WORCESTER, Mass. - Four double-digit performances could not lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a victory at the Hart Center as the team fell 67-62 against Dartmouth. With the loss, the Crusaders begin 2010 with a 3-11 record while Dartmouth moves to 4-8 on the season. Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) led the team with a career-best 13-point performance and also tallied five rebounds.
The Crusaders started off strong, earning a six-point lead, 10-4, after junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) hit two free throws at the 16:41 mark. The squad maintained its lead until 13:34 as Dartmouth mounted a 7-0 run, bringing the score to 13-12. The Big Green then took full reins of the lead at 11:34. Holy Cross found itself down by its largest deficit in the half of 17 points with a little over two minutes left. A lay up by Lepley with 22 seconds to go marked the score at 40-27 as the team's headed into the locker rooms. Lepley led all scorers with a four-for-five field goal performance, tallying eight points. As a team, the Crusaders went 11-for-24 while Dartmouth hit 15 of its 27 shots to earn the 13-point halftime advantage.
Dartmouth continued to pull ahead in the second half, earning its largest lead of 21 points, 51-30, at 16:16. Holy Cross then put together a 10-0 run behind the first three-point shot of the game by senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and sophomore Meredith Ward's (Westerly, R.I.) first field goal of the game. The Crusaders continued to stay hot, making it a five-point game, 57-52, at 7:15. Dartmouth kept the game within two possessions before a lay up by senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) with 16 seconds to go in the game gave the team a late chance, notching the score at 65-62. Holy Cross was forced to foul the rest of the way, however, and the Big Green escaped with a 67-62 road victory. Holy Cross finished the game making 43 percent of its shots while Dartmouth collected a 45 percent field goal performance. Both teams tallied 32 rebounds in the contest.
Behind Lepley's 13-point performance, Fremeau, McFadden and O'Dell rounded out the team's double-digit performances with 10 points a piece. Fremeau was one rebound away from a double-double as she brought down a team-high nine rebounds. Dartmouth was led by junior forward Brittney Smith who notched 20 points and eight rebounds.
Holy Cross will continue its three-game home stand against Rhode Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.