Dec. 28, 2005
Charlottesville, Va. - Four players reached double figures to help propel the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a convincing 80-62 non-conference win over Boston University on Wednesday afternoon at University Hall on the campus of the University of Virginia in the first round of the Marriott Cavalier Classic. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 4-6 overall, while handing the Terriers (6-4) their second straight loss and the third in their last four games.
Junior center Katilin Foley pumped in a game-high 19 points and senior guard Jessica Conte nailed four treys on her way to 18 points, while senior guard Shannon Bush grabbed a game-high seven rebounds to go along with 16 points, three assists and two steals to lead the Crusaders. Junior guard Brittany Keil added 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while senior guard Sarah Placek recorded seven points, five rebounds and four assists.
Keil nailed a three pointer to start the game and the Crusaders led in the early going until Boston University fought back to take an 11-8 lead after a 3-pointer by Cheri Raffo. But a Conte three-ball tied the game at 11-11 with 13:37 to go and the Crusaders did not trail the rest of the game.
Holy Cross led by as many as six points (22-16) with 9:07 left after another Conte trey, but Boston University chipped away at the lead and tied things up again at 22-all following a Rachael Vanderwal fast-break lay-up at the 7:11 mark. But the Crusaders found themselves up by six again (35-29) with 2:45 to go after a Bush jumper, helping them to a 39-35 advantage at the break.
Holy Cross opened the second half on an 11-2 run and took its largest lead of the game up to that point, 50-37, with 14:56 to go. A Vanderwal three-pointer from the top of the key with just under eight minutes to play made it an eight-point contest (60-52), but the Terriers would not get any closer. Bush had a quick answer on the other end, draining her second three-pointer of the second half to jump start a 10-3 run that gave the Crusaders a 15-point lead (70-55) which effectively put the game away with just over four minutes to play.
The Crusaders shot 47.2 percent from the floor and made 21 of 24 free throw attempts, while BU shot 40.4 percent and hit just 10 of 18 foul shots.
Boston University was paced by Rachael Vanderwal's 17 points and five rebounds. Katie Meinhardt tallied 15 points on a 4-for-5 performance from long range.
Holy Cross faces the winner of tonight's Virginia vs. Yale game on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Cavalier Classic championship game.