Dec. 18, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Records are made to be broken. Holy Cross senior Alex Smith made sure of that on Wednesday.
The Delran, N.J., native became the Patriot League's all-time leader in 3-pointers in Holy Cross' 84-71 victory over Quinnipiac on Wednesday, thrilling the more than 1,000 Worcester City Public School children in attendance during "Get Fit With the Crusaders Day." Smith sank six treys to surpass the old League career mark of 286 previously held by Lehigh's Alex Ross and accumulated from 2006-10. Smith now has 288.
Smith led all scorers with a career-high 31 points to become the first League player this season to eclipse the 30-point plateau. Brisje Malone scored 15 points with game-highs of 12 assists and nine rebounds, barely missing out on her first career triple-double. Emily Parker (12 points), Raquel Scott (10) and Lisa Mifsud (10) added to the scoring for Holy Cross, which led 53-31 at the break and withstood at 16-4 second-half run by the Bobcats to whittle the game down to a nine-point differential.
The Crusaders shot 64 percent (18-of-28) in the first half to build their lead and finished at 49 percent (26-of-53) for the game, including 10-of-18 from the arc.
The Patriot League schedule resumes on Friday with a pair of games. Lehigh plays host to Vermont at 5 p.m. to open the Christmas City Classic, while Lafayette resumes play with its 7 p.m. tip at St. Francis Brooklyn.
at Holy Cross 84, Quinnipiac 71