(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team visited fellow conference opponent Trinity International today in CCAC action this Saturday.
It was a close game for the entire contest, but in the end the Saints came up short losing to the Trojans of Trinity International 87-85.
The game was hotly contested as the Trojans entered the break up 45-42. Holy Cross shot fantastic in the first half going 17-33 from the field which is good for 51.5 percent shooting from the floor. They went 6-10 from the three point line, and the game seemed up in the air heading into the second half.
"I thought we played a good first half offensively, but we need to clamp down a little better on the defensive end. I thought we were getting good looks, and knocking down shots, but we needed to be more disruptive in their offense to be successful in the second half," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
The second half proved to be as good as the first as each team exchanged buckets, and leads were exchanged for much of the game.
The Saints found themselves pulling away as they went up 9 points with 6 minutes to go. The Trojans took that lead down to 4 points with a one minute remaining in the game. After tying the game for the tenth time in the evening Holy Cross had the ball, and a chance to win the game outright. A jumper missed by junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) was rebounded by Trinity International with 16 seconds remaining. The Trojans hit a shot with 3 seconds in the game clinching the victory at 87-85.
"I thought we played pretty well, but just didn't make the plays down the stretch. We need to do a better of job of making those plays if we want to win on the road in the CCAC," said Coach Litka
Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) and Megan Eve (Scottsburg, IN) led the Saints with 19 points a piece. Eve went 6-7 from the three point line, and had the hot shooting hand on the night. Steffen also finished with 12 rebounds which was good for her ninth double-double of the season. Malinowski chipped in 18 points for the Saints in the losing effort as well.
The Saints are now 5-14 on the season and 2-4 in the CCAC. They play at St. Francis this Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.