Dec. 7, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored a career-high 22 points as Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) also scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team over Maine, 72-64 Thursday at the Hart Center. With the win the Crusaders improve to 4-6 overall while the Black Bears drop to 5-2 on the season.
Holy Cross had a 13-8 start in the first half as Keil scored eight points and O'Dell five in the first few minutes of play. Maine retaliated with a 6-0 run to take a one point lead (14-13) at 12:23. Keil hit her third three-pointer of the half to put the Crusader back in the lead (16-14). Holy Cross increased their winning margin to 10 (28-18) after a 12-4 streak with 5:58 left in the first half. The Crusaders held the Black Bears to just six points the rest of the half and went into the break with a 13 point lead (37-24).
Keil matched her career-high points scoring 20 in the first half of the game. She went seven of 10 from the field making four of four from the three-point range and added two free throws in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Crusaders went 12-6 in the first five minutes of the second half to keep a comfortable 17-point lead (47-30). Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) made her fifth steal of the game to turn around and add two points for Holy Cross. That play turned out to be the last of the game for Aloisi as she came down in pain off the layup and was out for the rest of the game after serving eight assists in 26 minutes of play.
Holy Cross had as much as a 20-point lead through the second half and did not allow Maine to come any closer than 12 points until less than four minutes left in the game when the Black Bears decreased the lead to 11 and came within six points with 25 seconds remaining in the game. Holy Cross held on to win the game by eight, 72-64.
Keil led the team with 22 points and passed her career-high 20 points made against American last season. Take away the points that O'Dell scored in the first half and she still surpassed her career-high of 15 points as she scored 16 in the second half to total 21 points. Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) led the team with eight rebounds. As a team the Crusaders shot 44.6 percent from the field making 13 of 18 free throws while Maine shot 43.6 percent from the field.
Holy Cross has a 10-day break before going on the road to face Rhode Island Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:00 p.m.