WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) set the Holy Cross women's basketball team's pace against Colgate, scoring a team-high 16 points and leading the squad to a 74-59 win in the final home game of the regular season at the Hart Center. With the final tally, the Crusaders improve to a record of 10-18 (6-7 PL) on the season, while the Raiders drop to a record of 7-20 (2-11 PL). Malone scored 14 of her points in the first half, also tying her season-high with five field goals made in all. The win keeps Holy Cross' unbeaten streak at the Hart Center alive against the Raiders, improving to 18-0 all-time.
After Colgate jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the beginning of the first half, Holy Cross answered with a 7-0 run, including Malone's first points of the game and taking an 11-5 edge at 15:56. The Crusaders pulled the lead out to a 21-11 advantage three minutes later, as Malone and freshman Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) combined for five of the team's next 10 points. Colgate would cut the lead to five points at the 6:13 mark (27-22), outscoring Holy Cross 11-6 over the five minute span. Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) brought the advantage back up to nine points with 2:26 left in the half, hitting a lay-up. Malone remained hot from the field to round out first half action, making the team's final two baskets to give Holy Cross a 39-30 edge heading into the locker rooms. The Crusaders shot 35.6 percent in the first 20 minutes, sinking 16 of its 45 shot attempts. Colgate hit 40.6 percent of its shots, going 13 of 32.
The Crusaders took back a double-digit lead (48-37) at 16:34 of the second half, earning points from freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) and sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.). After Colgate got within seven points (48-41) a little over one minute later, Smith and sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) answered with two consecutive three-pointers, providing Holy Cross a 13-point advantage (54-41). The Crusaders kept up the double-digit lead as Hamner made it a 16-point game (65-49) with 8:14 to go. Colgate would get within 11 points, but no closer as Holy Cross took its largest lead, 74-57, with 13 second left in the game. A Colgate jumper with 15 seconds on the clock completed the scoring affair, as the Crusaders ran away with the final 74-59 victory.
A total of five Crusaders tallied double-digit efforts for the first time this season, as Lepley (14 points), Fremeau (11), Smith (11) and Hamner (12) followed Malone's team-high of 16 points. Lepley also led the team defensively with nine boards, one rebound shy of her third double-double. In the game, the Crusaders shot 39.4 percent (28-for-71) while the Raiders shot 40.3 percent (25-for-62). Holy Cross also took a 48-38 rebounding edge. Colgate was led by senior guard Tayler Wejnert with 15 points.
Holy Cross concludes the regular season with a trip to Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Crusaders travel to Bethlehem, Pa. for a 7:30 p.m. contest at Stabler Arena, looking to break the Mountain Hawk's eight-game win streak and firm up their post-season standing.