WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) totaled 22 points and five assists, to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 75-68 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. Smith hit nine of 15 field goal attempts on the night, including four of nine shots from three-point range. The Crusaders improve to 12-6 overall and 4-3 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Leopards fall to 8-10 on the season and 2-5 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) finished the game with 19 points and six assists, while sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lafayette was led by Emily Homan, who recorded game-highs of 32 points and 13 rebounds.
Holy Cross led 7-6 early in the first half, before the Leopards went on a 9-0 run to claim an eight-point advantage (15-7). Lafayette had increased its lead to nine points (22-13) with 9:55 to go before the break, when the Crusaders went on an 11-2 spurt to tie the score at 24-24. Holy Cross would then outscore the Leopards 16-10 for the remainder of the half, to take a 40-34 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders increased their lead to 10 points (47-37) early in the second half, before Lafayette went on a 9-3 run to close the margin to four points. Holy Cross was later up by five (55-50) at the 10-minute mark, before scoring eight straight points to put the game away. The Crusaders' lead would stay between nine and 16 points the rest of the way, until the Leopards scored four straight points in the last 35 seconds to make the final margin seven points.
Holy Cross hits 45.2 percent of its field goal attempts (28 of 62) and 50.0 percent of its three-pointers on the night (11 of 22). Lafayette held a 47-32 rebounding advantage, but made just 20.0 percent of its three-point attempts (two of 10) and 28.6 percent of its free throws (four of 14).
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they play host to Navy at 7:00 p.m.