Women's Basketball Wins 4th Straight in Turnpike Trophy Victory at BU
BOSTON – The Holy Cross women’s basketball team held off a late push from Boston University in Turnpike Trophy action, to win their fourth straight contest, 64-61, on Saturday, February 16.
Junior Madalyn Smith was named the Turnpike Trophy MVP after scoring 12 points and sinking key free throws late. Three others were in double figures for the Crusaders: junior Lauren Manis (11 points, 11 rebounds), junior Megan Swords (11 points, 12 rebounds) and freshman Oluchi Ezemma (10 points, six rebounds).
The Crusaders improve to 15-9 overall and 7-6 in conference play. BU falls to 12-11 overall and 8-5 in the Patriot League.
BU had a slight edge early in the first quarter, leading by as much as five, 8-3, with 6:51 to go. Holy Cross climbed back to take a 13-12 lead after a layup from junior Kathryn Pedi with 3:06 to go, and traded baskets for the remainder of quarter, with sophomore Jenay Faulkner converting on a layup in the final two seconds to give the Crusaders a 17-16 lead.
The Crusaders stormed out in the beginning of the second with 12 unanswered points to take a 29-16 lead. From there, BU scored nine straight to cut within four, but rookie Avery LaBarbera hit a three to stop the Terriers’ run. Riley Childs then notched a layup to bring BU within 32-27 at halftime.
Though BU stuck around in the third quarter, Holy Cross maintained a comfortable lead, and took an eight-point lead heading into the final frame. A three from Smith put Holy Cross up 11, 50-39, with 7:42 to go; the Crusaders’ lead grew as high as 13, 58-45, after a layup from Swords with 4:18 left. The Terriers continued to press, cutting within two points, 61-59, with 49 seconds remaining.
From there, Smith and LaBarbera each made a free throw before Payton Hauck hit a layup with 11 seconds left to cut back within two points, 63-61. On the other end, Smith made a free throw to put the Crusaders back up by three, and the Terriers could not convert on a 3-pointer as time expired.
Hauck led BU with 18 points. Childs had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Naiyah Thompson had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Holy Cross will look for its fifth straight victory on the road at Army on Wednesday, February 20. Tipoff in West Point, New York, is set for 7 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross has now matched its highest win total since 2014-15, when the Crusaders finished with a 15-17 record.
- The Crusaders have moved above .500 in conference play for the first time this year and move into a tie for fourth place in the Patriot League.
- Ezemma matched a career-high in scoring with her 10-point performance.
- Manis had her 18th double-double of the year, while Swords had her sixth double-double of the year; both notched double-doubles in the previous contest between Holy Cross and BU on January 19.
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