Nov. 24, 2001
Worcester, MA - Junior center Katie O'Keefe (Stratham, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas) scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Crusaders to a 88-73 victory over Siena, Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center.
Leading by one at 15:59 Holy Cross went on a 24-10 run to take a14-point lead, 33-19, with 8:55 to go in the first half. The Saints answered with a 19-6 run of their own to make it a one point game at 2:32. The Crusaders made five straight free throws in the final two minutes and took a 44-38 lead into the lockerroom. O'Keefe scored 15 of her 23 points in the first half.
Both teams traded baskets for the first 12 minutes in the second half before HC went on a 22-6 run to make a four-point lead into 20-point advantage with 1:27 left in the game. The Crusaders held Siena to 33 percent shooting in the second half after allowing the Saints shoot 53 percent in the first.
O'Keefe finished the game 11-for-15 shooting and led four Crusaders in double figures. Freshman guard Maggie Fontana (Palatine, IL/Fremd) recorded her second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Jeanette Paukert (Chicago, IL/Loyola Academy) also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists, while classmate Amanda Abraham (Plymouth, MI/Plymouth-Salem) chipped in with 18 points.
Siena was led by Gunta Basko, who scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Nathalie Marchino scored a career-high 12 points, as did Jolene Johnston.
The Saints make the first of five regular-season appearances at the Pepsi Arena on Tuesday when they take on Albany. The women tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.