Nov. 11, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guards Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) both scored 10 points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team was defeated by Vermont 54-44 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders open their season at 0-1, while the Catamounts begin the year 1-0.
Vermont started the game hot, and jumped out to an 11-3 lead after seven minutes of play. Holy Cross responded with a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to three points, and eventually tied up the score at 23-23 with 2:32 left in the half on a jumper by sophomore forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.). The Catamounts held a 25-23 advantage at the break.
The Crusaders opened up the second half with a 6-0 run to claim their largest lead of the day, 29-25 with 17:30 left to play. But Vermont then scored the next 10 points to regain the lead for good. Holy Cross was able to get as close as one point (35-34) with 9:57 remaining, before the Catamounts put the game away with an 11-0 run.
Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and scored six points for the Crusaders, while Carper added six points and four boards. Vermont was led by Courtney Pilypaitis with 18 points and six rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, November 14, when it travels to Connecticut for a 7:30 p.m. game.