WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) was the only Holy Cross women's basketball player to score in double figures against American, as the team fell 84-53 at Bender Arena With the final tally, the Crusaders fall to a record of 6-14 (2-3 PL) on the season, while the Eagles move to a record of 14-5 (4-1 PL). Fremeau scored 12 points, hitting six of her 13 field goal attempts to lead the squad in scoring.
American jumped to a 5-1 lead early on in the first half, hitting a three-pointer and jump shot. Holy Cross came back to take a 10-9 advantage at 16:21, getting five points from sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.). The Eagles regained the lead 20 seconds later and continued to pull ahead, earning a 10-point lead, 28-18, at 10:28. The Crusaders would get within seven points, but American kept up the offensive pressure, taking its largest lead of 17 points, 46-29, with just under two minutes to go in the front half. A lay-up by Lepley marked the final basket of the half as Holy Cross went into the locker room down 46-31. The Crusaders hit 48.1 percent of their first half shots, going 13 of 27 from the field. American made 60.7 of its shots, going 17 of 28 from the field. Fremeau led all Holy Cross scorers with eight points in the first 20 minutes.
Fremeau tallied the first field goal of the second half, hitting a jumper at 19:47 to bring the score to 46-33. At 16:01 American pulled out to a 21-point advantage, outscoring Holy Cross 8-0. The Crusaders remained out of sync over the next five minutes, mustering six points, including a jump shot from Fremeau and free throws made by freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) as the Eagles stayed up, 64-39. Freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) broke up an eight minute scoring drought at 9:35, tallying the score at 64-41. American's lead climbed to 31 points with a little under two minutes to go in the final half, going ahead 80-50. Junior Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) registered Holy Cross' final three points, as she hit a free throw with one second left to finalize the score at 84-53. The Crusaders were outscored 38-22 in the final half, hitting just 25 percent of their shots.
Lepley followed Fremeau's 12 scores with nine points and a team-leading five rebounds. In the game, the Crusaders shot 37.3 percent (19-for-51) while the Eagles shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59). American finished with a 38-28 rebounding edge and was led by junior guard Lisa Strack with 18 points. The Eagles' bench was a huge factor in the win, scoring 36 points in all.
Holy Cross continues its travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a mid-week match-up with Colgate. The Crusaders and Raiders will face-off for the 45th time in program history on Wednesday, Jan, 26 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played on Cotterell Court.