Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Forty minutes was not enough time to decide the winner in the Holy Cross women's basketball Saturday afternoon at McKenna Arena. With the score tied at 67-67 at the end of regulation the Saints went to overtime for the first time in the 2013-2014 season, falling to the visiting Gray Wolves of Lourdes University 73-71.
The Saints took control for the majority of the first half on Saturday afternoon as they built up a 23-13 lead with 7:05 to play in the first half. Lourdes responded with a 10-to-2 run of their own to cut the Saints lead to just two points before back-to-back baskets from Shana Anderson (Bourbon, Ind.) and Carmen Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind.) extended the lead to six points.
A free-throw from Katie Pearcy brought made it a four point Saints lead at the half at 31-27.
Carmen Lowe led the way for Holy Cross scoring the ball in the first half with eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
A three-point shot from Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to open up the second half gave the Saints a seven point lead. The Gray Wolves, however, continued to chip away at the Saints lead and pulled ahead by one with 17:21 to play in the game.
Senior Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) capped off a three-point play with 11:12 left in the game to put the Saints up five points but the Gray Wolves continued to hang around. With 7:31 left in the game the score was tied at 52-52.
Courtney Slepko gave the Gray Wolves their first lead since the early stages of the game after draining a three-point shot with just over five minutes to play. Lourdes strong play down the stretch resulted in their largest lead of the game at four points before senior Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, Mich.) drained a three-pointer of her own to make it a one-possession game.
With time continuing to tick away it was sophomore Kari Barnes who scored the final basket of the second half to tie it at 67-67 with 1:06 to play. Neither team was able to score over the final minute resulting in a five minute overtime period.
It was the Gray Wolves who struck first in the overtime session after Lauren Tilden knocked down the three-point shot. Following the basket from Tilden, both teams struggled to score. Holy Cross scored their first points in the session after a jumper from Mary Fitzgerald to make it a one point game.
Lourdes got a big score from Tiffani Blackman to extend their lead to three points with less than a minute to play. Lindsey Steffen finished off the pass from Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) to once again make it a one point game.
Following the bucket from Steffen, the Gray Wolves were able to run the clock all the way down five seconds before the Saints got in a foul. Tiffani Blackman went 1-of-2 from the line, missing the second and forcing the Saints to launch a half-court shot at the buzzer as time expired. The Saints were unable to make the shot and fell to the Gray Wolves 73-71.
Carmen Lowe led the Saints with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench while Lindsey Steffen contributed 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Jillian DeLucia dished out a game-high nine assists.
Holy Cross (1-4) will wrap up their current three-game home stand on Tuesday, November 12 against the Andrews University Cardinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST.