Holy Cross Topples American, 67-48

Jan. 23, 2005

Box Score

Washington, D.C. - Seniors Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) and Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill) combined for 31 points to lead Holy Cross to its fifth straight win with a 67-48 decision over American Sunday afternoon at Bender Arena. Holy Cross improves to 10-8 (5-0 Patriot League), while American drops to 7-10 (2-3 Patriot League).

Holy Cross went into halftime up 30-22 after a back-and-forth first half which saw four ties and two lead changes. Both teams shot less than 35% from the floor while turning the ball over a combined 18 times.

Andrews scored the first six HC points to open the second stanza and the Crusaders never looked back from there. The visitors used two 7-0 runs five minutes apart to extend their lead by as much as 18 points on two different occasions (58-40 and 62-44). The Crusaders shot 43% on the afternoon, including a 17-for-21 performance from the charity stripe, while holding American to 32%. The Eagles only managed to convert 9 of 23 foul shots.

Andrews finished with a 17-point, 13-rebound performance, while Fontana tallied 14 points and eight boards. Freshman guard Laura Aloisi had a game-high four assists to go along with three steals and three rebounds. Sarah Placek added nine points and Brittany Keil chipped in eight for the Crusaders.

Joanna Barnes led the Eagles with 19 points and Abby Lipskis added 11, while Jenyce Woodruff pulled down a team-high 12 boards for American.

The Crusaders are back in Worcester for four straight home games starting with a 7:00 p.m. match-up with Lafayette on January 28.