Women's Basketball Topped, 98-64, By #25 Boston College

Whitney Fremeau

WORCESTER, Mass. – Four players notched double-digit scoring affairs, including a team-high 16 points by senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.), but could not lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a victory over No. 25 Boston College, falling 98-64, at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to a record of 4-5 on the season, while the Eagles pick up an unblemished 9-0 overall record. Fremeau hit three three-point shots in the game, collecting a career-high in three-point shots made.  

A total of three three-point shots opened up game action as Boston College sank two of them, taking a 6-3 lead early on. Sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) gave the squad its first points at 18:48, knocking down her second three-point shot on the season. Freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) notched six points over the next four minutes, tying the game with two made free throws, 10-10, at 14:11. The Eagles would then out score the Crusaders 16-6, taking a double-digit lead, 26-16, at 9:52. Boston College continued to take charge, earning an 18-point lead with 8:26 on the clock. Back-to-back shots made by Malone, Fremeau and freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) boosted Holy Cross to a 7-0 run, bringing the score down to 36-26 at 5:18. The Crusaders would come no closer, however, as Boston College took a 22-point advantage, 48-26, with two minutes left in the half. Lepley sank her second three-point shot of the game with just over 30 seconds to go, tallying the final basket of the half as Holy Cross found itself down 52-34 at the break. Malone led all Crusaders with 10 points after the first 20 minutes.

Boston College went back up by 22-points, 59-37, going 3-for-4 from the floor to begin the second half. The Eagles then scored six more unanswered points to take a 28-point lead, 65-37 at 14:25. Freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) broke the Holy Cross scoring drought 20 seconds later, sinking both of her free throws to bring the score to 65-39. The Eagles did not back down, going up by as much as 34 points over the next three minutes, taking a 73-39 advantage. The Crusaders put together a 7-0 run to follow, as Fremeau tallied two-consecutive baskets for five points, notching the score at 73-46 with just over 10 minutes to go in the game. Holy Cross would out-score Boston College 9-8 over the next five minutes of play; putting up a total of 55 points next to the Eagles' 85 points with four minutes to go in the game. Holy Cross would get no closer than 27-points the rest of the way, however, as the squad fell to the Eagles by the final tally of 98-64.     

Also tallying double-digit outings were a career-high 12 points from senior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) and 10 points a piece from Lepley and Malone. In the game, the Crusaders shot 34.9 percent (22-for-63) while the Eagles shot 61.3 percent (38-for-62). Boston College also took the rebounding edge, 36-29, and was led by sophomore guard Kerri Shields with a career-best 25 points.

Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 19 when it travels to play Bryant. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I.