Holy Cross Outguns B-CU in 63-54 Loss
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The College of the Holy Cross (6-6) ended Bethune-Cookman's (5-6) 2012 by snapping the Lady Wildcats' three-game win streak with a 63-54 B-CU loss at historic Richard V. Moore Gymnasium on Sunday.
"We didn't do a really good job defending," Head Coach Vanessa Blair said. "He had a lot of lapses in that."
A byproduct of today's defensive challenges, free throws and perimeter shooting became the ultimate deciding factors in the contest as both teams struggled to generate offense early. Chastity René Taylor took charge for the Lady Wildcats in the early going, but even with her 13 first-half points, the Lady Wildcats trailed 31-25 at the break, as timely HC threes stopped B-CU's momentum and gave the Crusaders energy.
A pair of Jasmine Evans jumpers narrowed the gap to four in the opening moments of the second half, but over eight minutes without a B-CU field goal granted the Crusaders a double-digit lead.
Stepping up the pressure late in the second period gave the Lady Wildcats an opportunity, but successful outings at the free throw line only kept the distance as the Lady Wildcats faltered at the line. B-CU duked it out until the final buzzer, but was unable to draw the deficit under seven, falling to Holy Cross 63-54.
B-CU granted Holy Cross 33 attempts from the charity stripe, and they took advantage, hitting 78.8 percent (26). Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats hit just 45.5 percent of their 22 chances at the line. The Crusaders hit just 15 field goals in the game.
"The lack of concentration that we showed on the line really didn't bode well for us," Blair said.
Despite coming into the game as an inside shooting team, Holy Cross was able to spread the floor and earned their biggest momentum swings from the perimeter, hitting seven threes at a 38.9 percent shooting clip.
Taylor led all scorers with 19, as the only Lady Wildcats player in double figures. Taylor was 6-of-12 from the floor, including three from long distance, along with a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Coming up as B-CU started to get the inside game going late in the second half, Sharnese Neal and Amanda Hairston each logged nine in the contest.
Next on the slate for B-CU is a trip to the iron belt, facing Kent State in a 7 p.m., January 2nd matchup at KSU's Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
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