EASTON, Pa. - Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) was one rebound shy of her second career double-double, notching 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 50-47 win against Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center. With the win, the Crusaders post a 7-16 record (3-5 Patriot League) and even the season record against Lafayette while the Leopards fall to 4-18 (2-6 Patriot League).
After senior Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) knocked down the first field goal of the game, a three-point shot, Lafayette would score six unanswered points to go ahead 6-3 in the early minutes of the first half. Senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) would then set herself up for an easy three-point shot, knotting the game at 12-12 with 12:05 on the clock. The Crusaders would score on three of their next four possessions to go ahead 21-16 at 7:12. Holy Cross stayed ahead by at least three points before outscoring the Leopards 6-2 in the final six minutes of the half to pull ahead by seven points, 28-21, heading into the locker room. McFadden led all Holy Cross scorers with eight points after the first 20 minutes while the team shot 39 percent from field. Lafayette shot 40 percent.
Holy Cross maintained a two-possession lead, 33-27, after earning a three-point shot made from Fremeau and a lay-up by freshman Kaitlin Cole (Springfield, Pa.) to start the second stanza. Each team scored an additional five points over the next three minutes of play, as the Crusaders kept a 38-32 lead at the midway point. The Crusaders would regain their largest lead of the game, a seven-point advantage (44-37) after Fremeau notched her sixth field goal of the game at 7:30. After a two-minute scoring drought the Leopards pulled within three points, marking the score at 46-42 at 2:42. Holy Cross would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way through, however, taking home a 50-47 win in Easton.
Two players notched double-digit performances for Holy Cross, including Fremeau's 14 points. McFadden followed with 11 points on three-for-seven shooting from the field and added seven rebounds. Cole notched a season-high six points in 12 minutes of playing time, tying her season-high. The team also tied its season-high with 41 rebounds, outrebounding the Leopards 41-24. Lafayette was led by junior Elizabeth Virgin who tallied 15 points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross will start a three-game homestretch against Army beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Army won the first meeting this season, 65-61, on Jan. 13.