WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) and senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) combined to score 24 points as the Holy Cross women's basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the 2010 Patriot League tournament, topping the No. 4 seed Army, 57-53, at the Hart Center. The Crusaders collect a 10-20 overall record while the Black Knights end their season with an 11-18 overall record.
McFadden marked the first points for Holy Cross, knocking down a three-point shot and giving her team a 3-2 edge with 17:00 on the clock. The Crusaders pulled ahead by their largest lead of the half, 11-4, at 14:01 after senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) hit two free throws. Army would then go on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes of play, going up 12-11. The Black Knights maintained a one possession lead until Fremeau knotted the score 17-17 with a little over six minutes to play. Fremeau then hit another lay up at 4:53 to pull Holy Cross within one-point, 20-19. The Black Knights would hit one more basket before the end of the half as the Crusaders would find themselves down by just two points heading into the locker room, 22-20.
A lay up from sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) tied the score at 22-22 with 10 seconds gone in the second stanza. Ward then hit another shot to give her team back a 24-22 lead one minute later. The teams traded baskets and leads over the next four minutes, with Holy Cross holding on to a 30-28 lead at 14:52. The Black Knights went up 34-33 before the Crusaders scored 12 unanswered points, including three back-to-back three-point shots, bringing the score to 45-34 at 9:04. Army lost its steam, however, as they could not pull any closer than six points, as Holy Cross held a 56-50 advantage at 2:39. A late Black Knight three-point shot ended the game, as the Crusaders came away with a 57-53 win.
McFadden led the squad with 13 points, while Fremeau followed with 11 points. Junior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) led the defensive front for the Crusaders, bringing down a team-high nine rebounds. Ward also tallied a career0high seven assists to lead the team in that category. Army was led by junior Nalini Hawkins, who scored 17 points. Erin Anthony and Laura Baranek tallied double-doubles for Army, as Anthony had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Baranek finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Holy Cross will play in the Patriot League semifinal game tomorrow, March 7 against Lehigh. The game starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.