February 25, 2006

Women's Basketball Tops Lehigh; Earns #2 Seed In Playoffs

Feb. 25, 2006

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley scored a team-high 20 points and three other Crusaders reached double figures to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 72-65 victory over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross clinches the number two seed in next week's Patriot League Tournament and is guaranteed home court advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Crusaders (14-13, 10-4) also snapped a three-game winning streak for the Mountain Hawks, who fall to 10-17 overall and 5-9 in conference play.

Foley had 12 of her 20 points in the first stanza and finished the game 6-for-9 from the field. Senior guards Shannon Bush and Jessica Conte added 15 and 11 points, respectively, while junior guard Brittany Keil added 10 points, five assists, three blocks and three rebounds. Foley and Conte tied for team-high honors with six rebounds.

In addition, senior guard Sarah Placek scored the 1,000th point of her career with 3:36 left in the game after converting both free throws in a one-and-one situation. Placek is the 22nd player in Holy Cross women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

Holy Cross went into the break up 42-30 after shooting a season-best 60.9 percent (14-for-23) from the floor in the first and committing just five turnovers. The Crusaders led by as much as 14 points (37-23) in the first half after a three-pointer by Bush at the 5:42 mark. The Mountain Hawks then went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to eight (37-29), following a trey by Emily Geosits, but the Crusaders closed out the half by outscoring Lehigh, 5-1, over the final 4:44.

Holy Cross held Lehigh to 37.5 percent shooting from the field in the first twenty minutes.

In the second, the Mountain Hawks cut an eight-point deficit in half to get within four (63-59) following an Adrienne Blount hoop underneath with 4:08 to go. But the Crusaders would not back down and answered with a 7-0 run of their own - capped off by a Keil three-ball - to take a 70-59 lead with 1:34 remaining.

Holy Cross shot 51.1 percent for the game, which marks the third straight game the Crusaders have made at least 50.0 percent of their shots from the floor. Lehigh had a slight 34-30 advantage on the boards and also committed one less turnover than the Crusaders, while shooting 43.5 percent for the afternoon.

Three Mountain Hawks reached double-figures led by Jenny Callan's 21-point, 11-rebound perfomance. Blount also pumped in 21 points and grabbed nine boards. Sara Ellis added 15 points.

The Crusaders will be back in action on Thursday, March 2, as the Patriot League Tournament gets under way. The second-seeded Crusaders will likely play American, which is expected to draw the seventh-seed. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.