Jan. 24, 2006
Worcester, Mass. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley pumped in a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds and sophomore guard Laura Aloisi had a terrific all-around game with a season-high 11 points, six assists, five steals and three rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a hard fought 75-62 victory over Colgate on Tuesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross improves to 8-10 (4-1 Patriot League), while Colgate drops its fourth straight game and falls to 3-15 (1-4 Patriot League).
Junior guard Brittany Keil also had an impressive night with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Crusaders. Seniors Jessica Conte and Shannon Bush scored nine and eight points, respectively, while both grabbed four rebounds.
Holy Cross extended its series lead to 33-2, and is 17-0 at home against the Raiders.
Colgate took a 38-33 lead into the break after a sloppy first half of play that saw 17 turnovers, 12 steals, eight lead changes and seven ties. Holy Cross took its first lead of the game (8-6) after a Kathy Gruzynski hoop underneath at the 14:51 mark, which was part of a 9-2 Crusader run that gave Holy Cross a 13-8 lead. Colgate then responded with an 11-0 run of its own, thanks to three consecutive three-pointers by Gretchen Polinksi, to take a 19-13 lead with 10:20 remaining. Keil broke the HC dry spell with a 15-footer from the top of the key to pull the Crusaders within four (19-15) and an Aloisi drive to the hoop after a Colgate miss on the other end cut the lead to two (19-17) with 8:23 to go. The teams had three more ties (21-21; 28-28; 33-33) in the final seven minutes of the half, but the Raiders scored the final five points of the half to take the lead into intermission.
The second half was a similar back-and-forth struggle for both teams. But with 9:13 to play, Holy Cross took a 54-53 lead after a traditional three point play by Bush and never trailed again. The Crusaders then led by as much as seven (60-53) following a Conte steal and fast break lay-in on the other end. Colgate fought back and went on a 7-2 run to get within two (62-60), but Holy Cross responded with a 6-0 of its own to take a 68-60 lead with less than two minutes to play.
The Crusaders made five free throws with less 49 seconds on the clock and Foley grabbed a crucial offensive rebound and made good on the putback to seal the win.
Four Raiders were in double-figures led by Polinski's 18 points. Melanie Cargle added 13, Megan Ballard added 12 and Meghan Curtin chipped in with 11.
The Crusaders out-rebounded Colgate, 42-38 on the night and held the Raiders to 36 percent shooting from the floor, while forcing 23 turnovers. Holy Cross shot 45 percent for the game and made 17 of 22 free throws to Colgate's five (5-for-8).
Holy Cross begins a three-game road trip when it travels to Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 31, for a 5:00 p.m. showdown with the Mountain Hawks.