NEW HAVEN, Conn. -The Holy Cross women's basketball team saw a 14 point halftime lead disappear as the Yale Bulldogs came back for a 66-60 win over the Crusaders at the John J. Lee Amphitheater Friday night. Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) led all Holy Cross scorers with 18 points, tying her career-high and brought down seven rebounds. With the loss, the Crusaders begin the year at 0-1, while Yale opens up at 1-0.
Holy Cross opened the game on a 13-0 run while Yale combined for six turnovers and went 0-for-8 from the field before knocking down its first points at 13:16. Holy Cross maintained at least a 10-point advantage throughout the top half, taking its largest lead of 19 at the 2:10 mark. Senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led all scorers with 12 points on a 5-for-10 shooting performance. The Crusaders took a 39-25 advantage into the locker room, going 15-for-35 from the field and bringing down 23 rebounds. Yale entered the half going 8-for-33 from the field and tallied 28 rebounds.
Fremeau came out shooting to begin the second half, making all of her field goals and collecting six points in two minutes of play. Three turnovers and fouls by the Crusaders allowed Yale to go on a 12 point run to mark the score at 47-43 at 14:00. Foul trouble continued to loom over the Crusaders as McFadden and fellow senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had to sit with four fouls apiece with a little over nine minutes to play. Yale went four of five from the line to bring the game within one at 9:19. The Bulldogs were able to tie the game 3:52 and then took a 58-56 lead at 1:50. Yale senior guard Ashley Carter tallied a three-point play at 1:11 to give her team their first two-possession lead. Fremeau brought the lead down to two points with 32 seconds to go but the Bulldogs, who were down by 14 points at the half, were able to amass a 66-60 victory at home.
McFadden and O'Dell also tallied double-digit performance for the Crusaders, scoring 12 points each. Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) tied a career-high with seven points. Yale was led by sophomore Michelle Cashen who notched her second-career double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. In the game, Holy Cross shot 34.3 percent (24-for-70) while Yale shot 34.5 percent (20-for-58). The Bulldogs took the rebounding edge, 54-41.
Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Nov. 16, when it plays against its second-straight Connecticut-based opponent, Central Connecticut, at the Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Conn.