Feb. 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.), junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I) and senior forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) all scored in double figures as the Holy Cross women's basketball team edged American, 58-55, in a Patriot League contest at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 12-15 overall and 7-5 in league play while the Eagles fall to 18-9 and 8-4 in the Patriot League.
Holy Cross opened the first three and a half minutes of the game with a strong 9-0 run with back-to-back layups by Campbell to start the first half. American came back with a 9-3 run to cut their deficit to three points, 19-16. Scoring was halted for almost seven minutes, but the Eagles ignited a 23-6 run with three shots from beyond the arc. With less than one minute remaining, a jumper by sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) brought the Crusaders within six points of American to close out the half, 30-24.
Holy Cross started the second stanza with a 14-2 run with Merrihue and O'Dell scoring five points each to take a 38-32 lead. American continued to chip away at Holy Cross' lead, but the Crusaders stayed ahead by four points with less than seven minutes remaining. The Eagles fought back to get ahead by four points with less than three minutes left in the game, but Holy Cross finished the game with a 10-6 run to secure the 58-55 win.
In addition to her 14 points, Campbell finished with six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals while O'Dell O'Dell tallied three assists and one rebound. Merrrihue also had three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 20 minutes played during the game. Sophomore forward Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) also played strong for the Crusaders with seven points scored, a career-high seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. American was led by Talicia Jackson who had 12 points, six rebounds and one steal.
Holy Cross plays its last home game of the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 28, against Colgate at 7:00 p.m.