Dec. 3, 2005
Tempe, Ari. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley pumped in a game high 18 points and junior guard Brittany Keil recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 91-66 non-conference victory over Memphis in the consolation game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State University. With the win, Holy Cross earned third place in the four team tournament and is now 3-4 overall on the season, while the Tigers fall to 1-6, after two losses this weekend.
Both Keil and Foley had 10 points at the half. Senior guard Sarah Placek chipped in with a season-high 14 points, while sophomore guard Laura Aloisi had an impressive all-around night, totaling six points, six rebounds and six assists. Freshman guard Jessica Pearson had a career night with nine points, after going 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
The Tigers opened the game with a Devin Necaise jumper at the 19:17 mark, but the Crusaders responded with a 29-3 run, in which they forced 10 turnovers, shot 56 percent from the floor, converted on three fast break opportunities and held Memphis without a field goal for almost seven minutes.
The Crusaders went into the break with a 42-24 advantage. Holy Cross' largest lead of the half was 29 points (38-9) following two Foley free throws with 5:18 remaining. But the Tigers outscored Holy Cross 12-4 in the final 4:38, after an 11-0 run in which they cut the lead to 18 points (38-20). Memphis made just eight field goals in the first half, shooting 26 percent from the floor, while HC made 45 percent of its attempts.
Holy Cross continued to dominate in the second stanza, leading by as many as 30 points (75-45). The Purple and White shot 52 percent for the game, and scored 46 points in the paint, to the Tigers' 24. Holy Cross also forced 27 Tiger turnovers, and scored 39 points off of those Memphis miscues.
Three players reached double figures for Memphis, led by the 16 point performance by freshman guard Paris Leonard. Devin Necaise had 15 points and Ashley Howard recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.
Holy Cross travels back home for a 6:00 p.m. game against Rhode Island on Wednesday, December 7.