Women's Basketball Defeats Saint Peter's, 65-56

Nov. 28, 2005

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) tied for game-high honors with 17 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 65-56 non-conference win over the Saint Peter's College on Monday night at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross snaps a two-game losing streak and improves to 2-2 overall, while the Peahens fall to 1-2.

Senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) added 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, while junior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) had a 10-point, seven-rebound night.

Saint Peter's held a 27-26 lead at the break after a back-and-forth first half, in which neither team led by more than five points. The two teams traded baskets in the early going, until Holy Cross took a four point lead (10-6) after a Kathy Gruzynski hoop with 15:22 to go. The Peahens fought back to tie things up at 16-16 following a Lauma Reke three-ball with 10:53 left, but Holy Cross took its biggest lead of the half (21-16) with 7:05 on the clock after a Foley lay-in.

Saint Peter's then reclaimed the lead with 2:38 remaining and converted a free throw with 47 seconds left to secure the one point lead at the half.

Keil opened the second stanza with her first of two treys in the half to start things off for the Crusaders. With 12:38 to go, Saint Peter's had what was its largest lead of the game (41-37), but Holy Cross then rattled off 14 unanswered points to claim the lead for good. The Peahens made things interesting in the waning minutes, going on a 9-0 run of their own, but the Crusaders made eight free throws in the final 1:27 to distance themselves and preserve the win.

Saint Peter's was led by Kristen Hood's 17 points. Tiffany Jones added 12 and Khalisha Lewis was also in double figures with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Holy Cross shot 42.3 percent from the floor for the game, while holding the Peahens to just 27.5 percent. Saint Peter's had a 50-34 rebound advantage, including 31 offensive boards to the Crusaders'13. Both teams committed less than 15 turnovers for the game (Holy Cross 12; Saint Peter's 14).

Holy Cross begins a three game road trip when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. match-up with Boston College.