South Bend, Ind. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team went into their crosstown showdown with the Indiana University - South Bend Titans expecting a dog fight. The Saints used big first and third quarters to make sure the game would never be in question. Holy Cross dominated from start to finish to take a 77-54 victory on the road at IUSB. With the much needed victory, the Saints improve to 8-15 overall and 6-8 in conference play. Crosstown rival IUSB drops to 8-15 on the season and 4-10 in CCAC action.
The Saints came out on fire to start the first stanza building a 19 to 7 lead after the first ten minutes of play. Tagin Schultheis led the charge in opening period for the Saints. The second quarter was evenly played by both teams, but the Saints still carried a 35-24 lead heading into halftime. Holy Cross shot 46.7% from the field in the half, while holding the Titans to just 28.6%. Schultheis led the way with 12 points and 4 rebounds, while Keysha Streater scored 6 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.
Streater left no doubt that the Saints would leave IUSB's Student Activities Center as she knocked in four free throws to start the third quarter. Alex Forster buried a three pointer at the 7:28 mark to give the Saints an 18 point lead, which Schultheis followed with two free throws of her own to build the lead up to 20. After that point, the Saints never looked back as Shana Anderson finished off the third quarter with a layup to build a 60-43 advantage heading into the final ten minutes. The final period never saw the Saints lead by less than 20 points, dominating the paint and offensive glass. When the buzzer sounded the women's basketball team dropped the Titans 77-54.
Holy Cross used one of their best defensive games of the year to hold IUSB to 18/61 from the field and only allowed 3 three point makes. Limiting turnovers has also been an issue for the Saints, and Wednesday evening they only committed 11, while dishing out 17 assists.
Keysha Streater led the charge for Holy Cross as she provided a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Streater went 8-11 from the charity stripe in the victory. Schultheis had a great all-around game scoring 14 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, and dishing out 4 assists. Eryn Leek scored 11 points, hitting a season-high 3 three point field goals. Shana Anderson also scored in double figures adding 10 points, while pulling down 7 rebounds. Jessica Norris, Alex Forster, Kaelyn Barlow, Madison Tomblin, and Raven Delph all added at least 2 points in the win.
The Saints (8-15, 6-8) will need a strong effort Saturday afternoon when they host #4 Saint Xavier University at 1:00pm.