January 21, 2006

Crusaders Top American, 59-55

Jan. 21, 2006

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - Junior guard Brittany Keil recorded her fifth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Shannon Bush added 15 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 59-55 conference win over American on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. Holy Cross improves to 7-10 overall and 3-1 in Patriot League play, while the Eagles drop to 4-14 (1-4).

Keil had 12 of her team-high 16 points and five of her team-high 10 rebounds in the first half. Bush scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half. Senior guard Sarah Placek checked in with nine points, three rebounds and three assists, while sophomore guard Laura Aloisi totaled six assists, five points, four rebounds and two steals. Junior center Kaitlin Foley chipped in with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Crusaders.

American started the game with a Tala Hadavi three-ball and jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead. But the Crusaders clawed their way back to take an 8-6 edge after a Keil trey with 16:42 to go in the first. The rest of the half was a similar back-and-forth battle that saw four ties and three lead changes. The Eagles led for most of the half until Holy Cross took the reins (22-20) for the first time since Keil's three-pointer after two Aloisi free throws with 4:48 on the clock. The Crusaders went into the break up 26-22 following a Foley lay-in with 2:52 remaining.

Holy Cross opened the second half with three-balls from Aloisi and Placek to take a six point lead (32-26) at the 17:44 mark. A Foley hoop inside then sparked an 8-3 Crusader run which put the home team up nine (40-31) with 14:48 remaining.

The Crusaders led by as much as 13 after two Bush free throws (51-38) with 10:26 to go, but the Eagles chipped away at the lead and went on an 11-2 run to get within four (53-49) less than five minutes later.

Holy Cross extended its lead to seven (58-51) when Bush grabbed an offensive rebound and made good on the putback at the 2:41 mark. American then went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to three (58-55) with 1:47 to go, but the Crusaders were able to hold on down the stretch for the 59-55 win.

Holy Cross shot 39.3 percent from the floor and forced 21 AU miscues, despite being outrebounded, 43-35.

Hadavi led all scorers with 18 points, while Sahar Nusseibeh recorded a 13-point, 12-rebound outing for the Eagles.

The Crusaders wrap up their three-game homestand with a 7:00 match-up with Colgate on Tuesday, January 24.