February 2, 2008

Women's Basketball Edges Lehigh, 53-51

Feb. 2, 2008

Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) scored the winning basket with one second remaining in the game to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 53-51 road victory over Lehigh. The Crusaders improve to 12-10 overall and 5-2 in the Patriot League while Lehigh drops to 13-9 overall and 5-2 in league play.

A defensive rebound by sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) set up Aloisi's fastbreak down the court followed by a layup to win the game.

The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead as sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I) scoring back-to-back points from field goal range and a shot outside the arc. Lehigh quickly got back into the game, going on an 8-0 run with 16:12 left in the first half.

Holy Cross grabbed back the lead by five (17-12) but the Mountain Hawks again retaliated to tie the game at 17-17 as Eric Prosser hit three free throw shots with 8:54 left in the first half.

The Crusaders regained the lead as they put up 10 points led by freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) who scored six points. Lehigh got within four to cut the Holy Cross lead, 27-23, to close out the first half.

Campbell led the first half scoring with eight points and grabbed four rebounds while O'Dell and sophomore guard McFadden scored seven points each. Melissa Rich had six points for the Mountain Hawks.

Both teams came out fired up as the lead tossed between them in the first 3:58 of the half. The Crusaders grabbed a five-point lead led by McFadden with three points. Lehigh tied the game again at 35-35 but McFadden hit two shots from outside the arc to give the Crusaders a 41-35 lead.

With 6:07 remaining in the game, the Mountain Hawks led the game with a six-point cushion, 51-45. Lehigh held Holy Cross scoreless for a little over five minutes but four points by Campbell and a shot from O'Dell tied the game 51-51 with 21 seconds left in the game.

McFadden led the Crusaders with 21 points including 12 in the second half while Campbell had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, January 9, as they travel to Lafayette for a game scheduled at 1:00 p.m. The first time the teams met this season, Holy Cross downed the Leopards 77-70 in overtime at the Hart Center in Worcester.