Sports Information Director
WHITING, Ind. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team wrapped up their 2013-2014 season on the road on Saturday afternoon with a 72-58 loss to the Crimson Wave of Calumet St. Joseph. Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, Mich.) scored a team-high 12 points to lead the Saints (8-21, 4-13 CCAC).
After scoring the first points in Saturday afternoon's regular season finale, the Saints offense was stalled as Calumet St. Joseph rallied off 13 consecutive points to take an 11-point advantage at the 12:58 mark of the first half. Sophomore Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) jumpstarted a 13-2 run for the Saints with a three-pointer to tie the game at 15-15 with just over eight minutes remaining.
With the score tied at 15, the Crimson Wave quickly regained control and extended their lead to seven with 5:20 remaining. Over the last 5:20, the Saints scored just two points and found themselves trailing the Crimson Wave 38-25 at the half.
The Saints turned the ball over 14 times in the first half which the Crimson Wave converted into 10 points. Additionally, the Saints shot just 30.8% from the field.
Although the Saints continued to struggle shooting the ball in the second half, their ability to get to the foul line was very effective. After making just 7-of-31 (22.6%) from the field in the half, the Saints went 16-for-22 (72.7%) from the foul line over the final 20 minutes; accounting for nearly half of their point total for the half.
Calumet St. Joseph was able to keep their lead in double figures for the entire second half while extending it to as many as 19 points. Holy Cross got within 11 points early in the half following a three-pointer from Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.), but the Crimson Wave quickly responded to regain control on their way to a 72-58 victory.
Mary Fitzgerald was the lone Saints player to reach double figures in scoring as she went 4-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-4 from distance for a team-high 12 points. Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) added eight points and eight rebounds and Francesca McCarthy (Terre Haute, Ind.) contributed nine points off the bench.
- Shana Anderson (Bourbon, Ind.) grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench for the Saints. She's the seventh player this season to record 10 or more rebounds in a game.
- After handing out an assist in the game, Jillian DeLucia becomes the all-time leader in career assists with 377.
- The women's basketball team has now won at least eight games in all three seasons under head coach Aimee Niespodziany
- Lindsey Steffen ends the regular season one-point shy of 1,700. She leaves Holy Cross as the all-time leader in points (1,699) and rebounds (1,047).
Holy Cross will end the 2013-2014 season with a 8-21 record overall and a 4-13 mark in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), placing them 11th overall and sixth in the South Division. Due to tie-breaking rules, the Saints have made the conference tournament and will host Robert Morris University in the CCAC playoffs on Monday, February 24 at 6:00 pm EST.