January 31, 2006

Women's Basketball Downs Navy, 59-55 In Annapolis

Jan. 31, 2006

Box Score

Annapolis, Md. - Senior guard Shannon Bush scored 19 points and junior guard Brittany Keil added 17 to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 59-55 win over Navy on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall. Holy Cross has now won four straight games and gets to the .500 mark at 10-10 (6-1 Patriot League), while the Mids fall to 10-10 (3-4 Patriot League).

Holy Cross extended its series lead over Navy to 30-4.

Bush had 10 of her team-high19 points in the first half, while Keil ripped down a team-high six rebounds. Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Kaitlin Foley added 10 points, five steals and four rebounds, and sophomore guard Laura Aloisi had five points, five assists, five steals and three boards.

Navy jumped out to a 9-6 lead after draining its first three three-point attempts, while holding Holy Cross to two baskets in its first seven attempts (28.6 percent). But the Mids went cold from the floor and were one for their next eight as the Crusaders went on an 11-2 run to build a six point (17-11) lead with 9:34 to go. Holy Cross then outscored the Mids 9-5 over the next five minutes and took a ten point lead (26-16) on a Jessica Conte trey from the corner at the 4:28 mark. Navy responded with an 8-3 run of its own and cut the lead in half (29-24) after an Ashley Pelzek long ball with 1:17 left. Bush then drove the lane with five seconds on the clock to help the Crusaders go into the locker room with a 31-24 lead at the break.

Holy Cross shot just 35.5 percent in the first stanza, but totaled eight steals defensively and was able to force 12 Mid miscues, scoring nine points off of those turnovers. The Mids shot 39.1 percent from the floor in the first.

Holy Cross opened the second stanza on a 7-3 run thanks to four straight points by Foley to put the Crusaders up by 11 with 15:17 to go. Navy answered with a 9-2 run of its own to cut the deficit to just four (40-36) with 10:38 on the clock. Kalen Kropa had five of the Mids' nine points during the run. A Kropa drive with 8:12 on the clock had Navy within three (44-41), but Holy Cross stormed back with a 7-0 run, capped off by a Keil trey from the top of the key to take a 10 point lead (51-41) with 5:30 remaining. The Mids would not go away, however, and went on an 8-0 run to pull within two (51-49) with 3:31 to go, after back-to-back three's by Lauren Skrel and Emily Cordle.

Navy kept it within two with less than a minute to go after a Skrel take to the basket made the score 57-55, but an Aloisi free throw and a Keil free throw with less than 30 seconds to play gave the Crusaders the four point victory.

Holy Cross shot 38.9 percent from the floor for the game, while the Mids made 40.8 percent of their attempts on the night. The Crusaders forced 22 Navy turnovers, while only committing 13 of their own.

Skrel led the Mids with 20 points after a 6-for-11 performance from the floor. Kropa was also in double-figures with 11 points.

Holy Cross wraps up its three-game road trip with a 4:00 p.m. game at Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 78-39, earlier this season.