(Milwaukee, WI) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team visited the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch today who are the top team in the CCAC (Division II).
Holy Cross knew coming into the game that it was going to be a challenge to beat Cardinal Stritch at their place. The Wolves came into the game with a 23-5 overall record, and a perfect 9-0 record in the CCAC. In the end, the challenge was a bit too much for Saints as they fell to Cardinal Stritch today 81-58 in CCAC action this afternoon.
The Wolves had control for most of the game as they used a 13-5 run midway through the first half to take a 20-10 lead. Holy Cross cut the lead to five points with just under ten minutes remaining in the first half, but the Wolves went on a 16-3 run to end the first half. The run expand the lead to 19 points with the score 44-25 heading into the locker room.
The Saints had trouble finding the basket as they went 9-23 from the floor in the first half. Junior Angela Byrd (Harvey, IL) led the Saints with 6 points in the first half.
"I thought we were playing really well midway through the half. We just gave them too many easy buckets down low. I felt if we could limit those easy opportunities that we could get back into this game," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
The second half looked promising for the Saints as they cut the lead to twelve points five minutes into the second half. The Wolves responded with a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to open up a 24 point lead with just under ten minutes remaining in the contest. That run was the dagger in the Saints day as they eventually fell to the hosts, Cardinal Stritch 81--58.
Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) led the Saints in scoring and rebounding as she finished with a double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) finished with 7 points and a team high 8 assists. Byrd finished the game chipping in 11 points of her own.
Holy Cross is now 8-20 on the season and 3-7 in the CCAC. They are currently sitting in 5th place, but just one game behind Judson and Trinity International for third place. The Saints go on the road to play in a crucial game regarding the CCAC standings against Calumet College of St. Joseph this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.