(Notre Dame, Indiana) The 3rd ranked Wilcats of Indiana Wesleyan University visited McKenna Arena to take on the Saints Friday night.
Indiana Wesleyan lived up to their praise all night, as the Wildcats jumped out ahead early, ran the floor, and held the Saints offense in check most of the game. Steve Brooks, the veteran head coach of the Wildcats, had his girls in shape and ready to play. The taller lineup created a few mismatches against the Saints' undersized lineup.
The Saints were paced once again by junior guard by Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Michigan) who tallied 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and a block. Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Indiana) recorded 6 rebounds, a block, and a steal. Freshman Shelbi Westerhouse helped out the cause by chipping in 7 points, 2 assists, a block, and 3 rebounds.
The Wildcats came out of the locker room on fire, shooting lights on in both halves, for a game total of 47%. The game was never really in doubt, as the Wildcats began to pull away midway through the opening period. IWU never trailed, and were ahead 18-9 halfway through the opening twenty minutes, and were on top at the break 43-22.
The second half was more of the same, as the Saints pulled within 22 at 77-55 late, but they would never itch closer, falling 81-59. IWU was led by Krystal Stoneking who poured in 28 points and added 2 boards and 2 blocks.
Holy Cross drops to 0-4 on the season, and travel to Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the Cardinals November 8th at 7:00 PM before returning home to host Indiana University Northwest Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 PM.