Lafayette Edges Holy Cross, 61-58

Jan. 6, 2007

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. - Freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the Holy Cross women's basketball team with a career-high 16 points while Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had 14, but it wasn't enough as Jessica Spicer scored a career-high 20 points to lead Lafayette over Holy Cross, 61-58, in their Patriot League opener at the Kirby Sports Center Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders are 0-1 in the conference and 5-10 overall as the Leopards are 1-0 in Patriot League play and 3-12 on the season.

Holy Cross started the game 6-0 and only allowed Lafayette to score two on free throws in the first four minutes of play (6-2). The Leopards went on an 8-5 run to make it a one-point game and then hit a three to go ahead 13-11 just over seven minutes into the first half.

The Crusaders tied it up at 13 at 12:10 when sophomore forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) scored one from the field then she put Holy Cross back in the lead as she scored one from the line. It remained a one point game until Lafayette went 6-0 to go ahead by five with less than nine minutes remaining in the half (22-17). The Crusaders retaliated with a 5-0 run to tie it at 22 with just over five minutes left in the half. On the run Gruzynski and Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) each scored two and Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) added one.

Holy Cross edged Lafayette by one on a 13-12 streak in the last five minutes of the first half. Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) hit a three at the buzzer to make it 35-34 going into halftime.

The Crusaders shot 12 of 28 from the field including five from the three-point range. McFadden led Holy Cross at the half with 11 points while Gruzynski had seven.

Coming out of the locker room, freshman guard O'Dell sunk a three to start a 7-3 run (42-37) for the Crusaders in the second half. McFadden gave Holy Cross a five point lead as she hit a three to make it 45-40 at 13:32. The Crusaders kept the lead until Lafayette scored two free throws to go ahded by one. 59-58 with 1:26 remaining in the second half. The Leopards followed up with two more free throws with 14.5 seconds left in the second half and held on to win the game 61-58.

O'Dell lead the Holy Cross in the second with eight points while McFadden had five. Keil matched her season-high of nine rebounds to lead the team. Jessica Spicer led the Leopards with 20 points while Cristin Zavocki added 14.

The Crusaders return home for their next three games. First they play Army in their second conference game of the season Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.