Women's basketball surges late to beat URI
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball team posted a come-from-behind victory against the University of Rhode Island, winning 73-65 on Wednesday, November 21.
Junior Megan Swords had a career-high 18 points to go with four rebounds. Junior Lauren Manis had her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman Avery LaBarbera had 12 points, all in the second half, including the Crusaders’ final nine points.
Holy Cross evens its season record at 2-2; Rhode Island is now also 2-2 on the year.
The Crusaders had the edge in the first, despite trailing 9-4 early. Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from sophomore Jenay Faulkner to go ahead 11-9 with 4:23 to go in the quarter. Rhode Island would have the score evened at 17-17 with 1:46 to go in the quarter, but freshman Oluchi Ezemma had a layup and junior Madalyn Smith hit a three to give Holy Cross a 22-18 lead at the end of one.
Junior Kathryn Pedi led off the second quarter with a three for the Crusaders, but Rhode Island went on a 13-4 swing to take a 31-29 lead with 4:53 left. Swords had a layup to knot the game again, and Manis hit a free throw to put Holy Cross back ahead 32-31; Rhode Island would score the final six points of the frame, however, to own a 37-32 lead at halftime.
Rhode Island pushed its lead to eight points, 42-34, by the 8:11 mark of the third quarter; the Crusaders began to claw away at the deficit, however, eventually taking a 46-45 lead when Ezemma hit a layup with 2:41 to go in the third. Swords hit a pair of jumpers on Holy Cross’s final two possessions of the quarter, including a shot with one second remaining on the clock to give the Crusaders a 54-49 lead after three.
Though Rhode Island kept the game tight, Holy Cross would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. After the Rams hit a jumper with 9:12 to go, cutting the score to 54-53, Manis had a pair of baskets to push Holy Cross back ahead by five with 8:28 to go. Rhode Island came back within two with 5:37 to go, but the Crusaders responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a three from LaBarbera with 4:29 left to give Holy Cross a 67-58 lead. From there, despite Rhode Island coming back within four points with 1:57 to go, LaBarbera held steady, converting on a jumper and two free throws to give Holy Cross the eight-point victory.
Elemy Colome led Rhode Island with 17 points and six rebounds. Nicole Jorgensen posted 13 points and eight rebounds, while Davida Dale had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Holy Cross resumes action following the Thanksgiving break with a road matchup against the University at Albany on Sunday, November 25. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
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