WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) tallied 13 points and tied her career-best with 11 rebounds, marking her first career double-double as the Holy Cross women's basketball team couldn't hold on for a win, losing to Army, 65-62, at Christl Arena. With the final, the Crusaders fall to a season record of 15-13 (6-7 PL) while the Black Knights move to 14-14 (8-5 PL). Freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) added a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Crusaders missed their first seven field goal attempts in the first five minutes of the game, allowing Army to pull out to a 6-0 lead. Sophomore Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) hit the team's first basket at 13:52 as Army remained ahead, 11-3. The Crusaders cut the lead down to two points, 14-12, at the 10:48 mark as Parker hit a long jumper from the top of the key. The Black Knights pulled back out to a 21-14 lead two minutes later, capitalizing on a three-pointer. Back-to-back three point shots made by Malone and sophomore Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) gave Holy Cross its first lead in the game, 22-21 at 6:31. After playing to a 26-26 tie, Ganser put together a three-point play to give the Crusaders a 29-26 edge at 3:13. Army tied the score one last time before Smith and Parker boosted the team with consecutive baskets, giving the Crusaders a 35-31 lead at the break. Holy Cross shot 42.3 percent (11 of 26) over the first 20 minutes of action as Parker and Ganser led all scorers with nine points, making a combined 10 free throws.
After Smith hit her second three-pointer in the game, Army came back to pull within one point, 40-39, four minutes into the second. Second efforts by Ganser kept the Crusaders ahead as she hit her fourth field goal to make it a 48-43 game with 12:31 on the clock. Holy Cross kept up its offensive tempo, adding five baskets from five different scorers over the next five minutes to remain ahead 58-51. Fouling allowed Army back in the game as Malone fouled out with 5:30 to go, allowing Army to knot the score at 58-58. The Black Knights followed with two unanswered baskets, retaking a two-possession edge, 62-58, at 3:37. Lepley, who had scored just five previous points, followed with a three-pointer, her second of the game, at 1:34 to retie the score at 62-62. Free throws with 33 seconds left allowed Army to go back ahead 64-62 as Holy Cross turned the ball over in its final possession, allowing Army to finish ahead by a 65-62 score.
In the game, Holy Cross shot 45.7 percent from the floor (21 of 46) while Army shot 32.4 percent (22 of 68). Smith finished with 13 points in the game, sinking three three-pointers.The Black Knights won the rebounding battle, 42-34 and scored 18 points off Holy Cross turnovers. Army was led by junior Anna Simmers who scored 22 points, going 7-of-27 from the field.
Holy Cross wraps up regular season action at the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 25 hosting Colgate. The teams will tip off at 1:00 p.m. as senior Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) will be honored prior to the game for her four years of dedication to the team.