(Hammond, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints resumed Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play on the road Saturday in Hammond, Indiana as they took on the Peregrines of Purdue Calumet. Strong shooting from beyond the arc, paired with a large disparity in free-throw attempts, was too much for the Saints as they fell 92-61.
A 9-0 run over the games firs two minutes got the Peregrines off to a fast start before Francesca McCarthy (Terre Haute, Ind.) scored the Saints first points.
Trailing by 12 with 13:57 still to play in the first half, the Saints used an 8-2 run to trim the lead to six points. However, Purdue Calumet's strong shooting down the stretch helped them close out a 25-10 run to take 49-28 halftime lead over the Saints.
The Saints shot 37.8% from the field at the half, were 0-7 from three-point range, and had zero free-throw attempts. Purdue Calumet shot 47.8% from the floor, went 5-9 from three-point range while also hitting 8-15 free-throw attempts.
The deficit for the Saints would grow to as many as 39 in the second half as Purdue Calumet continued their hot shooting from beyond the arc. Despite holding the Peregrines to just 36.4% from the floor in the second half, the success of the three-point shot was prevalent as Purdue Calumet knocked down 6 of their 14 attempts.
"They were a very aggressive team today and it was shown with their 30 free-throw attempts compared to our 5," said head coach Aimee Niespodziany. "We needed to be more assertive on offense and rebound better today. It was a tough loss to a good team."
Purdue Calumet out rebounded the Saints 59-29 in the matchup while also turning 14 Saints turnovers into 17 points.
Francesca McCarthy led the Saints in scoring with 18 points on 9-15 shooting. This is the fourth straight game McCarthy has led the Saints in scoring.
Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) chipped in with 10 points and 7 assists, while Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Ind.) finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
The Saints, 5-9 (2-6 CCAC), will close out 2012 with a home game on Tuesday, December 18th against the University of Saint Francis (Ill.). Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST.