Dec. 9, 1997
Holy Cross Hands Boston College Second Loss of the Season
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Holy Cross, led by junior forward Amy O'Brien's 23 points and 15 rebounds, defeated Boston College, 80-68, at Conte Forum tonight, handing the Eagles their first loss at home this season. Four players scored in double figures for the Crusaders in the victory. In addition to O'Brien's top scoring effort, Summer Ivan and Anna Kinne each netted 16 points and Lara Marcsisin added 15 points and nine rebounds for Holy Cross.
Holy Cross jumped out early, building a seven-point lead, but the Eagles battled back and tied the game at 29-29 with 4:26 remaining in the first half. Junior center Whitney Steele led the Boston College comeback with 14 points (7-10 FG) in the first half. O'Brien's jumper with 1:28 left in the first half gave Holy Cross a 36-35 lead at halftime.
The Crusaders opened the second half with a 9-3 run, but Boston College battled back to tie the score at 45-45 on a Paula Bacso layup with 14:27 remaining in the game. Holy Cross went on an 18-8 run and the Eagles were unable to close the gap. The Crusaders connected on 14 free throws in the final three minutes of the game to add to their lead and secure the victory.
Steele led Boston College with 25 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Alissa Murphy added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Boston College drops to 5-2 overall and Holy Cross improves its record to 5-3. The Eagles will host the University of Hartford on Thursday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m.