RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.Y.) notched her third career double-double with game-highs of 15 points and a season-best 13 rebounds to help lead the Crusaders to a 74-58 triumph over Manhattan in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 5-0 on the season, while the Jaspers slip to 1-5 overall. This is the best start for the Crusaders since the 1987-1988 season, where they also began the campaign with a 5-0 mark.
The Crusaders were also led by senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) who filled the stat sheet with 11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and a game-high five steals. Fourth-year guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) totaled 13 points and tied Malone with a game-best eight helpers. She also canned a trio of three-pointers, which makes her Holy Cross' all-time leader in three-pointers made with 278.
Freshman guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) scored 11 points, while sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) recorded eight points and five boards. Manhattan's Kayla Grimme tallied a 14 point and 10 rebound double-double to lead the Jaspers.
Holy Cross jumped ahead right out of the gate, as it claimed the 25-9 lead at the 11:19 mark of the first half. Smith totaled eight points during the opening run, while Parker added six. Manhattan closed the deficit to 10 points, as it when on a 10-4 rally to make the score 29-19 with 5:09 on the clock. The Crusaders outscored the Jaspers, 10-8, over the final five minutes of the half and went into the locker room with the 39-27 lead.
After the intermission, Holy Cross used a 16-5 rally to gain the 57-32 advantage with 14:10 on the clock. Scott tallied seven points for the Crusaders during the early surge. Manhattan scored six straight points to cut the margin to 57-38, but Holy Cross countered with an 11-3 run to earn its largest lead of the game (68-41) with 6:54 left in the second half. The Jaspers closed the game on a 17-6 rally, but Holy Cross would go on to claim the 74-58 victory.
Holy Cross connected on 29 of its 61 shots from the field (47.5 percent), while it limited Manhattan to 38.9 percent shooting (21 of 54). The Crusaders canned 50 percent of its shots from behind the arc (10 of 20), while the Jaspers hit seven of 23 from downtown (30.4 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in assists (26-16), rebounds (41-28), points in the paint (34-22) and fast break points (8-0). The Crusaders had assists on 26 of their 29 field goals in the game.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Dec, 4 when they will entertain Northeastern at the Hart Center for a 5:00 p.m. tipoff.