- Site: Elgin, Ill. (Lindner Fitness Center)
- Event: CCAC Tournament game
- Score: Holy Cross 72, Judson 65
- Records: JU (14-17), HCC (10-21)
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ELGIN, Ill. – After 10 lead changes in the game, the final 7:16 determined who would advance in the CCAC Tournament as #5 seeded Holy Cross College went on an 8-0 run en route to the 72-65 decision over #4 seeded Judson University. Judson had a one-point lead, 53-52, with 8:54 left in the game and would not score for over three and half minutes as Holy Cross scored eight straight points.
Judson was led by the all-around play of Emily Ragsdale as she posted a double-double with 11 rebounds and 11 points along with seven blocks, four steals, and three assists. Ricquel Butler led Judson in scoring with 12 points and Kim Peek, in her final game at Judson, finished with 10 points. Shaniqua Roberts had six points and four assists in her last game at Judson. Lauren Malinowski led all scorers with 24 points while Lindsey Steffen had 22 points for Holy Cross.
The difference in the game came in the final 8:53 after Judson was up, 53-52. Daisy Jara completed a three-point play to put Judson in front by one after being down seven. The three-point play completed an 8-0 run over two minutes. Holy Cross answered with an 8-0 run in the next three and half minutes for the seven-point lead, 60-53. Judson would only come within four, 60-56, at the 5:18 mark on a Peek layup. Holy Cross advanced their lead to 11, 70-59, with 45 seconds left in the game as Judson did not recover from the original run.
Holy Cross started the game on a 6-0 run in the first three minutes. Judson fought back with a 9-3 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at nine on a Hailey Cnota layup. Cnota then gave Judson their first lead of the game, 11-9, at the 12:48 mark on another layup. In the next four minutes, Holy Cross went on a 12-2 run for an eight point lead, 21-13. Judson responded with a 8-0 run to tie the game at 21 as Butler scored five of the eight points. The run was started on a Bethany Zulegar three-pointer followed by five straight points from Butler. Both teams battled back and forth the final six minutes exchanging leads. Judson took a two point lead, 27-25, with 3:43 left on a Ragsdale three-point play and then Cnota made it a four-point lead, 29-25, a minute and half later. Holy Cross then finished the half on a 7-0 run for the three-point half time advantage, 32-29.
Judson opened the second half on a 10-6 run to take the one-point lead, 39-38, on a Butler three-pointer. Holy Cross scored six of the next eight points for a three-point lead but Judson fought back to tie the game at 45 with 12:55 left on a Karen Senette layup. That's when Holy Cross put together another big run, 7-0, for the seven-point lead, 52-45. At that point, Judson started their last run of the game, 8-0, for the one-point lead before Holy Cross finished off the game in the final 8:53.
Judson shot just 37% from the floor, 24% from beyond the arc, and 76% from the stripe. Holy Cross finished shooting 43% overall, 25% from the three-point line, and 84% from the line. They also out rebounded Judson, 40-32. Judson did force 22 turnovers and had eight blocked shots with 14 steals.
Judson had two players finish out their careers tonight in Kim Peek and Shaniqua Roberts. Peek was a four-year player while Roberts was a member for two years. Both were All-CCAC selections last year for Judson.