Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Holy Cross women's basketball team turned in a historic defensive effort on Tuesday night against the Andrews University Cardinals as the Saints held the Cardinals to 21 points for the entire game in the 71-21 victory. The Saints forced 40 turnovers in the game en route to their second win of the season. With the victory, the Saints improve to 2-4 on the season.
Andrews struck first in Tuesday night's non-conference meeting and held a 5-4 lead four minutes into the game. The Saints, however, would quickly respond and take control of this one. Over the final 16 minutes of the first half, Holy Cross turned in a 37-5 run and took a 42-10 advantage to the break.
In the first half alone the Saints forced the Cardinals into 20 turnovers and converted these into 23 points.
The Saints defensive effort in the second half continued to be too much for Andrews as their lead continued to climb. Andrews scored just 11 points in the second half and turned the ball over 20 more times.
Carmen Lowe (Fort Wane, Ind.) led the way for the Saints with 19 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Freshman Shelby Nelson (Mishawaka, Ind.) went 6-of-6 from the floor for 12 points off the bench.
Holy Cross did most of their damage inside the paint with 56 of their 71 points coming inside.
All 11 active players played at least 13 minutes in the game. Of the 11 who played, all 10 who took shots in the game scored at least one point.
The win for the Saints ends their previous two-game losing streak and improves their 2013-2014 overall record to 2-4.
Holy Cross will now hit the road for three consecutive games beginning on Tuesday, November 19 as they travel to Mishawaka, Ind. to take on the Pilots of Bethel College. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. EST.