Holy Cross Tops Siena, 64-56

Dec. 9, 2004

Box Score

Loudonville, N.Y. - Junior guard Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) led Holy Cross in scoring for the second straight game to lead the Crusaders to a 64-56 win over Siena College Thursday night at the Alumni Recreation Center. Placek had 15 points on the night while senior center Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards for the Crusaders, who have now won two straight and improve to 5-4 (0-0 Patriot League). Siena drops to 3-5 (1-1 MAAC).

Holy Cross got on the board right off the tip as Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) scored on a fastbreak hoop off a nice leading pass by freshman forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.). The Crusaders had the momentum early and shot well, mounting a 19-4 lead with 12:46 to go, as Siena struggled offensively. The Saints eventually fought back and pulled within six (30-24) with less than 2:00 to go in the half until back-to-back three balls by Placek gave the Crusaders a 12-point (40-28) lead at the break.

The second half started sloppy on both ends of the floor, but the Saints were able to start on a 10-3 run (43-38) with just under 12:00 remaining. Siena pulled within three (45-42) on a Kate Dooley jumper, but with just over eight minutes to go, sophomore forward Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) grabbed a rebound and converted on the putback after a missed free throw to give the Crusaders a 51-43 lead.

Siena guard Melissa Manzer then nailed a long three-pointer to pull the Saints within two (53-51), but sophomore guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) responded with a three-ball of her own on the next Holy Cross possession to put the Purple and White back up five (56-51) with just under 3:00 left. Andrews hit two free throws to give HC a 57-51 lead with 1:25 left and Placek made good on an acrobatic drive to the hoop for a seven point (60-53) lead. Two Keil free throws and two Fontana free throws closed out the victory for the Crusaders, 64-56.

Keil nearly missed a double-double with a nine-point, nine-rebound performance for the Crusaders. Siena had three players in double-digits with Dooley hitting for 17 points, and Manzer and Laura Menty both chipping in 10 apiece.

Holy Cross has a 10-day break for finals before hosting America East opponent Northeastern Monday, December 20, at the Hart Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m.