Connecticut Defeats Holy Cross 83-64

Dec. 4, 2006

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Andover, Mass.) scored 13 points each to help Holy Cross score the most points against Connecticut since scoring 76 in 1997, but it was not enough as the seventh ranked Huskies put up 83 points to top the Crusaders Monday night at the DCU Center. With the loss Holy Cross falls to 3-6 overall as Connecticut improves to 5-0 on the season.

Connecticut made the first four points of the game, but Holy Cross came out on fire as they went on a 11-0 run less than two minutes into the game to take a 11-4 lead. During that stretch McFadden hit two-three-pointers, Aloisi had one three-pointer and junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) added two-points. The Crusaders maintained the lead and went up by eight (33-25) when sophomore forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) came off the bench to hit a three-pointer with 7:13 left in the first half. Holy Cross led the game until 4:02 when Connecticut tied the game at 33 after going on an 8-0 stretch. The Huskies then went on a 7-0 run to take a seven-point lead at the break (42-35).

McFadden went three for four from the three-point range and added two free throws to total 11 points in the first half. As a team Holy Cross shot 56.5 percent from the field making all 10 free throw attempts and shooting seven of 11 from the three-point range in the first 20 minutes.

The Huskies came out of the locker room to go 9-0 during the first two minutes of the second half increasing their lead to 14 (51-37). The Crusaders hung tight fluctuating Connecticut's lead from 10 to 17 until 8:28 when the Huskies went 10-0 to take a 20-point lead. Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.), Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) combined for eight points to come within 15 at 4:11, but Connecticut held onto the lead to win by 19.

The Huskies shot 56.7 percent from the field while the Crusaders shot 43.1 percent. Charde Houston led Connecticut with 22 points and Renee Montgomery had 16.

The Crusaders are back in action when they host Maine Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in non-conference action at the Hart Center.