Women's Basketball Bested By Navy 77-69

Briana McFadden

WORCESTER, Mass. - Seniors Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.), and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) along with junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) combined to score 54 of Holy Cross' 69 points but could not boost their team to a league victory as the Holy Cross women's basketball team fell 77-69 against Navy at the Hart Center. After the loss, the Crusaders register an 8-18 overall record (4-7 Patriot League) while the Midshipmen collect a 14-12 overall record (6-5 Patriot League). McFadden tallied her fourth 20-point game of the season, leading all scorers with 20 total points and bringing down a team-high six rebounds.

Navy took an early two possession lead, 8-4, behind a four-for-six field goal performance to start. Holy Cross would then score six unanswered points, including three made free-throws from McFadden, to take a 12-8 lead at 14:08. The Crusaders maintained a four-point advantage until Navy collected a short 4-0 run to knot the score at 15-15 at the halfway mark of the first stanza. O'Dell would hit her second three-point shot of the night to give the Crusaders back a 20-18 edge at 7:41, but the Mids would then combine for seven unanswered points to take a two-possession advantage, 25-20 at 4:52. Fremeau nailed a jumper to break a three-minute Holy Cross scoring drought, but Navy continued to pull ahead, taking its largest lead of the half, 27-22 at 1:18. Fremeau would then notch a three-point shot with one second to go in the half to bring the score to 33-29 after the first 20 minutes of play. The Crusaders marked a 44 percent field goal performance in the first half behind Fremeau's team-leading nine points while Navy hit 55 percent of its shot attempts.  

Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) would open up the second half with her second field goal of the game to get Holy Cross within one-possession of Navy. Holy Cross continued to stay down by at least one-point and as many as eight points before a three-point play by McFadden at the 8:17 mark gave the Crusaders back a 54-53 edge. McFadden's three-point play sparked a 7-0 Holy Cross run, as the Crusaders found themselves up 58-53 a minute later. Each team would trade baskets over the next two minutes but two costly Holy Cross turnovers would allow Navy to retake the lead, 61-60 at 4:44. O'Dell would tie the score, 63-63, at 3:13 but a detrimental 5-0 run from Navy would drop the Crusaders behind the rest of the way, falling to the Mids by the final 77-69 score.

McFadden tallied 10 of her team-high 20 points from the free throw line as she missed just one of her 11 free throw attempts, notching a season-high number of free throws made in a game. Fremeau would follow with her fourth 18-point outing of the season, tying her career-high. She also made two-of-four field goals from beyond the arc, also tying her season and career-bests. O'Dell rounded out Holy Cross' double-digit performances as she finished with 16 points on four-for-eight shooting, making all four of her baskets from three-point range. Navy was led by junior guard Angela Myers' team-high 17 points and seven assists.

Holy Cross will head to Washington, D.C. to take on American this upcoming weekend. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, starting at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders have lost the last two contests at American's home court of Bender Arena.