(Joliet, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints took the road for the final time of the 2012-2013 regular season in Joliet, Illinois to take on the Fighting Saints of the University of St. Francis. Early success shooting the ball had the Saints going toe-to-toe with the Fighting Saints in the first half. A 54 point outburst by the host St. Francis in the second half, however, was too much for the Saints to overcome as they fell 88-63 ending their three-game winning streak.
Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) got the Saints offense going in the first half as he started the game knocking down his first five shots and giving the Saints an early 14-13 lead. St. Francis, however, responded to Bauer's early success with an 8-1 run to make it a 21-15 Fighting Saints lead.
Trailing by six with 11:03 left in the half, the Saints turned in an 11-4 run to take a 26-25 lead with 3:36 left in the half.
Once again St. Francis was able to answer with a run of their own and build up a five point lead with less than a minute left before a Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, Cali.) scored a layup with 2 second left to make it a three point game at the half.
Zoe Bauer led all scorers at the half with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. As a team, the Saints shot 13-for-31 (41.9%) from the floor and held St. Francis to just 14-of-40 (35%).
A 15-6 St. Francis run over the first six minutes of the second half found the Saints trailing 49-37. Five straight points by Holy Cross would make it a seven point game before the Fighting Saints turned on a 15-2 run over the next five minutes to blow this game up to a 20 point Fighting Saints lead.
Struggles continued for the Saints over the final ten minutes of the game as they failed to make any significant runs to cut into the St. Francis lead.
St. Francis outscored the Saints 54-32 on 16-of-25 shooting in the second half on the way to an 88-63 victory.
Four St. Francis players reached double figures, led by Billy Hubly who finished with a game high 20 points.
Zoe Bauer scored a team-high 17 points for the Saints. Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) and Mike Vander Ploeg (Kalamazoo, Mich.) each chipped in with 11.
The loss for the Saints ends their recent three-game winning streak and brings their season record to 13-15 overall and 9-13 in the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
Holy Cross will return home for their final two regular season games beginning on Wednesday, February 20th against Trinity International University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.