Dec. 17, 2006
KINGSTON, R.I. - Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored 16 points on seven of 10 shooting from the floor, to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 61-54 victory over Rhode Island at the Ryan Center. The Crusaders improve to 5-6 on the season with the victory, while the Rams fall to 1-10 overall.
Rhode Island started the game hot, outscoring Holy Cross 10-3 over the first six minutes of play. The Rams extended their lead to as many as nine points (19-10 with 9:45 left in the half), before the Crusaders rallied with a 7-2 run. Rhode Island was still up by eight (28-20), but Holy Cross scored five of the next seven points to make the score 30-25 at the break.
The Crusaders then came out the locker room on fire, using a 7-2 run to tie the score at 32-32. A few minutes later, Foley converted an old-fashioned three-point play, giving Holy Cross its first lead of the day (35-34 with 16:32 left. The score was still tied at 38-38 with 14 minutes remaining in the game, before the Crusaders used a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. Holy Cross would extend its lead to as many as nine points down the stretch, before finally winning by seven.
Freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) totaled 14 points and four rebounds for the Crusaders, while freshman guard Briana McFadden added 13 points and five assists. Rhode Island was led by Safi Mojidi with 12 points, six steals and five rebounds.
Holy Cross shot 56.4 percent from the field on the day (22 of 39), including a 13 of 21 performance (61.9 percent) in the second half.
The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, December 30, when it plays at San Diego in the opening round of the Surf N Slam Tournament.