BOSTON, Mass. – Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored a team-best 16 points as the Crusaders were defeated by Northeastern, 70-48, in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at Solomon Court. With the loss, Holy Cross' three-game winning streak ends and its record evens out at 4-4 overall. The Huskies improve to 5-2 and extend their winning-streak to four games.
The two teams traded early baskets over the first minute of play as the score stood at 2-2. Over the next 10 minutes, Northeastern's strong shooting and aggressive defense stymied the Crusaders, as the Huskies would embark on a 15-0 scoring run to gain the 17-2 lead at the 9:43 mark of the first half. Holy Cross missed nine shots and turned the ball over seven times during the scoring surge.
After Holy Cross junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) ended the scoring drought with a layup at 9:27, the two squads exchanged buckets on back-to-back possessions to make the score 21-6 with 7:31 on the clock. The Crusaders ended the first half strong, as they would go on a 14-9 rally to close out the quarter and cut the deficit to 30-20 with Smith scoring eight points during the spurt.
At the start of the second half, Holy Cross kept the 10-point deficit intact until the 17:32 mark as the Huskies slowly built upon their advantage. Northeastern worked its lead to 45-27 with 13:32 on the clock, before the Crusaders went on a quick 5-1 scoring run with baskets by Smith and Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) to make the score 46-32 with 11:29 left in the half. However, that would be the closest the Crusaders cut into the Northeastern lead as the Huskies ended the game outscoring Holy Cross 24-16.
In addition to Smith, Malone had a solid all-around game for Holy Cross as she scored eight points to go along with team-highs of seven rebounds and six assists. Freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) tallied nine points and six rebounds, while sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) posted six points and four rebounds. Junior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) scored four points and hauled in six caroms.
Northeastern shot well from the floor as it connected on 45 percent of its shots (26-of-58), while the Crusaders hit 36 percent of their looks from the field (20-of-56). The Crusaders held advantages in offensive rebounds (16-13) and second chance points (11-10), as the Huskies led in points off turnovers (23-2) and steals (16-2).
Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, December 8 as it travels to Hamden, Conn. to take on Quinnipiac for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff.