HOW TO FOLLOW
UD Twitter: @UDallasSports
UD Facebook: University of Dallas Athletics
UD Instagram: udallasathletics
The University of Dallas women's basketball team prepares for its final pair of games at the Maher Center. On Friday, the Crusaders host No. 20 Trinity University around 7:30 p.m. and Schreiner University on Sunday around 2 p.m. Both tips follow the men's hoops.
Dallas completed a 1-3 road trip last weekend with two setbacks. The Crusaders dropped contests at Centenary College and Austin College. Vanessa Diaz (San Antonio, Texas) poured a personal-best 23 points in the Centenary game, while Michelle DeCoud (Monument, Colo.) scored double figures in both outings.
The Crusaders (8-14, 2-9 SCAC) are 5-6 at the home confines this season, but have dropped the last three games in Irving to opponents in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
SCAC CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
Change-For-Change is a national non-profit organization that inspires people to build a better world through giving. This organization is based on the idea that small change can be used to make big changes in our community. This year, Dallas' Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is partnering with Change-For-Change to help raise money for the Special Olympics, an organization that Division III athletics also partners with. Through your giving, we can help build our Special Olympics family and give back to our community.
DECOUD DALLAS RECORD UPDATE
- 129 blocks (1st)
- 518 Field Goals (2nd)
- 808 Rebounds (3rd)
- 1,268 Points (6th)
THREE THINGS TO KNOW FOR UD
- DeCoud ranks second in the SCAC with 8.9 rebounds-per-game and third for points-per-game (16.6) and field goal percentage (47.5). The senior is tied for third in blocks-per-game with a 1.5-clip.
- Helen Onyenso (Oak Park, Ill.) is the other player averaging double-digits in scoring with 10.2 points. The senior also is averaging 7.2 boards, which ranks fourth in the league. Onyenso has logged 81-of-159 rebounds on the offensive glass.
- A trio of players have eclipsed the century mark for rebounds. Besides DeCoud (195) and Onyenso, Jules Oliveti (Southlake, Texas) just achieved the feat last Friday at Centenary. She has 104 now.
EARLIER SEASON MATCHUPS
- The Crusaders were unable to overcome a slow start at No. 13 (at the time) Trinity University, and fell 69-49 in San Antonio. DeCoud, Onyenso, and Oliveti tallied 13 points apiece to match team-highs. The trio also earned double-doubles, with Oliveti grabbing a game-high 14 boards. Full Recap
- DeCoud compiled a career-high 37 points in the road matchup with Schreiner University, but it was not enough in a 72-60 result. The senior forward matched a personal-best 14 field goals and went 8-for-10 at the free throw line. However, Madilyne Borjon (San Antonio, Texas) and Celsi Caraway (Arlington, Texas) were the next highest scorers with eight. Full Recap
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Crusaders fell to both teams at home in 2016-17.
- Trinity (16-3, 9-1 SCAC) enters the weekend in 2nd in the conference standings. Schreiner (6-15, 4-6 SCAC) is fifth.
Dallas finishes the regular season on February 17th at Colorado College, which is the site of the SCAC Women's Basketball Tournament. The tip between the Crusaders and Tigers will be near 3 p.m. (MST) following the men's basketball game.