ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) tallied her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-best 12 rebounds as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated defending Patriot League champion Navy, 55-38, at Alumni Hall. With the final, the Crusaders collect a record of 9-7 (1-1 Patriot League) on the season while the Midshipmen go to 8-8 (1-1 PL). Parker scored eight of her points and grabbed eight rebounds in the second half, leading to the double-double.
Navy quickly pulled out to an 11-4 advantage over the first five minutes of action, earning six points from sophomore Alix Membreno. The Crusaders rallied right back, knocking down five straight three-pointers, including two by sophomore Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.), to take a 19-14 lead at 11:06. Junior Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) added two consecutive baskets as Holy Cross continued to outscore the Mids, pulling out to a 27-16 edge with 8:14 to go in the half. The Crusaders remained hot from the floor, pouring in 11 more points to Navy's two, earning a 35-18 advantage at the 3:15 mark. The Crusaders scored once and allowed one more field goal in the half, taking a 17-point lead into the halftime break, 37-20. The Crusaders shot 50 percent (15 of 30) from the floor over the first 20 minutes as Lepley led all scorers with 12 points.
Holy Cross pulled out to a 21-point lead, 45-24, eight minutes into the second half earning two baskets from Parker. Parker scored the Crusaders' only basket over the next four minutes, but defense kept Navy from putting together any sort of run as the squad remained ahead, 47-28, at 7:43. Navy got as close as 15 points before the Crusaders answered with eight consecutive points, including four from sophomore Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.), pulling back ahead 55-32 with just over three minutes to go. Navy scored the game's last six points, its biggest run since the opening plays of the first half, but Holy Cross held on for the 55-38 win.
In the game, Holy Cross shot 39.3 percent from the floor (24 of 61) while Navy shot 26.8 percent (15 of 56). The Crusaders won the rebounding battle, 46-33 as sophomore Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) added eight rebounds to Parker's team-high of 12. Lepley led the team in scoring on the night, scoring 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Navy was led by sophomore Audrey Bauer with 11 points.
Holy Cross returns home to host American on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Hart Center. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.