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Women's Basketball Tripped Up At UNH

Holy Cross Athletics   12-09-2018
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Holy Cross 16 15 14 17 62
UNH 13 16 22 23 74

DURHAM, New Hampshire -- The Holy Cross women’s basketball team fell to the University of New Hampshire, 74-62, in nonconference action on Sunday, December 9.

Junior Lauren Manis led Holy Cross with 22 points and 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double in nine games this year. Freshman Oluchi Ezemma matched a career best with eight points and chipped in two blocks and two steals.

The loss halted a five-game winning streak for the Crusaders, who now move to 6-3 overall on the year. UNH improves to 3-7 on the season.

Three players were in double digits for the Wildcats, led by Ashley Storey’s 23 points. Caroline Soucy had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Maggie Ahearn also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats played the Crusaders tight through the first three quarters, though Holy Cross had the edge; the Crusaders led by as much as nine in the second quarter, 27-18 with 5:15 to go, when the Wildcats rattled off 11 unanswered points, capped by a three by Soucy with 1:51 to go. Freshman Avery LaBarbera and junior Megan Swords each hit a free throw to tie the game up at 29-29, and senior Maggie Locke recorded a layup as time expired to give Holy Cross a 31-29 edge headed into halftime.

However, the Wildcats continued to pressure in the third, with three ties and five lead changes during the quarter. Holy Cross led by as much as four during the frame, but UNH gave a late push to go on a 7-0 run in the final 1:48 of the quarter, leading 51-45 entering the fourth.

Though Manis emerged in the fourth, scoring 10 points and snagging five boards in the final frame, UNH pulled away, building its lead to 14 points, 68-54, with 1:14 to go. Manis and junior Madalyn Smith hit free throws late to come within nine points with 40 seconds to go, but the Crusaders could not overcome the deficit.

The Wildcats were 10-for-16 from 3-point range, and outrebounded the Crusaders by a 43-27 margin.

Holy Cross will resume action on December 19 with a home matchup against Manhattan College. Tipoff is set for 11:05 a.m.

Season and single-game tickets to see the Crusaders are on sale now. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see the best collegiate basketball in Central Massachusetts! Tickets for Holy Cross basketball can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/tickets or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.

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