Feb. 21, 2006
Hamilton, N.Y. - Three Crusaders reached double figures, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 79-71 decision to Colgate on Tuesday night at Cotterell Court. Holy Cross falls to 13-13 (9-4 Patriot League), while the Raiders improve to 8-18 (6-7 Patriot League). The Crusaders remain in a second place tie in the conference standings after Bucknell's loss to Lehigh this evening.
Holy Cross jumped out to a 22-13 advantage midway through the half, but the Raiders chipped away at the lead and went on a 13-2 run over the next 2:36 to take their first lead of the game (26-24) after a Megan Ballard steal and hoop on the other end. The Raiders went up by as much as five (33-28) with 2:44 on the clock after a Carly Brescacin hoop underneath, but Sarah Placek scored five points in the final two minutes to get Holy Cross within two (35-33) at the break.
The Crusaders shot 52.0 percent in the first stanza, including a 4-for-9 showing from behind the arc, but turned the ball over 13 times in the first twenty minutes. Colgate made 44.1 percent of its attempts from the floor and recorded eight first half steals.
The two teams traded baskets and the lead to start the second until the Raiders went on a 10-4 run to go up 49-43 with 11:44 remaining. The Crusaders were able to cut the lead to four (55-51) following a Conte take to the hoop with 7:44 on the clock, but Colgate responded with an 11-1 run to take a 14 point lead (66-52) with 5:40 left.
Holy Cross came within four (73-69) with 46 seconds remaining after two Placek free throws, but would not get any closer. The Raiders made six free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the victory.
The Crusaders shot 50.0 percent for the game, but committed 21 turnovers. Colgate made 46.7 percent of its shots and outrebounded the Crusaders, 37-24, including a 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Raiders were led by Megan Ballard and Meghan Curtin, who both scored 17 points. Caitlin Gillard added 16 and Gretchen Polinski checked in with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Holy Cross will play in its final regular season game on Saturday, February 25 when it hosts Lehigh in a 1:00 p.m. match-up at the Hart Center on Senior Day. With a win, the Crusaders can clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs.