Dec. 5, 2004
Hartford, Conn. - Ann Strother, Charde Houston, and Barbara Turner all reached double-figures to lead nationally-ranked Connecticut to a 75-36 win over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 16,294 at the Hartford Civic Center. With the win, #8 Connecticut improves to 3-1 (0-0 Big East), while Holy Cross falls to 3-4 (0-0 Patriot League). The Crusaders have now lost four of their last five games.
Connecticut opened the scoring at the 19:03 mark when Turner (12 points) hit a basket underneath. About three minutes later, Holy Cross cut the lead to one (4-3) after a Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) bucket, but the Huskies then went on a 21-0 run and never looked back. The Crusaders struggled offensively all afternoon, only scoring their second basket after more than 13 minutes of play. Connecticut went into the break up 36-10 after holding Holy Cross to just 16.0% shooting in the first stanza and forcing 15 Crusader turnovers.
"I thought we played well defensively, we just couldn't score," said head coach Bill Gibbons. "We didn't get the shots we wanted."
Holy Cross experienced a scare when freshman standout Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) went down with a knee injury with 6:23 left in the first. "When we lost Aloisi, we lost our heart and soul," Gibbons said. "She's a key to this team, she's our leader. We are hoping she's alright. We need to get her back healthy."
The Crusaders responded in the second-half, scoring 26 points, but the UConn defense was too much, forcing 27 Holy Cross turnovers in the game. Holy Cross was held to 27.8% shooting on the afternoon, to Connecticut's 51%.
Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) led all HC scorers with 11 points, going 3-for-6 from long range. Andrews was not far behind with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) led the team with six boards. Keil, the Crusaders' leading scorer, found herself in foul trouble early, and was held scoreless in limited playing time. Strother finished with 16, and Houston had 14 for the Huskies.
The Crusaders travel to Rhode Island on Tuesday night to take on the Rams at the Ryan Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.