Women's Basketball Closes Out Nonconference Play with Win At Bryant
SMITHFIELD, R.I. — The Holy Cross women's basketball team cruised past Bryant University, winning 81-62 to round out nonconference play on Sunday, December 30.
The Crusaders improve to 8-3 entering the conference season.
Nine different players had a field goal for Holy Cross, with each scoring at least three points. Junior Lauren Manis led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds, including six offensive boards. Junior Megan Swords had 13 total rebounds, along with eight points, while freshman Avery LaBarbera chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Madison Demski had a career-high seven points to go with three rebounds.
Bryant falls to 2-9 on the year. Sydney Holloway led all scorers with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and scored her 1,000th career point in the contest. Haley Connors had 14 points.
Holy Cross made a statement early, jumping out to a 12-0 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes. The Bulldogs finally got on the board with 5:59 to go in the first quarter, and cut the Crusaders' lead to 12-6 in about 30 seconds. However, a three from junior Kathryn Pedi and layup from Manis put the Crusaders up by 11 with 4:22 to go; they would build their lead as high as 13 in the quarter.
In the second quarter, Holy Cross led by as much as 17 with 5:49 to go as Demski had four points early in the frame. Bryant started to chip away, going on an 8-2 run to cut within nine points with 2:30 to go; freshman Oluchi Ezemma put the Crusaders back up by double digits with a layup, but the Bulldogs continued to press, and cut within seven points with 26 seconds remaining. As time expired in the half, Manis hit a buzzer-beating shot to give Holy Cross a nine-point lead, 43-34, after two quarters.
Junior Nicole Morris hit a three on Holy Cross's first possession of the third quarter, and from there, the Crusaders led by double digits for the remainder of the game. After the lead grew to 22 points, 63-41, with 3:51 to go, Bryant went on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter.
That run continued into the fourth quarter as Holloway hit a pair of free throws 10 seconds in; Manis stopped the scoreless streak by converting on a layup 14 seconds later. Holy Cross led by 17 or more points the rest of the game; Morris connected with senior Maggie Locke on a pair of late baskets to put an exclamation point on the win.
The Crusaders return home after the New Year on Thursday, January 3, to host Colgate University and commence Patriot League play. Tipoff is set for 6:05 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross's 8-3 record matches their best nonconference mark since the 2013-14 season.
- Manis has scored at least 20 points in seven of her 11 games this year.
- Holy Cross out-rebounded Bryant 51-34 in the contest; the Crusaders are 5-0 in games this year when they out-rebound their opponent.
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