Nov. 18, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 21 points but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team fell to Boston College, 82-69, on Tuesday night at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2 on the season while the Eagles improve to 2-0.
After recording an 8-4 lead in the opening five minutes, Boston College went on a quick 7-0 run, putting its lead into double-digits. Holy Cross chipped away at the Eagles' lead as junior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) hit a shot from long range to bring the Crusaders within four points, 15-11. Boston College retaliated with an 11-1 run led by Mickel Picco's efforts at the free-throw line, going 4-for-4, making the score 24-12. With 53 seconds left in the half, the Crusaders cut Boston College's lead to nine after McFadden sank a three-point shot and O'Dell finished with a layup, making the score, 30-21.
The Eagles quickly increased their lead to 14 points in the first two minutes of the second stanza, with a three-pointer scored by Victoria Jones. Holy Cross made its best efforts to catch up with the Eagles as freshman guard Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) hit a shot from outside the arc with 14:12 left in the game, making the score 44-39. Boston College never looked back, grabbing its highest lead of the game, 82-67, with 55 seconds left in the game.
In addition to her 23 points, McFadden had six rebounds and four assists while O'Dell tallied 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Ward finished with a career-high seven points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) made her first collegiate start, finishing with six points, a career-high three blocks and one rebound in nine minutes played. Carolyn Swords led the Eagles with 33 points, 15 rebounds, one assist and one block.
Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 20, hosting Harvard at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.