Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team closed out the week on Saturday afternoon playing host to No. 17 ranked Roosevelt University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. A strong first half showing helped lift the Saints to a 36-31 halftime lead before the Lakers took control in the second half with 51 points as they defeated the Saints 82-69.
Trailing by four in the early stages of Saturday afternoon's meeting with Roosevelt, the Saints got a big lift from junior Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Ind.) inside. The Lakers opened up with an early four-point lead before Gondeck helped jumpstart an 8-2 run to give the Saints a 16-10 lead. Roosevelt would respond to the early Saints run, however, and would take the lead twice in the first half. Trailing by two with five minutes remaining in the half, Maggie Gondeck rallied off six consecutive points for the Saints as they retook the lead at 29-25 with 3:10 remaining.
Two free-throws by Jennie Van Hook cut the Saints lead to two points before senior Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) banked a deep three-pointer as time expired to close out an impressive first half performance against the No. 17 Lakers. Maggie Gondeck went 8-for-11 from the field in the first half for 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the way. DeLucia contributed with six points off the bench with two three-pointers.
It was in the second half where the Lakers began clicking on both ends of the floor. Shana Anderson (Bourbon, Ind.) gave the Saints an early five-point advantage before the Lakers rallied off 12 straight points to take a 45-38 lead with 16:27 to play. The Saints would cut the Lakers lead to four points following the basket from freshman Shelby Nelson (Mishawaka, Ind.), but an ensuing 9-0 run from Roosevelt extended their lead to 13 at the midway point of the second half.
Despite the Surge from the Lakers, the Saints continued to chip away. After playing just five first half minutes due to foul trouble, senior Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) was aggressive in the second half. Steffen got to the foul line 10 times in the second half and knocked down eight attempts.
With the clock winding down, the ability to get to the foul line by the Lakers proved to be too much. Roosevelt scored 51 points in the second half with assistance of a 24-for-29 (82.8%) performance at the free-throw stripe. The strong shooting first half by the Saints was challenged in the second half as they were held to just eight made field goals. Roosevelt also forced 13 turnovers in the second half which they converted into 18 points. In the end, the Saints fell to the Lakers 82-69.
Tamburrino was one of five players from Roosevelt to reach double figures in scoring. She finished with a team-best 17 points. Maggie Gondeck grabbed her second double-double of the season after finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Lindsey Steffen contributed with 15 points and eight rebounds.
- The Saints grabbed 55 total rebounds in the game, their second most total this season.
- Maggie Gondeck set a new career-best with points after her 21-point performance.
- Shana Anderson made her first career start in the game. She finished with five points and a career-high six rebounds.
The Saints (5-14, 2-6 CCAC) will hit the road next week for two games beginning on Wednesday, January 22 against No. 6 Cardinal Stritch (17-1, 8-0 CCAC). Stritch holds the all-time series advantage at 7-1, but the Saints won the last meeting on Jan. 27, 2013 at McKenna Arena 63-61.