Nov. 26, 2006
ALBANY, N.Y. - Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 12 points each, but it was not enough as the Albany women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross, 63-50 Sunday in non-conference action at the SEFCU Arena. Holy Cross drops to 3-4 on the season as Albany improves to 2-4 overall.
Holy Cross got off to a 7-0 start in the first 2:22 minutes of play and held off Albany's offense allowing only a free throw in the first five minutes. The Crusaders continued to increase their early lead after Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) and Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) added five more points in the next few minutes to make it 12-1. Albany then went on an 8-0 run to make it 12-9 at 11:45.
The Great Danes scored seven unanswered points to come within one (22-21) with under six minutes left in the first half. Less than two minutes later Albany made a three-pointer to go head for the first time in the game (24-22), but Keil tied it at 24 on the next possession. O'Dell and Keil each added a three-pointer and Foley hit one from the field to push Holy Cross back into the lead (34-29) before going into the break.
Early in the second half, Albany went on a 6-0 run to take the lead (35-34). Foley scored the first basket in the half for the Crusaders to regain the lead (36-35). Keil scored two more free throws to push Holy Cross ahead by three at 15:27 (38-35). Albany scored a field goal and two free throws to turn the lead around in their favor (41-38) with less than 13 minutes left in the half. The Great Danes gained a10-point lead after a 16-3 stretch (54-44) with less than four minutes left in the second half. The Crusaders kept within six points of the Great Danes until Albany went on an 8-0 run to make it 58-44 at 2:09. In the last 1:30 minutes Albany led by 15 points twice and held onto the lead to win by 13.
Sherri Mikus led the Great Danes with 17 points. Albany shot 72.0 percent from the line, 40.4 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from the three-point range while Holy Cross shot 90.6 percent from the line, 28.6 percent from the field and 14.8 percent from the three-point range.
Keil tied her season-high of 12 points and eight rebounds. O'Dell had 12 points while Aloisi added 11 points, seven assists and tied her season-high of five steals.
The Crusaders are back at home Friday to face Boston College at 7:00 p.m.