(Berrien Springs, Mich.) It was a dominating performance from start to finish that the Holy Cross Saints women's basketball team put together on the road at Andrews University Tuesday evening. Finishing with a 72-37 victory, the Saints received scoring production from all twelve players who saw game action.
Fresh off of a tough loss on the road at 19th ranked Cardinal Stritch University, the Saints entered the match looking to get back in the win column before their next conference matchup against Calumet College of St. Joseph.
The Saints were able to get going early in the first half knocking down 53% from the field (18/34) and outrebounding the Cardinals 16-5.
Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Mich.), fresh off of her scoring her 1,000th point last weekend, got off to a quick start in the first half scoring 9 points on 4/8 shooting. Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) and Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Ind.) also had productive first halves coming off the bench; Eve, knocking down 3/5 shots from the field, finished with 7 points while Gondeck chipped in 9 points and 3 rebounds. The Saints went into halftime with a commanding 41-24 lead over Andrews.
"I thought we did a solid job in the first half," said head coach Aimee Niespodziany. "I thought we missed a few opportunities early, but I was impressed at how we got it going and really attacked the glass."
As the second half got under way, the Saints defense really picked up. After Andrews shot 41.7% from the field in the first half (10/24), the Saints held the Cardinals to just 4 made field goals in 20 attempts in the second half (20.0%). Meanwhile, the Saints continued production in the second half knocking down 13/31 from the field (41.9%) and outscored the Cardinals 31-13.
Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) led the Saints in scoring with 14 points on 6/10 from the field including 2/4 from three-point range.
Freshman Carmen Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind.) produced her best game as a member of the Saints program scoring 12 points, 10 of which came in the second half.
For the first time this season, every player who saw minutes in the game scored at least one point.
"I was proud of how we came out in the second half and really challenged their shots," continued coach Niespodziany. "Holding a team to only 4 made field goals in a half is a testament to how hard the girls worked on the defensive end. I'm also really impressed in the production we got from the entire team. Everyone came to play when their number was called. It was good for us to get this win before we get back to conference play this weekend."
For the game, the Saints held Andrews to just 31.8% from the field (14/44) and outrebounded them 36-18.
The Saints, 3-6 (1-4 CCAC), will continue conference play at home on Saturday, December 1st against Calumet College of St. Joseph. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. (EST).