Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography

Women's Basketball Can't Hold Off American

Holy Cross Athletics   01-30-2019
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Holy Cross 21 14 15 8 58
American 12 15 19 24 70

WASHINGTON – Despite holding a double-figure lead with 6:35 to go in the third, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a late surge from American, falling 70-58 in Patriot League action on Wednesday, January 30.

American outscored the Crusaders 24-8 in the final quarter, earning its first lead of the contest with 5:58 to go. Holy Cross had a six-point lead with 8:55 left, but the Eagles went on an 11-0 run over the span of the next three minutes, and outscored Holy Cross 11-4 over the remainder of the contest to take the victory.

Junior Lauren Manis led the Crusaders with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Jenay Faulkner was in double figures with 10. Freshman Avery LaBarbera chipped in nine points for Holy Cross along with four assists.

Holy Cross moves to 11-9 on the year and 3-6 in conference. American improves to 12-8 overall and 8-1; the Eagles have won eight straight contests.

The Crusaders swarmed the Eagles early, building their lead up to eight points, 16-8, with 3:50 to go in the first quarter after freshman Oluchi Ezemma drained a three. Holy Cross had an 11-4 edge over the remainder of the quarter, capped by a basket from Faulkner with four seconds remaining to give the Crusaders a 21-12 lead after one.

American stayed within striking distance in the second quarter, cutting within three points with 2:01 left after a three from Katie Marenyi; junior Madalyn Smith answered with a three of her own to put the Crusaders back up six, and LaBarbera had a layup as time expired to give Holy Cross a 35-27 lead at the half.

Holy Cross’ lead grew as high as 13, 44-31, after Faulkner converted on an and-one with 7:22 to go. But American slowly began to chip away over the remainder of the frame, outscoring Holy Cross 15-6 to cut within four points headed into the fourth.

Three were in double figures for the Eagles: Cecily Carl (20 points, 10 rebounds), Elina Koskimies (16 points) and Marenyi (15 points).

Holy Cross returns home for a matchup against Lafayette College on Saturday, February 2. Tipoff at the Hart Center is set for 1:05 p.m., and the Crusaders will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in addition to hosting their annual Pink Game.



  • Ezemma’s 3-point basket in the first quarter was her first attempt from 3-point range this season.
  • Manis has now recorded 15 double-doubles on the year.

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 or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.

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