Nov. 20, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and junior forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass) scored 10 points each but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball dropped a 73-57 decision to Harvard, on Thursday night at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 on the season while the Crimson improve to 2-1.
Harvard grabbed an early 15-2 lead in the opening five minutes, led by Niki Finelli with eight points, including two three-pointers. Down by 10 with 8:44 left in the first half, Holy Cross rallied back with a 7-2 run, led by McFadden and junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) with three points each, making the score, 26-21. With 1:26 left before the break, Harvard went on a quick 6-2 drive, finishing the first half ahead by eight, 36-28.
Early in the second half, Holy Cross went on 10-2 run, but Harvard maintained a slight lead over the Crusaders, 42-38. Holy Cross got within four points of the Crimson at the 12:02 mark (47-43), but Harvard continued to pile on the points. Back-and-forth traffic on the court kept the Crimson ahead, extending the lead to 17 points twice in the remaining five minutes. Harvard finished the game with a 16- point cushion, 73-57.
Along with their 10 points, McFadden tallied three rebounds, three assists and two steals while Carper finished with two blocks, two rebounds and an assist. Sophomore forward Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) chipped in eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal for the Crusaders. Harvard was led by Finelli who had 15 points and six rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action at the Hart Center on Tuesday, Nov. 25, concluding a four-game home stand with a game against Saint Peter's at 7:00 p.m.