort.

This was the first game of a five-game road trip for UD. This weekend, the Crusaders travel to San Antonio, Texas and Kerrville, Texas to take on Trinity University and Schreiner University, the two teams they played this previous weekend. After falling to Trinity by a 46-point margin, the Crusaders bounced back to beat Schreiner in the waning seconds. The Crusaders have now won two games in a row and five of their last six and, as Coach Grothe put it, they have “great momentum going into this weekend.”

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