Crusaders come up short again

Rory MacCallum, Contributing Writer

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The University of Dallas women’s basketball team dropped their fourth straight game on Sunday at the hands of the Centenary College Ladies. It was a tough weekend for the Crusaders, as they lost on the road to Centenary and Colorado, two teams they had beaten by 20-point margins earlier this season and teams they held long winning streaks against.

The win was just Centenary’s third in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play, and snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Crusaders. This came on the heels of the loss to Colorado College, which was just the Tigers’ fourth victory of the year and third in the SCAC, while also snapping a seven-game losing streak against Dallas.

The game began much like the first meeting between the two teams as Dallas jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. However, the home team fought back and took a 18-26 lead into halftime. The Crusaders came out like gangbusters in the second half, and a 6-1 run to end the third quarter gave them a 34-33 lead. There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, but the Ladies took a 46-47 lead with 3:23 left and would not relinquish it, eventually winning 50-54.

“I thought we battled the whole game, just timely mistakes cost us the game,” Head Coach Greta Grothe said. “But we’ve got a big weekend ahead this coming weekend so hopefully we can battle back.”

Sophomore forward Michelle DeCoud notched her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 8 of 12 from the floor, but as a team the Crusaders shot just 35 percent for the game.

The Crusaders sit at sixth place in the SCAC with a record of 3-8, just a half game ahead of bottom dwellers Centenary and Colorado. While the top six teams make the conference tournament, Centenary gets an automatic bid because they are hosting, so Dallas has some work to do in order to qualify, with only three conference games remaining. The Crusaders return home this weekend to face Texas Lutheran University on Friday and Southwestern University on Saturday.

 

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