Dec. 30, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Casey Nash scored 16 points to lead Oregon State over Holy Cross 59-44 Saturday night in the consolation game of the women's basketball Surf N Slam Tournament. The Crusaders fall to 5-8 on the season with the loss, while the Beavers improve to 5-6 overall.
Freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton Md.) hit a three to start the game as Holy Cross scored 5-4 to take the early lead in the first five minutes of play. In the next five minutes, the Toreros matched the Crusaders with eight points to stay within one (13-12). Of those eight points, Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) hit two from the three-point range and Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) added two.
Oregon State tied it up at 16 with less than seven minutes left in the first half. Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) put the Crusaders back in the lead putting one away under the basket (18-16) with five minutes remaining in the first half, but freshman guard Jasmine Smith hit two from the three-point range to give the Beavers a 22-18 lead. Oregon State went on a 8-0 streak and went into halftime with a 12-point lead (30-18).
The Crusaders came out of the locker room and scored 8-6, but the Toreros still held a 10-point lead (36-26). Holy Cross decreased Oregon State's lead to five with under six minutes to go in the second half as the Crusaders went 13-8 with Foley and Keil scoring four points each (44-39). Oregon State went 15-5 in the last five minutes of the game to seal the win 59-44 win.
Keil scored 10 points for Holy Cross and had a team-high seven rebounds while Foley and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) added 10 points each.
The Crusaders are back at home Wednesday to face Massachusetts in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.