Holy Cross Tops Buffalo, 69-55

Nov. 24, 2006

Box Score

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) scored 18 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to 69-55 victory over Buffalo in non-conference action at Alumni Arena. With the win Holy Cross improves to 3-3 overall as Buffalo drops to 2-4.

Holy Cross got off to a 5-0 lead early in the game, but Buffalo responded with a 10-5 run to tie the game at 10. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored four straight from the field and Aloisi added one to push the Crusaders ahead by six, 20-14. Holy Cross kept the lead through the first half and went into the break with a 14 point lead, 35-21. Keil had 12 points at the end of the half while Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) combined for 10 points. Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had a team-high four rebounds in the first half.

The Bulls opened the second half with a 10-3 run, coming within seven points of the Crusaders (38-31) at 15:33. But Buffalo was never able to come any closer as Aloisi and O'Dell combined for 12 points from the three-point range at 9:42 (54-41). Holy Cross put the game away when they increased the lead to 18 after five points from Aloisi and a three from McFadden with 2:52 minutes left in the game (64-46).

Keil and freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) each had 12 points, a season-high for Keil while Pearson also topped her season-high with six points. Mcfadden added 11 points and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) went four for four from the line totaling eight points. Foley and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) both had a career-high four assists.

As a team, The Crusaders connected on 24 of 50 total field goal attempts on the night (48.0 percent). Holy Cross also hit 10 of 22 three-point field goals in the game (45.5 percent), including a seven of 13 performance in the second half (53.8 percent).

The Crusaders will play their last of six straight road games in Nov. when they travel to Albany Sunday at 2:00 p.m.