Feb. 7, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored her 1,000 career point, finishing with 21 points as the Holy Cross women's basketball downed Lafayette, 82-64 in Patriot League action at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 10-13 overall and 5-3 in league play while the Leopards drop to 8-15 on the season and 2-6 in the Patriot League. Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the team in scoring 26 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range.
O'Dell is the 26th player in Holy Cross women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point mark and only the ninth player to do it as a junior. She also received the 2009 women's basketball winter homecoming trophy, the Rev. George L. O'Brien Award.
Holy Cross grabbed a 14-9 lead in the first seven minutes of the game but Lafayette fought back with a 6-1 run led by Amanda Smith with four points. The Crusaders answered back with a fierce 17-0 run as McFadden and sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) scored five points each. Holy Cross put up a quick six points in the final two minutes of the half to finish ahead of the Leopards by 19 points, 42-23.
The Crusaders extended their lead over Lafayette to 24 points (55-31) including two shots from outside the arc by McFadden and five points by O'Dell. With less than six minutes left in the game, the Leopards offense continued to stay in the game, cutting their deficit to 10 points, 62-52. Lafayette got as close as 13 points with less than three minutes left in the game behind Holy Cross but four points from O'Dell and a pair of successful shots from the free throw line by sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) and junior guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) put the Crusaders ahead by 18 to finish the game, 82-64.
In addition to her 26 points, McFadden finished the game with four rebounds and two assists while O'Dell had four points, three assists and one steal. Senior forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) finished with a career-high 13 points while Campbell was the fourth Crusader player to score in double figures with 12 points while adding five rebounds, two blocks and one steal. LaKeisha Wright led the Leopards
Holy Cross returns starting a three-game road trip with a Patriot League contest at Army on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m.