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Women's Basketball Rallies Past BU, Advances to Patriot League Semifinals

Holy Cross Athletics   03-11-2019
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Holy Cross 20 10 19 23 72
BU 25 15 10 20 70

BOSTON – Sophomore Jenay Faulkner hit a go-ahead shot with two seconds remaining as the fifth-seeded Holy Cross women’s basketball team completed a comeback win over No. 4 Boston University, 72-70, in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Monday, March 11.

Holy Cross advances to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Freshman Oluchi Ezemma had a career-high 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting along with 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Junior Lauren Manis tallied 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Faulkner and freshman Avery LaBarbera both tallied 11 points apiece.

The Crusaders improve to 18-12 on the season. The Terriers end the year with a 15-14 record overall, their highest win total since 2012-13.

Holy Cross erased a 12-point deficit in the second half, marking their largest comeback in a victory this season. Down by a dozen, 42-30, with nine minutes left in the third quarter, the Crusaders went on a 19-6 run to take a one-point lead, 49-48, with 1:06 to go in the third, capped by a three by LaBarbera. Ezemma’s strong third quarter lifted the Crusaders, as eight of her 17 points came in the frame.  

The Terriers hit a jumper with 49 seconds left in the third to take a 50-49 lead heading into the final frame and built their lead back up to eight points, 63-55, with 5:51 to go in the game. Holy Cross went on a 12-5 tear to cut the lead down to one point, with seven points from Manis and a three from Faulkner that made the score 68-67 in BU’s favor with 2:07 left.

Ezemma made a free throw to even the score at 68-68 with 1:29 left. BU’s Nia Irving had a layup with 1:08 to go to give the Terriers a 70-68 lead, but junior Madalyn Smith evened the score with her own layup with 46 seconds to go.

After inbounding the ball to Manis with 7.6 seconds on the clock, Faulkner immediately recovered the ball and drove into the paint for the go-ahead shot, 72-70, with two seconds left. The Terriers were unable to get a shot up in time following their own timeout, and the Crusaders walked away with the victory.

The Crusaders only led once in the first half – 16-14 with 3:41 left in the first quarter – as the Terriers held a 25-20 edge after the first and a 40-30 advantage at halftime.

Katie Nelson had 23 points to lead BU, while Irving had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Riley Childs and Payton Hauck had 12 points each.

Holy Cross advances to face Patriot League regular-season champion Bucknell in a semifinal matchup on Thursday, March 14. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.

 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Crusaders matched a season high with six blocked shots, including five in the first half.
  • Holy Cross earns the season sweep of BU, winning all three matchups.
  • The Crusaders are 7-3 in their last 10 games; of those seven wins, five have come by three or fewer points.

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