EASTON, Pa. – Holy Cross senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied 15 points and a game-best six assists and also became the 30th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, as the Crusaders claimed the 90-76 victory over Lafayette in Patriot League women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Kirby Sports Center. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 17-9 overall and 9-6 in the conference, while the Leopards fall to 13-13 on the season and 7-8 in the league.
In addition to Malone for the Crusaders, sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted her 14th double-double of the season with team-highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists. Second-year guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) totaled 20 points and three helpers, while junior forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) and sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Emily Homan led Lafayette with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Lafayette grabbed the early 14-8 lead in the contest (13:12), but a 10-2 run by the Crusaders over the next 3:21 gave them the 18-16 edge. Mifsud and Hourigan each had four points during the Holy Cross spurt. The Leopards, however, responded with a 7-0 rally to gain the 23-18 advantage with 8:37 on the clock. The Crusaders were able to knot the score at 25-25 less than two minutes later (6:59) on the back of a Scott jumper.
Over the next 6:03, the teams went back and forth, as there were five lead changes and three tied scores, but the Crusaders came out with the 37-35 lead with 56 ticks on the clock. After a Mifsud layup, the Leopards cut the deficit to one point (39-38) on a Homan old-fashioned three-pointer (0:17), but a made jump shot by Scott to end the half gave Holy Cross the 41-38 halftime lead.
Holy Cross jumped ahead in the second half and grabbed the 15-point lead (62-47) with 13:02 on the clock. The Crusaders kept the 15-point lead (70-55) at the 9:14 mark, but Lafayette began to make a late charge. The Leopards went on a 20-5 rally to cut the deficit to 75-70 (4:57), but a layup by Scott as the shot clock expired on the next possession gave the Crusaders the 77-70 lead. Holy Cross ended the game on a 13-6 run to claim the 90-76 victory.
The Crusaders shot a season-best 61.3 percent from the field (38 of 62), while the Leopards hit 29 of 63 from the floor (46.0 percent). Holy Cross only went one of eight from the behind the arc (12.5 percent), while Lafayette canned 35.3 percent from downtown (6 of 17). The Crusaders held advantages in points in the paint (62-36), assists (19-17) and points off turnovers (17-11), while it was outmatched in total rebounds (32-29) and second chance points (16-10).
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, as it will travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at 2:00 p.m.