Women's Basketball Tops Bucknell, 66-60

Jan. 17, 2009

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had a team-high 23 points as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated Bucknell, 66-60, in Patriot League action at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders extend their winning streak to six games, improving to 8-10 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League. The Bison fall to 9-7 on the season and 1-2 in league play.

With less than 10 minutes left in the first half and the teams locked at 14-14, Bucknell broke free to go on a 15-4 run, led by Lauren Schober's seven points. With Bucknell ahead by 11 points, 29-18, O'Dell turned the table on offense, outscoring the Bison by 11 points and holding them to just three. After being fouled on a successful layup, O'Dell hit the extra shot from the free throw line, putting the Crusaders ahead by one point at halftime, 32-31.

Back and forth traffic on the floor kept the score tight and after taking a short one-point lead, 46-45, the Bison would get no closer to the win as Holy Cross detained their scoring and pushed forward to grab it's largest lead of the half (63-53) with just three minutes to play. Holy Cross finished ahead of Bucknell by six points to close out the game, 66-60.

The Crusaders finished with their best percentage from three-point range, making 7 of 14 attempts (.500). O'Dell recorded her second-best efforts of the season from outside the arc, hitting six-of-nine attempts (.667).

In addition to her 23 points, O'Dell tallied three rebounds, three steals and two assists while junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 13 points, a career-high nine rebounds and six assists. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) chipped in nine points, eight rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist. In her first collegiate start, junior guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) recorded seven points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a season-high 30 minutes played.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 21, concluding a three-game home stand with a league game against Navy at 7:00 p.m.