Nov. 17, 2006
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Holy Cross could not retaliate after Vermont took an early lead, as the UVM women's basketball team defeated the Crusaders, 67-53, on the first day of the TD Banknorth Classic on Friday night at the Patrick Gymnasium. Vermont grabs their first win of the season improving to 1-1 on the year, as Holy Cross falls to 1-3 overall.
Vermont got off to a 10-0 lead after three and a half minutes of play on four field goals and two foul shots. Holy Cross was scoreless until 5:13 into the game when Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) hit a three-pointer. The Crusaders did not score again until the 12:48-mark when junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) made two foul shots after Vermont put five more points on the board, making the score 15-5.
Before the half was over Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) made two three's and a field goal over a four minute stretch to bring Holy Cross within six points of Vermont, 20-14.
Vermont took advantage of Holy Cross' 15 turnovers in the first half as Courtnay Pilypaitis led UVM with 10 points. Vermont went into half time with a 12-point advantage, connecting on 12 of 26 shots from the field and 10 of 11 from the line.
In the first five minutes of the second half, the Catamounts scored eight to the Crusaders three (45-28) to increase their lead to 17.
Holy Cross did not come closer than 11 points to Vermont in the second half and the Catamounts' lead went as high as 20 points at 13:06 (51-31).
Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds, while freshman O'Dell had 12 points and five rebounds, and McLaughlin had 10 points and five rebounds.
The Crusaders will face Harvard on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the consolation game of the TD Banknorth Classic.