Women's Basketball Falls Short In OT Vs. Lehigh
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women’s basketball team dropped an overtime contest to Lehigh, 79-74, to round out the regular season on Wednesday, March 6.
Junior Lauren Manis had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders. Freshman Avery LaBarbera had a 22-point, seven-rebound showing, while junior Megan Swords added in eight points and seven boards.
Holy Cross moves to 17-12 and 9-9 in the Patriot League. Lehigh improves to 20-9 overall with a 12-6 mark in league play.
Trailing by five points, 65-60, with 1:59 left in regulation, LaBarbera took over the game; she drained a layup to cut within 65-62, and on the next possession, she came up with a loose ball and had a layup on the other end to make it a 65-64 game with 1:14 left. With 51 seconds Camryn Buhr had a jumper to make it a three-point game back in Lehigh’s favor, 67-64. On the other end, LaBarbera stepped up under pressure, draining a 3-pointer to knot up the game at 67-67 with 20 seconds left. Lehigh could not convert a layup on the other end, forcing overtime.
Manis had a layup to begin overtime and give Holy Cross a 69-67 lead, but Lehigh hit a pair of free throws to even the game again, and didn’t look back from there. The Mountain Hawks built their lead as high as six; freshman Madison Demski drained a three with 30 seconds left to cut back within three, 75-72, but Lehigh made its free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
Buhr had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountain Hawks, while Emma Grothaus recorded 18 points and nine rebounds.
Holy Cross led 6-0 early, but Lehigh answered with an 8-2 run to even the game at 8-8 with 6:57 to go in the first. The Crusaders rebuilt their lead to 17-10 with 3:37 left, and though Lehigh cut close again, the Crusaders led by seven, 23-16, after one.
Lehigh outscored the Crusaders 21-14 in the second quarter to even the game at 37-37 headed into halftime. The Crusaders and Mountain Hawks played a balanced third quarter, maintaining a tie, 49-49, headed into the fourth.
The Crusaders have earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament and will head down the Massachusetts Turnpike to face fourth-seeded Boston University on Monday, March 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Manis now has 20 double-doubles on the year. She ranks third in single-season program history in that category.
- This is the second consecutive game in which Manis and LaBarbera have both scored 20 or more points.
- The Crusaders finish with nine wins in their Patriot League schedule, their most since the 2015-16 season, when they went 10-8 in league play.
- This is Holy Cross’ first overtime loss of the year. They move to 2-1 in games with extra time.
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