Jan. 20, 2008
LEWSIBURG, Penn. - Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a game-high 18 points, including 13 in the first half as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated Bucknell, 48-46, at the Sojka Pavilion. The Crusaders improve to 9-9 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League while the Bison drop to 7-10 overall and 2-1 in league play.
An early defensive battle had the teams locked at 4-4 for the first five minutes and forty-two seconds of the game. Bucknell broke free of the tie, going on a short 5-0 run as Hope Foster scored five points. A shot from outside the arc by McFadden brought Holy Cross within four but the Bison's Kesha Champion answered back with a three-pointer, keeping Bucknell ahead 14-7 with 11.42 left in the first half.
The Crusaders took control of the game, going on a 12-4 run including two three-pointers by McFadden to tie the game at 19-19 with 2:48 left in the half.
The Bison refused to surrender the lead, posting eight quick points led by Lauren Schober with five points, posting a 27-19 halftime score.
Included in the 13 points scored during the first half, McFadden went 3-for-3 from outside the arc. Foster had 10 points for Bucknell, going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Holy Cross exploded to begin the second half, going on an 11-3 run to tie the game at 30-30, led by freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.), who scored seven points in just under three minutes.
The Crusaders defense picked up the pace, holding Bucknell to just nine points with 6:20 left to play in the game.
With 1:28 left to play, Foster hit a jumper to tie the game at 43-43 but a shot from outside the arc by sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) put the Crusaders ahead by three.
Kesha Champion kept the Bison in the game with just under a minute to play, hitting a three-pointer.
Sophomore guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) and O'Dell each hit a foul shot to close out the game, securing the Crusadsers' second Patriot League victory.
May finished with nine points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes played while senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H) scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, January 23 when the Crusaders travel to Navy for a Patriot League contest scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.