February 24, 2010

Women's Basketball Defeats Colgate 78-65

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md) and freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied a team-high 20 points each while junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) notched her second career double-double to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 78-65 win against Colgate at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders complete their regular season road slate with an 9-19 overall record (5-8 Patriot League) while the Raiders finish their home schedule with a 10-17 overall record (5-8 Patriot League). Fremeau led the team with 10 rebounds and scored 12 points to earn the double-double feat.

A combined seven three-point shots were made between Holy Cross and Colgate started the first half of action, including three made by McFadden as the Crusaders found themselves up 12-11 at 14:08. The Crusaders took a two-possession lead behind another three point shot made from McFadden, going up 17-12 at 11:41. Two consecutive baskets made by Lepley gave Holy Cross a double-digit advantage, 25-12, at the midway mark. Colgate then broke a six minute scoring drought to get back within nine points, bringing the score to 25-16 at 7:36. McFadden remained hot, knocking down her fifth three-point shot of the game as Holy Cross took its largest lead of 14 points, 30-16, with a little less than six minutes to play in the first stanza. The Raiders would outscore the Crusaders 12-7 in the final five minutes of the half but a lay up made by senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) with two seconds to go gave the Crusaders the final momentum, taking a 37-28 advantage into the halftime. Holy Cross made 40 percent of its field goal attempts (15-of-38) while Colgate knocked down 35 percent of its shots (10-of-29).

Five points from Fremeau gave the team back a double-digit lead, going up 42-30 to start the second half. Colgate would then go on a 8-2 run, getting within five points of Holy Cross, 45-40, at 14:12. Holy Cross answered with a 9-3 run of its own, including five points from Lepley to go up 54-43 at the midway point of the half. The Crusaders continued to pull ahead, earning their largest lead of 15 points, 60-45, after McFadden hit her first of two free throw attempts at 8:12. The Raiders would outscore Holy Cross 12-6 over the next five minutes of play, getting back within eight points, 66-58, but would not get any closer. The Crusaders would close out the final minute of the game making all eight of its free throw attempts, finishing with a 78-65 win to earn the 41st victory in 44 meetings with the Raiders.

The two top Holy Cross point scorers, McFadden and Lepley, also finished with seven rebounds each, combining for 40 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) tallied a career-high six assists to lead the team in that category while Fremeau's team-high 10 rebounds was also a season-high. Colgate was led by junior Sami Kozlowski, who scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half.

Holy Cross will host its senior day this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 27. The team and its five-member senior class will host Lehigh at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., starting at 1:00 p.m.