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Women's Basketball Locks Down Black Knights for 2nd Straight Win

Holy Cross Athletics   01-23-2019
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Army 11 14 7 7 39
Holy Cross 10 18 18 12 58

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women’s basketball team used a staunch defensive effort from start to finish in a 58-39 victory over Army West Point on Wednesday, January 23 at the Hart Center.

The Crusaders earn their second straight victory and their third win in four games, improving to 11-7 on the year and 3-4 in the Patriot League. Army falls to 8-10 on the year and 3-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Jenay Faulkner led all scorers with 13 points, making three 3-pointers and also recording two blocks. Junior Megan Swords recorded 11 points and six rebounds, while junior Lauren Manis had eight points and nine rebounds along with four assists. Junior Kathryn Pedi also chipped in eight points.

Holy Cross made a statement early, building a 9-0 lead after a trio of 3-pointers by Faulkner, junior Madalyn Smith and Pedi. Army’s Lindsey Scamman had a three to break the shutout before freshman Oluchi Ezemma made a free throw to give Holy Cross a 10-3 lead with 5:16 left in the game. From that point, Army went on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter and hold an 11-10 lead after one.

Right out of the gate, though, Smith had a three to put Holy Cross back on top, 13-11. The teams traded baskets for much of the frame; Army had a 25-23 lead with 26 seconds left in the quarter, but Swords hit a pair of free throws to tie the contest at 25-25, and as time expired in the frame, Pedi had a three to give Holy Cross the lead.

From there, it was all Crusaders, as Holy Cross held Army to just 14 second-half points and outscoring the Black Knights 18-7 in the third quarter. Holy Cross had seven unanswered points to open the third, though Army cut back within six points with 5:46 to go. However, the Crusaders closed out the frame with eight straight points, including five straight from Swords.

Army had a jumper to open the fourth and cut within 12 points, but the Black Knights would get no closer for the rest of the game, as Faulkner immediately responded with her third 3-pointer of the contest. Holy Cross built its lead as high as 20 after a basket from senior Miranda Nixon with 53 seconds to go, and while Scamman answered with a three on the other end, the Crusaders closed out the win with a driving layup from junior Nicole Morris.

Madison Hovren had an impressive effort for the Black Knights, pulling down 20 rebounds while scoring 12 points.

Holy Cross begins a two-game road swing with a trip to Bucknell on Saturday, January 26. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • This is the lowest point total allowed by Holy Cross since the 2014-15 season, when the Crusaders held Loyola (Md.) to just 37 points on February 25, 2015.
  • Holy Cross’ previous season low in points came in a 65-40 victory over Vermont on November 28, 2018.
  • Faulkner’s 13 points ties a career high from the 2017-18 season.
  • With her fourth-quarter layup, Nixon recorded her first field goal of the year. Sophomore Mia Mazza also saw her first playing time of the season.

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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