Holy Cross Defeats Lafayette, 68-62

Feb. 11, 2005

Box Score

Easton, Pa. - Maggie Fontana, Lisa Andrews and Brittany Keil combined for 45 points to lead Holy Cross to its tenth straight win with a 68-62 decision over Lafayette Friday night at the Kirby Fieldhouse. Holy Cross improves to 15-8 (10-0 Patriot League), while Lafayette drops to 4-19 (2-8 Patriot League).

Fontana finished with 18 points which tied for a game-high. She also tied for a game-high with eight rebounds and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line, ending her consecutive streak at 33, one shy of tying a Patriot League record. Andrews scored 15 points on the night, fouling out of the game with 6:14 remaining, leaving her two points shy of her 1,000th career point. Keil added 12 points for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross was up by as much as 18 early in the second half, but the Leopards chipped away at the lead and got within seven (50-43) with 9:36 to go, which was the closest the Leopards had been since the 12-6 mark with 14:47 left in the first. Lafayette then came as close as five points (65-60) on a Kristin Doherty three-ball with 27 seconds remaining, but the Crusaders held on at the end to seal the win.

Holy Cross shot 44% for the game, while the Leopards rebounded in the second and hit better than 54% of their shots in the second stanza while mounting their comeback.

Holy Cross went into the half with a 15 point advantage (36-21) after shooting 46.7% from the floor and holding the Leopards to 31%. The Crusaders forced 13 Lafayette turnovers before intermission and were able to score 13 points off of Leopard miscues. Holy Cross blew the game open early, going up 24-9 after a 16-4 run in which Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) scored six straight points. Fontana gave HC its biggest lead of the half (17) with just under one minute remaining after converting four free throws less than 50 seconds apart.

Bush and freshman Ashley McLaughlin both finished with six points apiece. Sarah Placek added seven points, a game-high five assists and two steals.

Lafayette was led by Lindsay Myers' 18 points. Kara Stetler added 14 points, and Vanessa Van De Venter chipped in 10. Brianne Welte had a team-high eight rebounds.

Holy Cross stays in Pennsylvania this weekend and makes the short trip to Lehigh on Sunday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. tip.