Dec. 7, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Safi Mojidi poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team to a 72-68 non-conference win over Holy Cross on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross falls to 3-5 on the season, while the Rams improve to 3-4 overall.
Junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead Holy Cross. Senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) added 17 points on a 7-for-15 night from the field, while junior guard Brittany Keil chipped in with 13 points and five boards.
The Crusaders went into the break with a 37-26 advantage after going on a 21-4 run midway through the half, giving them a 35-20 lead with 3:35 remaining. The two teams traded baskets in the early going and Rhode Island took its biggest lead of the half (16-12) with 12:11 to go, but the Crusaders came out of the ensuing time out on fire and held the Rams to just five baskets the rest of the way, building what would be an 11-point lead at the intermission. Five different Crusader players scored during the run.
Holy Cross shot an impressive 57 percent from the floor in the first half, with Foley collecting 12 of her 20 points on the night.
The Crusaders were up by as much as 14 points (42-28) with 17:01 remaining after an Ashley McLaughlin free throw. But Rhode Island stormed back and cut the lead to three (51-49) with 9:39 to go after a Mojidi trey from the wing, capping a 23-7 run of its own. Less than two minutes later, the Rams tied the game at 55-55 following two Mojidi free throws. Holy Cross was able to get back on top by as much as five (62-57) with 5:28 left, but Rhode Island continued to chip away at the lead and eventually claimed the lead for good with 1:56 on the clock after a Tanja Rhodes drive to the hoop.
Holy Cross shot 44 percent for the game, while the Rams made 45 percent of their attempts. The Crusaders outrebounded URI, 38-34, but committed 25 turnovers.
Rhodes and Mia Marcus were both in double figures for the Rams, scoring 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Holy Cross travels to Connecticut for a 7:00 p.m. match-up with the ninth-ranked Huskies at the Hartford Civic Center on Monday, December 19.