(Chicago, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints women's basketball team continued their road trip in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday against (12) Saint Xavier University. A tough first half where the Saints shot just 4-of-29 from the field resulted in just 13 points for the Saints, their lowest of the season. Saint Xavier was able to take advantage of the poor shooting of the Saints and build up a lead they would never look back on. The Saints fell to the Cougars 88-54.
Trailing 10-2 within the first four minutes of the game the Saints struggled to respond to the early Cougar run. By the 13:47 mark the Cougar lead had reached double digits where it would not drop below the rest of the game.
Shots were not falling for the Saints in the first half, and it took till the 7:44 mark for the Saints to reach double digit points.
After their worst shooting half of the season, 4-of-29 (13.8%), the Saints entered the break trailing the Cougars 46-13.
The Saints got their offense going much more effectively in the second half only being outscored by the Cougars 42-41.
Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Mich.), who was held scoreless in the first half, scored 14 second half points on 5-of-9 shooting including knocking down 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc.
Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) also recorded double-digit scoring in the second half as she scored 10 of her 13 points over the last twenty minutes.
The Saints, despite the much better second half, fell to the Cougars 88-54, dropping their season record to 7-12 (3-8 CCAC).
A productive Cougar bench really hurt the Saints in the second half scoring 36 points which gave them a 51-20 advantage for the game.
The Saints road trip will continue as they are set to face cross-town rival Indiana University-South Bend on Thursday, Jan. 10th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST.