(Notre Dame, Ind.) Despite taking an early 5-0 lead over the visiting Titans of Indiana University South Bend, the Saints were unable to hold off the cross-town foe in a non-conference match-up Saturday evening in the Pfeil Center.
It looked as though the Saints picked up right where they left off after a 67-46 victory over St. Francis Tuesday night, but the Titans went on a 7-0 run to take a 2 point lead that they would never give up. IUSB recorded their 13th straight win and improved their record to 16-3 on the year.
Trailing by 7 at half the Saints cut the Titan lead to 1 after Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) converted the old fashion 3-point play hitting a layup and converting the free throw with 12:59 remaining in the game.
However, the Titans went on an 8-2 run to hold off the Saints comeback. The Saints struggled from the field shooting just 31.5% including connecting on only 2-of-22 from behind the arc. The Titans also struggled from the field shooting just 33.3% on the night.
"I thought this was our best collective effort defensively of the whole year up to this point," said Head Coach Matt Hunsberger. "Our girls came out and competed for 40 minutes and I'm very proud of their effort."
Leading the way for Holy Cross was Malinowski with 17 points 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Senior guardTanesha Varnardo (Markham, Ill.) chiped in 9 points for the Saints. Kimmie Hummer of IUSB led all scrorers with 14 points.
"It's very difficult to beat a team that shoots 32 free throw, but despite that we still had opportunities to win this game," said Hunsberger. "One area we need to continue to get better at is shooting the ball from the 3 point line. Give IUSB and coach Bruce credit, they played a great game. I have never been more proud of a team in my years of coaching as I am of this group."
The Saints will be back in action January 26th, to play Trinity Christian College in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match-up. Holy Cross will continue their CCAC schedule next Saturday at home against Judson University.