Feb. 11, 2009
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 26 points but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 63-62 Patriot League contest to Army at Christl Arena on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-14 on the season and 5-4 in league play while the Black Knights improve to 15-10 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Holy Cross started out with a 12-5 advantage in the opening four minutes of the first half with five points scored by sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.). Army got within two points of the Crusaders twice, but finally tied the game, 19-19, with less than six minutes left in the game. Six points by O'Dell closed out the final minutes, giving the Crusaders a 25-19 lead headed into halftime.
Seven points by sophomore forward Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) in the first four minutes of the second half gave Holy Cross a 32-28 lead. After trailing by nine, a quick 6-2 run with back-to-back shots from long range by Alex McGuire and Laura Baranek brought the Black Knights within one point, 35-34. After five lead changes, Army grabbed its largest lead of the game (53-48) with less than six minutes remaining in the game. Traffic on the court kept Army ahead in the game but with 39 seconds remaining in the game, O'Dell hit two shots from the free throw line, bringing the Crusaders within three points, 59-56. Army's Megan Evans hit two shots from the charity stripe to push the Black Knights ahead by five points. With 15 seconds left on the clock, O'Dell hit a shot from long range, making the score 61-59. McGuire converted two shots from the charity stripe putting the Black Knights ahead by four points. McFadden hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer, but Army held on for a 63-62 win.
In addition to her 26 points, O'Dell finished with two rebounds, and three steals. Fremeau had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal while sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) led the team in blocks with five while chipping in five rebounds, two steals and two points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 14, traveling to Bucknell for a Patriot League game at 7:00 p.m.