Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Holy Cross women's basketball team kicked off Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Tuesday night against cross-town rival Indiana University South Bend. As games in this rivalry have been in the past, the Saints and Titans played a tough 40 minutes with IUSB coming out on top 77-71.
IUSB led for the entire first half in Tuesday night's conference opener, but the Saints continued to stay within reach despite a slow start where they trailed 13-4 seven minutes into action. An 8-2 run, fueled by four straight makes by the Saints, was capped off with a layup by Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Ind.) to tie things up at 15-15.
The Titans continued to maintain control in the half, rebuilding their lead to as many as nine points, before a 6-0 Saints run closed out the first half to make it a three-point game.
Carmen Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the Saints with eight points and five rebounds. Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored seven points off the bench and Mary Fitzgerald (Livonia, Mich.) dished out five assists.
A strong start to the second half had the Saints chip away at the Titans lead and take their first lead of the game at the 17:43 mark. After a response from the Titans, the Saints went on a 16-7 run to take a nine-point lead with following a basket from Carmen Lowe. Despite the surge from Holy Cross, IUSB responded with a 12-2 run of their own to retake the lead at 59-58.
The momentum from the Titans carried on throughout the remainder of the game as they would not let up their lead. Holy Cross would get as close as three points over the final eight minutes but the Titans would eventually hold on for the 77-71 victory.
IUSB hit 51.9% of their second half shots compared to the Saints 35.9%.
The Saints outrebounded the Titans 48-39 for the game but gave up 16 points off of 11 turnovers. Their 21 assists matches a season-best through eight games this season.
Four Titans scored in double figures, led by Maegan Callaway with a game-high 18 points.
Holy Cross (2-6, 0-1 CCAC) will return to action on Saturday, November 30 in Upland, Ind. as they take on Crossroads League opponent Taylor University. The game is schedule to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. EST.