(Notre Dame, Indiana) The Saints had their hands full early with the pesky Redhawks of Indiana University Northwest Saturday afternoon at the Pfeil Center.
Both IUNW and Holy Cross were looking for their first win of the season, as the Redhawks came into the contest with a record of 0-3 and the Saints were sitting at 0-5. The Saints almost beat another division of Indiana University in IUSB in their second game of the season, but they came up one point short in overtime to fall 72-71 to the cross town rival Titans.
The Saints set the pace early in the first half, shooting a mind numbing 47% from the field, making 15 of 32 shot attempts. The Saints defense forced 16 first half turnovers from the Redhawks, who were held to just 36 points on 33% shooting.
The Saints led 41-36 at the break, and never looked back during the second period, enjoying a large lead for the remainder of the game. Holy Cross was up 12 points at the twelve minute mark, and continued to widen the lead to 19 points with 9:20 left in the game, and were up 77-60 at the six minute mark.
Fast break points by sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Indiana), and junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Michigan) padded the lead for head coach Aimee Litka's club.
The Saints finished the contest 95-75, behind a record-breaking 33 points from Malinowski, 17 from Steffen, and 10 from Angela Byrd (Harvey, Illinois). Lauren Malinowski broke the Holy Cross College women's basketball record for points in game. The junior guard also accounted for 2 boards, 10 assists, 4 steals, and a block. She made five of her ten 3-point attempts, for a staggering 50%.
Steffen led Holy Cross in rebounds with 13, stole 4 balls, rejected 2 shots, and dished out 7 assists. Jacques Donaldson (South Bend, Indiana), and Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, Michigan) both netted 9 points, and Shelbi Westerhouse added 6.
The 95 points scored is also a team record for most in a contest. The Saints have only scored over 90 points one other time, albeit an exhibition contest last year.
The Saints continued to shoot well, making 54.3% of their shots in the second half, for a game average of 50.7%. "It's always a good thing if we are making more shots than we're missing," said Litka after the game, "I'm happy with the effort the girls put forth and the smart decision-making we displayed."
Holy Cross improves to 1-5 on the season, and will face a tough Robert Morris team November 16th at 5:30 in McKenna Arena at the Pfeil Center.