Women's Basketball Starts New Year With 66-57 Loss At Dartmouth

Whitney Fremeau

HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Whitney Fremeau's (Manchester, N.H.) 12 second half points could not boost the Holy Cross women's basketball team past a 10-point deficit versus Ivy League foe Dartmouth, falling 66-57 at the Leede Arena. With the final, the Crusaders drop to a record of 4-10 on the season, while the Big Green moves to 4-9. Fremeau led the Crusaders with 15 total points, going 6-for-17 from the floor.

Holy Cross jumped to an early 6-2 lead as three different players hit lay-ups to start off game action. Dartmouth scored six unanswered points to take an 8-6 lead at 13:15 but did not hold the lead for long as freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) hit her first three-point shot of the game to give the team back a 9-8 lead. Sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) knocked down a three-point shot at the mid-way point of the half as Holy Cross maintained a 14-11 edge over the Big Green. Dartmouth would not go away, as they regained an 18-16 lead over the Crusaders at 8:03 after scoring off a turnover. Two lead changes followed before Dartmouth took a four-point advantage at 3:23, 24-20. Six straight made free throws, four by Holy Cross and two from Dartmouth rounded out first half action as the Crusaders and Big Green went to their locker rooms tied at 26-26. Holy Cross shot 28.6 percent from the floor in the half, making eight of its 28 attempts while Dartmouth shot 33.3 percent, going 10-for-30 from the floor.

Dartmouth outscored Holy Cross 11-8 over the first four minutes of the second half, taking a 37-34 lead with 15:54 on the clock. Fremeau notched four of the squad's eight points, making two lay-ups. Free throws remained crucial for the Crusaders as freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) hit four free throws in a row to give her team back a 40-37 lead at 11:34. Dartmouth's sophomore guard Faziah Steen would then turn up the heat offensively on Holy Cross, scoring eight points in one minute to drop down the Crusaders, 48-40, with just over nine minutes to go in the game. The Big Green stayed hot offensively, taking a 10-point advantage, 52-42, with 6:58 left. Holy Cross did not stop the pressure however, coming out of a timeout to cause three straight Dartmouth turnovers and scoring on all of them to bring the game back within one point 54-53 at 4:07. Two three-point plays allowed Dartmouth to take back its 10-point lead, 63-53, with just under two minutes left in the game. Holy Cross would have to foul the rest of the game, making two free throws as well and finishing behind by the final 66-57 score.

For the third time this season, Holy Cross finished with two double-digits performers as Smith added 10 points, a season-high six steals and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Kaitlin Cole (Springfield, Pa.) scored a career-high eight points off the bench as well. In the game, the Crusaders shot 29.7 percent (19-for-64) while the Big Green shot 39.0 percent (23-for-59). The Big Green also took the rebounding edge, 49-40 and was led by Steen with 15 total points while also having two players finish with double-doubles.

Holy Cross wraps up its non-conference portion of the schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 5 against Massachusetts next. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Mass.