CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Ten players were able to tally points for the Holy Cross women's basketball team but it was not enough as Boston College never let go of the lead they mounted at the 16:54 mark of the first half, finishing with a 90-57 win over the Crusaders at the Silvio O. Conte Forum Tuesday night. Senior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) led the Crusaders for the second-consecutive contest with 13 points. Holy Cross falls to a 2-3 record while Boston College moves to 1-3 on the season.
Boston College jumped to a 7-2 lead to begin the game, earning four quick scores from junior Carolyn Swords. The Crusaders were able to stay within 10-points of Boston College until 12:28, when two free-throws gave the Eagles a 16-6 advantage. The Eagles maintained a double-digit lead until 8:20 when Holy Cross senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) hit her third and fourth free-throws of the game to knot the score at 23-14. The Eagles went on to outscore Holy Cross 15-12 to round out the half with a 38-26 lead. After 20 minutes of play, Holy Cross shot 36 percent (9-for-25) while Boston College shot 43.3 percent (13-for-30).
The Eagles opened up the second half on a 9-2 run to tally the score at 47-28 at the 18:11 mark. The Crusaders tried to mount a comeback, mostly from the free throw line, but Boston College stayed hot, earning a 30-point lead at the midway point of the second half. Boston College remained dominant the rest of the way, earning its largest lead of 34 points after senior Ayla Brown notched her fifth field goal of the night at 7:06. Holy Cross had five players score its final 10 points of night, dropping the road contest to the Eagles 90-57. Holy Cross shot 20.7 percent from the field in the second half while Boston College shot 53.7 percent. The Eagles finished the game making 35 of 71 field goals while the Crusaders went 15-of-54. Holy Cross was out-rebounded for the fifth straight contest, 45-31.
O'Dell's 13 points gives her five double-digit scoring outings this season, a team-high. McFadden finished the game with 11 points, as eight of the points came from the free-throw line (8-for-8 on the night). Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) tied with junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) with eight points and four rebounds in the game, both career-highs for the newcomer. Senior Mickel Picco led the Eagles with 24 points.
Holy Cross heads to Orono, Maine to compete in the Dead River Classic hosted by Maine beginning Friday, Nov. 27. The Crusaders take on the Black Bears in the first day of action beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Alfond Sports Arena. Buffalo and Penn State will also play in the tournament.