Women's Basketball Outlasts Hofstra in Overtime
WORCESTER, Mass. - Three players recorded double-doubles for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team as the Crusaders extended their winning streak to five games in a nonconference, overtime win over Hofstra, 72-66, on Wednesday, December 5.
Junior forward Lauren Manis had her seventh double-double in eight games, with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Junior center Megan Swords recorded a career-high 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, while freshman guard Avery LaBarbera had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
The Crusaders are now 6-2 on the year and are on their first five-game winning span since the 2013-14 season.
Hofstra falls to 3-6 to start the season. Boogie Brozoski had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the way, while Ana Hernandez Gil had 24 points off of eight 3-pointers.
Holy Cross had a 10-point lead after Swords hit a layup with 3:46 to go in the fourth quarter, but the Pride countered in the closing minutes. Sica Cuzic had a three, followed by another three from Hernandez Gil with 2:17 to go. After a missed 3-pointer by the Crusaders with 35 seconds to go, Hofstra capitalized out of a timeout, with Cuzic converting a layup. LaBarbera made a free throw with 23 seconds on the clock to put Holy Cross back up three, but with 16 seconds left, Hernandez Gil tied the contest with her eighth 3-pointer of the game, sending the contest to overtime.
Hofstra’s momentum carried into the overtime frame, and the Pride went up by three just more than a minute in. LaBarbera cut that lead to one with a putback, and Manis put the Crusaders back ahead by one with a jumper with 2:18 to go in overtime. The Crusaders would not relinquish the lead from there, as Manis hit another jumper to put Holy Cross up by three with 1:50 to go. Junior guard Madalyn Smith and Manis combined to go 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch, ensuring the Crusader victory.
The Crusaders hit 13 of their 16 free throws in the contest, while Hofstra went just 3-of-11 from the line. Holy Cross also won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Pride by a margin of 56-32.
Holy Cross led comfortably in the first quarter, holding a 6-0 lead in the first minute-and-a-half of play. By the end of the first quarter, the Crusaders had a seven-point lead, 24-17; though the Pride came within one point with 7:16 left in the second, Holy Cross did not trail for the entirety of regulation.
Holy Cross returns to action on the road on Sunday, December 9 at the University of New Hampshire. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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