January 31, 2009

Women's Basketball Edged by Lehigh, 72-70

Jan. 31, 2009

WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) had a career-high 19 points but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team fell to Lehigh, 72-70, in Patriot League play on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-13 overall and 4-3 in the Patriot League while the Mountain Hawks improve to 17-5 on the season and 6-1 in league play.

Lehigh came out strong from outside the arc in the first 10 minutes of the first half, grabbing an 18-point lead (28-10), with six shots from long range, including nine points from Alex Ross and six from Erica Prosser. Holy Cross chipped away at the Mountain Hawks' lead, with Campbell answering to Lehigh's continued offense by putting up 10 points in just over three minutes, bringing the Crusaders within 13-points with 6:37 left in the half. With 2:13 winding down on the clock, Holy Cross cut its deficit to 10 points, 41-31, but a quick 4-1 run to close out the half put Lehigh ahead by 13 at the half, 45-32.

The Mountain Hawks pushed ahead 55-40 in the opening six minutes of the second half, but Holy Cross continued to slowly chip away at their lead. An 8-0 run by the Crusaders brought them within six points with four points scored by sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.). A three-pointer by Ross put the Mountain Hawks ahead by 13, 66-53, with just under seven minutes to play. The Crusaders answered back with a 9-0 run, closing in on Lehigh by four points, 66-62. Trailing by seven (69-62) with less than three minutes remaining, Holy Cross stayed aggressive on offense to get within one point with 19 seconds left after junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) hit two shots from the free throw line. After being fouled, Ross hit one of two shots from the charity stripe. The Crusaders made a final attempt to tie the game with a buzzer-beater layup by McFadden, but came up short as the Mountain Hawks held on for a 72-70 victory.

In addition to her 19 points, Campbell finished with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks while McFadden tallied 14 points, including 10-of-11 from the free throw-line. Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) also had a great game, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal while Fremeau was the fourth Crusader to score in double figures with 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds and five assists. Ross led Lehigh with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 7, hosting Lafayette for a Patriot League game at 1:00 p.m.