Women's Basketball Loses Battle With Harvard, 74-57

Briana McFadden

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior captains Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) tallied 15 points a piece but were unable to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a victory, as Harvard led the entire game, winning 74-57 at the Lavietes Pavilion Wednesday. With the loss, the Crusaders move to 3-5 on the season while Harvard goes to 4-3.

Harvard freshman Victoria Lippert notched six points in four minutes to help her team to an early 10-0 lead to start the game. The Crimson stayed hot, pulling ahead 17-0 at 14:22 while Holy Cross went 0-for-7 from field goal range. McFadden marked the first basket for the Crusaders, knocking down a three-point shot at 13:45. At the midway point of the first half, Harvard held a commanding 21 point lead, 28-7. O'Dell knocked down her first three-point shot of the game to bring the Crusaders within 16 points at 5:10. The team finished the half on a 4-0 run, going into the locker room down 39-23. In the half, Holy Cross shot 29.6 percent from the field next to Harvard's 57.1 field goal percentage. McFadden led all scorers with seven points.

Junior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) scored five-consecutive points, including her first three-point shot of the season, to spark an 8-0 run to bring the Crusaders within seven points, 40-33, at the 15:50 mark of the second half. Harvard continued to maintain its lead, however, going on an eight-point run at the midway point of the half to mark the score at 55-44. The Crimson continued to bring the offense, earning back a 20-point advantage, 70-50 with a little less than five minutes to play. Holy Cross never gave up, scoring seven points to round out the half, but fell by the final 74-57 score.

Holy Cross managed to finish the game with a 34.0 field goal percentage, going 16-of-47. O'Dell and McFadden led the way with 15 points a piece while junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) scored 14 points. McFadden and May led the squad with a team-high five rebounds each. May also tied her career-high with two three-point shots made.  Harvard was led by junior Emma Markley who tallied a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Holy Cross will hold its first home game of the season, taking on Northeastern at the Hart Center on Saturday, Dec. 5. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.