Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Holy Cross women's basketball team played their last game at home in 2013 on Sunday afternoon while playing host to the Peregrines of Purdue Calumet in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play. Struggles shooting the ball really hurt the Saints as they shot just 30.4% from the floor for the game. Purdue Calumet took control in the second half to pick up the 74-59 victory and drop the Saints to 2-10 overall and 0-3 in the CCAC.
The Saints got off to a nice start in Sunday afternoon's conference matchup after senior guard Megan Eve (Scottsburg, Ind.) drained a three-pointer to open up the scoring. Following the quick shot from Eve, Purdue Calumet quickly turned things around and built up a four-point lead following a free-throw from Kami Graber. The Saints responded with a 5-0 run to retake the lead, but the Peregrines were not finished quite yet. Purdue Calumet put a 21-8 run to take a 30-18 lead with 3:48 remaining in the first half.
Kristin Nitka (Chicago, Ill.) helped get things started in the final three minutes of the half with a three-pointer as the Saints closed out the half with an 8-2 run to head to the break only trailing the Peregrines by six points.
Despite shooting 30.3% from the floor in the half, the Saints scored 12 points off of 11 Purdue Calumet turnovers and held an 11-4 advantage in bench scoring. Kari Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind.) hit 4-of-8 shots and 2-of-4 from distance to lead the Saints with 10 first half points.
Purdue Calumet got off to a fast start to open up the second half with a 10-3 run to take a 13-point lead. With the Peregrines controlling the tempo of the game, junior Maggie Gondeck (Michigan City, Ind.) sparked the Saints with back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to seven points. Following the recent run by the Saints, the Peregrines answered right back and extended their lead to 13 points with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. Holy Cross would get within nine points of Purdue Calumet, but the strong play of the Peregrines down the stretch helped them close out with a 74-59 victory over the Saints.
The Peregrines grabbed 30 rebounds in the second half, 13 of them being offensive. With their aggressiveness on the glass, Purdue Calumet was able to turn these 13 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points. Kami Graber was one of four Peregrines to score in double figures, finishing with a game-high 21-point performance.
Lindsey Steffen (Nappanee, Ind.) and Maggie Gondeck played exceptionally well for the Saints in the second half. Steffen scored of 11 of her team-high 14 points in the half while Gondeck scored all 13 points in the final 20 minutes. In addition, Steffen also finished with a team-high eight rebounds. Kari Barnes was the third Saints player to reach double figured scoring numbers, finishing with 13 points and three three-point field goals.
The Saints got a lot of production from their bench, outscoring Purdue Calumet 35-8, but the 30.4% shooting from the floor was the difference. With the loss, the Saints have dropped six consecutive games.
Holy Cross (2-10, 0-3 CCAC) will hit the road for a CCAC matchup with the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Thursday, December 19. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. EST.