Sports Information Director
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A quick start from the No. 4 ranked Davenport Panthers had the Holy Cross women's basketball team behind early in Friday evening's opening round of the Davenport Holiday Tournament. The Panthers controlled the game from start to finish, never giving up a lead, as the Saints fell 116-58. Holy Cross will close out 2013 and their participation in the Holiday Tournament on Saturday afternoon against Marygrove College.
The No. 4 ranked Panthers were quick to strike and had the Saints trailing by 11 points four minutes into the game. The Saints would get within eight points following a three-pointer from Kari Barnes, but it was an impressive final five minute stretch by Davenport that put the Saints in a difficult position at the end of the first half. Over this stretch, the Panthers outscored the Saints 26-2 as they took a commanding 62-25 lead to the break. Turnovers were a concern for Holy Cross in the first half as they gave the ball away 17 times for 26 Davenport points. In addition, the Panthers shot the ball extremely well from the field at 50.0% with 28 free-throw attempts compared to the Saints 28.1% shooting and eight free-throw attempts.
The Saints did a much better job in the second half at limiting turnovers but the dominance of scoring in the paint by Davenport helped the Panther outscore the Saints 54-33 in the final half. Struggles on offense still lingered for Holy Cross as they made just 11-of-36 (30.6%) attempts.
Kari Barnes scored 16 points with a pair of three-pointer to lead the Saints while Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half. Junior Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Ind.) rounded out the Saints player to reach double figures in scoring as she finished with 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) matched a career-best with 10 assists.
Davenport was effective on both ends of the floor shooting 54.5% from the field and registering 19 steals. Linnea Brandholm led all scorers with a game-high 17 points.
Holy Cross (3-11) will wrap up their participation in the Holiday Tournament and put a stamp on 2013 tomorrow afternoon against Marygrove College. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. EST.