WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) notched a double-double as she scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, however the Crusaders were defeated by Assumption 62-61 in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Hart Center.
Holy Cross jumped out to an 11-2 advantage just over four minutes into the game, as junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) connected on a jumper from the top of the key. The Greyhounds would slowly chip into the Crusader advantage as they cut into the deficit to trail Holy Cross 19-16 with 10:44 left in the first half. Holy Cross then embarked on an 11-2 run to grab the 30-18 lead with less than seven minutes left, however Assumption ended the first stanza strong as they scored 12 straight points to even the score at 30-30 at the intermission
The second half would prove to be a back-and-forth battle as the two squads exchanged the lead five times with four tied scores. Holy Cross worked the lead to 45-40 at the 14:20 mark of the second half on the back of a Malone layup. The Greyhounds rallied back and went on a 10-3 surge to pull ahead 50-47 with 8:44 left on the clock on a three-pointer by Kelly Conley. After four consecutive points by Lepley to put Holy Cross ahead 51-50, Assumption's Katy Howard drilled a three to put the Greyhounds up 53-51 with six minutes on the clock. The Greyhounds would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the contest.
With the score tied at 59-59 and just under a minute remaining, Howard hit another trey to push Assumption ahead for good.
Holy Cross junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) tallied 11 points to go along with four rebounds, while classmate Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored eight points and dished out nine assists. Freshman Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored eight points and grabbed five caroms. Howard led Assumption with 14 points.
The Crusaders open up the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 as they host non-conference opponent Yale at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.