January 13, 2005

Holy Cross Upends Army, 70-53

Jan. 12, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Senior center Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) poured in a team-high 18 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 70-53 win over Army, giving head coach Bill Gibbons his 400th career victory on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has now won two straight and improves to 7-8 on the season (2-0 Patriot League), while Army drops to 7-7 (1-1 Patriot League).

The Crusaders went into intermission up 35-26 after they had raced out to an early 17-6 lead to start the game. The Black Knights fought back, however, and went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 17-all with 9:40 to go in the half. But a three-pointer by Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) and two more treys by Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) on consecutive trips down the floor, put Holy Cross up by 11 (35-24) with just under 2:00 remaining in the first.

Holy Cross was sparked in the second half by the inside game of Andrews and the strong play of senior Caitlin Agostinacchio (Bellmore, N.Y.), who came off the bench and contributed five points, three rebounds and an assist in 10 minutes of play. Sophomore center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) also played well down low, collecting six points and two steals in 14 minutes.

The Crusader defense came up with 21 steals and forced 28 Army turnovers, holding the Black Knights to 36% shooting from the field.

Freshman guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) had a game-high seven assists to go along with her four points, four steals and two rebounds. Senior Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) chipped in nine points and six rebounds, while sophomore Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) grabbed a game-high eight boards. Keil also had seven points, four assists and two steals.

Jen Hansen had a game-high 19 points for the Black Knights, who also got 15 points from reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Cara Enright.

Already the winningest coach in Holy Cross basketball history, Gibbons has led his teams to 15 twenty-win seasons, 10 regular season Patriot League titles, nine Patriot League Tournament titles, nine NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT Tournament appearance during his 19-year career at Holy Cross. The Worcester, Mass. native has also earned six Patriot League Coach of the Year awards, going into this, his 20th season at HC.

Gibbons will try to surpass the 400-win mark when the Crusaders travel to Colgate for a 2:00 p.m. match-up on Saturday afternoon.