HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) poured in a career-best 20 points, 15 coming in the second half, to lead all scorers as the Holy Cross women's basketball team topped Quinnipiac, 72-60, at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the decision, the Crusaders improve to 1-2 on the young season, while Quinnipiac falls to 0-2. Sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) added 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to mark her second double-double of the season.
After Quinnipiac hit the first shot of the night, the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to take an 8-2 lead at 16:40. Halfway through the half, Holy Cross maintained a 12-10 advantage, earning a team-high four points from Fremeau. The Bobcats would outscore Holy Cross 6-3 in the next three minutes, taking their first lead of the half, 16-15, at 7:41. Lepley notched five points on 2-for-2 shooting over the next two minutes as the Crusaders retook a 24-20 lead with 4:55 left in the half. The Crusaders maintained a two-basket edge until Quinnipiac made two free throws with less than 10 seconds to go, bringing the halftime score to 28-26. Lepley led the team at the break with nine points and five rebounds as Holy Cross went 11-for-36 from the floor. Quinnipiac shot 32.1 percent, going 9-for-28.
Lepley entered the double-digits in scoring as she hit her fifth field goal to give the Crusaders a 32-28 edge early in the second half. Holy Cross then went on a 6-2 run to take an eight point lead, 38-30, at 12:10. Freshman Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) then gave the Crusaders a 13-point advantage (47-34), at 9:02 on her second three-point shot of the game. Holy Cross took a game-high lead of 16 points at 3:05, 62-47. The Bobcats would make a 7-2 run but could not get under 10 points as the Crusaders finished with a 72-60 victory.
A total of three players notched double-digit affairs for Holy Cross as junior Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) went 12-for-12 from the free throw line as well, finishing with 14 points on the night. In the game, Holy Cross shot 35.6 percent (21-for-58) while Quinnipiac shot 32.9 percent (24-for-73). The Crusaders also took the rebounding edge, 51-45. Quinnipiac was led by Felicia Barron with 14 points.
Holy Cross continues its three-game road trip on Saturday, Nov. 20, when it competes against previous Patriot League foe, Fordham. The Crusaders travel to the Bronx, N.Y., to play the Rams at the Rose Hill Gym starting at 4:00 p.m.