December 1, 2012

Women's Basketball Holds Off Manhattan, 60-52

Video: Manhattan postgame with Raquel Scott

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Holy Cross freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored 10 points to go along with 12 rebounds, to notch her first career double-double, as the Crusaders defeated Manhattan by a score of 60-52 at Draddy Gym on December 1. Holy Cross wins its third straight game to move to 4-3 on the season, while the Jaspers fall to 1-5.  The game was a rematch from the WBI quarterfinals from a season ago, in which Manhattan won 78-63. 

The two teams played even over the first 7:30 of the contest as there were two tied scores resulting in a 13-13 stalemate. Manhattan tied the score both times during the stretch on a pair of Maggie Blair three-pointers. 

Over the next six minutes, Holy Cross embarked on a 15-6 rally to gain the 28-19 lead on the back of a junior Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) free-throw. Scott had four points during run, while junior Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) hit a trey to help put the Crusaders up by nine with 6:36 left in the first half. Manhattan worked the deficit to five points (31-26) at the 3:40 mark as the Crusaders would go into the locker room ahead 35-30. 

The Jaspers scored two quick buckets out of the break to trail 35-34 at the 18:50 mark of the second half.  Over the next five minutes, the Crusaders' defense stepped up as the team went on an 11-2 run to gain the 46-36 lead with 13:08 on the clock. Sophomore Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) tallied four points during the rally, while the Jaspers committed two turnovers. 

Holy Cross pushed the lead to 12 four times over the next 7:36 as they led 56-44 with 5:32 left in the second half. The Crusaders scored the contest's next basket at the 2:25 mark to go ahead by their largest lead of the game, 58-44.  Manhattan tried to mount a comeback as they ended the game on an 8-2 run, but the Crusaders held off the charge to win the contest. 

Scott's double-double was the first by a Crusaders player this season as she hauled in a game-high six offensive rebounds.  Junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored a game-high 13 points to go along with four assists and a pair of steals.  Parker posted nine points and nine rebounds, while Malone scored eight had three assists. Blair led the Jaspers with 12 points and six caroms in the losing effort. 

The Crusaders connected on 41.7 percent of their shots (20-of-48), while the Jaspers were limited to 36.4 percent (20-of-55).  Both teams shot well from behind the arc as Holy Cross shot 31.6 percent (6-of-19), and the Jaspers hit 30.4 percent (7-of-23) of shots from downtown. 

Holy Cross held advantages in rebounds (40-29), assists (15-10), points in the paint (24-18) and second chance points (19-8). 

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, December 5, when they travel to Northeastern for a 7:00 p.m. affair.