Women's Basketball Handles Bryant, 57-45

Bethany O'Dell

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team mounted a comeback of its own, coming back from a 12-point deficit to earn a 57-45 win against Bryant at the Chace Athletic Center Wednesday night. Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds, a season-high. The Crusaders earn their second-consecutive victory to go to 2-1 on the season while Bryant registers a 0-2 overall record.

Bryant started the game on a 10-0 run with senior guard Kristin Mraz knocking down both of her three-point shots. Holy Cross notched its first points at 14:52 after starting the game 0-for-5. At the halfway point of the first half, the Crusaders were 2-for-12 from the field and went down by a score of 15-6. Bryant took its largest lead of 12 points at 7:49 after sinking two-consecutive three-point shots. Holy Cross junior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) then made it a one possession game at 5:57 to capitalize a 10-0 run for the Crusaders. The team continued to claw back, going into the locker room with a 28-27 lead after Fremeau made a lay-up with eight seconds to go. In the top half, Holy Cross went 10-for-28 from the field and was led by Fremeau and May's eight respective points. Bryant went 9-for-28 and was led by sophomore Lekia Cowen's 10 points.

Holy Cross took advantage of Bryant's two early turnovers to begin the second half, going up 32-27 at 18:00. Senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) gave the Crusaders an 11 point lead at 16:15, notching the score at 40-29. Holy Cross continued to pull ahead, taking its largest lead of 15 points at 3:51 and going on to win the game 57-45. Defense was a huge factor for the team as they held Bryant to just six field goals in the last half.

The Crusaders had three players score in double-digits including Fremeau (17), O'Dell (15) and May (10). Both O'Dell and May's points were season-highs. Bryant was led by Cowen with 12 points. In the game, Holy Cross shot a season-high 38.5 percent (20-for-52) while Bryant shot 27.3 percent (15-for-55). The Bulldogs took the rebounding edge, 46-32.

Holy Cross will take on the undefeated and defending NCAA champions, the Connecticut Huskies next. The game will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. starting at 7:00 p.m.