Notre Dame, IN. The Holy Cross College women’s basketball team hosted Bethel College in a non-conference game this evening. The Saints stifling defense was key in getting the 54-50 win. With the win, women’s basketball improves to 3-0 on the season.

Keysha Streater was able to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead, after she was able to convert on a tough layup off an assist from Raven Delph. Holy Cross would take a 17-9 lead to end the first period behind Alex Forster‘s nine points.

In the second period, the Saints defense limited the Pilots to shooting 29% from the field and 1/8 from three. Holy Cross turned Bethel over 13 times in the first half, to go into halftime up 28-21.

The Saints would build on their lead early in the second half, when junior Eryn Leek drained a three. Bethel would battle back in the ensuing possession, when they were able to drive the lane for a layup. Holy Cross answered with Jessica Norris hitting another three. After some back and forth baskets given up by both teams in the remainder of the 3rd, the Saints would enter the 4th period with a 41-31 lead.

Midway through the 4th period, Bethel cut the deficit to 43-42 with 6:04 left to play. Late in the game, Alex Forster was able to go 4/4 from the free-throw line, while Keysha Streater went 1/2, to secure the Saints’ win.

Holy Cross was led in scoring by junior Alex Forster who finished with 15 points on 3/4 shooting from behind the arc. Fellow junior Keysha Streater added 11 points to go along with her eight rebounds. For the game, the Saints made 19 field goals on 16 assists, shooting 34% from the field.

Women’s basketball will continue their non-conference schedule when they host Spring Arbor University Saturday, Nov. 4 for a noon tipoff.