Feb. 6, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - The American women's basketball team opened the second half with a 14-0 run to take a 27-19 lead, but the host Holy Cross Crusaders responded with a 10-0 run of their own and then outlasted the Eagles down the stretch, as American dropped a 56-47 decision in the Hart Center Sunday.
American scored just 13 first-half points, but trailed by only six points at the half despite 17 turnovers in the opening period. Coming out of the locker room, the Eagles put together their run on the strength of six points by Kim Salem (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). Salem finished the game with 10 points on five-for-five shooting.
However, the momentum quickly shifted. Holy Cross' Ashley McLaughlin hit a layup while being fouled, and hit the ensuing free throw at the 14:07 mark to launch the Crusaders' 10-0 run that tied things up at 29 a piece. After Holy Cross took leads as large as five points over the next six minutes, American managed to tie the game again, this time at 36. However, the Crusaders' Jessica Conte hit a three-pointer, and Holy Cross led the rest of the way.
The hosts held on to an eight-point lead in the waning minutes by hitting six-of-eight free throws in the last 1:10. Overall, Holy Cross shot 20-of-23 from the charity stripe, outscoring the Eagles from the free throw line by 13 points.
Tara Williams (Norfolk, Va./Heritage) led the Eagles with 13 points. Salem was the only other American player with double-digit points.
American falls to 9-13 overall, 4-5 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders maintain first place in the PL with a 9-0 league record, while they stretched their overall record to 14-8.
American returns to action on Friday, Feb. 11, when Bucknell invades Bender Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.