Nov. 29, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) hit the game-winning basket with eight seconds remaining in the game as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated Missouri, 94-93, in triple overtime on Saturday afternoon at the at the Mildred & Roger L. White Invitational at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-4 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 1-4. McFadden and junior Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) totaled 55 points for Holy Cross.
Missouri took a quick 6-2 lead in the opening three minutes of the game but sophomore forward Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) put the Crusaders ahead by three with five points, making the score 9-6. Tied at 13-13 at the 12:01 mark, Holy Cross went on an 8-0 run led by Carper who scored six points in row, lifting Holy Cross ahead by eight, 21-13. The Tigers picked up on offense, tying the game, 23-23, with 7:04 left in the first half. After grabbing a slight lead, 34-33, Missouri closed the final minutes of the half with a quick 6-2 run, heading into the break with a five-point lead, 40-35.
Holy Cross scored five points in the first minute after the break to tie the game, but the Tigers broke free, going on an 8-0 run with two three-pointers from Alyssa Hollins, taking a 48-40 lead. Back-and-forth traffic on the court kept the Tigers ahead by nine heading into the final five minutes of regulation, but Holy Cross pulled off a 9-1 run with junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) making a layup with 13 seconds winding down on the clock, tying the game, 75-75.
The teams continued to stay neck and neck in the first two overtime stanzas, each scoring five points in both periods. McFadden led the Crusaders to victory in the last overtime, scoring all nine points including the game-winning layup, lifting Holy Cross to a 94-93 win.
McFadden scored a career-high 31 points while tallying three assists, three steals and two rebounds while Carper had a career-high 24 points scored in a career-high 41 minutes played. Sophomore forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) also had a stellar game, recording new career-highs in points with 15, rebounds with four and minutes played with 30. Hollins led Missouri with 27 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 30, playing Western Illinois at 2:00 p.m. at the Mildred & Roger L. White Invitational, hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.