March 9, 2005

Holy Cross Captures Patriot League Title

March 9, 2005

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - The top-seeded Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated sixth-seeded Colgate, 79-70 to win the Patriot League Tournament title Wednesday night at the Hart Center in front of a crowd of 889. By winning the league tournament, the Crusaders (20-10) have earned an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament, beginning March 19. HC will learn of its opponent during the selection show, airing on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Holy Cross, which won its 11th all-time regular season title this season, captured its 10th all-time Patriot League tournament crown with the win. Colgate finishes its season 12-18.

Lisa Andrews and Maggie Fontana both scored 16 points to lead Holy Cross. Shannon Bush finished with 14 points and Sarah Placek added 12.

The Crusaders went into the break with a 33-25 advantage after a back-and-forth first half that saw three ties and nine lead changes. Holy Cross' biggest lead of the half was 10 points (33-23) with less than a minute remaining. Bush scored seven points in the final five minutes to rally HC. Bush had nine points to lead the Crusaders in the first stanza.

Holy Cross turned the ball over 10 times in the first 20 minutes, but was able to hold Colgate to just 29.7 percent from the field.

In the second, HC jumped out to a 16 point lead (57-41) after a Bush drive with 10:28 remaining, but the Raiders mounted a comeback and got within two (59-57) thanks to an Allison Lipinski trey with 7:06 left. With less than four minutes to go, the Raiders had tied the game twice, but two Fontana free throws put the Crusaders up four (70-66) with 2:10 remaining.

With 41.0 seconds left, Fontana drained two free throws to put HC up 74-70. Fontana then stole Colgate's inbounds pass after a timeout with less than 30 seconds to go, and nailed two more free throws, extending the Crusaders' lead to six (76-70).

Emily Braseth led all scorers with 21 points, while Meghan Curtin added 15 for the Raiders.

Holy Cross shot 48.3 percent from the floor in the game, while Colgate converted just 35.1 percent of its shots.

Following the game, Andrews was named the Tournament MVP. Joining Andrews on the All-Tournament team were Fontana, Braseth, Allison Lipinski of Colgate, Cara Enright of Army and Jessica DePalo of Lehigh.