Holy Cross Tops Harvard, 69-57

Nov. 18, 2006

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BURLINGTON Vt. - Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored a season-high 22 points to lead Holy Cross women's basketball team over Harvard, 69-57 in the TD Banknorth Classic consolation game Saturday night at the Patrick Gymnasium. With the win the Crusaders improve to 2-3 overall as Harvard drops to 0-2 on the season.

In a back and forth start Harvard eventually pushed ahead by 11 forcing 13 turnovers and shooting 50.0 percent from the field. Holy Cross chipped away at the 11-point deficit as Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored four free throws and Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored three from the line while Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) finished a lay up to make it 21-17 with eight minutes left in the first half.

Harvard returned to a 12 point lead with three minutes left in the first half, but Holy Cross cut it to a ten point difference, 35-25, to go into the break after Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) each contributed two points.

Sophomore Niki Finelli led Crimson with nine points making two of two from the three-point range in the first half. McLaughlin had a team-high eight points for Holy Cross in the first twenty minutes of play.

Holy Cross came out of the locker room and outscored Harvard 13-4 to come within one (39-38) in the first five minutes of the second half as Foley and Aloisi had five points and Mcfadden sunk a three.

McLaughlin tied the game at 44 with just over 11 minutes left in the second. Foley then put up another to push the Crusaders ahead for the first time in the game 46-44. Keil added two more to make it 48-44.

Harvard followed up scoring 10 points to Holy Cross' six, but the Crusaders kept the lead (55-54) with four minutes left in the second half. McFadden hit a three and Aloisi made two free throws to take a three point lead 60-57 late in the game.

Holy Cross created a 12-point lead and won the game as Foley, Aloisi and Keil each made two free throws and McFadden added one 69-57.

Foley led the team with 22 points and three rebounds and was selected to the All-Tournament team. Foley scored 41 points and had 12 rebounds over the weekend. Keil led the team with eight rebounds and added 11 points while McFadden had a career-high 14 points. Holy Cross gathered 19 points from free throws as they shot 82.6 percent from the line.

The Crusaders are back in action Friday when they travel to play non-conference opponent Buffalo at 7:00 p.m. followed by Albany on Sunday.