Chicago, IL. The Holy Cross College women’s basketball team traveled to Illinois to begin the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Saints went to Chicago to take #2 Saint Xavier University. A slow first quarter for women’s basketball, put them behind early, and Holy Cross was never able to overcome the deficit. The Cougars won 111-59. With the loss, women’s basketball stands at 5-3 overall, and 0-1 in the CCAC.
The Cougars would start the game on a 27-8 run, before a made layup by Tagin Shultheis with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Saint Xavier used their size advantage to score 16 of their 33 points in the paint.
The Saints were never able to gain momentum in the second quarter, allowing too many second chance points paired with poor shooting. Midway through the second, Holy Cross would show an offensive spark after an Eryn Leek made three, but St. Xavier was able to regain momentum and go into halftime up 58-30.
The Cougars proved why they are the second ranked team in the nation in the second half as they attacked from all angles to defeat the Saints 111-59.
The Saints were led in scoring by junior Keysha Streater with 12 points on 5/11 shooting from the field. Eryn Leek contributed nine points, and Jessica Norris and Cameron Schultheis each added eight points. Holy Cross shot 28% from the field and 26% from behind the arc.
Women’s basketball will continue their CCAC play when they travel to Judson University Saturday, Nov. 18 for a 2:00 tipoff
Chicago, IL. The Holy Cross College men’s basketball team opened their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a road game at St. Xavier University. The Saints fell to the Cougars 77-57, and with the loss stand at 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the CCAC.
The Saints got off to a hot start and led 16-11, but the Cougars started applying pressure in their man-to-man defense gained the lead 30-39 entering halftime. Senior Brandon Lawler paced Holy Cross with 11 points on 1/2 shooting from three.
In the second half, Holy Cross struggled to get their offense going and the Cougars would extend their lead to 37-62 with 10 minutes of action remaining. Poor shooting and costly turnovers would lead to St. Xavier having a 24-14 points of turnover margin.
Travon Brackett and Ja’Mare Washington each had 13 points, and Washington added 10 rebounds. Brandon Lawler contributed with 11 points. The Saints shot 35% from the field, and 16% from behind the arc.
The Saints will be back in action when they travel to Judson University Saturday, Nov. 18 for a 4:00pm tipoff.