Joliet, IL. The Holy Cross College women’s basketball team took on #17 University of Saint Francis tonight in Illinois. USF proved they were one of the nation’s top teams, defeating the Saints 80-60. With the loss, Holy Cross stands at 11-17 overall, and 5-13 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Kaelyn Barlow layup gave the Saints a 2-0 start, but USF would go on a run for the rest of the first quarter and go up 18-9 after one. Again, the Saints were able to capitalize on their first possession and cut into the USF lead with a Jessica Norris jump shot. With seven minutes remaining in the half, Brooke Sterkowitz and Jessica Norris would hit back-to-back threes to bring the Saints within one, 20-19. Saint Francis was able to make another run late and take a 40-26 lead entering halftime.

Tagin Shultheis would get hot in the fourth quarter, as she would shoot 5/8 from the field, and 3/4 from behind the arc. Holy Cross was unable to overcome the halftime deficit, and fell 80-60.

Jessica Norris score a team-high 17 points while hitting 5/6 from behind the arc. Tagin Schultheis added 16 points, while Keysha Streater recorded eight points and eight rebounds. The Saints shot 47% from the field and 50% from three.

Women’s basketball will be back in action for senior night, as they host Trinity International University this Wednesday at 5:30.