Crusaders eliminated from conference play

Rory MacCallum, Contributing Writer

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It has been an up-and-down season for the University of Dallas women’s basketball team. Lately, there have been plenty more downs than ups: Dallas suffered their sixth consecutive loss at the hands of the Southwestern University Pirates in the Crusader’s final outing at the Maher Center for the 2015-16 season.

The loss came with even more bad news, as it officially eliminated Dallas from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The top six teams in the eight-team league qualify for the tournament, and even though the Crusaders currently rank sixth in the league, they will be leapfrogged by seventh-place Centenary College, who earns an automatic-bid as the host school.

After a tight first quarter, in which Dallas trailed by four, everything unraveled in the second quarter as the Pirates outscored the Crusaders 7-22 in the ten-minute stanza, and it would not get better for Dallas as they ultimately fell 53-71.

The Crusaders were dominated inside as Southwestern outrebounded them 24-49 and added 22 second-chance points to the Crusaders’ 11. One positive for Dallas was their turnover battle win whichin something they have struggled with all season. They forced 24 Southwestern turnovers compared to just 16 for the home team, but it proved inconsequential.

“We had a poor second quarter, and we came out of the half and battled, but it was just too late,” first year Head Coach Greta Grothe said.

Junior guard Lindsey Gendron led the Crusaders with 15 points off the bench, but they came on just four of 20 shooting from the field. The rest of the stat sheet was pretty bleak for the Crusaders, who shot just 30% from the field compared to a 45% clip for the Pirates.

Despite the losing streak and having nothing to play for on paper, junior guard Holly Tonry says the team isn’t ready to mail in the remaining two games.

“We have a few games left in the season which we are preparing for,” Tonry said. “And we’re ready to get a W.”

They will play their last match of the season against Austin College this Saturday, Feb. 20, in Sherman, TX.

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