(Milwaukee, Wisc.) The fifth-ranked Cardinal Stritch University Wolves proved to be too tough for the Saints after they fell 89-57 on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints got off to a quick start in the game after an early three-pointer from Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) was followed by a Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) score in the paint to give the Saints a 5-1 lead two minutes into the contest. This lead, however, was short lived for the Saints as an 11-0 run put Cardinal Stritch up 12-5 with 15:28 remaining in the first half.
Although the Saints were able to keep up with the wolves trailing by only 8 with just under 7 minutes remaining in the half, the Wolves were able to extend the lead to as many as 16 with 1:16 to play in the half. The Saints went into the half trailing 45-31.
Despite trailing by 14 points at the break, the Saints were able to shoot well from the field hitting 48.1% (13/27) on their shots. Cardinal Stritch was able to turn 8 Saints turnovers into 12 points while also owning the points in the paint battle with a 34-12 advantage.
With the second half underway, the Wolves picked up where they had left off in the first half and managed to outscore the Saints 21-9 throughout the first nine minutes of action taking a 30-point 66-36 lead.
The Saints kept fighting for throughout the last nine minutes but were unable to comeback from their deficit. Cardinal Stritch would go on to defeat the Saints 89-57.
Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) put together solid performances for the Saints. Evans finished the game with a team high 17 points paired with 6 rebounds while Dominguez finished with 12 points and a team high 8 rebounds.
Overall the Saints shot fairly well from the field knocking down 45.3% (24-53) of their shots. However, the Wolves impressive 54.5% (36-66) from the field was too much to come back from. Stritch also held a commanding 60-26 advantage in points in the paint, followed by outscoring the Saints 23-2 off turnovers.
"We hung around for a while in the first half, but when they started to pick up the pace I thought they put us in uncomfortable spots defensively," said Saints head coach Bob Schermerhorn. "They're ranked fifth nationally for a reason. I thought the guys gave it their best effort and hopefully we can come back ready to go again on Tuesday when we take on a tough Andrews team."
The Saints, 4-4 (3-3 CCAC), will return to the court on Tuesday, November 27th in nonconference action as they take on Andrews University. The Saints will then return home for two straight games beginning on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. (EST) in an exhibition meeting with Saint Joseph's University. The next Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) matchup for the Saints will be held at McKenna Arena on Saturday, December 1st at 3:00 p.m. (EST) against Calumet College of St. Joseph.