News Photo
Kristin Nitka's 10 Points Helped Boost The Saints Over JU
Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 3, 2011
(Notre Dame, Indiana) The Saints continued CCAC play this afternoon by hosting the Judson University Eagles in McKenna Arena at the Pfeil Center.

The Eagles came into the contest with a record of (2-6 (0-1 CCAC)), and were trying to get a win from a Saints squad that defeated them twice in the regular season a year ago.

After trailing in the early going, the Saints put together a rally midway through the first half, and took the lead 13-12 on a 3-pointer by Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, Michigan), after a feed from sophomore Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Indiana), who was seeing her first significant playing time after beginning the season with an injury.

The Eagles responded with a run of their own, taking the lead 21-16 after a couple of layups on the break. The Saints kept the damage to a minimum, and started chipping away at the deficit as the opening period began to wind down. JU poured in four 3-point baskets during the remainder of the half, to stretch the lead to 34-24.
The Saints trailed 38-31 with sixteen minutes remaining in the game, before Kristin Nitka (Chicago, Illinois) and Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Indiana) went on an 11-2 run for the Saints, who pulled in front, going up 42-40 on Nitka's 3-point basket. Holy Cross never trailed afterwards, riding the momentum for a 57-53 victory over the Eagles of JU.
The always reliable Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Indiana) again accounted for a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Steffen also added 6 assists and a steal. Junior guard Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Michigan) was also in double digits for the Saints, scoring 11 points and dishing out 4 assists.
Francesca McCarthy (Terre Haute, Indiana) turned in some quality minutes as well, scoring 7 points, grabbing 5 boards, and recording 2 steals. Sophomore Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Indiana) had two clutch triples totaling 6 points, and Mary Fitzgerald accounted for 5.

The Saints move to 2-9 on the year overall, and temporarily claim at least a tie for second place in the CCAC Division II standings, at 1-1. The women return to action at home on December 8th against Andrews University in a non-conference matchup. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 PM.