Thomas-Waheed Reaches 1,000 Points As Holy Cross Downs Vermont 64-53
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed reached 1,000 career points with a jump shot in the third quarter as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team defeated Vermont 64-52 on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.
Thomas-Waheed registered a double-double to lead Holy Cross (4-5) with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Jenay Faulkner also had a strong game with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Sophomore Lauren Manis finished the game with nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Vermont (2-8) was led by Cassidy Derda, who tallied 17 points and seven rebounds while shooting 5-for-7 from behind the arc.
The Crusaders shot 44.1% (26-for-59) from the field, while the Catamounts hit 35.7% (20-for-55) of their shots. In the second half, Holy Cross shot 55% (17-for-31). The Crusaders had a solid edge in rebounds, 44-28. Holy Cross scored 18 points off turnovers, and notched 14 points off the bench.
WOMAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES
- Following the game, Thomas-Waheed was selected as the Woman of the Match presented the United States Marines.
- Thomas-Waheed earned a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 10-for-16 from the field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Crusaders led three times throughout the first half, but Vermont pulled ahead late before senior Katie Doherty hit a three-pointer before the buzzer to make it 12-11 Catamounts.
- Vermont led by as many as eight points during the second quarter, but Holy Cross added six-straight to make it 25-23 in favor of the Catamounts before heading to the locker room at halftime.
- The Catamounts led for the majority of the third quarter, but a three-point shot from freshman Jenay Faulkner gave the Crusaders a 44-42 advantage heading into the fourth.
- After Vermont tied the game early in the fourth quarter, Holy Cross surged into the lead and ended the game with an 8-0 run to earn the 64-53 victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Thomas-Waheed became the 33rd player in program history to record 1,000 career points, and the first since Lisa Mifsud ’16 who finished her career with 1,105 points.
- Thomas-Waheed earned her second double-double of the season, and the fifth of her career.
- This was the first time Holy Cross has recorded 40 or more rebounds since earning 42 at American on Jan. 22, 2017.
- Thomas-Waheed recorded over 20 points for the third time this season. She also had 20-point games against Marist (25, Nov. 14) and Rider (22, Nov. 18).
- For the first time this season, Holy Cross had two players with double-digit rebounds.
- This was the largest rebounding differential (+16) for the Crusaders this season.
- Holy Cross returns to action Sunday, Dec. 17, as the Crusaders travel to Rhode Island for a 2:00 p.m. game.