Feb. 7, 2006
Worcester, Mass. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley poured in a career-high 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds on her way to her third career double-double, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 63-57 heartbreaker to Army on Tuesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has now lost two straight and falls to 10-12 overall (6-3 Patriot League). The Black Knights improve to 13-9 (7-2 Patriot League), while taking sole possession of second place in the conference standings.
Foley had 13 points in the first half and finished the game 12-for-18 from the floor. She was also 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Laura Aloisi played a standout game with 10 points, five steals, five rebounds, four assists and a block.
The two teams went into the break deadlocked at 29-29 after Holy Cross turned a seven point deficit (17-10) into a six point lead (27-21) with 5:44 to go thanks to a 17-4 run in which Foley contributed six points and three different Crusaders (Aloisi, Shannon Bush, Brittany Keil) drained triples. The Black Knights, however, ended the half on an 8-2 run to go into the half at 29-all.
In the second, Army led by as much as 12 (54-42) with just 5:44 remaining following a Megan Evans lay-in. But the Crusaders stormed back and went on a 15-4 tear, tying the game at 57-57 with 36 seconds on the clock after two Bush free throws. A Cara Enright jumper with 21 seconds left put Army up by two (59-57) and the Crusaders had a chance to tie, but lost possession of the ball with just 11 seconds to go. The Black Knights then made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Freshman guard Alex McGuire led Army with 15 points and Enright added 13. Enright also tied for team-honors with six rebounds.
Holy Cross shot 32.3 percent for the game, while Army made 44.4 percent of its attempts. The Crusaders forced 23 Black Knight miscues for the game, while keeping their turnover total to less than 20 (18) for the fourth straight game.
The Crusaders host Bucknell on Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross defeated the Bison, 67-63 in overtime earlier this season.