WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team led by as much as 25 points, earning its largest lead this season, and finished with an 11-point advantage, 78-67, over New England rival New Hampshire at the Hart Center. With the decision, the Crusaders move to 2-3 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to a 1-3 overall record. Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored 16 points a piece to lead the team as Smith set a new season-high in points, field goals made (5) and field goals attempted (15).
New Hampshire opened up the game on an 11-5 run before junior Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) hit the team's first field goal of the game at 13:46. A lay-up by senior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) at 8:46 then gave the Crusaders their first lead of the half, 14-13. Holy Cross continued on a 7-0 run to take a 22-13 lead at 5:57. A lay-up by freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) gave the squad its first double-digit advantage of the game, 28-17 at 3:17. Back-to-back three-point shots by Smith ended the half with the Crusaders up by a 36-19 tally. Holy Cross went 11-for-29 in the opening stanza while New Hampshire went 6-for-22. Smith led all scorers with 11 points at the half-way mark as well.
The Crusaders then pushed ahead to the commanding 25-point lead at the 10:19 mark of the second half as Ganser gave her team the 60-35 advantage. New Hampshire did not back down, however, as they mounted a 12-0 run from the 5:42 mark to bring the score to a nine-point (68-59) Holy Cross lead. Solid free-throw shooting down the stretch from Fremeau, Ward, Smith and freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) solidified the team's victory, as the four went 10-for-14 from the line to close out the Crusaders 78-67 final tally.
Holy Cross had four players finish in double-digits as sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) and Ward added 11 points apiece on to the 32 points scored by Fremeau and Smith. Lepley also topped the team with nine rebounds. In the game, the Crusaders shot 40.5 percent (23-for-57) while the Wildcats shot 39.0 percent (23-for-59). New Hampshire also took the rebounding edge, 39-36. The Wildcats were led by Denise Believeau who scored 16 points and brought down 13 boards.
Holy Cross returns to action after the Thanksgiving holiday, taking on Harvard at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. The game will be played on the Hart Center hardwood in Worcester, Mass.