(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints women's basketball team got back in the win column on Saturday, December 8th over fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opponent Judson University in a decisive 64-46 win. Saints junior Francesca McCarthy (Terre Haute, Ind.) finished with a career high 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Coming off of back to back losses to Calumet College of Saint Joseph and Bethel, the Saints came out strong on both ends of the floor.
Despite hitting only 36.4% of their field goals in the first half, the Saints defense held Judson to only 29.6% from the field while forcing 13 turnovers.
While the Saints found themselves trailing the eagles 14-12 with 10:05 left in the first half, a 20-7 run over the last ten minutes gave the Saints a 32-21 advantage going into halftime.
As the second half began, a jumper from Judson cut the Saints lead to 9 points with 18:41 left in the game. This would be the last time the Saints lead would be under double figures in the second half as they went on to build their lead to as many as 25.
The Saints dominant second half helped end their latest two game losing streak and would give them their fourth win of the season.
Once again, the Saints defense proved to be effective as they held Judson to just 24.1% shooting in the second half while forcing 9 turnovers.
The Saints outscored the Eagles in the second half 32-25 giving them a 64-46 victory.
Francesca McCarthy led the way for the Saints while setting career high's in both points (18) and rebounds (10). This was the first double-double of McCarthy's career.
Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) was the only other player to reach double figures for the Saints; Eve scored 10 points on 3-6 shooting which included hitting 2 three-point shots.
The Saints were able to get effective scoring from the paint against the Eagles, outscoring them 28-10 over the course of the game. Bench production was also a key factor in the victory as the Saints received 21 points from their bench personnel.
"I was very impressed with our efforts on both ends of the floor," said head coach Aimee Niespodziany. "The girls came out aggressive defensively and were able to force 22 turnovers. After last game when we gave up way too many turnovers, we were able to be patient with our possessions and get the most of them. This is a big win for our team being without two key players, and I'm very pleased with how everyone was able to contribute when called upon."
The Saints, 4-8 (2-5 CCAC), will return to the court on Monday, December 10th with a nonconference matchup at McKenna Arena against Lawrence Technological University. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.