Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team returned to the hardwood for the first time in 2014 on Wednesday evening hosting Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph. A first half filled with 10 lead changes and several turnovers from both teams had it back-and-forth for the majority of the first half. It was in the second half, however, where the Crimson Wave took control offensively with a 50% shooting effort, including six three-pointers, to knock off the Saints 73-56 for the first time in 2014. With the loss, the Saints fall to 4-12 overall and 1-4 in the CCAC.
A slow start offensively had the Saints trailing 6-0 to open the game before the offense began to get in a rhythm. Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) scored four of the Saints first six points before Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) knocked down a three-point shot to give the Saints their first lead of the game at 9-8. After forcing a turnover on their next defensive series, Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) knocked down her first three-pointer of the game to extend the lead to 12-8. Both teams continued to exchange blows back-and-forth over the course of the first half resulting in 10 different lead changes. Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) gave the Saints their final lead of the half at 21-20 before the Crimson Wave closed out the first half, much to the help of miscues by the Saints, on a 10-2 run to take a 30-23 advantage to the break.
The Saints relied on their bench significantly in the first half as 13 of their 23 points came from bench personnel. Lindsey Steffen led the way with six points and six rebounds in the half. Crystal Daniels scored 16 first half points to lead the way for the Crimson Wave.
Calumet St. Joseph opened the second half with a 22-7 over the first nine minutes to extend their lead to 22 points following the fast break drive from Daniels. The Crimson Wave's offense was firing on all cylinders as they shot 16-of-32 (50%) from the field and 6-of-14 (42.9%) from distance. The Saints shot just 38.5% from the field but scored 10 points from the foul line. Turnovers were still an issue in the second half, however. The Saints gave the ball away 14 times in the second half for a total of 30 for the game. Of the 30 turnovers, the Crimson Wave were able to turn them into 38 points. In addition, Calumet St. Joseph grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the second half which were converted into 10 second-chance points.
Three Crimson Wave players scored at least 13 points in the game with Crystal Daniels finishing with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds. Kari Barnes was the lone Holy Cross player to reach double figures as she finished with 11 points. Lindsey Steffen added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists off the bench.
Lindsey Steffen has achieved over 1,500 (1,508) career points and 900 (910) career rebounds to lead both categories in a Holy Cross women's basketball career.
The Saints (4-12, 1-4 CCAC) will return home on Saturday, January 11 with a 1:00 start against CCAC-foe Trinity International (3-10, 0-6 CCAC). Following the home meeting, the Saints will play three of their next four games on the road.