26 From Manis Not Enough As Holy Cross Falls To Lafayette, 69-65
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Lauren Manis notched 26 points, but the Holy Cross women’s basketball team suffered a 69-65 setback to Lafayette in Patriot League play Tuesday night.
Manis also added six rebounds with three steals and two blocks, while shooting 4-for-7 from three-point range. Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed added 14 points with seven rebounds for Holy Cross (6-7, 1-1). Senior Katie Doherty added nine points, hitting three of five shots from behind the arc. Lafayette (5-7, 1-1) was led by Olivia Martino, who notched 17 points while shooting 4-for-9. Natalie Kucowski earned a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Crusaders shot 31.0% (22-71) from the field, while the Leopards hit 42.6% (23-54) of their shots. Lafayette held a narrow edge in rebounding, 46-41. The lead changed a total of five times, while the score was tied on six different occasions.
WOMAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES
- Following the game, Manis was selected as the Woman of the Match presented the United States Marines.
- She tallied 26 points with six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Holy Cross put together a 7-2 run to tie the game in the first, but Lafayette pulled ahead and made it 21-14 at the end of the first quarter with a last-second three-pointer from Ptasinski.
- The Crusaders used a 9-0 run during the second quarter to regain control of the lead, and held a 33-30 advantage at halftime.
- Lafayette regained control of the lead in the third quarter and led by as many as seven points, but Holy Cross battled back to make it a two-point deficit (52-50) heading into the fourth.
- The Crusaders held a four-point lead with five minutes left to play, but Lafayette battled back to tie the score twice before taking the lead for good with one minute left. Sophomore Kathryn Pedi brought the Crusaders within one possession with a three-pointer late, but the team could not overcome the deficit.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Manis registered a new career-high with four three-pointers made. She also scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this season.
- Sophomore Madalyn Smith earned a new career-high in assists with eight.
- Holy Cross returns to action this Friday, Jan. 5, when the Crusaders will play host to Lehigh in Patriot League action at 6:05 p.m.