(Hammond, Indiana) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball lost to fellow conference foe Purdue Calumet on the road Saturday Afternoon.
The Saints battled well early on, but just couldn't keep up down the stretch losing to the Peregrines of Purdue Calumet University 87-60 Saturday afternoon.
The Saints opened up the game very well grabbing an early 10-6 lead on the Peregrines after sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Indiana) off of a nice pass from sophomore guard Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Indiana).
The game went back and forth until Purdue Calumet grabbed the lead off of a 3 pointer from Stephanie Beck breaking a tie at 18-18 and giving the Peregrines a 21-18 lead with 8:33 left in the half. The Peregrines never relinquished the lead for the rest of the game.
The Saints entered the locker room down twelve points as the score was 38-26 in favor of Purdue Calumet. The Saints still felt that they were in striking distance if they could limit their mistakes in the second half.
"We came out playing pretty well, but we gave them too many second chances off offensive rebounds towards the end of the half that allowed Purdue Calumet to build a bigger lead going into halftime," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
Purdue Calumet scored 11 first half points on second chances. Limiting second half points was the main focus for the Saints coming out of the locker room in the second half, but Purdue Calumet still showed muscle in paint in the second half as well.
Holy Cross cut the lead to seven points after a Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Indiana) lay-up with 16:16 remaining in the game. That was the closest the Saints got for the rest of the game as Purdue Calumet went on 21 to 10 run in over the next seven minutes to widen the gap to 18 points. The Peregrines would expand that lead to twenty seven points when the final buzzer sounded with a final score of 87-60.
"The game came down to Purdue Calumet doing a nice job of attacking the basket, and battling on the boards. They had 19 rebounds and shot 34 free throws. You cannot allow that to happen in any game, and especially on the road if you want to be successful," said Coach Litka.
Junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Michigan) led the Saints with 14 points. Megan Eve scored 12 points, and Lindsey Steffen chipped in 11 points respectively for the Saints.
The Saints record drops to 1-2 in the CCAC, and 3-11 overall. Holy Cross takes a twelve day break over Christmas before returning to action against Marygrove on the road at the Indiana Tech Shootout on December 28th. Holy Cross will play back to back days as they play the hosts Indiana Tech the following day.