Nov. 19, 2004
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team opened its 2004-2005 season with a bang, defeating Providence College, 68-40, in front of a crowd of 1,429 at the Hart Center Friday night. The Crusaders (1-0) had three players reach double figures, led by sophomore guard Brittany Keil's (Sparta, N.J.) game-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Freshman Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) also had a standout game in her Crusader debut with a game-high 10 assists in 31 minutes of play.
The Crusaders started the game with on a 7-0 run in the first three minutes of the contest. The Friars chipped away at the lead to make it a 10-7 game, but then the Crusaders went on a 13-0 run, in which Keil scored nine points. Junior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) then hit back to back three's to put the home team up, 26-9 with 6:06 to go in the half. The Friars tried to battle back, but a tenacious Holy Cross defense caused 13 turnovers (26 total), allowing the Purple and White to build a solid 36-18 lead at the break. Bush had nine points at the half thanks to 3-of-5 shooting from long range. She finished the game with 11 points.
Holy Cross opened the second stanza strong, outscoring Providence 15-9 over the first nine minutes. After a jumper by senior Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) and a Keil layup, the Crusaders had a comfortable 20-point lead, 55-35, with less than eight minutes to play. Senior Caitlin Agostinacchio (Bellmore, N.Y.) then entered the game with just over two minutes remaining and scored a quick five points (career high), nailing a three-ball and a jumper to put the home team up, 65-38. Junior guard Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.
Andrews finished the night with 12 points and five rebounds. Freshman Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) chipped in five points, three steals, and two rebounds in her HC debut.
Providence (0-1) sophomore forward Shauna Synder led the Friars with 14 points.
The Crusaders (1-0) are back in action on Sunday, November 21 when they host the University at Buffalo. Tip-off is slated for 1:00.