Women's Basketball Drops 43-39 Decision To Lafayette

Amy Lepley

WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman forward/guard Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds but could not save the Holy Cross women's basketball team from falling against Patriot League opponent Lafayette at the Hart Center, 43-39. With the loss, the Crusaders go to a 4-12 overall record, 0-1 in the Patriot League while Lafayette records a 3-12, 1-0 Patriot League tally.

A total of 32 points were scored in the first half, with Lafayette taking a 17-15 edge into the locker room. The Leopards held on to a one-possession lead to begin the first half until junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) layed in two points to put the Crusaders up by one, 7-6, at the 11:30 mark. Four lead changes and two ties completed the next six minutes of play before Lafayette went on a five-point run, going up 16-11 with a little over one minute left in the half. Four free throw makes by Lepley and senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) gave the team its final four points of the half, bringing the score to 17-15 after the first 20 minutes of play. McFadden led with five points in the half while Holy Cross combined for a 13 percent field goal percentage. Lafayette went seven of 29 from the field.

Lepley tied the game with a lay up, 17-17, to begin the final half. Lafayette pulled ahead again at 14:00 before Holy Cross mounted a five-point run behind McFadden's lone three-point shot of the game, going ahead by its largest lead of six points, 30-24 at the mid-way point. The Leopards were then able to collect a seven-point run of their own, taking back a one-point advantage, 31-30 at 7:36. Lafayette picked up a two-possession lead, 38-32, with a little under five minutes left to play in the game before two consecutive jump shots by Lepley and Fremeau got the squad within two-points, 38-36 at 2:03. The Leopards would never relinquish the lead, however, earning the final 43-39 win. Holy Cross finished the game with a 25 percent field goal performance while Lafayette made 29 percent of its field goals.

Lepley led the Crusaders with her 12-point, 10 rebound feat, scoring six points in the second half. McFadden followed with 10-points and six rebounds. Lafayette forward LaKeisha Wright marked her own double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Leopards.

Holy Cross continues Patriot League play with a trip to West Point, N.Y. to take on the Army Black Knights. The game will be held at the Christl Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 13. Army currently holds a two-game win streak against the Crusaders.