Nov. 14, 2006
Hamden, Conn. - Led by Monique Lee, the Quinnipiac women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross 72-69 Tuesday night at the Burt Kahan Basketball Court. The Bobcats win their season opener to begin the season 1-0 as the Crusaders drop to 1-2 on the year.
Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) led the Crusaders in the first half with 12 points, all from the three-point line.
Quinnipiac lead early going ahead 6-4 after making two foul shots on an O'Dell foul, but O'Dell came back with a three-pointer to put Holy Cross within one, 7-6.
Lee led Quinnipiac with 15 in the first half going five for five from the field.
Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) made two free throw shots toward the end of the half to give the Crusaders a four point lead. Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) sunk a three-pointer to keep the lead and go into the second half eight points ahead of the Bobcats, 39-31.
Holy Cross kept the lead throughout the beginning of the second half as the Crusaders continued to hit their three-pointers. McFadden lead the pack with two from the three-point range while Aloisi, O'Dell and Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) all added a three-pointer in the second.
Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was sent to the line twice within seconds of each other making all four to give the Crusaders an eight point lead, 66-58, with seven minutes left in the second half.
The Bobcats served up five field goals and one three pointer to tie the game with three minutes left. Quinnipiac took the lead for the first time in the second half, 68-67.
Aloisi layed up two points to give Holy Cross a one point lead with 30 seconds left. McFadden committed a foul to give Lee a shot. Lee missed to allow the Crusaders to keep the one point lead with 20 seconds left.
Aloisi sent Hannalee Pervan to the line where she made the free throw to tie the game at 69 with 11 seconds remaining. She followed up sinking the second shot to go ahead by one, 70-69.
Aloisi made a last effort drive down the court missing the shot. Holy Cross fouled Quinnipiac giving Lee another chance at the line where she made both of the shots to give the Bobcats the win.
Holy Cross went 12 of 13 from the free throw line, nine of 22 from the three-point line and 23 of 59 from the field while Quinnipiac went 27 of 56 from the field.
The Crusaders travel to Burlington Vt. for the TD Banknorth Classic Friday where they will face Vermont in the first game at 8:00 p.m. and play East Carolina University or Harvard on Saturday.