Women's Basketball Opens Season With Commanding Win, 84-56
LOWELL, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball team downed UMass Lowell for their first win of the season by a 84-56 margin in their first regular season game of the 2017-18 season. Lauren Manis led the Crusaders with 21 points, had three assists and four rebounds. Infiniti Thomas-Waheed added a 19 point effort with four rebounds and one steal.
Holy Cross hit 52.4 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 62.5 field goal percentage in the second and third quarters. The Crusaders made 11 of 27 three-pointers for a 40.7 percentage on the game. Holy Cross forced Lowell to commit 22 turnovers and held its largest lead of the game of 38 points in the fourth quarter.
Tricia Byrne added a 13 point outing, with four rebounds and two assists. Kathryn Pedi shot 3-5 from beyond the arc and led the team with two steals. The River Hawks were led by Paula Lopez, who had 16 points.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Thomas-Waheed was selected also as the Woman of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- In addition to her 19 points, she totaled four rebounds and recorded one steal.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Despite the River Hawks scoring first, the Crusaders went on an 11-point run to take back the lead and never relinquish it.
- The Crusaders continued with their exploding offense to close the first quarter with an 11-point lead (23-12).
- In the second quarter, Holy Cross added to their offense as they took a 29-point lead sparked by a six-point run from Manis.
- Thomas-Waheed controlled the Crusader offense to close the third quarter, scoring five points to close the third quarter with a 37-point Crusader lead (72-35).
- Holy Cross closed out the game with a 84-36 lead and their first win of the 2017-18 season.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Crusaders scored over 80 points for the first time since Jan. 6, 2016 at Colgate.
- The Crusaders recorded 36 points in the paint and 30 points off of turnovers. Lowell only recorded 18 points off of turnovers.
- The Holy Cross bench posted 31 points in the victory.