(Notre Dame, IN) October 28th, 2009 will be remembered by many of the players, coaches, and anyone associated with the women's basketball program. History was once again made in the McKenna Arena Wednesday night in front of a large home crowd. The Saints hosted Grace College in their first ever varsity basketball game.
It took nearly five minutes for either team to score, but junior transfer Jalisa Edwards was able to get the the first basket of the game. On the next Saints possession freshman Brittany Davis knocked down a 3 - pointer and the Saints were off and running. Grace kept it close and took the lead midway through the first half on a pair of free throws by Emily Bidwell.
The Lancers built an 8 point lead and were commanding the pace of the game. The Saints made a late run in the half and managed to tie the game at 25 when Jacques Donaldson nailed a 3 - pointer with under a minute to go.
The jitters were gone with a half already played and the Saints came out firing going on an 8 - 0 run to begin the second half. Grace was able to cut the lead to four, but that was as close as they got. The Saints controlled the rest of the game stretching their lead to as many as 15. The game ended with a 68 - 56 victory for Holy Cross (1-0).
"This win is huge not only the women's basketball program, but also for the entire school," said Head Coach Matt Hunsberger. "The girls showed a lot of heart and the will to win. Our defense and rebounding won the game for us."
Brittany Davis and Baysia Cox each scored 12 points to lead the Saints. Davis added 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 28 minutes of action. Kiera Gray of Grace College led all scorers with 17.
The Saints will travel to Concordia University Friday as part of a doubleheader. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00pm.