WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) tallied a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds as Holy Cross secured its first win with a final score of 80-70 against Quinnipiac at the Hart Center. Overall, the Crusaders played an aggressive game against the Bobcats and go to 1-2 on the season. Quinnipiac continues its 2011-2012 season with a record of 0-2. Sophomore Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) assisted on a team-high six baskets, tied Parker with eight rebounds and finished with 14 points in the game, a season-high.
Holy Cross opened the game scoring off the initial jump ball, scoring on a jumper by Brisje Malone (Springfield Mass.). The team continued its insistent play as Quinnipiac tied the game only once in the half and trailed by eight points at most. Sophomore Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) helped Holy Cross force nine turnovers in the first half, making two steals in the first five minutes of play. Holy Cross rounded out the half ahead 37-33, making 16 of its 30 shot attempts (53.3 percent). Parker and junior Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) were the leading scorers in the half, combining for 16 points.
The Crusaders opened up the second half on a 10-2 run, earning its largest lead of the game, 47-35, at 17:47. Quinnipiac rallied right back, forcing and capitalizing on multiple turnovers to pull within four points at the 15:36 mark. Another run gave Quinnipiac a short-lived lead at 8:55, but Holy Cross responded each time the Bobcats made a run as Parker hit her game-high of 20 points with 7:35 left in the game, pushing the point margin for Holy Cross up to 67-64. Senior Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) scored three baskets in the second frame and added two free throws at 7:13, giving the Crusaders back a two basket edge that they kept for the rest of the game. The Crusaders outscored the Bobcats 8-6 in the final minutes of the game, completing the 80-70 win.
In the game, Holy Cross shot 53.7 percent from the floor (29 of 54) while Quinnipiac shot 39 percent (32 of 82). Lepley finished as the fourth Crusader in double-figures, scoring 13 points and adding six rebounds. The Bobcats finished with a slight 41-39 rebounding advantage and were led by Brittany McQuain with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Holy Cross is slated to play again on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The game is scheduled for 1:00 pm where they will host Fordham in their fourth game of the season.