NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Senior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) tallied her second-consecutive double-digit performance of the season, scoring 20 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 55-50 win over Central Connecticut at the Detrick Gymnasium Monday night. With the victory, the Crusaders even their record at 1-1, while Central Connecticut falls to 0-2 on the season.
Holy Cross opened up the game with an 0-for-4 shooting performance while Central Connecticut junior Leanne Crockett put up five quick points to lead her team. The Crusaders settled down as they were able to knot the score at 7-7 at the 14:22 mark. Holy Cross was then able to outscore Central Connecticut 13-6 to take a 21-13 lead with 6:11 left to go in the half. The team remained strong, going on an 8-0 run in the last two minutes to take a 34-20 advantage into the locker room. McFadden led the offense with 11 points, making three of her eight shots and making all four of her free throws.
Central Connecticut went on a 6-0 run beginning at the 13:35 mark of the second half, bringing the Holy Cross advantage down to 44-38. With a little over three minutes to go in the half, the Blue Devils were able to make it a one possession game, notching the score at 48-46. Five consecutive free throws and two forced turnovers allowed Holy Cross to extend its lead back to seven with 53 seconds to go, finishing with a 55-50 road victory.
Holy Cross senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) notched 10 points on 3-for-14 shooting while junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) followed with nine points on 4-for-14 shooting. Central Connecticut was led by Crockett with 17 points and 16 rebounds. In the game, Holy Cross shot 28.6 percent (16-of-56) while Central Connecticut shot 36.4 percent (20-of-55). The Blue Devils took the rebounding edge, 44-33.
Holy Cross will play in its third-consecutive road game, traveling to Smithfield, R.I. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to take on the Bryant Bulldogs. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Chace Athletic Center.