Dec. 28, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) totaled 24 points, seven rebounds and four steals as the Holy Cross women's basketball team downed Drexel, 63-58, on Sunday afternoon at the Hawk Classic Tournament, hosted at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-9 on the season while the Dragons fall to 4-6 overall.
Tied 13-13 in the opening seven minutes, Holy Cross went on a 9-3 run, taking a 25-16 lead as McFadden scored seven points. With less than five minutes remaining in the half, the Crusaders grabbed their highest lead of the half, pushing ahead by 13 points (29-16) after sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) hit a jumper. Holy Cross finished ahead of the Dragons, 32-20, to close out the first stanza.
After trailing 36-20 to open the second half, Drexel exploded on offense, putting up 23 points in just under eight minutes. Jasmina Rosseel led the Dragons with nine points including a three-pointer that pushed Drexel to take a 43-40 lead. Back and forth traffic kept the teams with short leads over one another. With 1:02 left in the game, Gabriela Marginean hit a pair of free throw shots to tie the game, 55-55. With 31 seconds left in the game, a layup by senior center Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) put the Crusaders ahead, 57-55. A pair of successful shots from the free-throw line by sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) and senior forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) put Holy Cross ahead by five, 61-55. A three pointer by Kamile Nacickatie brought the Dragons within three points with eight seconds on the clock, but Holy Cross held on to pick up a 63-58 win with two free throw shots by Freameau.
Fremeau finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists while Gruzynski had 10 points, five rebounds and one block in 16 minutes played. Senior guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) played a career-high 30 minutes and finished with seven points, three rebounds and one steal. Marginean totaled 22 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist, while Jasmina Rosseel had 19 points, eight rebounds and one block.
Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Dec. 29, playing tournament host St. Joseph's at 2:00 p.m. at the Hawk Classic Tournament.