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Women's Basketball Earns Turnpike Trophy Victory Vs. BU

Holy Cross Athletics   01-19-2019
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
BU 14 20 20 15 69
Holy Cross 24 22 14 15 75

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women’s basketball team led from start to finish against Boston University, winning 75-69 in Patriot League and Turnpike Trophy action on Saturday, January 19.

Four players reached double figures for Holy Cross, with junior Lauren Manis posting 20 points and 11 rebounds to be named the Rev. George L. O’Brien Winter Homecoming MVP. Junior Megan Swords also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and was named the Turnpike Trophy MVP.

Freshman Avery LaBarbera also had a stellar performance, finishing with 23 points, including 17 in the first half. Junior Madalyn Smith had a season-high 12 points along with four assists.

The Crusaders move to 10-7 overall with a 2-4 record in Patriot League play. BU is now 8-8 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

Holy Cross got out to a comfortable lead early, leading 8-0 after two threes from LaBarbera and a layup from Manis. The Crusaders built their lead as high as 12 points in the half with 1:11 to go after a pair of free throws, but BU’s Payton Hauck also hit a pair of free throws to bring the Terriers within 10 points after one quarter.

The Terriers and Crusaders traded 3-point baskets to begin the second, and BU cut within seven points with 8:27 left in the second quarter. Holy Cross rattled off eight unanswered points after that, capped by a layup from Manis, to put the Crusaders up 35-20. Hauck had a jumper and a three to cut the deficit to 10, but junior Kathryn Pedi had a three and Swords hit a jumper to rebuild the 15-point lead. Though Holy Cross’ lead dwindled to nine late in the half, LaBarbera hit a three at the buzzer to put the Crusaders back up 12 headed into halftime.

BU went on a 9-0 run to begin the third, cutting within 46-43, and though Smith hit a three to stop the scoreless streak with 5:43 to go, the Terriers continued to hang around for the remainder of the frame. Swords had a layup with 58 seconds to go and put the Crusaders up nine, but BU’s Lauren Spearman had a three with 42 seconds left to keep the Terriers within six through three quarters.

To begin the fourth, BU continued to press, scoring six unanswered points to tie the contest at 60 points apiece. Manis hit a pair of free throws, but the Terriers tied the game again; Swords, LaBarbera and Manis each had a basket to push Holy Cross’s lead back to six with 4:10 left. After BU’s Nia Irving converted on a pair of free throws, Swords was able to put Holy Cross up six again with a layup. Though BU trailed by three with 52 seconds left, Holy Cross made five of its final six free throws – including four straight by Smith – to ensure the victory.

The Terriers also had four in double figures, led by Katie Nelson’s 18 points. Irving had 16 points and 10 rebounds; Spearman had 14 points, while Hauck had 13.

Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Wednesday, January 23 for a Patriot League contest against Army West Point. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on NESNplus.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Manis earned her 13th double-double of the year; she has posted a double-double in every home game this season.
  • The Crusaders improve to 7-2 at home during the 2018-19 season.
  • This marks Holy Cross’ first Turnpike Trophy victory of the season; BU holds a 7-1 lead in this year’s standings.

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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