(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team took on the visiting Purdue Calumet Peregrines in a CCAC battle Wednesday night.
It went down to the wire, but a three pointer to tie the game by sophomore Megan Eve (Scotsburg, IN) came off the rim as time expired and the visiting Peregrines of Purdue Calumet squeaked out a close one 78-75.
The first half was all Saints as they went up as much as nine points midway through the first half. The lead would eventually be reduced to five points going into halftime, but Holy Cross definitely felt good going into halftime with the game score at 43-38 in favor of the Saints.
Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) and Junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) led the Saints with 9 first half points. Eve and Fran McCarthy (Terre Haute, IN) both netted 6 points a piece in helping Holy Cross build that first half lead.
Purdue Calumet still had some fight left in them in the second half. They battled back after being down as much as 8 points midway through the second half. The Peregrines went on a 15-2 run to take a five point lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
Holy Cross battled back to tie the game 69-69 with just over six minutes remaining in the game. The game turned back and forth with neither team being able to grab a hold of a solid lead. Purdue Calumet, however, was able to secure a three point lead with five seconds to go in the game. They were at the line with the chance to ice it, but they missed both giving Holy Cross a glimmer of hope. After a long pass to Megan Eve on the wing she was able to get the shot off in time, but it just rimmed out in the end and the Saints lost 78-75 in closely contested game.
"I thought we played pretty well. We lost to this team earlier in the season by 27 points, and we outplayed them for the better half of thirty two minutes. I thought we gave them too many opportunities on second chances, and I think that burned us. It was a disappointing, because I thought we deserved to win, but we just came up short in the end," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
Malinowski led the the Saints 18 points while also dishing out 6 assists. Steffen finished off another double-double scoring 13 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Freshman Angela Byrd (Harvey, IL) had a career high netting 13 points on the evening.
Holy Cross falls to 7-18 overall, and 3-6 in the CCAC. They host the Moody Bible Institute this Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 p.m.