BRONX, N.Y. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team scored 13 points in the first half and could not over come a 20-point halftime deficit, falling to Fordham 67-36 at the Rose Hill Gym. With the decision, the Crusaders dip to 1-3 on the season, while Fordham picks up a 3-1 overall record. Junior captain Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) led all scorers with 10 points, going 5-for-8 from the floor.
A combined 14 points were scored through the first seven minutes of play as the teams were knotted at 7-7 after Ward hit a jumper to tie the game at 13:25. The Rams then pulled away with a 22-point run, bringing the score to 29-7 with 4:40 left in the front half. Ward broke the nine minute scoring drought at 4:13, bringing the score to 29-9. The Crusaders mustered four more points as senior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) and freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied scores. Fordham capitalized on 15 points off Holy Cross turnovers in the first half as the Crusaders made six of their 25 shots to find themselves down 33-13 after the first 20 minutes of play.
Holy Cross could not bring the score margin under 18 points in the second half. The Rams would earn a 28-point lead with 9:27 on the game clock as Fordham continued to outscore Holy Cross 19-9, notching the score at 52-24. The Crusaders found themselves down by their largest deficit of 32 points as Fordham commanded a 61-29 lead with 3:34 left to go in the game. Freshman Kristen Fuery (Dresher, Pa.) earned her first collegiate points at the :57 second mark, collecting Holy Cross' final points of the game. Fordham would score one more three-point shot after Fuery's jumper and finished with the 67-36 final tally.
Ward was the only Holy Cross scorer in double-digits as freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) pounded the boards for a team and season-high eight rebounds. In the game, Holy Cross shot 27.8 percent (15-for-54) while Fordham shot 42.9 percent (24-for-56). The Rams also took the rebounding edge, 45-29. Fordham was led by Becky Peters with 10 points.
Holy Cross will begin a five-game home stand next as New Hampshire visits Worcester first on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The game will be played at the Hart Center starting at 7:00 p.m.