Jan. 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the Holy Cross women's basketball team in scoring for the 11th time this season as the Crusaders defeated Navy, 62-51, in a Patriot League contest. Holy Cross improves to 10-9 and 3-1 in Patriot League play while the Mids fall to 4-15 overall and 0-4 in the league.
Holy Cross started out strong, going on a 13-2 run, led by sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scoring on a three-pointer and a field goal shot for five points and McFadden who had a shot from outside the arc and two shots from the charity stripe for five points.
The Mids jumped back into the game, getting with six of the Crusaders, 21-15, with 7:29 left in the first half as Whitney Davidson hit a three-pointer and a shot from field goal range.
Navy continued to stay paced with the Crusaders, cutting its deficit to five with a score of 29-24 at the 2:21 mark in the first half. Holy Cross held the Mids to two points to finish up the half and McFadden had four points, giving the Crusaders a nine-point cushion, 35-26.
McFadden led the scoring for the Crusaders with 12 points while senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) had 10 points. Davidson led Navy with seven points.
Holy Cross maintained its offensive aggression, holding Navy to six points during the first 12 minutes of the game. The Crusaders scored 19 points in that time with freshman guard Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) scoring five points McFadden and O'Dell scoring four each.
The Crusaders continued their stride as junior guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to close out the scoring, 62-51.
McFadden led the scoring for Holy Cross with 14 points while chipping in two assists, one block and one rebound. Fremeau posted a new career-high seven points and tied her career-high 15 minutes played had two rebounds and one assist. O'Dell chipped in 12 points, three boards and two assists.
The Crusaders had a season-high 91.3% from the charity stripe, hitting 21 of 23 attempts.
The Crusaders return home to open a two-game homestand as Holy Cross hosts American on Saturday January 26, with tip-off scheduled at 1:00 p.m.