March 5, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Senior center Lisa Andrews tallied team-highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 72-62 win over Navy in Patriot League quarterfinal action Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. The Crusaders (19-10) will face #6 Colgate in the league championship game Wednesday, March 9. The Midshipmen finish their season at 11-18.
The Crusaders went into the break with a 33-23 advantage after jumping out to an early 21-8 lead. HC was up by as much as 16 (29-13) in the first, but Navy fought back and cut the lead to eight (31-23) on a Lauren Skrel take to the hoop with just over two minutes to go. Both teams shot under 40% from the floor in the first stanza. Navy made only 16% of its three-point attempts, while the Crusaders converted on better than 41% from behind the arc.
In the second, the Mids cut HC's lead to five (35-30) on an Abi Campbell three-ball, getting Navy as close as it had been since the 15:58 (11-7) mark in the first. Holy Cross did not back down, though, and extended its lead back to 14 (53-39) on a Brittany Keil jumper with 9:56 to go.
An Ashley Pelzek trey at the 5:11 mark brought the Mids within eight (59-51), and a Nikki Curtis hoop underneath cut the lead to just six (59-53) with 4:18 to play. But the Crusaders outscored the Mids 13-9 in the final minutes to seal the win.
Holy Cross shot 39% from the field for the game and forced 21 Navy turnovers. The Mids made 37.5% of their shots.
Sarah Placek finished with 11 points, four assists and four rebounds. Shannon Bush added 10 points and Kaitlin Foley had eight points for the Crusaders, who also got seven points from Brittany Keil and Maggie Fontana.
Navy was led by Nikki Curtis' game-high 17 points. Carly Meyer added 13 for the Mids and Pelzek tallied 11. Abi Campbell finished with nine points and 13 rebounds, which tied Andrews for game-high honors.
Holy Cross and Colgate match-up on Wednesday in the Patriot League championship at 7:00 p.m. The game will be held at the Hart Center. The Raiders defeated #2 Lehigh, 65-60 in the other semifinal game, after being down 36-25 at the half.