CLAREMONT — The University of Dallas women’s basketball team (3-1) celebrated a 59-55 victory Nov. 24 over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College, and senior guard Kylie Yoshimura becoming the program’s all-time career assists leader.
Yoshimura, from Temple City, Calif., needed three assists to tie Kristy Malone’s previous mark of 442, and accomplished one better at 9:42 of the second-half. She finished with six assists in 37 minutes.
Not to be overshadowed was the fact Yoshimura recorded a game-high 17 points, helping Dallas overcome a 27-21 halftime deficit to defeat CMSC (1-3).
The Lady Crusaders converted on just 6-of-33 (18.2 percent) from the field in the initial half, but ramped things up in the second to 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) shooting.
With 10:38 remaining in regulation, CMSC claimed a game-high 13-point lead, but the Lady Stags soon thereafter went ice-cold from the floor.
Sparked by junior post Christy Allen (Burton, Mich.), Dallas deposited 14 unanswered-points over the next 6:21 to grab their first scoreboard advantage since 16:09 of the first-half. Allen ended with 12 rebounds (two offensive) and eight points in 31 minutes.
A pair of sophomore guards proved instrumental for Dallas, helping neutralize the 15-point output of CMSC’s leading scorer, Madeline Barnes.
Christina Kurt (Katy, Texas) guided the Lady Crusaders late, amassing eight straight points down the stretch. In 29 minutes, Kurt totaled 11 points and five rebounds (one offensive).
Emily Madden (Torrington, Wyo.) was the team’s third to enter double-figure scoring, tabulating 10 points and five rebounds (one offensive) in 27 minutes.
With a number of statistical categories proving nearly identical, Dallas gained separation at the free-throw line, netting 18-of-23 to CMSC’s 9-of-17.
Yoshimura had just come off being names the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s women’s basketball player of the week for games played Nov. 12 to 18. She averaged 15 points, 8.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in two games for Dallas, and guided the Lady Crusaders to a 2-0 record at the David Wells Classic in California.
Against Pomona-Pitzer, Yoshimura scored 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go along with 11 assists. She also added four rebounds and three steals in a 67-62 win.
Against CMSC, Yoshimura scored 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go along with six assists. She also added two steals in the 59-55 win.
On Nov. 28, Yoshimura poured in 15 points to tie for the game-high in Dallas’ 82-42 dismantling of Dallas Christian College.
Yoshimura’s eight assists were the high for the game. Allen contributed 14 points, while freshman guard Kurt tallied 11.
Leading 47-21 at halftime, Dallas shot 34-of-83 (41 percent) on the game. DCC was held to 14-of-57 (24.6 percent) and forced into 28 turnovers.
The Lady Crusaders boasted a 58-36 rebound margin, and claimed a 44-16 points-in-the-paint advantage.
The University of Dallas will enjoy a short break before returning to action against Centenary College of Louisiana on Dec. 15, to begin Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Play.
— University of Dallas Sports Information