Women’s Basketball Earns 80-65 Victory Over Loyola

Molly Hourigan

BALTIMORE, Md. – Holy Cross sophomores Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) notched a pair of double-doubles to help lead the Crusaders to an 80-65 victory over Loyola (Md.) in Patriot League women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at Reitz Arena. Scott tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds (11th double-double of the season), while Hourigan recorded 16 points and a career-best 10 caroms (first career double-double). The Crusaders improve to 13-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference, while the Greyhounds fall to 5-15 on the season and 2-7 in the league.

In addition to Scott and Hourigan for Holy Cross, senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) registered a game-best 17 points - going four of six from behind the arc - to go along with five assists. Sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) posted 10 points and four helpers, while senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) totaled eight points and five boards. Freshman Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Both teams got off to a slow start to begin the contest, as the score was tied at 5-5 with 15:06 on the clock. Holy Cross then upped its offensive intensity and went on a 15-4 rally over the next 6:19 to gain the 20-9 lead (8:51). Smith tallied five points during the run. After Loyola brought the score to 21-13 (8:18), the Crusaders embarked on an 18-7 surge to grab the 18-point lead (39-21) - its largest of the first half with 1:25 on the clock. Holy Cross hit four treys during the run, with three coming from Smith. The Greyhounds, however, ended the stanza on a 7-1 spurt, but Holy Cross went into the locker room with the 40-28 lead.

In the second half, both Hourigan and Scott got the Crusaders rolling as they combined all of the points on a Holy Cross 11-4 rally to gain the 51-34 advantage (14:57). With the score at 63-49 (9:50) in favor of the Crusaders, Holy Cross went on a 15-2 surge to begin to push the lead to 27 points (78-51) – its largest lead of the game (5:10). Loyola, however, did not go down without a fight as it ended the game on a 13-2 run, but Holy Cross would claim the 80-65 triumph.

The Crusaders shot 54.0 percent from the field (27 of 50), while the Greyhounds connected on 22 of their 60 shots from the floor (36.7 percent). Holy Cross went seven of 13 from behind the arc (53.8 percent), while Loyola canned 14.3 percent from downtown (2 of 14). The Crusaders held advantages in rebounds (39-27), assists (17-11) and points in the paint (30-28).

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it will host American at the Hart Center for a 1:00 p.m. contest.