Nov. 21, 2004
Worcester, Mass. - Senior Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) poured in a game-high 19 points on a 6-for-10 performance from the floor, and the Holy Cross defense forced 29 turnovers to defeat Buffalo, 73-42 at the Hart Center on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 2-0 (0-0 Patriot League), while Buffalo falls to 0-2 (0-0 MAC).
Holy Cross scored first when Andrews took a nice Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) pass for an easy lay-in to put the home team up 2-0, 34 seconds into the contest. The Crusaders controlled the game the rest of the way as the Bulls struggled offensively, missing nine shots and committing five turnovers on 14 consecutive trips down the floor over the next six minutes, allowing the Crusaders to jump to a 15-2 lead with under nine minutes to play in the first. During that span, junior guard Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) scored five of her 10 points on the afternoon.
Holy Cross held Buffalo to just two points over the first 11:22 of the half until a Heather Turner lay-up at the 8:38 mark. The Crusaders' defense bothered Buffalo all day long, holding the Bulls to just 25.0% shooting from the floor to take a commanding 30-16 lead at the break.
In the second, a Jess Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) three-ball put the Crusaders up 40-18 with 16:19 remaining. After a Buffalo turnover, the Crusaders got a quick two points inside by Andrews after a nice entry pass down low from freshman guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.), who had a game-high seven assists.
An Aloisi long ball at the 11:09 mark, followed by two consecutive Andrews baskets gave the Crusaders a 52-23 lead with just a little over 10 minutes remaining. The two teams traded baskets the next few times down the floor, but an Ashley Brennan-McBride (London, ONT) jump-hook with 4:40 remaining gave the Crusaders a 64-34 lead, their biggest of the game, allowing Holy Cross to wrap up the contest.
Holy Cross hosts the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday, November 23 at the Hart Center. All fans who bring a canned good to support the Worcester County Food Drive will be admitted into the game for $1. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.