Women’s Basketball Bests Boston U. 69-59 in PL Opener

Raquel Scott

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) notched her fifth double-double of the season with a career-best 24 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Crusaders to a 69-59 triumph over Boston University in Patriot League women's basketball action on Thursday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders open up league play with a 1-0 record and move to 9-3 overall, while the Terriers begin the conference slate at 0-1 and fall to 5-9 on the season.

In addition to Scott for the Crusaders, senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied 19 points (season-high), five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Holy Cross junior forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) was one board shy of a double-double, as she finished with 12 points, nine caroms and three blocked shots. Crusader sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) scored eight points, while senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) dished out a game-best six assists. Boston University was led by Meghan Green, who tallied a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Rashidat Agboola (18) and Clodagh Scannell (13) finished with double-digit points for the Terriers.

The two squads went back and forth to begin the contest, as the score was knotted at 19-19 with 8:11 left in the first half. Over the first 11:49 of the stanza, no team held more than a four-point lead, as there were four lead changes and five tied scores. The Crusaders used six straight points, all by Scott, to jump ahead 25-19 (6:30). The Terriers brought the margin to two points (25-23) with 4:19 on the clock, but Holy Cross ended the half on an 8-4 rally to head into the locker room on top 33-27.

Early in the second half, Holy Cross jumped ahead by nine points (39-30) with 16:34 on the clock. The Crusaders were able to push their advantage to double-digits (45-34) at the 13:27 mark of the half, but Boston University answered with a three-pointer, its first of the game, to make the score 45-37 (12:01). Holy Cross then erupted on a 10-3 surge to gain the 56-40 lead (8:11) on the back of a layup by Parker.

The Terriers cut the deficit to 12 points (61-49) at the 4:26 mark of the second half and started to claw their way back into the game. Over the next 1:22, Boston University went on an 11-0 rally to slice the margin to three points (61-58) with 3:04 on the clock. On the next possession, Scott converted an old-fashioned three-point play, which put the Crusaders on top, 64-58 (2:11). Holy Cross ended the contest going five of six from the charity stripe, as it would go on to claim the 69-59 victory.

The Crusaders shot 42.9 percent from the field (24 of 57), while the Terriers converted 23 of their 60 shots from the floor (38.3 percent). Both teams struggled from behind the arc, as Holy Cross hit two of 13 from downtown (15.4 percent), while Boston University canned 28.6 percent from long range (6 of 21). The Crusaders went 19 of 28 from the free throw line (67.9 percent), while the Terriers shot 50.0 percent from the line (7 of 14). Holy Cross held advantages in rebounding (42-38), assists (18-13), points in the paint (38-24) and second chance points (18-12).

Holy Cross will return to action on Sunday, January 5, when it will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on American at 2:00 p.m.