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Kristin Nitka shoots a three from the corner.
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 7, 2012
(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team hosted CCAC leaders Cardinal Stritch this after at McKenna Arena.
       
It was a tough game from the start, and  the end the Saints just didn't have enough to keep up with the talented Cardinal Stritch Team losing 68-43 Saturday afternoon.
 
The game started poorly for the Saints as the Wolves opened up an 8 point lead, and never really looked back from there.  Holy Cross would cut the lead to 11-7 midway through the quarter, but the Wolves went on a 29-5 run to end the half up 40-12. The Saints did not help themselves throughout the first half as they shot 4-25 from the floor, and just could not seem to score baskets.
 
"We came out pretty flat, and Cardinal Stritch is just too good of a team for you to come out and be flat from the beginning.  I thought Cardinal Stritch played very well in the first half, and really did a good job of keeping us on our heels.  I felt if we tightened things up a bit, and came out with more urgency we could chip away at the big lead," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
 
The second half went a little better for the Saints as they cut the lead to 21 points midway through the period. This was the closest they got to Stritch. The big lead they spotted them in the first half was just too much to overcome as the Saints ended up losing 68-45.
 
Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) finished with a double-double scoring 12 points and hauling down 10 rebounds.  Junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) also had 12 points, and sophomore Megan Eve (Scottsburg, IN) chipped in 7 points of her own.
 
"Cardinal Stritch was the better team today.  I think we could have shot the ball better, but they did a good job of forcing us into bad shots.  The girls just have to be ready to practice hard this week, and be ready for Calumet St. Joseph on Wednesday," said Coach Litka.
 
The Saints are now 4-13 on the season, and 1-3 in the CCAC.  There next game is January 11th at home against conference opponent Calumet St. Joseph at 5:30 p.m. at McKenna Arena in the Pfeil Center.  They will play before men's game at 7:30 p.m against Calumet College of St. Joseph.