Women's Basketball Outlasts Colgate, 62-51

Alyssa May

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior captains Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) and Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) had their day, scoring 35 of the Holy Cross women's basketball team's 62 points, leading the Crusaders to a 62-51 victory over Colgate at the Cotterell Court. With the final result, the Crusaders gather a record of 7-14 (3-3 PL) on the season, while the Raiders go to a record of 6-14 (1-5 PL). Fremeau finished with a season and career-best 24 points, sinking eight of her 15 field goal attempts.  

Three different Crusaders hit baskets as Holy Cross pulled out to a 6-2 edge to start game action. Five missed field goals attempts allowed Colgate to go on an 8-0 run, taking a 10-6 lead at 13:42. Two three-point shots made by Fremeau gave the Crusaders back a 17-14 lead with 9:59 on the game clock. A three-point play by sophomore Kaitlin Cole (Springfield, Pa.) followed at 8:09, earning Holy Cross a two-possession advantage, 20-14. The Crusaders continued to climb; taking an 11-point lead, 27-16, at 5:15 after sophomore Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) hit her second jump shot of the game. At 3:14 Holy Cross pulled out to its largest lead of the half, 32-19, scoring five unanswered points. Colgate rounded out the first half on a 6-1 run, as the Crusaders took a 33-25 advantage into the halftime break. Holy Cross shot 43.3 percent in the first 20 minutes play, making 13 of its 30 shot attempts. Colgate shot 35.7 percent, going 10-for-28 from the floor. Fremeau led all scorers with 10 points.

The Raiders outscored Holy Cross 9-2 in the opening minutes of the second half, making it a one point game, 35-34. The Crusaders followed on a 6-4 run, regaining a 43-38 edge at 9:03. May then drew a three-point play at 7:55 to give back the Crusaders a 10-point advantage, 48-38. With five minutes to go in the final half, Holy Cross hit its stride, holding Colgate to one field goal made and taking a 53-40 lead as Fremeau hit third three point shot in the game, tying her career-high. Holy Cross finished strong, stepping up the defense and holding Colgate to four final field goals. The Raiders were forced to foul through the final two minutes with Holy Cross making seven free throws to take the final 62-51 victory.

May added 11 scores and eight rebounds behind Fremeau's 24-point effort. In the game, the Crusaders shot 38.5 percent (20-for-52) while the Raiders shot 33.9 percent (19-for-56). Holy Cross finished with a 42-41 rebounding edge, led by Lepley's team-high 10 rebounds. Colgate was led by junior center Tricia Oakes and senior guard Taylor Wejnert with 11 points apiece.

Holy Cross returns home to the Hart Center for the final game of the first Patriot League go-around, hosting Lehigh on Jan. 29 at 1:00 p.m.  The Mountain Hawks enter Saturday's contest on five-game win streak over the Crusaders.