CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College had five players score in double-digits, as the Eagles topped Holy Cross, 77-60, in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday evening at the Silvio O. Conte Forum. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-2 on the season, while Boston College improves to 7-5 overall.
Holy Cross quickly grabbed the early 5-0 advantage just 39 seconds into the contest with five points from sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.). The Eagles knotted the score at 5-5 just over two minutes later (17:03), but the Crusaders responded with five straight points to go on top 10-5 at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Holy Cross pushed the margin to seven points (17-10) with 10 minutes left in the stanza, but Boston College cut the deficit to four points (19-15) at the 8:05 mark of the half.
The Crusaders worked the lead to eight points twice over the next four minutes and held the 27-19 advantage with 4:14 on the clock. The Eagles, however, went on a late 9-0 scoring surge to end the half, including an old-fashioned three-pointer with one second on the clock, to head into the locker room with the 28-27 lead.
In the second half, Boston College jumped out on a 9-2 rally to gain the 37-29 lead at the 17:22 mark. Holy Cross used a 12-4 surge to cut the deficit to two points (43-41), as sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) poured in six points for the Crusaders. The Eagles, however, went on a 14-0 run from 11:54 to 9:14 to gain the 57-41 advantage. Holy Cross cut the margin to 12 points on a pair of occasions, but Boston College increased its lead to 77-56, its largest of the game, with 2:13 left in regulation. The Crusaders scored the final four points of the game, but the Eagles would go on to claim the 77-60 victory.
Holy Cross was led by Scott, who recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a 16 point and 10 rebound effort. Crusader senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied 12 points and six boards, while Mifsud and senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) recorded 11 points apiece. Katie Zenevitch led the Eagles with game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The Crusaders were limited to 31.9 percent shooting from the field (23 of 72), while Boston College canned 28 of its 61 shots on the evening (45.9 percent). Holy Cross hit 33.3 percent of its shots from downtown (6 of 18), while the Eagles drilled 10 of their 26 shots from behind the arc (38.5 percent), including nine treys in the second half. Holy Cross was eight of 11 from the charity stripe (72.7 percent), while Boston College was a perfect 11 of 11.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 28, when it will travel to #15/11 Iowa State for the first game of the Cyclone Classic at 4:30 p.m. (ET).