(Hammond, IN) The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Team took on the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph tonight in a critical CCAC contest.
It was a roller coaster of a game, but in the end Holy Cross took care of business by outscoring Calumet St. Joseph 17-11 in overtime to win on the road 84-78 tonight.
The first ten minutes of the first half was back and forth as neither team could gain a lead larger than five points, but a 13-6 run remaining gave them a nine point lead with just over six minutes remaining in the half. The Crimson Wave battled back to cut the lead to five points heading into halftime with the score 34-29 in favor of the Saints.
Junior Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) had the hot shooting hand in the first half going 5-7 from the three point line and leading the Saint with fifteen points. Sophomore Fran McCarthy (Terre Haute, IN) also helped build the lead for Holy Cross by netting six points respectively.
"Lauren really got hot in the first half, and the energy she provided really helped lift us to the five point lead in the first half. I thought if we could improve our rebounding, and get some stops that we could put this game away in the second half," said Head Coach Aimee Litka.
The Saints gained control of the game early in the second half as they pushed their five point halftime lead to eleven points with just under seventeen minutes remaining in the game. Holy Cross stayed in control keeping the lead around nine points until about three minutes remaining in the second half. The Crimson Wave did not go down that easily as they used a 14-5 run to tie the game at 67-67 with fourteen seconds remaining in the second half. Neither team got a clean shot at the end of the game so overtime was used to get us a winner.
Holy Cross found their resolve in the overtime period as they outscored the Crimson Wave 17-11 in the extra period. Sophomore Megan Eve (Scotsburg, IN) hit two crucial back-to-back three pointers that sealed the win for Holy Cross in overtime. As the final buzzer sounded Holy Cross found itself on the winning end beating Calumet St. Joseph 84-78 in a crucial CCAC road win.
"I was really proud of the way our team responded in the overtime. We had control of the game in the second half, but we could never put Calumet away. It was a good win for us on the road, and it gives a lot of confidence heading into Saturday's game against Trinity International," said Coach Litka.
Malinowski had a superb game. She finished with a game high 27 points. Malinowski was just one rebound and one assist from a triple-double on the night as she grabbed a team high 9 rebounds and she dished out a game high 9 assists as well. Sophomore Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, IN) netted 21 points and McCarthy chipped in 10 points in the win for the Saints.
The Saints improve to 9-20 and 4-7 in the CCAC. Their next game is at home at McKenna Arena in the Pfeil Center this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Trinity International.