Jan. 10, 2006
West Point, N.Y. - Three players reached double-figures, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 59-56 setback to Army on Tuesday night at Christl Arena. Holy Cross falls to5-9 (1-1 Patriot League), while the Black Knights (8-7, 2-0 Patriot League) have now won three straight.
Junior center Kaitlin Foley led the Crusaders with 14 points and 10 rebounds, recording her second career double-double. Foley had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Senior guard Sarah Placek tied Foley for game-high honors with 14 points and senior guard Shannon Bush chipped in with 10 points, all of them coming in the second half.
Army jumped out to an 18-8 lead after forcing six turnovers and scoring seven points off of those turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game. Holy Cross was within one (7-6) following a McGuire jumper at the 17:00 mark, but the Black Knights then went on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to take the ten point lead. Army held Holy Cross scoreless for almost four minutes during the run. The Crusaders cut the lead to six with 8:20 remaining in the half, but would not get any closer before intermission, as the Black Knights took a 34-27 lead into the break.
Holy Cross opened the second half on an 8-2 run and cut the lead to just two (37-35) after two Ashley McLaughlin free throws, but Army responded with a 9-1 run of its own to take a 46-36 lead with 12:32 remaining. The Crusaders battled back and cut the lead to four with 8:35 to go after going on a 10-4 run in which Bush scored eight points, including two treys. With 33 seconds on the clock, Placek nailed a three ball to cut the lead to one (57-56), but two Cara Enright free throws with 13 seconds remaining sealed the game for the Black Knights. Holy Cross had one final opportunity to tie the game as the clock ran down, but Enright came up with a steal, which allowed the clock to expire.
Army was led by the 13-point, 10-rebound performance of Stephanie Stone. Freshman Alex McGuire added 12 points and Megan Evans had 10 points.
Holy Cross is on the road again on Saturday, when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa., for a 4:00 p.m. match-up with Bucknell on January 14.