Upland, Ind. - The women's basketball team came back strong after a disappointing conference loss before Christmas break. The Saints dominated Taylor University Friday evening, taking a 72-58 victory in the first game of the Taylor University Invite. With the victory, the Saints improve to 5-10 on the year.
After shaking off some rust in the first quarter, the Saints caught fire in the second quarter to build a double digit lead that they would never give up. The Saints came out cold in the first ten minutes, but thankfully so did the Trojans. Holy Cross led 10-8 at the end of the first, with Keysha Streater and Tagin Schultheis leading the way. Freshman Kelsie Kujat came off the bench to fire in a long jumpshot to put the women's basketball team up 2 heading into the second period.
The Trojans scored six quick points to start the second quarter to tie the game at 14, but then the Saints found their stride. Baskets by Schultheis, Raven Delph, and Alex Forster kickstarted a 9-0 run by the visiting team. Two straight Schultheis triples followed by a Streater layup gave the Saints a 32-19 lead heading into halftime. Holy Cross shot 35.5% in the first half, while holding the host Trojans to 23.3% overall and 1/16 (6.3%) from behind the arc.
The Saints dominated the first eight minutes of the third period, building a 20 point lead sparked by freshman center Kaelyn Barlow and Streater. A few turnovers and missed layups led to Taylor finishing out the period on a 7-0 run to even out the period's scoring. The women's basketball team came out and left no doubt that they would take the victory from the tournament host. A Keysha Streater jumpshot propelled the Saints to a 56-37 lead with 6:31 remaining. Tagin Schultheis hit triples on back to back possessions for the Saints, but defensive breakdowns led to three straight three pointers by the Trojans Haley Stratman, not allowing the Saints to build a larger lead. Clutch free throws down the stretch gave the Saints a 72-58 victory over the Trojans.
The Saints were led by sophomore Keysha Streater with her most dominant performance of the season. Streater went 10-15 from the field and recorded her first three point make of the season, tallying 24 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Tagin Schultheis was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line and added 21 points and 4 assists on the evening. Alex Forster also notched double figures with 10 in the victory. Eryn Leek recorded a team-high 5 assists for the Saints.
Holy Cross (5-10) is back in action tomorrow for their final game of 2016 against the University of Saint Francis at 12:00pm.