Feb. 6, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team continued its hot streak with a hard fought 56-47 victory over American University Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. Sophomore guard Brittany Keil, senior Maggie Fontana and junior Jessica Conte combined for 40 of HC's 56 points to lead the Crusaders (14-8, 9-0 Patriot League) to their ninth straight win, while the Eagles fall to 9-13 overall (4-5 Patriot League).
Keil finished with a game-high 14 points, and Fontana and Conte added 13 a piece. Fontana went 8-for-8 from the foul line, extending her streak to 28-for-28 over the past six games. Conte finished with a team-high seven rebounds, to go along with three assists and three steals.
American lead by as much as eight (27-19) with 14:34 to go in the second half, but the Crusaders chipped away at the lead and went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 29 all with 13:09 left. Conte then nailed a three-ball with 8:22 remaining to put HC up 39-36, and the Crusaders never trailed again.
Both teams started slow, combining for 30 turnovers and 13 steals in the first half. Holy Cross went into intermission with a 19-13 lead as neither team could get going offensively. American only managed to shoot 29% from the floor in the first, while HC converted on just 22% of its shots.
The Eagles played a smothering defense all day long, holding the Crusaders to just 29% from the field for the game. But the Holy Cross defense did its part, forcing 30 AU turnovers, and holding AU's leading scorer, Joanna Barnes to just nine points. The Crusaders also got to the charity stripe 14 more times than the Eagles did, scoring 20 points from the line alone.
The Eagles were led by Tara Williams who recorded 13 points and seven boards. Kim Salem also chipped in 10 points and four rebounds for the Eagles, who are 0-4 when they play at the Hart Center.
The Crusaders will go for their tenth straight win when they travel to Lafayette on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.