Bucknell Upsets Holy Cross 72-71
Feb. 23, 2005
Lewisburg, Pa. - Brooke Tomovich hit a free throw with 8.6 seconds remaining and Holy Cross' last second shot to win the game fell short to give Bucknell a 72-71 upset victory over the Crusaders Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion. With the win, the Bison improve to 10-16 (4-9 Patriot League), while the Crusaders fall to 16-10 (11-2 Patriot League). Even with the loss, Holy Cross clinched the 2005 Patriot League regular season title, thanks to American's 65-50 victory over Lehigh.
Maggie Fontana scored a team-high 18 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds to lead the Crusaders. Brittany Keil also tied a career-high with 17 points, and Lisa Andrews and Jessica Conte added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bison went into intermission with a 36-32 advantage after a sloppy first half for both squads, which saw a combined 19 turnovers (10 HC), 12 steals (4 HC), and eight blocks (4 HC). Bucknell led for more than 15 minutes in the first, shooting better than 45% from the floor, to the Crusaders' 35.3%. Keil had 13 first half points for the Purple and White, draining 3 of 4 treys.
The Crusaders took the lead on two Conte free throws with 13:08 to go and led for more than eight minutes in the second half, but could not put the Bison away. Ashley McLaughlin nailed a three-ball with 2:43 remaining to give HC a 69-67 lead, but a Lindsey Geosits jumper with 54 seconds left tied the game at 71. Bucknell turned the ball over with 18.6 seconds to go, but Holy Cross missed on the ensuing play, giving the Bison the ball back. Tomovich was fouled with 8.6 tics, and hit one of two foul shots to close the game out.
Tomovich led all scorers with 23 points. Lindsey Hollobaugh added 15, Kesha Champion had 12, and Hope Foster chipped in 10 for the Bison.
Holy Cross wraps up the regular season with a 1:00 p.m. match-up at Army on Saturday, February 26. The Crusaders will also be the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, and will play host to all of their games in the tournament at the Hart Center.