Crusader women split on the road

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It was a weekend of mixed results for the University of Dallas women’s basketball team. The team was on the road for two important conference matches, traveling to Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and Southwestern (SU).

On Friday, the Crusaders faced off against the Bulldogs of TLU. The Bulldogs held the advantage throughout most of the first half, but the Crusaders were able to keep it close.

Freshman guard Madilyne Borjorn had a team high 10 points in the first half. The Crusaders were able to take the lead with a few minutes remaining in the half, but TLU had a big run to give them a 35-28 lead.

The Crusaders were able to change the course of the game in the second half by giving a tremendous defensive effort allowing just 17 points. UD closed especially strong in the fourth quarter, where they had a dominant  27-10 advantage in scoring.

Bojorn continued to have a strong game in the second half and finished with 19 points. She had an efficient shooting night, going 7 for 9 from the field, including five three-pointers.

The final score was 64-52.

Senior forward Helen Onyenso had a huge night on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds. Onyenso and freshman forward Vanessa Diaz contributed 14 points apiece.

Senior forward Michelle DeCoud was pleased with the performance  of the team in their victory.

“We played on Friday the way I’ve always known we were capable of playing,” DeCoud said. “Everybody was contributing in one way or another and we were mentally tough the whole game.”

On Saturday, the Crusaders had another conference matchup, this one with the Pirates of Southwestern University, facing their former Head Coach Greta Grothe. The game started out as a defensive struggle, as both teams had difficulty scoring. As the first half progressed, Southwestern began to pick it up offensively, while the shooting woes continued for UD.

The Crusaders went into the half down 16, and were trailing by as many as 20 in the 3rd quarter.

However, UD was not going to go down without a fight, and they managed to narrow the lead in the fourth quarter and actually outscored the Pirates in the second half.

The early deficit was too much to overcome, and the Crusaders fell short, losing 59-51. Onyenso led the team in both points and rebounds, recording 12 and 9 respectively.

The Crusaders will look to bounce back on the road next weekend during their next two conference matches against Centenary and Austin College.

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