WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted a team-best 15 points to go along with a game and career-best eight assists, to help lead the Crusaders to a 79-56 victory over Colgate in Patriot League women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 14-8 overall and moves back above .500 in the conference with a 6-5 mark. The Raiders slip to 5-17 on the season and 1-10 in the league. The Crusaders are now 27-0 versus Colgate in games played at the Hart Center.
In addition to Scott for the Crusaders, sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) and senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, as they combined for five of the team's six three-pointers. Holy Cross sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) recorded nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) also had nine points. Colgate was led by Missy Repoli, who posted a game-high 20 points on eight of 11 shooting from the field.
The Crusaders established an early lead in the first half from the opening tip, as they jumped ahead 7-0 in the first minute and a half, which forced Colgate to take a timeout with 18:31 on the clock. Holy Cross managed to increase the lead to 12-2 (17:28), before it pushed the margin to 31-16 – its largest of the half – with 8:28 on the clock. Colgate crawled back into the game with an 8-0 rally to cut the deficit to 31-24 with 5:23 left in the half. Both teams went back and forth over the final five-plus minutes, as Holy Cross took an 11-point, 42-31, lead into the intermission.
The Crusaders built upon their lead in the second half, as they began the stanza on a 20-9 surge to gain the 20-point 62-42, advantage (10:27). Made jumpers from senior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) and junior forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) sparked the rally, as Smith drained a trey to cap off the run. Colgate, hindered by offensive turnovers, could not cut into the Crusader lead, as Holy Cross did not allow its advantage to drop below 19 points for the final 7:35 of the game.
Holy Cross connected on 27 of its 56 shots from the field (48.2 percent), while it limited to Colgate to a 40.7 field goal percentage (24 of 59). The decisive factor of the game was the number of free throws each team made. Holy Cross dominated the charity stripe and made a season-best 90.5 percent of its attempts (19 of 21), while Colgate only managed to take four free throws and went three of four (75.0 percent). Colgate connected on five of its 12 three-point field goals (41.7 percent) while the Crusaders connected on six of 18 (33.3 percent) from behind the arc. Holy Cross held the statistical edge in assists (23-14), rebounds (34-28), points in the paint (32-18) and points off turnovers (23-13).
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they will make the trip to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell at 2:00 p.m.