Jan. 8, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Senior center Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) came up with two huge blocks down the stretch and sophomore guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) shot for a career-high 17 points as Holy Cross downed visiting Bucknell, 66-61 Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center in the first conference game of the season for both squads. Holy Cross snaps a four-game losing streak with the win and improves to 6-8 on the season (1-0 Patriot League), while the Bison drop to 5-8 (0-1 Patriot League).
The Crusader defense came up with nine steals and forced 16 Bison turnovers in the first stanza to go into intermission with a 28-25 lead despite shooting just 34% from the floor. In the second, the Crusaders put together an 8-2 run thanks to back-to-back treys by Keil with just over 12 minutes remaining. The Bison fought back, however, and took their first lead of the game (41-40) with 10:37 left on a Brooke Tomovich lay-in.
Bucknell then went up by four (57-53) with 4:16 left in the game, but Andrews sparked HC with eight points and two blocks over the next 2:38 to give the Crusaders a 62-61 edge with 45 seconds remaining. Senior Maggie Fontana's (Barrington, Ill.) strong rebound and putback with 20 seconds left gave Holy Cross a 64-61 lead, and Fontana then sealed the game on two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining, allowing Holy Cross to end the game on a 6-0 run.
Andrews finished with 16 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals while Fontana added 14 points and five boards. Keil's 17 points was a team-high as well as her seven rebounds.
Bucknell also had three players in double-figures led by Lindsey Hollobaugh's game-high 21. Tomovich added 17 and Kesha Champion tallied 13.
The Crusaders are back at the Hart Center on Wednesday, January 12 when they take on Army as head coach Bill Gibbons goes for his 400th career win. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.