LEWISBURG, Pa. – Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) each registered double-doubles to help lead the Crusaders to a 79-66 triumph over Bucknell in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday evening at Sojka Pavilion. Scott tied a career-best with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Smith totaled 13 points and career-high 12 assists. With the win, the fifth-seeded Crusaders (19-11) travel to No. 1 Navy on Monday, March 10 for a semifinal matchup. Bucknell concludes its season at 16-13 overall.
Bucknell jumped out with the 9-2 lead just 16:57 into the contest, but the Crusaders tied the score at 12-12 with 14:10 on the clock. Over the next 6:32, the two teams went back and forth, as there were five lead changes and two tied scores, but Holy Cross came out with the 25-23 edge (7:38) on the back of a Smith three-pointer. The Crusaders pushed the lead to six points on two occasions over the final minutes of the half, but the Bison cut the deficit to 37-34 at the intermission.
In the second half, Holy Cross used an early 16-9 spurt to grab the 10-point lead (53-43). Scott had six points during the run, while Smith had five points for the Crusaders. Holy Cross slowly increased its margin to 14 points (8:31), before it grabbed its biggest lead of the second half (75-56) with 3:44 on the clock. Bucknell tried to mount a comeback, as it ended the game on a 10-4 run, but the deficit was too large to overcome, as the Crusaders claimed the 79-66 victory. Scott tallied 22 points during the second half, while Holy Cross outrebounded Bucknell 17-7 in the stanza.
Scott finished the game with 27 points on 13 of 21 shooting with 11 caroms for her 16th double-double of the season, while Smith tallied 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the second double-double of her career. Holy Cross sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) posted 14 points and five helpers, while sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) totaled 10 points and seven caroms. Four Bucknell players, Audrey Dotson (16), Claire DeBoer (13), Claire Maree O'Bryan (13) and Shelby Romine (10) tallied double-digit points for the Bison.
The Crusaders shot 55.4 percent from the field (36 of 65), while the Bison connected on 26 of their 62 shots from the floor (41.9 percent). Holy Cross canned five of 12 from behind the arc (41.7 percent), while Bucknell hit 20.0 percent of its shots from downtown (3 of 15). Holy Cross held advantages in assists (27-16), total rebounds (33-30) and fast break points.