Feb. 16, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guards Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 19 points each while freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as Holy defeated Bucknell, 73-67, in Patriot League action. The Crusaders improve to 14-11 overall and 7-3 in the league while Bucknell falls to 10-14 overall and 5-5 in league play.
The Crusaders maintained a five-point lead three times in the opening five and a half minutes of the game, but Bucknell got within one, 13-12, as Kesha Champion hit a jumper. O'Dell and McFadden came alive from outside the arc, converting four-of-five attempts, cushioning Holy Cross 13 points ahead of the Bison, 27-14, with 8:54 left in the first half.
The Crusaders finished 10 points ahead of Bucknell, 32-22, to end the first half as O'Dell had 13 points and McFadden scored seven points.
In the first four and a half minutes of the second half, Holy Cross grabbed a 13 point lead, 41-28, but Bucknell woke up on offense, going a 10-1 run led by Champion with four points, cutting the deficit to four (42-38). Back and forth traffic on the court allowed the Crusaders to pace themselves at least four points ahead of Bucknell as the final 10 minutes wound down on the clock.
With 1:48 left in the game, the Bison had climbed within one of Holy Cross, but back-to-back layups by McFadden gave the Crusaders a five-point cushion, 67-62. Holy Cross went 6-for-6 from free throw range in the final 15 seconds of the half, securing a six-point win, 73-67, over the Bison.
O'Dell finished 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and made three-for-four attempts from long range while chipping eight rebounds and one assist. McFadden converted 2-of-5 three points and went 5-for-7 from free throw range and had three rebounds, two assists and one steal. In addition to her first double-double, Campbell had two blocks, two steals and one assist.
Hope Foster led Bucknell in scoring with 20 points and blocks with six while chipping in four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Holy Cross finished 44.4% from field goal range, including converting five-of-ten attempts (50.0%) from long range and making 20-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe (90.9%). The Bison finished 44.2% from the floor, 45.5% from three-point range, and 84.2 from the free throw line.
Holy Cross concludes its three-game home stand on Wednesday February 20, at 7:00 p.m., when it hosts Navy at the Hart Center.