Feb. 27, 2008
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) scored 14 points while sophomore guards Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 13 points each, lifting the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 63-53 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders improve to 16-12 overall and 9-4 in the Patriot League while Colgate drops to 1-27 overall and 0-13 in league play.
The lead bounced back and forth in the opening seven minutes but Holy Cross went on a quick 8-3 run led by McFadden with a shot from outside the arc, taking a 17-11 lead with 10:58 left in the first half. The Raiders got within in four (20-16) but two shots from long range by O'Dell and one by McFadden cushioned Holy Cross 10 points ahead, 26-16, with 8:09 remaining.
Holding Colgate scoreless for the final three minutes of the half, the Crusaders' hot streak from long range in the first half lifted them to a 34-21 lead at the break.
Holy Cross hit 7-of-14 attempts from outside the arc, scoring 21 of its 34 first half points from outside the arc. O'Dell paced Holy Cross in the first with 10 points and seven rebounds while Gruzynski chipped in six points and three rebounds.
Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) scored seven points in the first three and a half minutes of the second stanza, putting Holy Cross ahead, 44-25. Gruzynski led the Crusaders in a 13-9 run with eight points while McFadden chipped in four. With 8:54 left in the game, Holy Cross led 57-35. Caitlin Gillard put up seven points for Colgate in the final minutes, but the Crusaders finished 10 points ahead of the Raiders, 63-53.
In addition to her 14 points, Gruzynski grabbed five rebounds and one block while O'Dell had eight rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) paced the Crusaders with five points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Holy Cross closes out its regular season on Saturday, March 1 hosting Lehigh at 1:00 p.m.