WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) recorded a game-best 18 points to go along with six assists and three rebounds to help lead the Crusaders to a 69-46 triumph over Assumption in an exhibition contest on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. Holy Cross will begin the 2013-2014 regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, when it will host Dartmouth at 7:00 p.m.
In addition to Smith for the Crusaders, senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied 12 points and four rebounds in addition to a game-high seven assists. Junior forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) totaled 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds, while sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) registered nine points, five rebounds and three blocks. Kelly Conley led Assumption with 16 points, while Jamie Insel hauled in a game-high 11 boards.
The Crusaders jumped out to the early 7-2 advantage less than four minutes into the contest, but Assumption would rally to knot the score at 7-7 with 15:13 on the clock. The Greyhounds then took the lead less than a minute later to go on top 9-7, but a layup by Parker on the other end tied the game at 9-9 (14:22).
Holy Cross went on an 11-3 rally over the next 3:53 to gain the 20-12 lead, as Malone tallied five points during the run. Assumption cut the deficit to four points (20-16) with 10:05 left in the first half, but the Crusaders embarked on an 11-2 surge to gain the 31-18 lead with 5:38 left in the first half. The Crusaders kept the lead as it went into the locker room on top 35-23.
In the second half, Holy Cross jumped out on an 8-2 run to gain the 43-25 lead with 16:42 on the clock. The Greyhounds responded with a 6-1 rally to slice into the deficit and make the score 44-33 (13:49). Both teams went back-and-forth over the next 7:38, with the Crusaders still holding on to the 11-point advantage (52-41). Holy Cross scored seven straight points to make the score 59-41 with 5:22 left in regulation. The Crusaders ended the contest on a 10-5 run to claim the 69-46 victory.
Holy Cross shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62), and limited the Greyhounds to 16-of-60 shooting on the afternoon (26.7 percent). The Crusaders held advantages in points in the paint (28-18), points off turnovers (19-9) and assists (20-6).