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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – While knocking down shots was a difficult task for the Holy Cross women's basketball team in Saturday afternoon's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) matchup against Trinity International, the effort on the defensive end was the opposite. The Saints forced 25 Trojan turnovers, including 16 steals, on their way to a 63-52 victory. Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Saints offensively while senior Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) matcher her career-high with six steals. With the victory, the Saints improve to 5-12 overall and 2-4 in the CCAC.
The Trojans kept the Saints on their heels for the majority of the first half in Saturday afternoon's CCAC meeting with a four-point lead following the basket from Bri'ana Rowland. The Saints were able to respond, however, off several mistakes by the Trojans. TIU turned the ball over 17 times in the first half as the Saints responded by converting them into 12 points. Kari Barnes and Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) each scored a team-high five points in the first half to help the Saints take a 29-21 lead to the break. Lindsey Steffen did not have much success scoring the ball in the first 20 minutes but was able to contribute significantly on the defensive end. Steffen ended the first half with just two points on 0-for-7 from the field, three rebounds and five of the Saints 13 first half steals.
Four minutes into the start of the second half the Saints were able to have their first double digit lead of the game following a three-pointer from Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) to make it a 41-30 score. Two free-throws from Steffen helped cap off a 7-0 run to increase their lead to 16 points with 12:17 remaining. The lead would get as large as 17 points before a late 14-4 run by the Trojans cut it to just seven with 2:05 remaining.
The Saints stayed composed down the stretch despite the late run by TIU. Sophomore Kari Barnes put the stamp on the game with a late layup to put the Saints up 63-50 before Clarissa Woodard hit a jumper to bring us to the final score of 63-52.
The defensive effort continued to be strong for the Saints in the second half as they scored six points off of eight TIU turnovers for a total of 18 for the game. Their 16 steal effort was the second most of the season trailing only the 21 steal performance against Andrews University.
Kari Barnes led the way scoring for the Saints with 15 points, 10 coming in the second half, off 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 from distance. Barnes also knocked down all five free-throw attempts for the game.
Lindsey Steffen proved her effectiveness on both ends of the floor. After struggling to knock shots down consistently, Steffen was able to find other ways to be productive. She finished shooting just 1-of-11 from the floor but got to the free-throw line 10 times while making seven. Additionally, Steffen grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, dished out a team-high four assists and matcher a career-best with six steals.
Jillian DeLucia, on her mother's birthday, was one of three others besides Steffen to record at least two steals. DeLucia also scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line.
- All 10 players who saw action in the game scored at least two points.
The Saints will travel to Palos Heights, Ill. on Wednesday for their lone meeting this season with CCAC North Division opponent Trinity Christian College. The Saints are 4-3 all-time against the Trolls and have won the last three meetings.