IRVING, Texas - The University of Dallas women's basketball team fell to Southwestern University 55-38 on Saturday. The Crusaders (1-13, 1-5 SCAC) stumbled early and fell to a 21-9 deficit after one frame. After this mark, UD kept up with the Pirates attack down the stretch, but could not overcome the first quarter setback.
Southwestern University (6-9, 5-1 SCAC) started the opening period with a 13-2 run. The Pirates expanded that lead to 17-6 after a Naomi Brown layup. Alex Parkey (Henrietta, Texas) and Gracie Williams (Midwest City, Okla.) both made shots from the free throw line to help UD cut the lead to eight. A 4-0 SU run capped off by an Ifeoma Mbue layup took both teams to the second period.
Both teams traded buckets early in the second, but the Pirates gained momentum with a 4-0 run at the 6:47 mark. Coutney Maass made a three-pointer at the five minute mark to push the lead to 15 (30-15). The Crusaders found a run of their own with a trey by Williams and a lay-in by Jules Oliveti (Southlake, Texas) to cut the deficit to 10. At the 2:58 mark Southwestern got a layup to notch the 12-point halftime lead.
Oliveti got the Crusaders going in the third period with two layups to help UD get within eight points. The Pirates did not score until the 3:53 mark in the third, but unfortunately UD was unable to find a bucket. The Pirates finished the third quarter on a 10-2 run to grab a 42-28 lead heading into the final frame.
The Pirates expanded its lead to 51-32 midway through the fourth. A 6-0 run finished off by an Alexis Vera (San Antonio, Texas) layup helped UD get closer. SU finished strong with four-straight points to take the conference victory.
Oliveti led the Crusaders with career-highs in points (14) and rebounds (15) for her 2nd career double-double (1st on the campaign). Vanessa Diaz (San Antonio, Texas) continued her streak to 11 games scoring double-digit points with 10 points and securing six rebounds. Williams added seven points for UD.
Four different Pirates reached double-figures in points on the night. Courtney Maass led the quartet with 11, while Tori Carraway, Noel Pratts, and Naomi Brown all had 10. Kelsey Faykus led the team with eight boards to help SU win the rebound battle 42-34. The Pirates scored 27 points off of 23 UD turnovers, including 10 off the fastbreak.
Dallas will hit the road for two contests. The Crusaders will play at Texas Lutheran University on Friday (1/18) at 5:30 p.m. UD will then play at Southwestern University on Saturday (1/19). First tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.