BOSTON — Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led the Holy Cross women’s basketball team with 15 points, as the Crusaders defeated Boston University, 60-57, on Saturday afternoon.
Thomas-Waheed posted 15 points and added two steals with two rebounds. Sophomore Lauren Manis also played a key role for Holy Cross (8-9, 3-3), adding 13 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore Madalyn Smith finished with nine points and two assists.
“This was a toughness win,” Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons said. “We really got outplayed in all the statistical categories except for turnovers, but we just found a way, and we out-toughed them. This was a huge win, and to go on the road and get a win against a team like this is something.”
Boston University (8-8, 3-3) was led by Nia Irving, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. Corrine Williams also scored in double figures for the Terriers, notching 10 points with seven rebounds and four assists.
BU shot 45.2 percent (19 of 42) from the field, while the Crusaders hit 32.8 percent (22 of 67) of their attempts. The Terriers held the edge in rebounding, 40-30. The lead changed 13 times during the game, with the score being tied at six different points throughout the contest.
Gibbons was pleased with the way his team was able to switch defenses to give Boston University different looks and try to contain BU’s 6-foot-5 center Sophie Beaudry, who was held to seven points and three rebounds in 27 minutes.
“We had two tough losses (against Loyola and Navy) and one day to prepare (for Boston University),” Gibbons said. “I told the girls they had the day off (Sunday) and to just put it all on the floor and go out there and play the way they can.”
Gibbons credited players like Katie Doherty and Jenay Faulkner for canning a trio of 3-pointers down the stretch and Thomas-Waheed for some big shots to keep the Crusaders in it.
“It was a team win, but we gutted it out,” said Gibbons, who is hoping to build on this win heading into league games this week against Army (7 p.m. Wednesday, Hart Center) and at Bucknell (1 p.m. Saturday). “There’s a lot of basketball left, and this will give us a shot in the arm.”