WEST POINT, N.Y. - A late run at the end of the second half gave the Holy Cross women's basketball team a final chance against Patriot League foe Army, but the team could not overcome a 16-point deficit, falling 65-61 at the Christl Arena. The Crusaders move to a 4-13 overall record (0-2 Patriot League), while Army posts an even record of 8-8 (2-0 Patriot League). Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H) was just one rebound away from a double-double, leading the Crusaders with 15 points and nine boards.
Fremeau went two-of-three from the field for five points to give Holy Cross an early 7-3 edge to begin the first half. Army then hit a three-point shot at 11:14 to take a one-point lead, 13-12. A four-point run by the Crusaders was broken up by the Black Knights' third-consecutive three-point shot, knotting the score at 16-16 with 9:10 to go in the half. Holy Cross took back a two-possession lead, 23-19, at 4:23 after putting up five unanswered points. Army then put together a late 5-0 run to take over the lead once again at the end of the half. After the fifth lead change of the half, Holy Cross found itself down, 26-25, going into the locker room. The Crusaders ended the first 20 minutes of play making nine of 21 field goal attempts (43 percent) behind Fremeau's nine points while Army hit eight of its 30 shots taken (27 percent).
Army earned its first two-possession lead of the game, 34-29, after scoring five unanswered points to begin the second half. A three-point shot by senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) got the team back within two, 34-32 at 16:17. The Black Knights outscored the Crusaders 10-2 over the next four minutes to earn a 10-point lead, 46-36. Army started to pull even further away, earning a game-high 16-point lead, 55-39 at 6:07. McFadden and junior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) tallied consecutive baskets to compile a short-lived run for Holy Cross, bringing the score back within 10 points, 55-45 at 4:07. The Crusaders continued to pull closer, collecting a seven-point run in the final minute of regulation to get within three points (61-59). A quick jump shot by sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) brought the score to 63-61 with one second to go, but two free throws sank the Crusaders, 65-61.
After Fremeau's team-high 15 points, O'Dell added 11 points in just 13 minutes of playing time to round out Holy Cross double-digit scorers. Ward led the late surge, collecting five of her eight total points in the final minute. The Crusaders were outscored 39-36 in the second half and finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field. Army was led by freshman Molly Yardley's 17 points (three-of-four shots made from three-point range).
Holy Cross continues its Patriot League road trip with a visit to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell. The game will be held at the Sojka Pavilion beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2010.