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Manis scores 1,000th point in women's basketball loss to Brown

Holy Cross Athletics   11-18-2018

WORCESTER, Mass. - Despite a 27-point, 16-rebound performance from junior Lauren Manis – including her 1,000th career point – and a 30-point, nine-assist showing from freshman Avery LaBarbera, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team fell just short against Brown University, falling 89-85 on Sunday, November 18 at the Hart Center.

With her layup with 2:03 remaining in the first quarter, Manis became the second-fastest player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, and the 34th overall to hit the mark.

Manis (9-for-9) and LaBarbera (7-for-7) combined to go 16-for-16 from the foul line. LaBarbera also had five steals to add to her career day, while playing all 40 minutes of the contest. Junior Kathryn Pedi made four 3-pointers for a total of 12 points on the day; junior Madalyn Smith had a pair of threes for six points in addition to six assists.

Down 8-2 less than two minutes into the contest, Holy Cross went on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 10-10, capped by a fastbreak layup by LaBarbera. Brown answered with a three on the other end, but Smith tied things up again for Holy Cross with a three of her own. The Crusaders led by a margin of 21-17 after Manis notched her 1,000th career point and converted on the ensuing and-one; however, the Bears ended the period on a 9-2 run to lead, 26-23, after one quarter.

Brown led for the entirety of the second quarter, though Holy Cross came within one point, 40-39, after LaBarbera made a basket and a free throw with 3:44 to go. The Bears went on to score the final six points of the quarter to lead 46-39 at halftime.

In the third quarter, things began to shift more in the Crusaders’ favor, as Holy Cross outscored the Bears, 28-18. Brown jumped ahead by nine points, 53-44, with 7:27 to go, but the Crusaders went on a 10-1 run, topped off by a three-pointer by LaBarbera with 4:13 to go, to tie the game at 54-54. Brown built its lead back to four, but Holy Cross continued to press, leading by as much as five with 1:01 to go after a LaBarbera layup. Manis and LaBarbera combined for 21 of Holy Cross’s 28 points in the quarter.

Brown would have the edge in a back-and-forth fourth quarter; the frame featured four ties and five lead changes. Trailing 80-79 with 3:59 to play, LaBarbera connected on four consecutive foul shots to swing the lead back to Holy Cross, 83-80. On the other end of the floor, Brown answered with a three to tie it, and took the lead after a fastbreak layup with 2:33 to go. Manis brought the Crusaders back within two points, 87-85, with a layup with 1:04 on the clock; however, Holy Cross could not connect on any more shots and the Bears had a pair of free throws to put the game away.

With their victory, the Bears improve to 3-2 on the year; the Crusaders fall to 1-2.

Holy Cross will return home on Wednesday, November 21 to host the University of Rhode Island. Tipoff is set for 3:05 p.m.

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