Holy Cross Holds Off Colgate, 66-65

Jan. 15, 2005

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Hamilton, N.Y. - Senior center Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) poured in a career-high 25 points and sophomore Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) tied a career-high with 17 points as Holy Cross defeated Colgate, 66-65 Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court. Holy Cross has now won three-straight games and is back at the .500 mark with an 8-8 overall record (3-0 Patriot League). Colgate has now lost seven out of its last eight games and drops to 4-12 (0-3 Patriot League).

Keil opened the second with the first seven points for the Crusaders, giving them an early 38-34 lead. After a quick 4-0 spurt from the Raiders, HC then went on an 8-2 run to take a 46-41 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining. Colgate fought back and took a 49-48 lead on a Chigozie Ozor three-ball, but the Crusaders went on a 10-4 run and went up 58-53 with 3:52 left. The Raiders would not back down, however, and made it a one-point game (60-59) with 2:53 remaining on two Emily Braseth free-throws. But the Crusaders held on down the stretch, and sealed the game on two Keil foul shots with just seconds remaining.

Colgate went into intermission up 32-31 after a slow start for both squads. The Raiders shot 37% from the floor, while HC only managed 33%. With seven minutes remaining Holy Cross was up by five (18-13), which was also its largest lead of the half, but the Raiders went on a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 20-18, with 4:40 showing on the clock. Keil then had the next four points for HC on consecutive trips down the floor to put the Crusaders back on top, 22-20. But Allison Lipinski's second three-ball of the half with just under four minutes left put Colgate back in control. The Raiders were up by as much as six points after that, but Holy Cross ended the half on a 7-2 run to get within one at the break.

Lipinski finished with 23 points for the Raiders, including a 5-for-10 performance from long range. Braseth added 14 points for Colgate, who also got a game-high 11 rebounds from Leandra Fuller.

The Crusaders are back in action on Friday, January 21 when they take on Navy in a 2:00 p.m. matinee. Holy Cross will then make the short trip to American University for a 1:00 p.m. match-up with the Eagles on Sunday, January 23.