Sports Information Director
ELGIN, Ill. – The Holy women's basketball team rallied from a six-point first half deficit to knock off the Judson Eagles 70-68 on Monday night in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) added her fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds off the bench while Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) contributed a season-high 17 to guide the Saints to their third win in four games.
The Saints found themselves trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half of Monday night's conference showdown with the Eagles before a 21-11 run over the course of 11 minutes cut it to a 38-32 halftime score. Lindsey Steffen provided a spark for the Saints off the bench in the half finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes of action. Jillian DeLucia also had her shot falling in the first 20 minutes going 5-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from distance for 12 points as the rallied to just a six-point deficit.
Judson continued to hold an advantage throughout much of the second half before a 12-2 run by the Saints, capped off by a jumper from Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) gave them their first lead of the game at 58-57 with less than five minutes to play. A timely steal by DeLucia on the Eagles ensuing possession was capitalized by a Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) three-pointer to give them their largest lead of the night at four points.
After Hailey Cnota knocked down a late three-pointer to give the Eagles a two-point advantage with three minutes to play, Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, Mich.) and Kari Barnes responded with five straight points to bring the Saints lead back up to three with 2:01 to play.
With a three-point advantage with less than a minute to go, Diamond Courts knocked down 1-of-2 shots at the foul line to bring the Eagles within two. Jillian DeLucia came up clutch for the Saints as she knocked down a pair of free-throws to extend their lead to 70-66 with 10 second to go. Courts knocked down a jumper for the Eagles with just seconds remaining, only to bring them within two as the Saints dribbled out the clock for the 70-68 road victory.
Lindsey Steffen led the Saints with 22 points and 11 rebounds off the bench before fouling out in 24 minutes of action. Steffen also added three assists and two blocks. Jillian DeLucia added a season-high 17 points to go along with four steals while Kari Barnes added 11 points, nine coming in the second half.
- Lindsey Steffen added her fifth double-double of the season and 45th of her career.
- After her 11-rebound performance, Steffen sits at 998 career rebounds; the most in program-history.
- With the win, the Saints have won three-game in a month for the first time this season. They're currently 3-1 in the month of February.
- Jillian DeLucia has now recorded four or more steals in a game six times this season.
The Saints (8-17, 4-9 CCAC) will hit the road on Wednesday, February 12 for their final meeting of the season with No. 18 Purdue Calumet. The two last saw each other on December 15 where the Peregrines came out on top 74-59. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 pm EST.