Women's Basketball Bested By Bryant, 59-47

Alex Smith

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team scored just one point in the last eight minutes of regulation, while Bryant scored 23 points to come back for a 59-47 win over the Crusaders at the Chace Athletic Center. With the result, the Crusaders drop to a record of 4-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs go to 3-7. Freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored 14 of the team's 20 second-half points to lead all scorers in the game.   

The Crusaders found themselves down 12-4 after the first five minutes of play in the first half as senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) notched both baskets for the squad. Sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) would score Holy Cross' next six points but Bryant continued to stay up by eight points, 18-10, at 12:27. Holy Cross then gained eight unanswered points to knot the score at 18-18 at 7:48 after senior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) hit a three-point shot from the top of the arc. Fremeau gave the team its first lead of the game, 20-18, knocking down a jumper at 7:20. The Crusaders remained ahead by two possessions three minutes later, collecting three points from freshman Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) and owning a 24-20 advantage with 3:49 left in the half. Bryant outscored the Crusaders 5-3 in the last three minutes, however, tying the score 27-27 with 44 seconds to go. Neither squad scored again as the two teams headed into the locker rooms with the 27-27 tie score. Holy Cross shot 35.5 percent in the front stanza while Bryant shot 44 percent. Lepley led all scorers at the half with 12 points.

Smith knocked down two three-point shots, giving the Crusaders a 38-32 lead at 15:59 of the second half. Each team notched one basket over the next four minutes of play as Holy Cross remained ahead, 40-35 at 11:39. Smith continued her hot shooting, scoring two back-to-back three-point baskets to provide Holy Cross its first double-digit advantage, 46-36, at 8:29. Bryant followed with 16 unanswered points, taking back a six-point lead, 52-46 at 2:51, and shutting down Holy Cross offensively. Freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) scored the team's last point, a free throw made at 1:58, but could not spark a Holy Cross rally, as the squad fell by the final tally of 59-47. The Crusaders were outscored 23-1 over the last eight plus minutes, dropping its first game in the all-time series with the Bulldogs.

Lepley was the second Crusader to notch double-digits, finishing with her 12 points tallied in the first half. In the game, the Crusaders shot 34.6 percent (18-for-52) while the Bulldogs shot 40 percent (20-for-50). Bryant also took the rebounding edge, 39-31, and was led by sophomore guard Danielle Douglas with 19 points.

Holy Cross continues its road series with a Tuesday afternoon contest against Northeastern on Dec. 21. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at Solomon Court in Boston, Mass.