Jan. 24, 2007
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team past Colgate, 75-59 in Patriot League action Wednesday night at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders improve to 7-14 overall and 2-4 in the league while the Raiders drop to 2-19 on the season and 1-5 in the conference.
Colgate scored first, and went 9-7 in the first five minutes of the game to take the early lead. The Crusaders tied it up at nine and then again at 11 before O'Dell scored the next eight points for Holy Cross to take a six point advantage with under 12 minutes left in the first half (19-13). Holy Cross continued on a 6-2 run to take a 10 point lead (25-15) with just under eight minutes left in the half. During the run Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and O'Dell each sunk one from the three-point range. The Crusaders went into halftime with a 14 point lead (37-23) after Keil scored six and O'Dell and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) each added three.
At the break O'Dell led the Crusaders with 16 points while Keil had nine points and four rebounds. Holy Cross 55.6 percent from the three point range shooting five of nine.
The Raiders came out of the locker room to scored 9-5 in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Crusaders stayed on top with a 10 point margin (42-32). Holy Cross went on an 11-6 streak in the next five minutes as McFadden scored five and Foley added four to give the Crusaders a 15 point lead. Holy Cross got as high as a 23 point lead with less than five minutes left in the game and held on to win by 16.
Foley scored 15 points had five rebounds and matched her career-high of three blocks while Keil scored 14, had six boards and three steals. Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had a career-high five steals and added five rebounds. O'Dell led the team with 24 points shooting nine of 10 from the field and five of six from the three-point range. Holy Cross shot 13 of 28 from the field making 10 from the three-point range. Melanie Cargle led Colgate with 20 points and six rebounds.
The Crusaders return home to face Lehigh in conference action, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.