Holy Cross Women's Basketball Wins A Thriller, 65-63, Versus Dartmouth

Kelly Hamner

WORCESTER, Mass. – In a tight battle till the finish, the Holy Cross women's basketball team continues on a two game win streak with a thrilling win, 65-63 over Ivy League competitor Dartmouth at the Hart Center. With the final, the Crusaders collect a record of 8-6 on the season while the Big Green falls to 2-11. Sophomore Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) posted a career high 21 points and led the Crusaders to victory.  

Dartmouth got out to a strong start in the first half with an 11-7 lead at the 12:33 mark. The Big Green continued to dominate the action when they went on a 6-0 run with 6:38 remaining in the first half. A big three point basket by sophomore Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) stopped the momentum Dartmouth was feeling which made the score 23-18 with 6:17 remaining in the first half. The Holy Cross Crusaders went on a 6-0 run to finish the half with five of those points scored by Ganser to tie the game up at 29-29 going into halftime. The Crusaders shot 35.7 percent (10 of 28) from the floor over the first 20 minutes as Ganser led all scorers with 12 points.

The Crusaders started the second half on a quick 7-0 run with all seven points scored by junior Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.). Smith hit a three point jumper at the 13:06 mark of the second half which gave the Crusaders their biggest lead of nine points, 47-38. The Big Green fought back to tie the game at 9:57 when Faziah Steen hit a three point shot to make it 51-51. The two teams went back and forth until sophomore Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) hit the game winning shot with 2:26 remaining as the Crusaders never looked back and held on to win a tight game, 65-63.

In the game, Holy Cross shot 39.3 percent from the floor (22 of 56) while Dartmouth shot 43.1 percent (25 of 58). The Crusaders lost the rebounding battle, 37-33, as Lepley and Ganser led the Crusaders with eight boards. Dartmouth was led by Steen with 15 points.

Holy Cross starts Patriot League competition this weekend, traveling to Lehigh on Jan. 7. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.