HC Cruises Past Lafayette, 78-39

Jan. 7, 2006

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Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team began its quest to defend its Patriot League title in fine fashion Saturday afternoon after opening the 2006 conference schedule with a 78-39 win over the Lafayette at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is now 5-8 overall (1-0 Patriot League) while snapping a two-game skid in the process. The Leopards (4-9, 0-1 Patriot League) have lost nine of their last ten games and four straight.

Junior center Kaitlin Foley led the Crusaders with 16 points to go along with five rebounds. Senior guard Sarah Placek had a stellar all-around day with 14 points, six rebounds, and a season-high five assists, and sophomore guard Laura Aloisi had a standout game with eight points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Jessica Conte added nine points, Shannon Bush totaled eight points, four rebounds, and three assists, and Ashley McLaughlin had five points and a season-high six boards. Junior Brittany Keil also had an impressive game with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Lafayette jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first four minutes of the game, after the Crusaders missed their first six shots and turned the ball over five times. The first Holy Cross field goal did not fall until the 14:05 mark after a Foley lay-in. The Crusaders regrouped after that and responded with a 15-0 run to take a 16-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. Sue Izevbigie scored underneath for the Leopards with 8:29 to go, giving them their first field goal since the 16:36 mark. But the Crusaders continued their dominance, extending their lead to 22-9 following a Sarah Placek three-ball with 7:34 left.

Holy Cross had its largest lead of the half (32-13; 19 points) with 1:16 to go after a Placek jumper. The Crusaders went into the break up 33-14, after forcing 12 Leopard turnovers and holding Lafayette to just 20.0 percent shooting from the floor in the first stanza.

In the second, Holy Cross had a commanding 28 point lead (50-22) just six minutes into the half following a Keil trey from the right wing. A Conte three-ball put the Crusaders up by 35 (59-24) with 9:36 to go. Holy Cross led by as much as 43 (74-31) after an Ashley Brennan-McBride lay-in with just over four minutes remaining. Holy Cross shot 50.9 percent for the game, holding the Leopards to 27.3 percent.

Lafayette was led by Lindsay Myers' 10 points. Kristin Doherty had seven points and Kara Stetler added six.

Holy Cross travels to West Point, N.Y. for a 7:00 p.m. game at Army on Tuesday, January 10.