Massachusetts Defeats Holy Cross, 77-46

Jan. 3, 2007

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - Massachusetts shot 31 of 58 from the field to top the Holy Cross women's basketball team 77-46 in non-conference action Wednesday night at the Hart Center. The Crusaders fall to 5-9 overall with the loss and the UMass Minutewomen improve to 10-4 on the season.

Massachusetts went 4-0 right from the start of the game to take the early lead. The UMass Minutewomen then went 13-3 a few minutes later to gain an 11 point lead at 11:44 (19-8). Holy Cross came back within four (21-17) at 6:33 as Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md) scored three and Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.), Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) each added two. That was the closest the Crusaders came as UMass followed up with an 8-4 run in the last three minutes of the first half to go into the break with a 13 point lead (38-25).

Massachusetts shot 16 of 29 from the field making four of six from the three-point range while Holy Cross shot 37.0 percent from the field in the first half of the game. Foley led the Crusaders at the half with ten points while Tamara Tatham put up ten points for UMass.

UMass continued to increase their lead in the second half as they went on a 9-0 run at 9:30 (65-40) followed by a 10-0 streak at 4:29 (75-43) to go ahead by 32. The Minutewomen put away two more points and to win by 31 points (77-46).

Tamara Tatham totaled 16 points for Massachusetts as Pam Rosanio had 13 and Kate Mills added 12. Senior Foley scored 12 points for Holy Cross and freshman McFadden had 11.

The Crusaders travel to Easton Pa. Saturday at 1:00 p.m. to face Lafayette in their first Patriot League game of the season.