Women's Basketball Falls to American
WORCESTER, Mass. — The Holy Cross women’s basketball team fell to Patriot League-leading American University on Wednesday, February 27 at the Hart Center.
Freshman Oluchi Ezemma led the Crusaders in scoring with nine points and four rebounds. Junior Megan Swords had eight points and eight rebounds, while junior Lauren Manis had eight points and six rebounds.
The Crusaders fall to 16-11 overall and 8-8 in the Patriot League. American has won 15 straight games and improves to 19-8 overall with a 15-1 mark in league play.
American had the edge early, leading 10-7 with 3:22 left in the first; from there, Holy Cross went on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter. Ezemma brought the Crusaders within one with a jumper in the paint with 3:01 to go; Swords had four straight points and Manis added on another basket to give Holy Cross a 15-10 lead after one quarter.
The Eagles and Crusaders traded baskets to begin the second quarter, but with the score tied at 19-19 with 6:18 left, American outscored Holy Cross by a 20-4 margin over the remainder of the frame. The Crusaders did not have any better luck in the third quarter, as American outscored Holy Cross 20-7 in that frame.
Holy Cross had a 14-12 edge in the final quarter, but American had built an insurmountable lead to that point, and its lead grew as high as 33 points, 71-38, with three minutes remaining. Freshman Kelly Petro closed out the contest with five consecutive points off a 3-pointer and a late jumper, for her first points of the season.
Cecily Carl totaled 17 points and nine rebounds, while Jade Edwards had 15 points and nine boards to guide the Eagles. Elina Koskimies was also in double figures with 14 points.
Holy Cross heads to face Colgate in its final regular-season road contest of the year on Saturday, March 2. Tipoff in Hamilton, New York, is set for 2 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Crusaders were held to a season-low in points, below their previous low of 47.
- Petro made her first appearance after missing 16 contests; with her five points tonight, now all four of Holy Cross’ freshmen have scored this season.
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