WORCESTER, Mass – Sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) helped Holy Cross defeat Dartmouth 84-59, as the Crusaders opened the 2013-2014 season at the Hart Center on Friday, Nov. 8 against Dartmouth. Scott led the team with career-best 22 points and five assists to go along with seven rebounds. Dartmouth's Fanni Szabo netted 21 points for the Big Green and was the team's top scorer. With the win, the Crusaders' record now stands 1-0, while the Big Green begin their season with a 0-1 record.
In addition to Scott, the other four starters for the Crusaders tallied double digits. Senior Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) had 16 points and six assists, while classmate Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) had 11 points and six helpers. Junior Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) tallied 11 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) registered career-highs of 12 points and four assists.
Dartmouth started the game off in the lead, with the first point scored by Lakin Roland on a free throw just 15 seconds into the game. The Crusaders quickly followed with a layup by Parker (18:55) making the score 2-1. With 17:32 on the clock, the Crusaders would go on a 17-5 run, to gain the 23-5 lead at 10:17. Malone, Scott, Mifsud, Parker and sophomore Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) all helped the team during the rally.
After three scoreless minutes, Dartmouth's Nicola Zimmerman placed a jumper in the net, making the score 23-7 (9:54). With 8:30 on the clock, Holy Cross began another rally, and went on a 13-5 run to gain the 34-11 (4:29) advantage. During which, Scott led the Crusaders with four of the 13 points. Holy Cross would maintain the lead as it went into the locker room on top 44-19.
The Crusaders came out of intermission and went on a 10-0 run right off the start. Big points made by Malone and Smith during this run helped propel the Crusaders to a 56-19 lead (17:23). Malone started the Crusaders off with a layup at 19:28 and she would later tally six points during the run. Smith also aided with two big threes. During the surge the team played strong both defensively and offensively, making crucial defensive rebounds and scoring big points.
In its effort to close the gap, Dartmouth rallied led by Szabo, who scored 10 points, with three treys, to bring the score to 80-50 (1:56). While the Big Green tried to close the gap, the Crusaders were able to hold on to the lead, as it cruised to the 84-59 final score.
Holy Cross shot 49.2 percent from the field (32-of-65), while Dartmouth connected on 36.7 percent of its shots (22-of-60). The Crusaders also drilled seven-of-18 from behind the arc (38.9 percent) and hit 76.5 percent of their shots from the foul line (13-of-17). Holy Cross held advantages in points in the paint (44-18), assists (28-9) and rebounds (46-31).
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Crusaders travel to UMass Lowell where they will return to action for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.