There was never much doubt who would win on Thursday night (Dec. 1) as the University of Dallas women’s basketball team dominated the Knights of Southwestern Adventist University, winning 83-23.
It could have been an even greater difference, but Coach Greta Grothe emptied the bench, to give every player on the team at least ten minutes of playing time.
“It makes a coach happy when you can get everyone above ten minutes of playing time,” Grothe said.
The Crusaders were simply bigger, stronger, faster, and more athletic than the Knights. They jumped out to a 20-2 lead and had a 28-5 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Junior forward Michelle DeCoud dropped ten first quarter points and senior forward Seana Stoia had seven.
“Michelle and Seana continue to be beasts on the block,” Grothe said.
The Crusaders forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter as well, and 27 for the game.
“Defensively I thought we played very well,” Grothe said.
There was one particular stat, however, with which Grothe was most pleased.
“The biggest thing that I’m ecstatic about is that we had 28 assists and 9 turnovers, that makes a coach extremely happy,” Grothe said. “When you have 28 assists, that means we’re sharing the ball.”
The win was Dallas’s fifth in a row to improve their record to 5-1.
“I think we’re getting better with each win,” Grothe said, adding that the team feels more and more confident as the wins keep on piling up.
“I’m excited,” she said when discussing the team’s prospects, “but we have to keep playing well.”
The Crusaders travel to Dallas Christian College on Wednesday, Dec. 7 before traveling up to Colorado Springs after final exams for their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) match against Colorado College Dec. 16.