(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team competed in the Indiana Tech Shootout this past Thurday and Friday. The Saints lost the first game to Marygrove (MI) 74-68, but won the second game 70-68 against hosts Indiana Tech on a buzzer beater by Junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Michigan).
In the first game the Saints battled hard, but just couldn't come up with the victory in the end against a tough Marygrove team. The Saints missed 10 free throws and committed 28 turnovers throughout the contest, and those misses and missed opportunities would prove costly down the stretch as the final score would put the Saints 6 points away from evening it in the end.
"We played well, but just didn't come up with the plays down the stretch. I thought if we did a little bit better at the line as well the outcome might be different. I think overall we played well, but just came up short in the end," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Indiana) and junior Lauren Malinowski finished with team highs 19 points. Steffen also hauled down 8 rebounds in the contest. Sophomore point guard Jillian DeLucia had a strong outing as well scoring 7 points, and also dished out a team high 9 assists in the contest.
The second game took place against hosts Indiana Tech and it proved to be one for the ages. The Saints battled back from a 8 point halftime deficit, and were even down as much as 15 points in the second half, but their resolve and poise took over down the stretch as the team battled back to win the game in the waning seconds.
The team capped off the comeback when Malinowski hit a buzzer beater to win the game, and put Holy Cross up for good at 70-68 giving the Saints their fourth win of the season.
"I thought we played really well throughout this tournament, and I told the girls at halftime that if we keep battling and believe we can win good things will happen," said Coach Litka.
Steffen led the Saints with 18 points as four different scorers were in double figures against Indiana Tech. Malinowski put up 13 points for the team as well. The team saw some great contributions off the bench by junior forward Jacques Donaldson (South Bend, IN) chipped in 13 points, and sophomore Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, MI) had a strong outing contributing 15 points off the bench for the Saints.
"Overall I was really proud of the girls on this road trip. Hopefully we can carry some of the momentum from this game into our conference play next week," said Coach Litka.
Lindsey Steffen and Lauren Malinowski were named to the all-tournament of the Indiana Tech Shootout. The Saints have some time off before they host fellow conference foe Cardinal Stritch on January 7th at McKenna Arena in the Pfeil Center at 3:00 p.m. This is the first game of a double header with the men as the men play Cardinal Stritch at 5:00 p.m.
The Saints are now 4-12 on the season overall, and 1-2 in the CCAC.