Nov. 27, 2004
Fort Collins, Colo. - Holy Cross had five players reach double-figures, and the HC defense held Iona to 28% shooting on the night as the Crusaders dominated from the tip to win, 89-46 in the consolation game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational at Moby Arena on the campus of Colorado State University on Saturday night. Junior guard Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) paced the Crusaders with 17 points, senior Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) had 14 points, junior guard Jess Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) added 13 points, sophomore Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) chipped in 11 points, and freshman Ashley McLauglin (Andover, Mass.) tallied 10 points, as the Crusaders enjoyed a 61% shooting performance from the field.
With the win, the Crusaders snap a two game losing streak and up their record to 3-2 (0-0 Patriot League), going into one of the most difficult stretches of their season, facing #20 Boston College on Wednesday night at the Hart Center, and traveling to #8 Connecticut for a match-up at the Hartford Civic Center on December 5.
"This was a pivotal game for us," said head coach Bill Gibbons. "It was critical that we played better to get a win tonight. It all came down to defensive intensity and rebounding, we got back to playing Holy Cross basketball," said Gibbons.
Holy Cross started the game with an early 23-3 lead, thanks to a fast 2-for-2 start for Fontana, who had the first five Crusader points. Iona started the game stone-cold, missing nine of ten shots, only putting up three points over the first ten minutes. In that span, Placek poured in nine points on 3-of-3 shooting, including two long balls. The Holy Cross defense had eight steals, forced 13 Gael turnovers, and held Iona to 22.2% shooting from the floor in the first, jumping out to a 49-14 halftime lead, shooting 64.5% from the floor.
In the second, Iona started off on a 8-0 run, until a Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) lay-in at the 17:11 mark. The Crusaders continued to dominate, and never relinquished the lead. With under ten minutes remaining, the Crusaders took a 71-34 lead after back-to-back Conte three-balls.
Holy Cross took a 40-point lead with 5:24 remaining after a Caitlin Agostinacchio (Bellmore, N.Y.) three-pointer, and the Crusaders coasted from there.
Andrews added nine points and four boards, and Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) contributed six points for Holy Cross. Melissa Yeagley was the only Gael to reach double-digits, as she paced Iona with 22 points.
The Crusaders travel back home to host #20 Boston College on Wednesday, December 1. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m.