WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) led the Crusaders with 14 points, three rebounds and seven assists, as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated Patriot League opponent Bucknell, 70-53 at the Hart Center. With the final, the Crusaders improve to 12-8 (3-2 Patriot League) on the season while the Bison fall to 2-18 (0-5 PL). Junior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) notched 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. The win this afternoon marks a three game win streak for the Crusaders, their longest win streak of the season.
In the first half, the Crusaders started the game hot, opening up on a 20-2 run. With 12:49 remaining freshman Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) came off the bench and hit a three point jumper which led the Crusaders on their streak of 18 unanswered points. Freshman Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) was big in coming off the bench putting in two layups which led to four points for the Crusaders. Smith continued to keep the Crusaders streaking when she hit a three pointer at the 3:20 mark to make it 33-15. Holy Cross controlled the action on the floor very nicely in the first half as it found itself heading into the locker room up by 17, 39-22. The Crusaders shot 53.3 percent (16 of 30) from the floor over the first 20 minutes as Lepley led all scorers with 10 points.
In the second half, the Crusaders continued to be hot from the floor as Smith hit her second three of the game at the 16:30 mark to pull ahead, 46-24. Holy Cross saw its biggest lead of the game, up 24 points (62-38) after sophomore Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) hit a jump shot with 6:16 remaining. The Crusaders were able to maintain the flow of the game with solid defense causing Bucknell to turn the ball over 20 times. Holy Cross was able to win by 17, a 70-53 final.
In the game, Holy Cross shot 54.7 percent from the floor (29 of 53) while Bucknell shot 32.7 percent (18 of 55). The Crusaders won the rebounding battle, 35-31, as freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) led the Crusaders with seven boards. Bucknell was led by Rachel Voss with 17 points.
Holy Cross continues its homestand with a Wednesday night contest against Army on Jan. 25. The Crusaders welcome the Black Knights to the Hart Center for a 7:00 p.m. tip.