Crusaders’ Gibbons crosses off his 500th victory
Longtime Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons picked up his 500th victory yesterday as the Crusaders beat New Hampshire, 61-50, in a nonconference meeting in Durham, N.H. Gibbons, in his 27th season at the helm, is already the program wins leader (500-290).
Amy Lepley had the hot hand for the Crusaders (4-4), scoring 20 points while making 6 of 7 field goal attempts, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Brisje Malone added 15 points, making all six of her foul shots, and Emily Parker contributed 10 points and three blocks.
The Wildcats (3-3) forced 23 turnovers but converted those into just 13 points. Denise Beliveau was strong for New Hampshire with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals. She scored her 1,000th career point in the first half.
Trailing midway through the second half, Holy Cross took control with a 12-0 run.
West Virginia 78, BU 53 - Chantell Alford became the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, finishing with 17 in a road loss for the Terriers (3-4). The Mountaineers (5-2) finished with a 44-26 advantage on the glass.
Brown 66, Rhode Island 54 - The Bears (4-4) took the opening game of the Brown Classic in Providence behind some hot 3-point shooting. Hannah Passafuime (16 points) sank all four of her long-range attempts and Brown knocked down 10 of 19 3-point tries overall. Emilie Cloutier scored a game-high 17 for the Rams (1-7).
Providence 75, Fairfield 43 - In the second game of the Brown Classic, the Friars (4-3) received 25 points and 12 rebounds from Teya Wright and held the Stags (3-3) to 32 percent shooting from the field.
Sacred Heart 54, Central Conn. 40 - The visiting Pioneers (6-1, 1-0 Northeast) never trailed, getting 15 points and 12 rebounds from Callan Taylor and 17 points from Gabriell Washington. Jessica Babe had 12 points and 13 boards for the Blue Devils (4-2, 0-1), who connected on just 2 of 15 3-point attempts.
Quinnipiac 67, Bryant 56 - Felicia Barron recorded 12 of the Bobcats’ 20 steals and had 16 points for the hosts in the teams’ Northeast Conference opener. Jasmine Martin led Quinnipiac (5-2) with 18 points, and Naana Ankoma-Mensa paced Bryant (4-3) with 15.
Navy 73, Maine 56 - Samantha Wheeler and Samantha Baranowski each had 14 points, but the Black Bears (3-5) couldn’t keep up in the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. Navy (4-3) opened the first half with a 10-2 run and then had a 14-4 run to start the second half.
Texas Tech 70, Penn State 66 - Kierra Mallard’s 18 points and 15 rebounds powered the 19th-ranked Lady Raiders (7-0) past the No. 16 Lady Lions (6-2) in Lubbock, Texas.