Women's Basketball Edged By Yale, 65-63, In Season-Opener

Nov. 15, 2008

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 24 points but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team fell to Yale, 65-63, at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. McFadden led the Crusaders from the free-throw line, making 12 of 13 attempts. Holy Cross opens the season at 0-1 while the Bulldogs pick up their season-opener, 1-0.

In the opening five minutes, Yale went on a 7-2 run, led by a pair of perfect free-throws by Melissa Colborn and Briana Segerson. Less than four minutes later, at the 8:19 mark, sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) led a 9-2 run with seven points, bringing the Crusaders within five, 18-13. With 2:49 left in the first half, the Bulldogs went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, giving them a 10-point lead, 31-21. Yale closed out the half ahead by eight, 35-27.

Less than four minutes into the second half, at the 16:13 mark, the Bulldogs grabbed their largest lead of the game, going on a 12-4 run with Haywood Wright scoring four points. Holy Cross would get within two points with two seconds on the clock, but Yale held on for a 65-63 victory.

In addition to her 24 points, McFadden had seven rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists. Fremeau recorded career-highs in points with nine and rebounds with eight while chipping in two steals, one assist and one block. Yale was led by Colborn with 14 points.

Holy Cross returns to action, hosting Boston College at the Hart Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m.