Jan. 20, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nicole Ryan scored 19 points to lead the American women's basketball team past Holy Cross 59-55 in conference action Saturday at the Bender Arena. The Crusaders fall to 6-14 overall and 1-4 in the league as American improves to 8-12 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.
At the start of the game, Holy Cross and American stayed within two points of each other until freshman forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) sunk a three and freshman guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) added two from the line to make it 14-11 at 10:10. The Crusaders continued on a 4-2 run to take a five point lead with just under eight minutes left in the first half (18-13). In the next few minutes Briana McFadden (Wheaton Md.) scored five points while Cushnie added three to keep the five point lead (26-21). With 1:28 left in the first half, American tied the game at 28 after a 7-2 run, but senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N. J.) scored two from the line to take the Crusaders into the break with the lead (30-28).
At the half, McFadden had 11 points for Holy Cross and junior Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had six rebounds. The Crusaders made almost half of their points from the line as they shot 12 of 14 free throws.
The Crusaders came out of the locker room to score 14-4 in the first five minutes of the second half. In the run, senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored six points, McFadden hit two three-pointers and Keil added two to take a 12 point lead (44-32). The Eagles came back with an 11-2 run to come within three points (46-43) and then made it a one-point game 48-47 at 6:29. The Eagles then went ahead by two after Ryan hit a three-pointer, but freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched it on the Crusaders next possession to push back into the lead (51-50). The game was tied up three times in the last 4:38 minutes of the game. American took a two-point lead twice (1:33 and 0:36) and Holy Cross could not put up another basket in the last minute of the game as the Eagles won, 59-55.
Three players from Holy Cross scored in double digits as McFadden led the team with a career-high 17 points. Foley had 14 points and six rebounds while Keil added 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. McLaughlin had a career-high nine rebounds while Cushnie scored a career-high five points.
The Crusaders remain on the road as they travel to play Colgate Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in Patriot League action.