CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Despite five three point shots made by sophomore Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.), the Holy Cross women's basketball team fell to in-state rival Boston College, 67-58, at Conte Forum. With the final, the Crusaders collect a record of 5-5 on the season while the Eagles move to 4-6. Smith led all scorers with 17 points and added six dishes.
The teams played to a 12-12 tie over the first six minutes of action as the Crusaders had four separate players score baskets. Holy Cross followed with a 7-2 run, taking the first two-possession lead of the game at 10:20 as freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) sank her second jumper of the game. Boston College came back to retie the score at 19-19, but the Crusaders kept battling, pulling back ahead 29-24 at 3:48 on two straight baskets by Smith and junior Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.). Holy Cross kept the lead for the rest of the half, heading into the locker room up 33-29. The Crusaders shot 40.6 percent (13 of 32) from the floor over the first 20 minutes as Lepley led all scorers with nine points.
The Eagled opened the second half with three unanswered baskets, taking a 35-33 lead at 18:25. Boston College continued to add to the lead, pulling ahead 45-38 with 13:11 on the clock. Sophomore Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) put the next four points up on the board for the Crusaders, tying the score, 47-47, at 9:39. Smith gave the Crusaders back a 50-49 edge one minute later, sinking her fifth three pointer of the game before the Eagles tied it back up with a free throw. Boston College continued on an 8-0 run, earning a 58-50 lead with just over five minutes to play in the half. The Crusaders found themselves down by their largest deficit, 64-54, at 3:03 and could not stage a final come back, falling by the final 67-58 score.
In the game, Holy Cross shot 39.3 percent from the floor (22 of 56) while Boston College shot 46.4 percent (26 of 56). The Eagles won the rebounding battle, 34-32 as Parker led the Crusaders with 10 boards, tying her season-high. Lepley and Malone finished in double-figures as well, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. Boston College was led by the duo of sophomore forward Katie Zenevitch and sophomore guard Tiffany Ruffin with 17 points apiece.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 21 against Bryant. The Crusaders welcome the Bulldogs for an 11:45 a.m. game at the Hart Center. The game will serve as the squad's "Get Fit with the Crusaders" day as nine Worcester Public Schools will be in attendance.