February 18, 2006

Women's Basketball Defeats American 74-55

Feb. 18, 2006

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley poured in a game-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 74-55 win over American on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena. Holy Cross has now won three straight and improves to 13-12 (9-3 Patriot League), while the Eagles fall to 6-18 (3-9 Patriot League). With the win, the Crusaders sweep the season series with the Eagles and move into a tie for second place with Bucknell in the conference standings.

Foley scored 12 of her 22 points and had four of her seven rebounds in the first, while finishing the game 10-for-13 from the floor. Sophomore guard Laura Aloisi recorded 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal, while senior guard Jessica Conte had a solid all-around game with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Crusaders.

The Eagles started the game 7-for-9 from the field and jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the first six minutes of the half, but then went cold from the floor and struggled over the next five minutes and four seconds, going without a basket. Holy Cross took advantage during the AU drought, stringing together a 12-0 run to take a 21-15 lead with 9:06 to go. Nicole Ryan single-handedly got the Eagles back in the game, however, breaking the American dry spell with a hoop at the 8:38 mark and getting them within two (23-21) after a jumper with 7:20 on the clock. But the Crusaders responded with an 8-0 run over the next five minutes to take a ten point lead (31-21) with 2:06 to go. Keil had six of the Crusaders' eight points during the run.

Holy Cross went into the break up, 33-24, after shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, despite a 1-for-7 showing from behind the arc.

In the second, the Eagles came within eight (43-35) after a 6-0 run with 13:31 on the clock, but would not get any closer as the Crusaders answered with an 8-0 run to take a 51-35 lead, and did not let up the rest of the way. Holy Cross' largest lead of the game was 20 (61-41) with 3:21 to go. The Crusaders had a 36-28 points-in-the-paint advantage for the game and went 9-for-12 from the free throw line, while the Eagles struggled from the charity stripe (4-for-13).

Holy Cross shot 53.6 percent from the floor for the game and committed just 15 turnovers. American was 34.8 percent from the field.

The Eagles were led by Ryan's 16 points. Pam Stanfield added 11 and Tara Williams chipped in with 10 points. Tish Curry and Talicia Jackson shared game-high honors with nine rebounds.

Holy Cross will play in its final regular season road game on Tuesday, February 21 when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a 7:00 p.m. match-up with Colgate.