Women’s Basketball Bests Massachusetts, 76-54

Raquel Scott

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and junior Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) each registered double-doubles to help lead the Crusaders to a convincing, 76-55, victory over Massachusetts in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Hart Center. Scott tallied 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Parker recorded 11 points and tied a career-high with 12 boards. With the win, Holy Cross remains unbeaten at 4-0 this season, while the Minutewomen fall to 2-4 overall. This is the first time Holy Cross is 4-0 to start the year since the 1987-1988 campaign.

Holy Cross began the contest hot, as it went ahead by 10 points (14-4) less than five minutes off the opening tip. Scott tallied eight points for the Crusaders during the early run, while senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) connected on a pair of treys. Holy Cross pushed its lead to 23-7 at the 12:12 mark of the first half, but four quick points by UMass made the score 23-11 (11:27).

The Crusaders then exploded on an 11-0 rally to gain the 34-11 advantage with 7:32 left in the half. The Minutewomen countered the Holy Cross run with a 12-2 surge to cut the deficit to 13 points (36-23) at the 2:54 mark. The Crusaders, however, closed the half strong as they went into the locker room on top 43-26.

In the second half, Holy Cross pushed its lead to 22 points (50-28) at the 16:26 mark of the stanza. The Crusaders kept the sizable margin with 11:57 on the clock, as they held the 58-38 advantage. UMass, however, went on a 7-0 spurt to work the deficit to 13 points (58-45), but a jumper by Smith ended the rally and put Holy Cross on top 60-45 at the midway point of the half.

The shot by Smith ignited the Crusaders, as they then embarked on a 12-1 run to gain the 72-46 lead (6:27). Parker and senior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) each recorded four points during the run for Holy Cross. UMass tried to mount a comeback over the final six minutes, but the Crusaders would go on to claim the 22-point victory (76-54).

Scott's double-double was her second of her career, while Parker's was her third. Smith tallied a team-best 23 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds. She connected on five of nine from behind the arc and is now a pair of treys from tying the Holy Cross all-time three-pointers made mark of 277.

Crusader senior Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied a season-best eight assists, while sophomores Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) and Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) posted six points apiece. UMass' Kim Pierre-Louis recorded a game-high 24 points to lead the Minutewomen.

Holy Cross shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69), while UMass connected on 21 of its 53 shots from the floor (39.6 percent). The Crusaders drilled 41.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc (seven of 17), while the Minutewomen canned three of 14 from behind the arc (21.4 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in assists (24-11), rebounds (40-35), steals (7-2) and points off turnovers (25-9).

Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 1, when it travels to Manhattan for a 2:00 p.m. contest.