Jan. 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) and junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 12 points each but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 59-50 Patriot League game to Navy on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-11 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League while the Midshipmen improve to 9-10 on the season and 2-2 in league play. Navy's win snapped the Crusaders six-game winning streak and also ended an 11-game losing streak to Holy Cross.
After two lead changes in the opening 10 minutes of the game, Holy Cross ended six minutes of scoreless play on the floor by both teams with a 10-2 run, led by Fremeau with eight points. The Crusaders finished ahead of Navy by seven points at the half, 22-15.
Navy's Whitney Davidson sank a three-point shot to start the second half, cutting the Mids' deficit to four points, 22-18, but a quick eight points pushed Holy Cross ahead by 11, 29-18. After trailing by 10 points, 31-21, Navy exploded on offense with a 24-4 run to take a 10-point lead, 45-35, as Angela Myers scored eight points and Kristin Bowen tallied six points. Holy Cross cut its deficit to four points, 52-48, with less than three minutes remaining in the game, but the Mids held on to finish nine points ahead of the Crusaders, 59-50.
In addition to her 12 points, Fremeau finished with three blocks, two rebounds and one assist while McFadden had three rebounds, one steal and one assist. Senior forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) tallied nine points, one assist and one steal. Davidson led Navy with 17 points scored and pulled down four rebounds and one steal.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 24, traveling to American for a Patriot League contest at 2:00 p.m.