February 4, 2006

Lafayette Upsets Holy Cross, 54-49

Feb. 4, 2006

Box Score

Easton, Pa. - Lindsay Myers and Kara Stetler combined to score 31 points and the Lafayette defense held Holy Cross to just 49 points as the Lafayette women's basketball team defeated the Crusaders, 54-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette (7-14, 2-6 Patriot League) snapped a five game winning streak for the Crusaders and snapped a three-game losing streak of its own, while Holy Cross fell to 10-11 (6-2 Patriot League). The win was just the sixth all-time for Lafayette in the series history. Holy Cross had won 20 straight contests between the two teams prior to today's meeting.

Brittany Keil recorded her sixth career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Shannon Bush and Kaitlin Foley added 11 and 10, respectively, for Holy Cross.

Holy Cross went into the break up 23-21 after a tough shooting performance for both teams in the first twenty minutes. The Crusaders (9-for-30) and Leopards (8-for-30) were a combined 18-for-60 from the floor with 15 turnovers (HC-seven). The Leopards led for most of the half and were up by as much as six (16-10) with 6:48 on the clock. But Holy Cross then went on a 10-3 run to take its first lead of the game, and subsequently ended the half by outscoring Lafayette, 13-5, to take the two point lead into the intermission.

The Crusaders led most of the second half until a Stetler trey at the 8:32 mark put Lafayette on top, 37-35. The Leopards would not relinquish the lead from that point on, using a 19-4 to effectively put the game away. The Crusaders cut the deficit to four on two occasions with less than a minute to play, but could not get any closer.

The Crusaders shot 31.3 percent for the game, while the Leopards converted 38.8 percent of their shots. Holy Cross only had 10 turnovers for the game, but went to the free throw line just eight times in the game (3-for-8). Lafayette was 13-for-22 from the charity stripe.

Holy Cross is back at home on Tuesday, February 7, when it hosts Army in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center. The Black Knights defeated the Crusaders in their first meeting, 59-56 in West Point.