WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team couldn't contain Vermont's top duo of seniors Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos, who combined to score 47 points, leading the Catamounts to a 78-56 win over the Crusaders at the Hart Center Monday. Holy Cross heads into finals break with 3-7 record on the season while Vermont moves to 6-1. Senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a team-high 15 points and also marked the team-high with eight rebounds.
Holy Cross earned its only lead of the game, 3-2, to start the first half. Vermont then broke through for a 13-point run, earning a 15-3 lead at 13:24. The Crusaders continued to struggle offensively, scoring eight points total over the following eight minutes as the Catamounts pulled ahead by their largest margin of 20 points at 4:44, notching the score at 33-13. Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) sparked a 5-0 run with a three-point shot at 4:29 to try and get her team back into the game. Vermont continued to play well, however, not allowing the Crusaders to get within 14 points the rest of the way and nailed a three-point shot at the buzzer to go up 43-24 into the halftime break. Holy Cross shot 37.5 percent in the half while Vermont shot 47.1 percent.
Vermont continued to advance, pulling ahead by 24 points after capitalizing on three Holy Cross turnovers early on in the second half. The Catamounts then earned their largest lead of the game, 66-35, at the 8:47 mark. Holy Cross was able to pull within 19 points behind senior Bethany O'Dell's (Lincoln, R.I.) second-consecutive three-point shot at 4:35. Two free throws by junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) registered the score at 71-53, but it was Vermont who held on for a 22 point win, finalizing the score at 78-56.
McFadden led the team with 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting. O'Dell and Fremeau continued their double-digit scoring streaks to follow, notching 12 and 11 points respectively. Holy Cross finished the game making 18 of its 48 attempts while Vermont made 30 of 63 attempts. The Catamounts were led by Kotsopoulos who tallied 29 points in 34 minutes played.
Holy Cross will take a break in game action from Dec. 8 through Dec. 20. They will then hit the road again to take on its third America East team, New Hampshire, on Sunday, Dec. 20. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Durham, N.H.