WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Holy Cross women's basketball team mustered just five field goals in the second half against American, scoring 16 points in all and falling by a final 72-44 score at the Bender Arena in Patriot League quarterfinals action. With the final tally, the Crusaders complete their season with a record of 10-20 while the Eagles move on to the Patriot League semifinals with a record of 21-8. Senior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) finished her career with a team-leading 13 points, also bringing down a team-high four rebounds. With her 13 points, Fremeau leaves Holy Cross with 1,093 career points.
Holy Cross jumped out to an early 7-4 lead after three different Crusaders hit baskets. Back-to-back field goals by Fremeau, including a three-pointer, gave Holy Cross a two possession edge, 14-6 at 12:38. The Eagles followed with a 7-3 run, getting back within two points of the Crusaders, 17-15 at 8:50. American then took the lead, 19-17, at 7:16, holding Holy Cross scoreless since the 9:53 mark. Holy Cross took back a short-lived 20-19 lead before American answered with an 8-0 run, taking a 27-20 edge at 3:52. Consecutive three-pointers from Fremeau and freshman Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) got the Crusaders back within one-point, 27-26, but American finished out the half on a 7-0 run, sending the Crusaders in to the locker room down, 36-28. Holy Cross shot 39.3 percent in the half, making 11 of its 28 field goal attempts. American shot 41.2 percent, sinking 14 of its 34 shot attempts. Fremeau led all scorers with eight points.
American climbed to a 48-34 lead after hitting four three-pointers to open up second half action. The Eagles kept up the double-digit advantage as Fremeau and freshman Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) collected back-to-back baskets at 12:20 to make it a 52-41 game. Senior Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) broke a four-minute scoring drought for the Crusaders at 8:17, bringing the Crusaders within 16 points, 60-44. At 5:43, American had pulled out to a 20-point lead, 64-44, as the Crusaders found themselves in another scoreless streak. Holy Cross would not score again in the game, dropping a 72-44 decision to finish the 2010-2011 season.
Fremeau and Malone tallied the double-digit scoring performances for the Crusaders, as Malone added 10 points on to Fremeau's team-high of 13. In the game, the Crusaders shot 29.6 percent (16-for-54) while the Eagles shot 45 percent (27-for-60). American took a 43-25 rebounding edge and was led by junior guard Lisa Strack with 15 points.
With the day's result, Holy Cross has now completed the 2010-2011 season. American will go on to play the winner of the Lehigh/Lafayette match-up, held tonight at 7:00 p.m.