Dec. 1, 2004
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team gave #21 ranked Boston College all it could handle Wednesday night, but it was not enough as the Eagles squeaked out a 69-61 win at the Hart Center. Boston College improves to 4-1 (0-0 Big East), while Holy Cross slips to the .500 mark at 3-3 (0-0 Patriot League). The Crusaders had two players reach double-figures in sophomore guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) who had 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and junior guard Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) who added 11, going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) had a standout game with eight assists, seven points, four steals, and three boards for the Crusaders.
Boston College started the game on a 7-0 run, hitting its first three shots, but the Crusaders got right back into the game after long balls from Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) and Conte, which pulled HC within one (11-10). Conte then hit another trey to give Holy Cross its first lead of the half, 13-11, at the 12:29 mark.
The two teams traded baskets and the lead until Aloisi converted on a three-point-play to give the Crusaders the lead again, 18-17. Holy Cross stayed in front for a little over two minutes until a Kathrin Ress hoop underneath put BC ahead 23-22 with 5:32 remaining. BC went up by as much as four points with less than 2:00 to go in the first, but an Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) free throw and a Keil floater in the paint brought the Crusaders within one at the break.
In the second stanza, BC started to pull away and was up by as much as 12 points (50-38) with under 10:00 remaining in the game. Junior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) made good on a fast break to cut the lead to eight, 50-42, at the 9:00 mark. A Keil three-ball pulled Holy Cross within five with just over five minutes left, but the home team would not get any closer.
Ress tied teammate Brooke Queenan for game-high honors with 18 points apiece. Jessalyn Deveny added 12 for the Eagles. Placek finished with nine points, while senior Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) chipped in eight.
Holy Cross takes on another Big East opponent when it travels to #8 Connecticut on Sunday, December 5 for a 2:00 matinee with the Huskies. The game will be played at the Hartford Civic Center.