Hendrix College allowed just 21 points, forced 14 turnovers and grabbed eight steals in the second half of its 71-51 non-conference victory over University of Dallas on Tuesday afternoon at Grove Gymnasium.
Christina Byler collected 16 of her game-high 24 points in the final 20 minutes.
Hendrix improves its overall record to 16-4 and owns an 18-2 all-time mark against Dallas (10-11 overall). The Warriors have won four-straight against the Crusaders over the past two seasons.
The two teams played an aggressive first half with five lead changes and four ties. Hendrix closed the half with eight straight points for a 36-30 lead.
A 3-point play the hard way and a shot from behind the arc from Byler put the Warriors up 42-32 with 17:36 remaining. The Crusaders got close as six points the rest of the way. Hendrix eventually led by a game-high 20 points with 51 seconds left on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Sam Deragowski.
Byler was 8-of-14 from the field and hit all five of her free throws. She ranks fourth in the nation in NCAA Division III with a 92.1 free throw percentage). She added 10 rebounds on the night for her seventh double-double of the year. Avery Roller matched her career-high of 13 points on three long balls and sophomore guard Jordan Henderson supplied 12 points. Caty Hensy pulled down a season-high nine rebounds, while senior guard Amanda Morris added seven assists.
The University of Dallas outscored Hendrix College, 11-2, in the final four minutes and Crusaders’ senior guard Jim Norton finished the run on two free throws with nine seconds left to give Dallas the 65-64 win on Tuesday night at Grove Gymnasium.
Hendrix (6-14) suffered its second loss to Dallas (11-11) this season.
Hendrix led 60-54 with 3:58 remaining until Dallas used a 3-pointer, a pair of jumpers and 4-for-4 shooting from the line in the last minute to make its game-winning run. The second half of action had seven lead exchanges and two ties.
The Warriors had the lead for the majority of the first half, including a nine-point advantage with 31 seconds left. Hendrix led 29-23 at the break.
Cal Rose led all scorers with 22 points (5-of-8 from 3-point land), while Nick Heathscott of St. Joseph scored 11 points and guard Ammon Martin of Conway High added 10 points. Janson Hightower dished added nine assists.
Hendrix teams trave to Jackson, Miss., Saturday for games against Millsaps.