(Notre Dame, Ind.) Wednesday night at McKenna Arena will be a night that the Holy Cross women's basketball team will look to put in their rearview mirror rather quickly after a difficult 68-33 defeat to fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opponent Purdue University Calumet. The Saints struggled from the get go to generate an offensive identity and were placed in a whole early by the 22nd ranked Peregrines.
An 11-0 run in the game's first four minutes by the visiting Peregrines had the Saints on their toes defensively early. Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) got the Saints on the board for the first time at the 15:20 mark of the first half.
Purdue Calumet once again pulled off another key 9-0 run over the next three minutes which extended their lead to 20-2.
It was turnovers and the inability to execute that really put a hamper on the Saints in the first half. The Peregrines held the Saints scoreless for the last seven minutes of the first half and closed out a 13-0 run making it a 39-9 advantage over Holy Cross. The nine points score by Holy Cross was its lowest in a half this season.
Despite making only four shots in the first half, the Saints also struggled to control their possessions. Purdue Calumet forced the Saints into 13 turnovers which they quickly turned into 18 points. Conversely, the Saints were only able to turn 7 Peregrines turnovers into 3 points.
While the scoring margin was much closer in the second half, it still wasn't enough to close the gap that Calumet was able to build. A layup by Francesca McCarthy (Terre Haute, Ind.) brought the deficit to 29 points; the lowest Holy Cross was able to cut it in the second half.
Defensively, Holy Cross did a much better job in the second half forcing tough shots and holding the Peregrines to just 31% shooting from the field. Overall, it was the inability to establish their offense over the course of the game which made it difficult to cut into the early deficit.
Holy fell to Purdue Calumet for the second time this season by a score of 68-33.
The 33 points scored by the Saints is the lowest total in the programs history.
Lauren Malinowski (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) and Angela Byrd (Harvey, Ill.) led the Saints with six points each. Francesca McCarthy recorded a game high 11 rebounds.
The loss for the Saints, their third consecutive, drops their season record to 9-18 and 5-14 in the CCAC. Holy Cross will hit the road for the final time this season on Saturday before returning home for their final two games of the regular season. The next home contest will be on Wednesday, February 13th against Trinity International University. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.