Nov. 18, 2005
Boston, Mass. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had career-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds and junior forward Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 76-60 non-conference win over Northeastern University in the season opener for both teams on Friday night at Solomon Court. Holy Cross is 1-0 overall, while the Huskies begin the season with a 0-1 start.
Senior guards Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) and Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) both chipped in 12 points for the Crusaders, who also got nine points and seven assists from sophomore point guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.), and nine points and six assists from senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.).
Holy Cross held a slim 36-34 lead at the break after a back-and-forth first half of play that saw six ties and four lead changes. The Huskies led for most of the half, but Holy Cross went on an 8-2 run with 3:39 remaining to take the lead at intermission.
The Crusaders opened the second half on a 6-0 run that then extended to a 17-4 run which gave them a 53-40 lead with 10:50 remaining. Northeastern's Erica Sheppard then scored five straight points to pull the Huskies within eight (53-45) with 9:33 to go. But the Crusaders went on another 6-0 run, thanks to two hoops underneath by Foley, to give Holy Cross a 59-45 lead with 7:45 left.
Holy Cross led by 15 points on two different occasions in the second half (65-50, 70-55), both leads coming after Conte hoops.
The Crusaders shot 43.3 percent from the floor and made better than 90 percent of their free throws (19-for-21) on the night, while forcing 21 Husky turnovers and holding Northeastern to 35.9 percent from the floor.
Northeastern freshman Ashlee Feldman scored a game-high 20 points in her rookie debut, while Sheppard added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies. Michele Decerbo also had a good night, pulling down 11 boards and chipping in seven points.
Holy Cross takes the floor again on Sunday afternoon when it travel to Massachusetts for a 2:00 p.m. matinee with the Minutewomen in Amherst.