Jan. 6, 2008
New Haven, Ct. - Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had a team-high 15 points, lifting Holy Cross to a 66-59 victory over Yale at the Lee Amphitheater. With the victory, head coach Bill Gibbons recorded his 450th career victory with the Crusaders. Holy Cross improves to 6-8 while the Bulldogs drop to 2-9.
With the score tied 7-7 five minutes into the first half, Holy Cross took control of the lead, going on a 8-0 run as sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and freshman guard Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) each scored on a pair of free throws. With 11:43 remaining in the half, the Crusaders led Yale 13-7.
Holy Cross continued to pile points onto its lead, 21-11, but the Bulldogs quickly got back into the game, going on a 10-3 run, led by Lindsey Williams with four points, bringing Yale within three, 24-21.
With 4:53 left to play, the Crusaders regained control of the game, going on a 9-2 run, led by freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) with four points. O'Dell lifted Holy Cross to its largest lead of the half of 13 points, hitting a shot from outside the arc with 1:22 left in the half. Closing out the first half, the Crusaders led Yale, 36-23.
McFadden led the Crusaders with seven points in the first half while chipping in two rebounds while O'Dell had five points and four boards while grabbing four assists and two steals.
The Crusaders came out strong after the break, scoring seven points in the first two and a half minutes, led by senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) with four points.
Holy Cross grabbed its largest lead of the game, leading the Bulldogs by 20 with a score of 49-29 with 14:51 left in the game.
Yale refused to give in as the Bulldogs continued to chip away at the Crusaders, led by Melissa Colborne with nine points. Yale got within in five points of Holy Cross by a score of 64-59 with nine seconds left in the game. O'Dell cushioned the Crusaders seven ahead of Yale with two shots from the line as the final seconds wound down on the game.
O'Dell finished with seven points, five assists and three steals while Aloisi had five rebounds, three assists and tied her season-high of seven steals. McLaughlin led the Crusaders in rebounding with nine and chipped in 10 points.
Colborne finished the game with 19 points, nine boards, two assists, one block and one steal.
Holy Cross returns to action when the Crusaders host Lafayette in their Patriot League opener on Saturday, January 12 with a game scheduled at 1:00 p.m.