Jan. 2, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) blocked Maine's game-winning shot and hit two late shots from free throw range as the Holy Cross women's basketball team rallied for a 68-63 victory over Maine at the Hart Center on Friday night. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-10 on the season while the Black Bears drop to 2-11 overall.
Locked at 16-16 headed into the 11th minute of the first half, Maine broke free with a 13-6 run to take a seven-point lead, 29-22. A layup by sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) brought the Crusaders within four points, 34-30, but with 15 seconds remaining, the Black Bears' Kristin Baker hit a layup to put Maine ahead by six at the break.
Maine pushed ahead by nine, 45-36, to start the second half with four points from Samantha Baranowski. The Crusaders chipped away at the lead to get within in two points, 45-43, but the Black Bears' answered back with a 10-3 run, grabbing a 55-46 lead. With less than four minutes left in the game, Brittany Boser made a jumper to put Maine ahead by five, 63-58. Holy Cross retaliated as junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) made two free throw shots and Campbell made a layup to bring Holy Cross within one, 63-62. With 1:21 left in the game, a foul by Maine brought junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) to the free-throw line who hit both shots to give the Crusaders a 64-63 lead.
Following a timeout by Maine, Samantha Wheeler missed a layup and then grabbed her own rebound but Campbell blocked her game-winning layup. Holy Cross never looked back as Campbell and McFadden each sunk a pair of shots from the charity stripe, giving the Crusaders a 68-63 win.
McFadden led the team in scoring with 22 points and in rebounds with eight boards. Campbell finished with 16 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals while Fremeau had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. O'Dell finished the game as the fourth member of the team to score in double-digits with 13 points while pulling down five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Boser led Maine in scoring with 24 points and had three rebounds, two assists and one block.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, January 4, traveling to Dartmouth for a game at 2:00 p.m.