February 14, 2006

Women's Basketball Downs Navy, 65-47 On Tuesday

Feb. 14, 2006

Final Stats

Worcester, Mass. - Four Crusaders reached double figures and the Holy Cross defense held Navy to 39 percent shooting and 47 points as the Crusaders defeated the Midshipmen, 65-47 on Tuesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has now won two straight and improves to 12-12 (8-3 Patriot League), while the Mids fall to 12-12 (5-6 Patriot League). With the win, the Crusaders completed the series sweep for the second consecutive season and extended their all-time series advantage at the Hart Center over the Mids to 18-1.

Junior guard Brittany Keil had a team-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Ashley McLaughlin, Kaitlin Foley and Laura Aloisi all added 11 points each. Senior guard Jessica Conte chipped in with eight points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross had a fast start, taking a 7-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game, while Navy struggled offensively, going 1-for-7 (.143) to start the half. The Mids then settled in and put together a 9-0 run, capped off by an Ashley Pelzek triple, to take an 11-7 lead at the 11:55 mark.

But the Crusaders answered with a 14-3 run over the next seven minutes to go ahead, 21-14 with 2:13 to go. Navy outscored Holy Cross 5-3 to get within five (24-19) at the break.

The Crusaders shot 36.8 percent in the first, holding the Mids to 33.3 percent from the floor. There were a combined 22 turnovers (Holy Cross - 12) in the first twenty minutes.

The two teams traded baskets to start the second, but back-to-back treys by Keil and McLaughlin started what would be a 14-0 HC run, giving the Crusaders a 19 point lead (44-25) with 11:16 to go. A Carly Meyer trey from the left corner at the 10:50 mark broke the almost-six-minute Navy dry spell, but the Mids would get no closer than 13.

The Crusaders only turned the ball over just six times in the second stanza and shot 45.8 percent for the game. Holy Cross outrebounded Navy, 34-28 and also forced 23 Mid mishaps.

Holy Cross is back on the road for a 4:30 p.m. match-up with American in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, February 18, before heading to Colgate on Tuesday, February 21.