Women's Basketball Slips Up at Lafayette
EASTON, Pa. — Despite four players recording double-digit points, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team fell to Lafayette College, 73-63, in Patriot League action on Sunday, January 6.
Junior Lauren Manis had 13 rebounds to go with 12 points for her 11th double-double of the year, while junior Megan Swords posted 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman Avery LaBarbera was in double figures with 10 points to go with six rebounds and three assists, and freshman Madison Demski had a career-high with 10 points and four rebounds in just 11 minutes of play.
Holy Cross moves to 8-5 on the year and 0-2 in Patriot League play. Lafayette is now 6-7 and 1-1 in the Patriot League.
All five starters reached double figures for the Leopards, led in scoring by Olivia Martino, who had 17 points and went 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Natalie Kucowski had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds along with seven steals; Makaila Wilson also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Crusaders were unable to contain Drew Freeland early in the game, as she notched 10 first-quarter points. Holy Cross trailed 10-2 by the 6:07 mark of the first quarter, but the Crusaders rattled off six points over the next minute to climb within 10-8. After a layup by Swords with 3:01 to go in the frame, the score was deadlocked at 12-12, but Lafayette outscored Holy Cross 8-4 over the remainder of the frame to lead 20-16 after one.
Swords had back-to-back layups to begin the second quarter and tie the game at 20-20 with 9:07 left in the second, but that would be the final time the Leopards did not lead in the game. From that point, Lafayette went on a 13-4 run over the next six-and-a-half minutes. Sophomore Jenay Faulkner hit a three as time expired in the half, giving Holy Cross a nine-point deficit headed into the locker room at 33-24.
Lafayette built its lead to 13, 45-32, with 5:38 to go in the third, but Holy Cross held the Leopards to just nine total points in the frame, and began to chip away at the deficit. Freshman Oluchi Ezemma began an 8-0 run with a layup and junior Madalyn Smith and LaBarbera hit back-to-back threes to cut within five points, 45-40. Martino hit a layup with 1:22 to go, but junior Kathryn Pedi notched two points to bring Holy Cross back within five to close out the third.
Manis and Swords hit layups to bring Holy Cross within one point, 47-46, with 8:28 left in the contest, before Freeland answered with a three on the other end. From there, Lafayette led by at least four points for the remainder of the contest, hitting its free throws to stave off any chance at a Crusader comeback.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, January 9 at Lehigh University. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- This is the first time since December 20, 2017 that Holy Cross has allowed five players from the other team to record double digits in a single game.
- Junior Megan Swords has now scored in double digits in the past two games; she has been in double figures in eight games this year. It is also the fourth time this year she has led or shared the team lead in points.
- This is the second consecutive game that Holy Cross has had four players in double figures.
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