Jan. 14, 2006
Lewisburg, Pa. - Senior guard Shannon Bush pumped in a game-high 19 points and junior guard Brittany Keil tied a career-high with 17 points and recorded her fourth career double-double (10 rebounds) to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a thrilling 67-63 overtime win over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion. Holy Cross improves to 6-9 (2-1 Patriot League), while snapping a two-game winning streak for the Bison (8-7, 2-1 Patriot League).
Senior guard Sarah Placek had 11 points and junior center Kaitlin Foley chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Crusaders. Sophomore guard Laura Aloisi recorded a game-high seven assists and Jessica Conte had eight points and six rebounds.
The game was deadlocked at the break (27-27) after a back-and-forth first half in which there were eight ties and 11 lead changes. Holy Cross took a three point lead (13-10) following a Placek trey with 12:01 on the clock, but Bucknell's Lauren Schober then scored seven straight points for the Bison to put the home team back on top, 17-15 with 10:03 remaining. The Crusaders fought back to take their largest lead of the half (four points) after a Keil three-ball at the 5:36 mark, but Bucknell responded again with an 8-0 run to take a 27-23 lead with 2:28 left. Keil then scored the final four points of the half to get the Crusaders back in business at 27-27.
Holy Cross shot 34.4 percent in the first twenty minutes, but was able to force 11 Bison turnovers.
The second half started much the same, as there were five lead changes and four ties in the first six minutes of the half. With 14:06 left, Kesha Champion hit a jumper to give the Bison a two point lead (41-39), but Holy Cross then went on a 17-4 tear to take a 56-45 lead with 4:11 remaining. Bush had eight points during the run and Foley added six of her own.
The Bison battled back, however, and went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 56-56 with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Lindsey Hollobaugh nailed a three with 37 seconds left to cut the HC lead to three (56-53) and Champion drained another three to tie things up.
Bush opened the overtime period with a long ball from the right wing to give the Crusaders an early three point advantage (59-56). Two Bison free throws cut the lead to one, but a Foley hoop inside, a Conte steal and lay-in on the other end, and a Bush free throw gave the Crusaders a six point advantage with 1:34 left in the extra period. Hollobaugh converted on a traditional three point play to cut the Crusader lead in half (64-61), but Aloisi hit made good on two free throws to give Holy Cross a 66-61 edge with 28 seconds on the clock. Hope Foster scored in the paint to cut the lead again to three (66-63), but Placek hit another HC free throw with just 14 seconds left to seal the game.
Holy Cross shot 35.2 percent for the game, while the Bison made 39.7 percent of their field goals. Bucknell outrebounded Holy Cross, 46-41 for the game, but the Crusader defense forced 22 Bison mishaps.
Holy Cross begins a three-game home stand with a showdown against second-ranked Duke on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Hart Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders then host American (Jan. 21) and Colgate (Jan. 24).