Manis dominates as women's basketball falls to BC
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Despite a dominating performance by junior Lauren Manis, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team fell to Boston College, 89-63, in nonconference action on Thursday, November 15.
Manis led all players with a career-high 30 points and seven rebounds, including 23 first-half points. Junior Kathryn Pedi had nine points and three rebounds; junior Madalyn Smith scored seven points and dished out five assists. Freshman Oluchi Ezemma had her first collegiate points, recording six in the contest.
The Crusaders move to 1-1 to begin the year; the Eagles improve to 3-0.
Holy Cross held the lead after the first quarter, 27-25, behind 16 points in the frame from Manis. The Eagles got out to a 4-0 lead early, but the Crusaders slowly worked their way back in, pushing ahead, 9-7, with a jump shot and an and-one opportunity by Manis with 6:38 to go in the quarter. Holy Cross went up by as much as 17-11 after a pair of threes by Manis and a jumper by Ezemma, but Boston College kept things close, with a buzzer-beater from Dickens to ensure that the Eagles trailed by just two after one quarter.
Manis hit another three to open the second quarter, but the Eagles did not lose momentum, outscoring the Crusaders 26-11 throughout the remainder of the frame. Boston College went on a 5-0 run to tie the game before Smith hit a layup with 7:21 to go in the half to give Holy Cross the lead again. Just 10 seconds later, though, a 3-pointer put the Eagles in front again, and they would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the contest.
Boston College continued to control in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring Holy Cross 38-22 over the final 20 minutes.
Two players had 19 points for the Eagles: Marnelle Garraud and Makayla Dickens. Emma Guy (13 points) and Georgia Pineau (12 points) also reached double digits.
Manis’s 30 points bested her previous single-game career best of 28 points. Despite playing just two games so far this season, Manis leads all Patriot League scorers with 56 points on the year, and her 30 points is the best in a single game by any Patriot League player in 2018-19 so far. She now has 996 career points in 63 career games.
The Crusaders are next in action at home on Sunday, November 18, when they will face Brown University. Tipoff at the Hart Center is set for 12:05 p.m., and the game will be televised live on NESNplus. Tickets can be purchased at GoHolyCross.com.
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