(Notre Dame, Ind.) A slow shooting first half, paired with Roosevelt's ability to control the offensive glass, had put the Saints behind early in the first half Saturday afternoon. Despite a comeback consisting of an 11-1 run late in the second half, the Lakers were able to hold on and defeat the Saints 68-58.
Saturday's game was not the greatest shooting performance for either team. The Saints struggled from the field hitting only 7 of their first 30 shots in the game for 23.3%. While the Lakers only managed 13-36 from the field in the half, it was their ability to outrebound and convert second chance points against the Saints.
At the end of the first half, the Saints trailed Roosevelt 37-19 and were outrebounded 32-19.
Holy Cross got into a better rhythm in the second half as Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) knocked down 4-6 shots from the field and concerted all 6 of her free-throws. Steffen finished with a team high 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. She was also the only player for the Saints to score in double figures.
The Saints shot a much better 40% (12-30) from the field in the second half and outscored the Lakers 39-31; however, it wasn't enough to pull off the comeback. Roosevelt, (5-1, 3-1 CCAC) finished with a 68-58 win over the Saints giving them their 4th consecutive loss.
"We weren't able to make enough shots early on which got us down pretty quick," said head coach Aimee Niespodziany. "I thought the girls did a good job responding late in the second half cutting into their lead. It was just one of those games where your shots don't fall. We will take the positives from this game and work on the areas we need to clean up."
The Lakers out-rebounded the Saints 64-39 and held the advantage in second chance points at 21-8.
Holy Cross will return to the court on Tuesday, November 20th with a home game against conference opponent Trinity Christian College. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. (EST) at McKenna Arena.