IRVING, Texas – The University of Dallas women's basketball team dropped a 91-50 final to 21st nationally ranked Trinity University in the Maher Center on Friday night. The Crusaders (3-8, 1-4 SCAC) could not slow down a Trinity (10-2, 5-0 SCAC) squad that attempted 85 shots thanks to 21 offensive rebounds and 20 steals that were part of 35 turnovers forced on UD. The Tigers shared the ball well with eight players posting three assists or more to contribute to the team's 28. The Tigers only shot 41.2 percent (35-85) overall and 27.9 percent (12-43) from long distance and they still eclipsed 20 points per period in the triumph.
Dallas did answer an 11-3 start to the contest by getting three-pointer by Beyonce Perry (Lake Jackson, MS) and later had back-to-back shots made by Vanessa Diaz (San Antonio, Texas) to move the margin in single-digits (23-15) with under 1:50 left in the opening stanza. The Crusaders allowed the next five points and Perry got ruled for an offensive foul after a made basket and free throw attempt was spoiled by the charge. Trinity went into the first break of the game up 28-15.
UD was outscored by just three in the second quarter (20-17) with Gracie Williams (Midwest City, Okla.) tallying eight points in that frame. Her trey at the 7:48 mark in the quarter sliced the deficit to 36-22, but the Tigers went on to charge into the locker room up 48-32. Trinity was in control the remainder of the game, outscoring the Crusaders 43-18 in the final 20 minutes.
Williams scored a team-high 14 points, while Perry also eclipsed double figures with 12 points. The two combined for all-but one of UD's treys in the game. Diaz added seven points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Panda Houseworth (Farmersville, Texas) delivered four assists to go with the point guard hustling down six rebounds. The home team was over 50 percent from the field for the first half and some of the third quarter, but would end the game at a 34.7 percent clip.
The Tigers held advantage on points off turnovers (37-2), second chance points (17-2), points in paint (44-16), and fastbreak points (18-5). Their largest margin of a lead was the 41-point spread at the end of the buzzer. TU had 11-of-12 players in the box score with points, including a quartet in double figures. Abby Holland was a rebound shy of a double-double and joined Ashlyn Milton with 14 points to match a three-way tie for most individual points in the game.
Dallas hosts Schreiner University around 6 p.m. on Saturday and look to end a three-game slide in 2020.