Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography

Women's Basketball Earns Road Victory At Colgate

Holy Cross Athletics   03-02-2019
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Holy Cross 23 21 18 18 80
Colgate 4 19 19 25 67

HAMILTON, New York -- The Holy Cross women’s basketball team used a strong first half to take down Colgate, winning 80-67 on Saturday, March 2.

Four were in double figures for the Crusaders. Junior Lauren Manis led the way with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Avery LaBarbera had 22 points – including 16 first-half points – eight assists and five rebounds. Junior Megan Swords had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds; junior Madalyn Smith chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Holy Cross improves to 17-11 on the year and 9-8 in the Patriot League. Colgate falls to 11-16 and 7-10 in conference play.

After Colgate had the first basket of the game, the Crusaders rattled off 17 unanswered points to take a 17-2 lead, including three 3-pointers from LaBarbera. Tegan Graham hit a jumper after six-and-a-half scoreless minutes, but those would be the only points for the rest of the quarter for Colgate. Smith and LaBarbera each had threes to close out the quarter, and with one quarter in the books, Holy Cross led by a 23-4 margin.

The Crusaders led 30-8 with 7:12 left after a jumper from freshman Oluchi Ezemma, but the Raiders responded with an 8-0 run to cut the score to 30-16 with 5:42 to go. From there, Holy Cross outscored Colgate 14-7 to hold a 44-23 edge at the half.

Holy Cross’ lead grew to 25 points with 5:41 to go after Manis drained a three – one of her three triples in the contest – to put the Crusaders up 52-27. Manis had 12 points in the frame to help keep Holy Cross up by 20 points after three quarters. Colgate began to chip away as the fourth quarter rolled on, cutting as close as 10 points with 1:33 left, but Holy Cross hit its free throws late to keep the Raiders from getting any closer.

Graham led Colgate with 23 points and six rebounds. Rachel Thompson had 20 points and seven rebounds.

Holy Cross returns home for its regular-season finale on Wednesday, March 6 against Lehigh. Tipoff at the Hart Center is set for 6:05 p.m.


  • The Crusaders had a season high in 3-point baskets made, with 12, and their most in a game since hitting 14 against Brown on November 29, 2017.
  • Holy Cross tied a season high with 21 total assists.
  • Manis had her 19th double-double of the year and her first double-double since a February 16 game at Boston University.
  • LaBarbera had a career-high six 3-pointers made after shooting 6-for-8 beyond the arc, besting her previous collegiate high of five.
  • This is the third game this season in which Holy Cross has scored at least 80 points.
  • Holy Cross improves to 7-1 in Saturday games this season.

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