Feb. 17, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior forward Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) recorded her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated American 61-54 to break a third place tie in conference play Saturday at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 11-16 overall and 6-6 in the league as American drops to 10-17 on the season and 5-7 in the conference.
Prior to tip-off, Holy Cross' four seniors Foley, Ashley Brennan-McBride (London, Ontario), Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and team manager A.J. Noto (Buffalo, N.Y.) were honored for their four years of dedication to the basketball program.
The Crusaders started the game strong gaining a 10 point lead just 5:38 into the first half (14-4) after Foley scored six points and freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) added five. The Crusaders held the Eagles at four points for the next five minutes. Holy Cross then went on a 13-3 run to increase the lead to 20 (27-7) at 6:52. During the run, freshman guard McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored five and O'Dell hit one from the long range. The Crusaders gained as much as a 22 point lead (6:18) before going into the break with a 14 point advantage (36-22).
At halftime O'Dell led Holy Cross with 11 points shooting four of nine from the field, sinking three from the three-point range. American was held to nine of 26 from the field.
Foley scored the first six points of the second half for the Crusaders while McFadden scored the next five. Holy Cross did not allow American to come any closer than 12 points until 4:18 left in the second half. The Eagles went on an 11-0 run to make it 53-46 with less than three minutes to go, but Holy Cross held on to win by seven (61-54).
The Crusaders held the Eagles to just 33.3 percent from the field. Foley led Holy Cross with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals while O'Dell had 14 points and five assists, and McFadden added 13 points.
Holy Cross remains home to face Colgate Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in conference action.