Jan. 14, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored her 1,000 point as she scored 13 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 57-41 win over Army in Patriot League play at the Hart Center on Wednesday night. With the win, the Crusaders pick up their fifth straight win, improving to 7-10 overall and 2-0 in the league while the Black Knights fall to 10-6 on the season and 1-1 in league play. Tonight's win for Holy Cross also snaps a seven-game losing streak against Army.
McFadden is the 25th player in Holy Cross women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point mark and only the eighth player to do it as a junior.
After holding a slight 7-4 lead, Holy Cross went on a 9-0 run, led by McFadden with four points. Scoreless for almost 10 minutes, the Black Knights cut their deficit to 12 points (18-6), but Holy Cross had the upper hand in the final scoring of the half, leading with a 9-6 run to close out the half ahead by 15 points, 27-12.
The Crusaders grabbed their largest lead just over five minutes into the second half, pushing ahead by 19 points (39-20) as McFadden hit two shots from the free throw line. With 5:11 left to play in the game, Army fought back to get within nine points (44-35) of Holy Cross, with Megan Ennenga scoring four points and Alex McGuire sinking a three-pointer. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) scored all of her eight points of the game in a 13-6 run by Holy Cross to close out the game, securing a 57-41 victory.
Holy Cross' defense smothered the Black Knights' offensive attempts throughout the game, holding Army to shooting 20.0% (13-65) from the floor while the Crusaders finished 21-for-46 (45.7%). Holy Cross also detained the Black Knights from outside the arc, allowing just two of 12 attempts.
In addition to her 13 points, McFadden finished with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals while junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Campbell led the team in rebounds with nine and in blocks with six while grabbing three steals. Erin Anthony had 12 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal for Army.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 17, hosting Bucknell in a Patriot League contest at 1:00 p.m.