Jan. 24, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H) scored 12 points each but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 64-58 Patriot League contest to host American on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-12 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League while the Eagles improve to 14-6 on the season and 4-1 in league play. O'Dell was the third Crusader to score in double-figures, finishing with 11 points.
The Eagles took a 17-12 lead just over the halfway mark of the first half, but Holy Cross slowed down their scoring efforts with 8-2 run, taking a 20-19 lead, led by Fremeau and sophomore center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) who scored four points each. The lead changed five times in the final six minutes of the half, but a pair of free throws by Nicole Ryan gave American a slight 29-28 lead at halftime.
The teams tied the game for the ninth time (34-34) just over two minutes into the second half, but four minutes later American pulled ahead by six points while the Crusaders only scored two, 46-40. A quick 6-0 run with four points by senior center Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) tied the game for 10th time. For over two minutes, both offenses were halted on the floor, but Lisa Strack snapped the scoring skid with a layup, giving the Eagles a four-point lead (50-48). The Crusaders would get no closer than a four-point deficit at three different times in the final minutes as the Eagles finished ahead by six points, 64-58.
In addition to 12 points scored, McFadden finished the game with five rebounds and three assists while Fremeau tallied three assists, two rebounds and one block. Gruzynski had nine points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist. American was led by Michelle Kirk who finished with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) while Ryan scored 17 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 27, traveling to Colgate for a Patriot League game at 7:00 p.m.