CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Rebounding proved to be a downfall for the Holy Cross women's basketball team as they were pounded on the boards, 52-30, by North Carolina A&T, falling by the final score of 75-62 in the final day of action at the Cavalier Classic held at the John Paul Jones arena. With the day's result, the Crusaders fall to a record of 4-9 on the season, while the Aggies go to 4-6. Sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) led the team with 14 points and tied the team-high with four rebounds.
The Crusaders found themselves down 10-4 early on in the first half, making just two of their seven field goal attempts. At 11:31, Holy Cross fell behind by 10 points, 23-13. The squad held the Aggies scoreless for three minutes, as freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) drew a three-point play to bring the score to 23-16. North Carolina A&T answered with a 5-0 run to take a 12-point lead, 28-16 at 7:27. With five minutes to play in the first stanza, Holy Cross' shooting woes remained as they managed just six field goals in 27 attempts, with the Aggies staying up, 30-18. Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) sparked an 11-4 run with four points to round out the half, as the Crusaders headed into the locker room down 34-29. Holy Cross shot 31.4 percent from the floor (11 of 35) while North Carolina A&T hit 45.8 percent of its shots (11 of 24). Ganser led all scorers with nine points at the break after making all five of her free throw attempts.
The Crusaders dropped back to a double-digit deficit, 44-33, after the Aggies went on a 10-0 run after the 17:51 mark of the second half. Lepley would score six of Holy Cross' next nine points over the following six minutes of play, but still could not spark a rally as the team stayed down 54-42 at 11:25. North Carolina A&T pulled ahead by a game-high 15 points one minute later, 58-43, at 10:13. Lepley knocked down two consecutive three-point shots to get the Crusaders back within six points of the Aggies, 62-56, as the team outscored their opponent 13-4 in that period. Time ran out on the Holy Cross team, however, as it could not get any closer than the six point discrepancy, finishing with a 75-62 defeat.
Holy Cross had four players finish in double-digits, including Lepley's 14 points. Ganser finished with a season-best 12 points while Fremeau and freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) added 10 points apiece. In the game, the Crusaders shot 32.8 percent (22-for-67) while the Aggies shot 42.6 percent (23-for-54). North Carolina A&T also took the rebounding edge, 52-30, and was led by Jaleesa Sams with 21 points.
Holy Cross returns to action in the New Year, traveling to play Dartmouth on Jan. 2. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H.