(Elgin, IL) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team traveled to Elgin, Illinios to take on CCAC opponent Judson University today.
Holy Cross was looking to win it's third game in a row, and The Judson University Eagles were looking for revenge as the Saints beat them in their first meeting at Holy Cross on December 3rd. Something was going to give, and unfortunately, it was the Saints that gave in as they lost to Judson 69-58 Saturday afternoon.
Holy Cross never seemed to get their rhythm on the road Saturday afternoon. Judson opened the game with a 14-5 run, and never looked back as they controlled much of the first half of action. The Saints never led in the game, and Judson built as much as fourteen point lead in the first half, but ultimately led at half by nine points 40-31.
Judson had it's way down low outscoring Holy Cross 20-4 in the paint in the first half. They also got a big lift off the bench. Judson's bench scored 20 points to Holy Cross' 12 points in the first half as well.
"We were just flat all afternoon. It was a tough afternoon for us. I have to give credit to Judson, because they played well but I was a little disappointed in the way we played today and especially in the first half," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
The second half was much closer as the Saints used a 6-0 run with seven minutes remaining in the game to cut the lead to four points. Unfortunately, that was the closest Holy Cross got in the second half. A Judson three pointer pushed the lead back up to seven points, and Judson went on to beat Holy Cross 69-58.
"I was really happy with the way Jacques and Mary played today. It was tough with Lo (Lauren Malinowski) and Lindsey being banged up a little, but I thought we just had trouble sustaining any offensive rhythm. We played better down-low in the second half, but the hole we dug in the first half was just too much to overcome down the stretch. We have to bounce back quickly, because we have a tough challenge in our next game against Purdue Calumet on Wednesday," said Coach Litka.
Junior Jacques Donaldson (South Bend, IN) took advantage of being inserted into the starting line-up for sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) leading Holy Cross with 16 points. Steffen is battling back from a shoulder injury she suffered in the Saints victory against Trinity Christian on Wednesday. She was still able to contribute in a limited fashion scoring 6 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
Sophomore Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, MI) continued her strong play as of late as she netted 14 points in the loss. It is Fitzgerald's second straight game scoring in double figures, and she is averaging 11.7 points over the past three games for Holy Cross. Sophomore Fran McCarthy (Terre Haute, IN) had a nice showing off the bench chipping in 8 points as well.
Holy Cross is now 7-17 on the season, and 3-5 in the CCAC which is good for fifth place in the standings. They are a half game behind Judson and Trinity International who are 3-4 in the CCAC for fourth place. Judson is in third place officially, as they own the tie-breaker against Trinity International.
Holy Cross hosts Purdue Calumet on February 1st at McKenna Arena in the Pfeil Center at 5:30 p.m. Holy Cross is looking to avenge an earlier defeat at Purdue Calumet on December 17th. In that game Holy Cross lost 87-60.