March 1, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a season-high 21 points including 14 in the first half as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated Lehigh, 62-55, in Patriot League action at the Hart Center this afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders finish the regular season 17-12 overall and 10-4 in league play while Lehigh ends the year 17-12 overall and 9-5 in the league.
Holy Cross started the game on a 7-0 run as O'Dell hit her first shot from outside the arc of the half. O'Dell continued to lead the Crusaders' offense, hitting back-to-back shots from long range as Holy Cross jumped to 24-7 with 10:12 left in the first half.
The Mountain Hawks chipped away at the Crusader' lead, going on a 13-4 run and getting within eight points (28-20) as Wendy Szczerbiak went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. O'Dell made a layup with 54 seconds remaining in the half, giving Holy Cross a 12-point cushion (35-23) at the break.
O'Dell had a perfect first half from the floor, hitting all five attempts and sinking all three attempts from long range. She also hit one of two attempts from free throw range. Holy Cross hit 59.1% while holding the Mountain Hawks to just 18.2%.
While their shots from the floor improved in the opening minutes, Lehigh couldn't halt the Crusaders' offense as Holy Cross continued to pile on the points, grabbing a 17-point cushion (57-40), with 5:34 left in the game.
A burst from the Mountain Hawks' offense pulled them within in seven (57-50) with 2:06 left in the game as Alex Ross scored a quick 10 points, including two shots from long range. Holy Cross finished seven ahead Leigh to finish the game, 62-55.
O'Dell finished 7-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-4 from outside the arc while grabbing five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 10 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) led the team in rebounds, grabbing six each. Aloisi had nine points, four assists, three steals, and two blocks while McLaughlin finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 1-for-1 from the charity stripe.
Holy Cross will finish either in the second or third seed in the Patriot League tournament, with their placement riding on the outcome of tonight's game between Army and Bucknell. If the Crusaders finish the second seed, they will play Navy, or if they finish in the third seed, they will play Lafayette. Game times and the official Patriot League seeding will be announced this evening.