The University of Dallas women’s basketball team had a pair of conference games at home this past weekend.
On Friday they had a challenging task, hosting the Tigers of Trinity University, ranked the number 20 in the nation.
The Crusaders got off to a slow start offensively, only scoring 4 points in the opening quarter. However, they were able to stay in the game thanks to a strong defensive performance, limiting the Tigers to 10 points in the first quarter.
The second quarter featured more scoring from both sides, but UD went into the half trailing 28-19. It was in the third quarter that the Crusaders truly found their stride. They outscored Trinity by 9 in the quarter, tying the game as they went into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, it looked like anyone’s game, with the Crusaders scoring the first points to take a 42-40 lead.
However, mainly because of 28 points off of turnovers, the 20th ranked Tigers were able to squeeze out a seven-point victory.
Senior forward Michelle DeCoud led the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds. She was also a big factor defensively, with 5 steals. Sophomore guard Celsi Caraway contributed 14 points off the bench.
On Sunday, the team looked to bounce back against Schreiner for the final home game of the season.
The game started out very tight, with a 16-14 advantage to the Crusaders at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Crusaders were able to pull away more with a 10 point advantage in the period.
Up 34-22 at the half, UD controlled all the momentum of the game. They did not let it up for the remainder of the game and came out victorious, with a final score of 71-54.
The Crusaders were again led by Decoud, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman forward Vanessa Diaz made a big contribution with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Senior forward Helen Onyenso had a huge day on the boards, coming down with 15 rebounds.
Onyenso hopes that the Crusaders can carry the momentum from their well rounded victory into Saturday’s regular season finale against Colorado College.
“Definitely defense helped us out a lot, and our working the ball and shooting well,” Onyenso said. “Hopefully that will take us into next weekend for another dub.”
DeCoud reflected on what it was like playing her final home game.
“It meant a lot to finish strong at home, personally and as a team,” DeCoud said. “It’s a cliche, but you really don’t know how fast time goes by until it’s gone. Personally, I just tried to play my hardest and leave it all on the court.”