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Women's Basketball Holds Off Lafayette in OT

Holy Cross Athletics   02-02-2019
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Lafayette 11 16 11 9 6 53
Holy Cross 10 16 13 8 9 56

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Holy Cross women’s basketball team won an overtime thriller over Lafayette College, 56-53, on Saturday, February 2 at the Hart Center. 

Junior Lauren Manis led the Crusaders with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Avery LaBarbera had 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior Megan Swords added in eight points and nine rebounds.

Holy Cross improves to 12-9 overall and 4-6 in the Patriot League. Lafayette is now 7-13 and 2-8 in conference play.

Manis hit the go-ahead shot in overtime with 55 seconds remaining; the Crusaders trailed 50-47 in the overtime frame initially after Alex Cantwell hit a three 24 seconds in. Swords answered with a layup on the other end of the floor, and sophomore Jenay Faulkner had a free throw to tie the contest at 50-50 with 2:30 left. After the basket from Manis, the Crusaders made all four of their final free throw attempts to hold off the Leopards.

The Crusaders led by six points, 10-4, prior to the first media timeout; after that point, though, the Leopards went on a 7-0 run, capped by a jumper from Natalie Kucowski, to hold an 11-10 edge after one quarter. 

Holy Cross led by three in a back-and-forth second quarter after Swords and freshman Madison Demski each hit a basket, Lafayette answered with seven straight points, though, to regain a four-point lead. The Leopards’ lead grew as high as six points, 27-21, with 1:09 to go before Manis scored five straight points to cut within one at the half, 27-26, topped off by a three at the buzzer.

Both teams played tight to begin the third quarter, though Lafayette was able to build a five-point lead, 38-33, with 2:42 to go in the frame. From there, Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run to close out the quarter, and that extended into an 11-0 run as the fourth began. Cantwell stopped the bleeding with a jumper at the 8:52 mark, and the Leopards cut within two points with 7:15 to go.

Though the Crusaders rebuilt their lead to five points with three minutes to go, Lafayette had the final five points of the fourth quarter off a three from Jiselle Havas and the tying jumper from Kucowski with 1:47 to go.

Kucowski led all players with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds along with four blocks, two assists and two steals. Cantwell chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Lafayette.

The Crusaders return to action on February 9 at Loyola (Md.). Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. in Baltimore.


  • The Crusaders are 2-0 in overtime contests this year; Holy Cross improves to 9-2 at the Hart Center this season.
  • Manis now has 16 double-doubles in 21 games this season; she is now tied for the fifth-most double doubles in a single season in program history. The single-season record is shared by Janet Hourihan (1984-85) and Amy O’Brien (1997-98), who each had 23.
  • Holy Cross improves to 58-11 all-time against Lafayette.

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