Women's Basketball Defeated, 67-47, By First Place American

Emily Parker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) posted a team-high 17 points and four rebounds as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 67-47 final tally to American at Bender Arena. With the final, the Crusaders fall to 13-12 (4-6 Patriot League) on the season while the Eagles collect a record of 18-6 (10-0 PL). Sophomore Alex Smith (Delran. N.J.) added 10 points and a team-high four assists.

The Eagles held an early 5-4 advantage five minutes into the first half as Holy Cross started 2-of-7 from the field. After trading baskets, junior Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game, a 12-11 advantage at 8:40. The team went up by as much as three points before American tied the score at 15-15 with just under seven minutes to play in the half. The teams remained in a tie throughout the next six minutes as Parker scored the team's final eight points. American hit the last shot in the half with 28 seconds left, breaking the tie and taking a 25-23 edge into the locker room. The Crusaders shot 33.3 percent (10 of 30) from the floor over the first 20 minutes as Parker led all scorers with 10 points.

Two three-point shots made by Smith gave the Crusaders back the lead in the early minutes of the second, 29-28. American came back to take a 34-31 lead at 14:20 as Holy Cross went scoreless for two minutes. Holy Cross found itself down by two possessions for the first time in the game three minutes later as the Eagles went ahead 38-33. American continued on a 13-2 run, taking a double-digit advantage, 50-35 at 8:15. Parker broke the Crusaders' drought with her sixth basket of the game but American kept surging, pulling out to a 19-point lead, 57-38, at 5:33. The Crusaders dropped down by as much as 21 points in the closing minutes of the half and added nine more points in the game, including one final jumper by senior Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) to finish behind by a final 67-47 score.

In the game, Holy Cross shot 35.1 percent from the floor (20 of 57) while American shot 45.6 percent (26 of 57). American won the rebounding battle, 37-33, as Smith led the Crusaders with seven boards. American was led by freshman Jen Dumiak with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Holy Cross was outscored 42-24 in the second stanza.

Holy Cross hosts Lafayette for a Wednesday night bout on Feb. 15. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.