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Women's Basketball Falls Short at Navy

Holy Cross Athletics   01-16-2019
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Holy Cross 15 8 11 13 47
Navy 9 15 18 12 54

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball team fell to Navy, 54-47, in Patriot League action on Wednesday, January 16.

Junior Lauren Manis was the only Crusader in double-digit points, with 13 points and seven rebounds. Junior Megan Swords had 12 rebounds, including four offensive boards, and nine points.

The Crusaders move to 9-7 on the year and 1-4 in Patriot League action. Navy improves to 8-7 and 3-2 in conference play.

It was a low-scoring contest initially, but Holy Cross started to pull away after the score was tied at 9-9 with 3:21 to go. Junior Nicole Morris converted on an and-one, and junior Kathryn Pedi drained a three with 31 seconds left to put Holy Cross up by a half-dozen points.

Holy Cross continued to lead for the majority of the second quarter, building its lead as high as five points on multiple occasions. Freshman Oluchi Ezemma came alive late in the quarter, converting on a layup before later drawing a foul and draining both free throws to give Holy Cross a 23-18 lead with 2:51 left. However, Navy had the final six points of the frame to take their first lead of the contest, 24-23, headed into halftime.

Navy’s Kolbi Green hit a three to open the scoring in the third quarter, but Manis hit back-to-back baskets to even the contest at 27-27. The Midshipmen rattled off five unanswered points, though, before Swords stopped the run with a layup. However, by the end of the quarter, Navy had built its lead to eight points, capped by back-to-back layups from Bianca Roach.

Late in the fourth quarter, Holy Cross cut the deficit to just one point, 46-45, after Manis hit a pair of free throws and freshman Avery LaBarbera made one with 2:01 left on the clock. Jennifer Coleman and Laurel Jaunich hit a pair of late jumpers to build Navy’s lead back to five, though, and the Midshipmen hit their final four free throw attempts to hold off the Crusaders.

Coleman had an impressive evening for the Midshipmen, leading all players with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Green added in 15 points for Navy.

The Crusaders return home for Turnpike Trophy action against Boston University on Saturday, January 19. Tipoff at the Hart Center is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Though Holy Cross holds the all-time series lead, 42-22, Navy has now won the past six matchups between the two teams.
  • Navy held the Crusaders to their lowest point total of the year.

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