STORRS, Conn. – No. 1 Connecticut tallied 117 total points, one point shy from the Holy Cross women's basketball team record for most points allowed, as the Crusaders dropped a 117-37 decision against the top-ranked Huskies at the Gampel Pavilion. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 0-2, while Connecticut opens up its season at 1-0. Freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) led Holy Cross with 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
Connecticut went up 14-7 heading into the first media timeout at 15:42 as junior Tiffany Hayes recorded 11 of the Huskies points. Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) notched five points early on 2-for-2 shooting. The Huskies pulled out to a 20 point lead, 32-12, at 11:04 as Hayes added four more points. Smith hit her first three-point shot of the game at 12:45 to get the Crusader into double-digits. The Crusaders outscored Connecticut in the next three minutes, 11-9, to bring the score to 36-23 at 7:57. Freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) put together four points on 2-for-2 shooting in the run. The Huskies went up by 31, however, with 50 seconds to go in the half, as Holy Cross found itself down, 63-30, going into the locker room. In the half, Holy Cross made 12 of its 33 field goal attempts while Connecticut went 23-for-33. Smith led the Crusaders with nine points, sinking three three-point shots, in the first 20 minutes as well.
The Huskies went 7-for-8 from the floor to start the second half, going up 79-33 at 15:50. Connecticut pulled away, putting up 90 points on the scoreboard with 11:50 left to go in the final half. The Crusaders were unable to tally another basket until Smith hit her fourth three-point shot, bringing the score to 105-36. Holy Cross would muster just one more point in the game as Connecticut piled on 12 additional scores, toppling the Crusaders by the final 117-37 score.
Smith's 12 points were a season-high while Malone followed with eight points and a team-leading five rebounds. In the game, Holy Cross shot 26.9 percent (14-for-52) while Connecticut shot 65.7 percent (44-for-67). The Huskies also took the rebounding edge, 48-16 as Hayes led her squad with 32 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 17, when it competes against Quinnipiac in a mid-week night contest. The Crusaders travel to Hamden, Conn. to play the Bobcats at the TD Bank Sports Center starting at 7:00 p.m.