Lauren Manis
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Lauren Manis

Manis Nets 27 As Holy Cross Downs Lafayette, 69-56

Holy Cross Athletics   01-27-2018
Stat Comparison
Category HC LC
Points 69 56
Rebounds 31 39
Turnovers 15 17
FG Percent 44.2 30.9
3FG Percent 38.1 41.2
FT Percent 75.0 83.3
Box Score

EASTON, Pa. – Sophomore Lauren Manis posted 27 points as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team earned a 69-56 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.

Manis led Holy Cross (10-11, 5-5) with a game-high 27 points while adding nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals. She also shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed also turned in another strong performance with 19 points, five steals and three assists. Senior Tricia Byrne finished the game with nine points and four rebounds. Lafayette (8-12, 4-6) was led by Natalie Kucowski, who earned a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Olivia Martino also scored in double figures, adding 10 points while shooting 2-for-4 from behind the arc.

The Crusaders shot 44.2% (23-52) from the field while holding the Leopards to 30.9% (17-55). From three-point range, Lafayette hit 41.2% (7-17) of their shots as Holy Cross hit 38.1% (8-21). The Leopards shot 83.3% (15-18) from the free throw line, while the Crusaders hit 75.0% (15-20) of their attempts.


  • Following the game, Manis was selected as the Woman of the Match presented the United States Marines.
  • She tallied 27 points with nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals while shooting 10-for-10 from the free throw line.


  • Holy Cross outplayed the Leopards in the first quarter, using an 11-0 run to help carry a 23-10 advantage into the second.
  • Lafayette responded in the next quarter, outscoring the Crusaders 19-8 and ending the half with a 15-0 run that shrunk Holy Cross’ lead to two points.
  • The Crusaders posted a 10-0 run in the third quarter to extend its lead, and outscored the Leopards 29-13 to carry a 60-42 lead into the final quarter.
  • Lafayette would outscore Holy Cross 14-9 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the Crusaders’ lead.


  • Manis and Thomas-Waheed combined for 46 points, counting for 66.7% of the Crusaders’ offense.
  • Holy Cross dominated in the paint, posting 24 points while holding the Leopards to 10.
  • Manis tallied 20 or more points for the eighth time this season, and was perfect from the free throw line for the ninth time this season.
  • Head Coach Bill Gibbons is now one win away from his 600th career victory.


  • Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 3, as the Crusaders return home to host Loyola (Md.) at 1:05 p.m.

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