Sports Information Director
UPLAND, Ind. -- The Holy Cross women's basketball team hit the road for a non-conference matchup with the Trojans of Taylor University on Saturday afternoon. After holding a one-point halftime lead, the Trojans outscored the Saints 44-32 in the second half as they fell 72-61. Holy Cross falls to 2-7 overall on the season.
Both teams struggled to take control in the first half on Saturday afternoon as neither team had a lead larger than three points. The score was tied seven times in the half with eight lead changes. The Saints saw their largest lead in the half at three points with 6:03 left after the basket from freshman Shelby Nelson (Mishawaka, Ind.). Nelson concluded the first half with a productive eight points and five rebounds to lead all scorers as the Saints took a 29-28 advantage to the break.
Holy Cross held the Trojans to 10-of-35 shooting from the floor including 3-of-14 from three-point range. Conversely, the Saints shot 13-of-31 from the floor and 1-of-6 from distance. The Saints turned six Taylor turnovers into nine points while also holding a 23-17 advantage on points in the paint.
A 5-2 run to open up the second half gave Holy Cross its largest lead of the game following a three-pointer from Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and basket inside from Carmen Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind.). The Trojans responded with a 7-0 run of their own to retake the lead at 37-34. The Saints would cut the lead to one point before a 9-2 run by the Trojans gave Taylor an eight point advantage with 11:42 remaining.
The Saints slowed down the recent surge by the Trojans with back-to-back baskets to trim Taylor's lead to 48-44 but a three-pointer by Kelci Freds sparked another 9-2 run as the Trojans extended their lead to 57-46 with less than eight minutes remaining. The Saints would never get closer than seven points over the final minutes as Taylor closed out the game with a 72-61 victory.
Kari Barnes led the scoring for Holy Cross with 12 points while Jillian DeLucia (Fishers, Ind.) scored six points with seven rebounds and a season-high nine assists.
Turnovers were an issue for the Saints in the second half as Taylor scored 17 points off of nine second half turnovers. The Trojans also held a 41-35 advantage on the glass.
Kelci Freds led all scorers with a game-high 17 points including 5-of-10 shooting from distance.
Holy Cross (2-7) will return home on Saturday, December 7 with their CCAC home opener against Olivet Nazarene University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. EST.