(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team took on the visiting Tigers of Olivet Nazarene who this week were ranked eleventh in the NAIA Division I rankings.
It was a tough game throughout for the Saints as the Tigers brought constant pressure all night. Holy Cross did a good job of handling it early on in the game, but the up tempo game was just too much for the Saints as they fell to the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene 120-62 tonight.
It was a close game throughout the first half as each team battled for leads throughout the first ten minutes. Olivet then went on a 10-2 run midway through the half to build a thirteen point.
The Saints battled back as they cut the lead to six points with just over five minutes remaining. Olivet, however, went on a 9-2 run to bring the lead back up to thirteen points. A lay-up at the buzzer by junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) pushed the lead back to eleven points with the halftime score at 48-37.
"I thought if we could do a better job with the pressure we might be able to get back into the game. When we beat the pressure we got some easy buckets, but we were making too many bad decisions throughout the half," said Head Coach Aimee Litka
Junior Jacques Donaldson (South Bend, IN) led the Saints in the first half with eight points. Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) chipped in six, and also hauled in ten first half rebounds.
The second half was all Tigers as the Saints were outscored 72-25 throughout the entire half. The Tigers used a 17-0 run early in the second half to push the lead up to 31 points. That run seemed to deflate the Saints for the rest of the game. In the end, Holy Cross lost to the visiting Tigers of Olivet Nazarene 120-62.
"There pressue is just really tough to handle. The platoon people in left and right, and that can be a bit chaotic, but it was definintely a learning experience for the girls heading into our game against Cardinal Stritch," said Coach Litka.
Donaldson followed up her twenty point performance on Saturday by lead the Saints with 19 points Steffen had a double-double on the night. She hauled in a school record 21 rebounds while netting 10 points on the evening.
The Saints are now 8-19 on the season, and 3-6 in the CCAC. Their next game is on the road February 11th against the top team in the conference standings, Cardinal Stritch at 3:00 p.m.