Jan. 2, 2006
Portland, Maine - Bracy Barker poured in a game-high 25 points to lead the Maine women's basketball team to a 77-67 non-conference win over Holy Cross on Monday afternoon at the Portland Civic Center. Holy Cross (4-8) has now lost two straight and four of its last five heading into Patriot League play this weekend, while the Black Bears improve to 4-6 with their second straight win.
Senior guard Jessica Conte scored a career-high 20 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Junior Kaitlin Foley added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, while senior guards Sarah Placek and Shannon Bush both had nine points. Bush also led the team with seven rebounds.
The Crusaders jumped out to a quick five point lead (14-9) after a Brittany Keil hoop at the 15:46 mark, but the Black Bears went on an 8-0 run to take a 17-14 lead with 12:20 remaining. A Laura Aloisi three-ball at the 12:01 mark broke the HC dry spell, tied the game at 17-all, and sparked a 9-2 Crusader run which put the Purple and White up 23-19 with 10:10 to go. The two teams then traded baskets over the next eight minutes, with five ties and three lead changes, and went into the break deadlocked at 35-35.
There were 10 total lead changes and seven ties in the first twenty minutes of action, as Holy Cross shot 48.1 percent from the floor, and Maine shot 43.3 percent, with 19 combined turnovers.
Holy Cross was up by one (39-38) after a Conte jumper at the 17:56 mark, but the Black Bears took hold of the lead following a Barker fast break hoop, and did not relinquish it. Maine had its largest lead of the game up to that point (58-46) with 11:17 remaining following two Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa free throws. The Crusaders fought back and responded with a 10-4 run which cut the lead to five (61-56) with 7:53 to go, but would not get any closer.
Holy Cross shot 45.3 percent from the field for the game, while the Black Bears converted 44.6 percent of their shots. Maine outrebounded Holy Cross, 45-22, including a 23-10 rebound advantage in the first.
Ashley Underwood was also in double figures for Maine with 17 points, while Abby Schrader checked in with a 15 point, 12-rebound double-double.
Holy Cross begins Patriot League play on Saturday, Jan. 7, when it hosts Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.