BOSTON, Mass.- Freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) notched season-bests with 22 points while making six three-points shots, but could not lead her team to a win, as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 76-65 decision to Northeastern at Solomon Court. With the final tally, the Crusaders move to a record of 4-7 on the season, while the Huskies go to 5-5. Smith finished the game making eight of her 12 field goal attempts, also collecting a season-best field goal percentage (66.7).
A total of four three-point shots were made to open up game action, as Holy Cross took an early 10-8 lead at 15:51 behind senior Whitney Fremeau's (Manchester, N.H.) 2-for-2 effort from the floor. Northeastern tied the score, 12-12, one minute later as both teams then went scoreless until the Crusaders put together a 5-0 run to take a 17-12 lead at 9:16. The Crusaders remained ahead by at least one-possession until 3:39 as Northeastern outscored Holy Cross 11-4 in a span of three minutes played, earning a 23-21 advantage. The Huskies pulled out to a five-point lead, 28-23, with just over a minute left in the front half. Smith sank her second three-point shot of the game with 42 seconds to go, but Northeastern held on for a 28-26 lead heading into the break. Smith led all scorers with 10 points in the half as Holy Cross shot 33.3 percent from the floor (10 of 30). The Huskies sank 45.8 of their baskets (11 of 24).
The Huskies hit three shots to go on a 7-0 run to start the second half, going up 35-26 at 18:06. Northeastern took a double-digit lead, 44-34, at 15:52 and remained up by 10 points at the midway point of the final half. Holy Cross out-scored the Huskies 9-8 in that time, however, as Fremeau tallied five more points. Northeastern then went up by a game-high 14 points, 58-44, at 9:16 and continued to stay up by at least 10 points by the 7:40 mark. The Crusaders saw two more baskets fall, including Smith's fifth three-pointer, but could not spark a rally as the team remained down, 64-53, at 3:53. The squad would get it to a nine-point deficit, but no closer, as Northeastern stayed ahead, 72-69, with just over a minute left to play. Northeastern finished strong from the free-throw line while Smith hit her season-best sixth three-point shot to end action, as Holy Cross fell by the final tally of 76-65.
Fremeau also added 19-points on 6-for-12 shooting to round out Holy Cross' double-digit scorers. In the game, the Crusaders shot 41.2 percent (21-for-51) while the Huskies shot 53.2 percent (25-for-47). Holy Cross took the rebounding edge, 28-27, as freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) brought down a team-high six rebounds. Northeastern was led by sophomore guard Deanna Kerkhof, who scored 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting.
Holy Cross will return to action after the Christmas holiday, traveling to Charlottesville, Va., for the Marriott Cavalier Classic hosted by Virginia. The tournament runs from Dec. 28-29 as the Crusaders take on East Tennessee State in the first round. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena.