December 5, 2009

Women's Basketball Outdueled In Double Overtime By Northeastern, 89-82

WORCESTER, Mass. - Northeastern was able to outscore the Holy Cross women's basketball team 15-6 in the second overtime period on its way to earning an 89-82 victory at the Hart Center Saturday. With the defeat, the Crusaders move to 3-6 on the season while the Huskies register a 5-2 record. Senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) topped her season-highs with 22 points, making six three-point shots to lead her team as she also moves into second place on the Patriot League's all-time list for three-point field goals made (242). 

O'Dell notched her first two three-point shots just two minutes into the first half, giving the team its first baskets. Northeastern was then able to go on a 6-2 run to jump ahead by its largest margin of the half, 16-8 at 14:30. Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) sparked an 8-0 run for Holy Cross with a lay-up as the team came back to knot the score at 16-16 with 11:04 remaining. Senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) gave the Crusaders the eventual lead at 9:05 on her first field goal of the game. Both teams battled back and forth for the final nine minutes, recording five ties, but it was Holy Cross who clung on to a 33-31 lead going into the half.

Northeastern moved ahead 47-40 at the 14:07 mark of the second half and maintained a six-point lead, despite a 5-0 run but the Crusaders, staying up 56-50 at 7:31. McFadden then made it a one-possession game at 5:53 with her fourth field-goal of the game and then followed with a lay-up to tie the score at 59-59 with just under five minutes to go in the half. The teams continued to fight for the lead, as Northeastern took the last shot of regulation with 30 seconds left to send the game in to overtime, 63-63.

Lepley notched her fifth field goal of the game, giving her a season and career-high 10 points in the first minute of the first overtime. Four lead changes occurred before McFadden tied the game again with two free-throws and no time on the clock to knot the score at 74-74 and sending the game into the second overtime.

Northeastern sunk two crucial three-point shots to turn the game around in the final period, going ahead by four points, 80-76. The Huskies remained hot from field goal range to permanently pull ahead and win by the final 89-82 score.   

In the game, Holy Cross marked season-highs with 27 field goals made on 71 attempts. They finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field while the Huskies shot 46 percent (29-of-63). The team also tallied season highs in steals (16) and assists (20). O'Dell led the team with her 22 points. McFadden tied her season-high with 20 points and also brought down a season-high seven rebounds. Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) tied her season and career-high with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting while fellow junior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) led the team in rebounds with nine, tying her career-high. Northeastern was led by sophomore Brittany Wilson, who scored 31 points and had nine rebounds.

Holy Cross will complete its two-game home stand before breaking for finals, taking on Vermont on Monday, Dec. 7. The Crusaders look to break the two-game win streak the Catamounts have collected as game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.