Jan. 12, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) scored a career-high 22 points including four points in overtime as Holy Cross defeated Lafayette, 77-70, in both teams' Patriot League opener at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 7-8 (1-0, Patriot League) on the season while the Leopards drop to 8-8 (0-1, Patriot League).
Lafayette jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with five points scored by Vanessa Van De Venter three and a half minutes into the first half. The Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to grab a short lead with five points scored by Aloisi and a shot outside the arc by sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.).
The lead tossed back and forth between the teams but the Crusaders grabbed a four-point cushion, 20-16, with10:34 left in to play in the first half. The Leopards crept within one and grabbed a four-point lead, led by a three-pointer by Cristin Zavocki with 7:35 on the clock.
Holy Cross held onto a three-point lead going into the final seconds of the half but a three-pointer by Van De Venter tied the game, 32-32, going into the break.
The Leopards scored first in the opening minutes of the second half but Holy Cross quickly evened the score, 37-37, with a three pointer by O'Dell. The Crusaders went on a 5-0 run to cushion themselves 47-42 over Lafayette with just under ten minutes left in regulation, led by freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) who scored three points.
The lead change continued as both teams fought for the upper hand, but a layup by Aloisi with 40 seconds left in the game pushed the Patriot League action into overtime with the score locked, 65-65.
Lafayette grabbed its only lead in overtime, 68-66, but the Crusaders' 11-2 run led by sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) with five points, sealing the league victory for Holy Cross.
In addition to her 22 points, Aloisi also recorded a career-high 43 minutes played and chipped in three rebounds, four assists, and three steals. McFadden scored 19 points and had four rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal. O'Dell finished with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Van De Venter had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Leopards.
The Crusaders return to action on Monday January 14, hosting Dartmouth for a game scheduled at 7:00 p.m.