ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team could not continue its winning ways as Navy did not lose its lead after the 14-minute mark of the first half, dropping the Crusaders by the final score of 75-60 at Alumni Hall. The Crusaders now stand with a 5-14 overall record (1-3 Patriot League) while Navy moves to 10-9 (1-3 Patriot League). Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) led all Holy Cross scorers with 15 points on a six-of-11 field goal performance.
The Crusaders and Mids traded baskets for the first four minutes of the first half, with both teams achieving seven points. Fremeau led the offensive front for Holy Cross, going three-for-three from the field. Two back-to-back three-point field goals gave Navy an 18-14 edge at 12:48. The Mids then continued to outscore Holy Cross 16-7 over the next three minutes of play to take an 11-point lead, 32-21 at 9:02. The Crusaders put together a 10-5 run sparked by the first three-point shot of the game for senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) to get within five points of Navy, 36-31 at 3:42. Each team tallied an additional six points to finish out the half as Holy Cross found itself down 42-37 heading to the locker room. Fremeau led the team with 12 points as the Crusaders went 13-of-25 from the field (52.0 percent). Navy went in to the break making 16 of its 33 attempted shots (48.5 percent).
Navy collected 14 points, including two consecutive three-point shots to earn back an 11-point advantage, 56-45, at 15:22 of the second half. McFadden found her groove, making all three of her field goal attempts, including two three-point shots made, for a total of nine points to start out. The Mids remained hot from the field, sinking the next two shots to maintain their 11-point advantage, 61-50 at the midway point. Holy Cross found itself down by 13 points, 63-50, with 9:02 remaining in the game as they encountered a seven minute scoring drought, not scoring one basket following the 12:16 mark. Fremeau sank one of two foul shot attempts at 4:36 to break the dry spell, but Navy answered with a three-point shot to go ahead by its largest lead of 15 points, 66-51, at 4:07. Holy Cross was unable to mount a comeback against the Mids, as both teams notched nine additional points over the final four minutes. The Crusaders, who mustered just eight field goals in the second half, lost for the fourth time in program history at Alumni Hall by the final score of 75-61.
Holy Cross had three players score in double-figures. Fremeau led the way with her team-high 15 points and was followed by McFadden's 13 points. Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) notched her second double-figure scoring game of the season with 11 points. Junior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) marked a career-high 10 rebounds to lead the team defensively. Navy was led by senior forward K.C. Gordon, who tallied 12 of her 20 total points in the second half.
Holy Cross returns home to face American on Sunday, Jan. 24. The game, which will be broadcast on CSTV, starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The game will also promote National Girls & Women in Sports Day as well as a Hart Center White Out, where fans are encouraged to wear white and pack the stands for a full day of sports and entertainment.