Jan. 14, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) each scored eight points in the second half, leading Holy Cross to a 60-52 non-conference victory over Dartmouth at the Hart Center. The Crusaders win snapped a four-game losing streak in the all-time series with the Big Green.
Holy Cross improves to 8-8 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League while Dartmouth falls to 4-10 and 1-0 in the Ivy League.
The lead tossed between the teams in the first few minutes but sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the Crusaders in a 11-2 run, scoring nine points. With 8:19 left in the first half, Holy Cross led the Big Green 21-11.
Dartmouth chipped away at the Crusader lead as Brittney Smith and Michelle Meyer led the Big Green on a 14-5 run, trailing Holy Cross by one going into the break, 26-25.
The teams turned things up on defense, only allowing eight points combined in the first 3:27 of the second half. Freshman forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) lifted the Crusaders ahead of Dartmouth, 30-29, on a lead-clinching layup as Holy Cross didn't look back for the rest of the game.
Dartmouth got within two of the Crusaders, but Holy Cross continued to retaliate with a three pointer from McFadden and O'Dell. The Crusaders finished eight points ahead of the Big Green, 60-52, closing out their non-conference action for the season.
O'Dell's two shots from outside the arc and two shots from the charity stripe and eight points from Campbell from field goal range led the Crusaders to a 61.9% shooting range in the second half.
The Crusaders hot second-half lifted Holy Cross to hit 46.8% of its shots from field goal range while Dartmouth recorded a struggling 30.9%. Holy Cross also had a 46.7% (7-15) from outside the arc while the Big Green trailed with 10.0% (2-20)
McFadden finished with 15 points leading Holy Cross in scoring while grabbing four rebounds and an assist. Campbell continued her success off the bench as she had 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals. O'Dell finished with 13 points and led the Crusaders in assists with six and grabbed three rebounds and a steal.
The Crusaders travel to Army on Wednesday, January 16 for a game scheduled at 7:00 p.m.