Manis Nets 17 As Holy Cross Downs Lehigh 65-62 In Regular Season Finale
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Lauren Manis posted 17 points as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team defeated Lehigh 65-62 on Wednesday night at Stabler Arena.
Manis scored 17 points, including 15 in the second half, while adding seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed added 16 points while posting six rebounds for Holy Cross (12-17, 7-11). Senior Tricia Byrne also turned in a strong performance, scoring 11 points with three assists. Lehigh (15-14, 9-9) was led by Gena Grundhoffer, who tallied 24 points with nine rebounds. Bernadette Devaney also finished the game in double-digits, scoring 16 points while shooting 4-for-7.
The Crusaders shot 44.2% (23-52) while holding Lehigh to 38.5% (20-52). From three-point range, the Mountain Hawks shot 47.8% (11-23) while Holy Cross posted 35.0% (7-20). Lehigh was perfect at the free throw line, hitting all 11 attempts, while the Crusaders shot 57.1% (12-21). This marked the Crusaders’ first win at Lehigh since Feb. 10, 2013, when Holy Cross defeated the Mountain Hawks 72-66.
WOMAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES
- Following the game, Manis was selected as the Woman of the Match presented the United States Marines.
- She scored 17 points and added seven rebounds with four steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Crusaders had a strong start to the game, grabbing the first two field goals and leading by as many as 11 before carrying a 20-14 lead into the second quarter.
- The Mountain Hawks bounced back in the next frame, outscoring Holy Cross 15-10 to make it 30-29 in favor of the Crusaders heading into halftime.
- Lehigh jumped out to a six-point lead, but Holy Cross responded with a 15-3 run to regain control of the lead and take a 47-43 advantage into the final frame.
- The Mountain Hawks cut the deficit to two points in the final minute of play, but could not come any closer as the Crusaders held on for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Holy Cross scored 28 points off turnovers, while Lehigh added just 16.
- The Mountain Hawks had the edge in rebounding. 36-27.
- Lehigh committed 20 turnovers, while the Crusaders had just 13.
- Holy Cross returns to action this Saturday, March 3, as they play host to 10th-seeded Colgate in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament at 1:05 p.m.