Jan. 26, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a game-high 15 points while freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) had 13 but it wasn't enough as Michelle Kirk had a game-high 13 points including 10 in the first half to lead American over Holy Cross, 62-46, in Patriot League play. The Crusaders are now 3-2 in the Patriot League and 10-10 overall while the Eagles improve to 2-3 in league play and 8-12 overall.
American held onto a seven-point cushion, 16-9, with 11:13 left in the half, holding the Crusaders scoreless for almost four minutes until McFadden hit two shots from the free throw line and a three-pointer to bring Holy Cross within two of the Eagles, 16-14.
With 4:01 left in the first half, a layup by Campbell cut American's lead to one point but Kirk rallied a 12-3 run scoring 10 points, putting the Eagles on top 32-22, finishing up the first half.
The Crusaders scored first to begin the second half with a layup by Campbell but American regained control of the game, going on a 10-3 run as N'Garsanet and Liz Hayes each chipped in four points a piece.
Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) dished out six points with 8:06 left in the game, bringing the Crusaders within nine (49-40) but Holy Cross wouldn't get any closer the rest of the game, as American pulled away to win by 16.
In addition to her 13 points, Campbell finished with seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks while Gruzynski scored 10 points and had three rebounds. Hayes and N'Garsanet scored 12 points each for the Eagles.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, January 30, when it hosts Colgate in a 7:00 p.m. Patriot League contest at the Hart Center.