Nov. 23, 2007
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a career-high 28 points, including six three-pointers as Holy Cross defeated Albany, 61-54, in the first round of the Long Island University Turkey Classic. The Crusaders will face LIU in the championship game tomorrow, scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.
Each team started hot as the score quickly grew to 6-6 in the first few minutes of the game as both teams scoring on three-point attempts. A 6-2 run by the Crusaders lifted them to a short-lived 12-9 lead as Albany answered back with two jump shots to grab its first lead of the game. Back and forth scoring landed Albany's Janea Aiken scoring two free throws, pushing the Great Danes to a 17-15 lead. Albany closed out the half, cushioned seven points ahead of the Crusaders, 30-23.
At halftime, McFadden led the team with 11 points, including hitting all three three-point attempts while chipping in three rebounds and one steal.
The Great Danes continued to keep at least a four-point lead over Holy Cross, holding its' largest lead of eight points (42-24) with 13:58 left in the game. The Crusaders pushed forward on Albany, chipping away at the Great Danes lead as sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 50-50 with 5:32 left in the game.
Freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) clinched the win for the Crusaders hitting a jumper, making the score 52-50. May had five points, three rebounds, five assists, and four steals in her third career start.
Beyond breaking her career records, McFadden chipped in four rebounds, an assist, and a steal. O'Dell recorded 16 points, six rebounds, four assists, one block, and a steal. Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) led the Crusaders in rebounds with seven while tallying four points, five assists, and four steals.
Kristin Higy led Albany with 12 points and had six rebounds and four steals.
The Crusaders improve to 3-2 while Albany falls to 1-4 on the season.