(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team took on the Archers of Moody Bible today in a non-conference game at home.
The Saints started out a bit slow, but they picked it up midway through the first half, and used another surge midway through the second half to cruise over Moody Bible 75-45 Saturday afternoon.
The Saints opened up to a seven point lead five minutes into the game as they led 13-6 early on in the first half. The Archers, however, did not led the Saints gain full control as the lead hovered around five to seven points for the next seven minutes.
The Saints, however, amped up the energy on the defensive end late in the first half going on a 12-2 run. The run propelled an eight point lead to eighteen and the Saints led Archers 39-21 heading into the locker room.
"I was really happy the way we closed out that half. We have been having trouble all year closing out halves, and it was nice to see us go on a ten point run at the end of the half," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) led the Saints with 8 first half points, and also grabbed 5 first half rebounds. Sophomore Megan Eve (Scotsburg, IN) chipped in 7 first half points for Saints respectively.
The eighteen point lead that the Saints enjoyed heading into the second half was just too much for Moody Bible to overcome in the second half. The Archers cut the lead to fifteen points two minutes into the second half, but that was the closest they ever got. The Saints went on a 19-7 to push the lead to 28 points midway through the second half with the score 59-31 in favor of Holy Cross.
Holy Cross led by as much as 36 points, but in the end the final margin was a 30 point victory over the visiting Archers of Moody Bible with the final score at 75-45.
It was a balanced attack for the Saints as eleven players scored baskets on the afternoon, and ten players recorded fourteen or more minutes. The Saints had one of their best outings defensively all year as they forced 34 turnovers, and had 23 steals as a team against the Archers.
"I was happy with the way we played. I felt everyone contributed, and it was a nice team victory today, and those are always good to have late in the season. We will need the confidence that we got from this game to hopefully trickle over into our game Tuesday against Olivet Nazarene," said Coach Litka.
Junior Jacques Donaldson (South Bend, IN) scored 15 of her game high 20 points in the second half to lead Holy Cross. Steffen filled the stat sheet Saturday scoring 14 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, dishing 4 assists, and helped out on the defensive end with 5 steals. Sophomore Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, IN) had a balanced score sheet scoring 4 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, and dishing out a game high 7 assists.
The Saints are now 8-18 on the year and 3-6 in the CCAC Division II standings. They play this Tuesday at home as they host Olivet Nazarene at 5:30 p.m. Olivet is a CCAC Division I opponent, and it should be a great a game.