Notre Dame, IN. The Holy Cross College women’s basketball team hosted #15 Indiana Wesleyan University in their last home non-conference game of the season. The Saints defeated the Wildcats 61-60 after a Tagin Schultheis three with four seconds left in the game. With the win, the Saints improve to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Saints came out shooting red-hot from the field, as they would go up 13-3 after a made three pointer by Jessica Norris midway through the first. Keysha Streater added to the lead with an “and 1” layup to put Holy Cross up 19-7 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Holy Cross continued their strong shooting and would go up 29-13 with five minutes remaining in the half. IWU would go on a run and cut the lead to eight over the next three minutes, but the Saints would end the half with a run of their own and enter halftime up 37-23.
The Saints struggled to score in the third period, as IWU was able to tie the game 43-43 with three left in the period. After two layups by Keysha Streater, Holy Cross led 47-43 entering the last quarter.
Holy Cross would go on a run to start the fourth quarter, and would go up 55-46 after two made free throws by Tagin Schultheis. After some costly turnovers late, IWU was able to take 60-58 lead with 11 seconds remaining. After a HCC timeout, the Saints had time for one last play as Jessica Norris drove the ball down the left side and passed it to Tagin Schultheis, who drained a three to give Holy Cross a 61-60 victory.
Junior Keysha Streater recorded a double-double with a team-high 31 points and 16 rebounds. Fellow junior Jessica Norris added 16 points on 4/8 from behind the arc, and Tagin Schultheis added eight points but none more important than the three with four seconds remaining. The Saints shot 38% from the field and outrebounded IWU 43-37.
Women’s basketball travels north tomorrow, when they face Concordia University in a 3:00pm tipoff.