March 15, 2009

Courtesy Holy Family Athletics

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Forward Catherine Carr (so. Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) scored a game-high 26 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Holy Family University women’s basketball season came to an end after a 72-61 loss to Stonehill in the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region Tournament on Saturday night at the Campus Center.

Stonehill (22-8) advances to the region final on Monday, March 16 to take on top-seeded Franklin Pierce. Holy Family ends its 2008-09 season at 26-6. It was their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Region Tournament.

Carr, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the year, shot 11 of 21 from the field, including 9 of 13 in the second half. She ends the season 10 points shy of reaching the 1,000-career point plateau.

Guard Lauren Peters (fr. Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks W.) added 12 points and tied career-highs with five rebounds and four steals.

Forward Melissa Brooks (sr. Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) equaled a career-high by dishing out six assists to go with nine points. Brooks finishes her career with 1,115 points, which is 14th on the program’s all-time scoring list. She is also ninth on the all-time rebounding list with 523.

For Stonehill, forward Bethany Tighe showed the way with 22 points, 13 coming in the first half, and eight rebounds. Forward Kesley Simmonds added 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Guards Emily Rousseau and Megan Methven scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Stonehill led coming out of the locker room to open the second half, 31-25. The lead grew to 35-25 after the Skyhawks scored the first four points of the half. Holy Family made its first comeback attempt by answering with eight unanswered points to pull with 35-33 with 14:01 left. The margin went back to 10 after Tighe and guard Kristen McWhirter connected on back-to-back threes to make the score 49-39. Again, Holy Family fought back, this time with a 14-6 run, capped by a Brooks jumper, to get with a basket (55-53). Stonehill used a 9-1 spurt to regain its double-digit lead (64-54) with 1:35 left. The Skyhawks sealed the game with eight consecutive made free throws.

Stonehill shot 55.6 percent (25 of 45) for the game, including 46.7 percent (7 of 15) from three-point range. The Skyhawks connected on 93.8 percent (15 of 16) for their free throws. Holy Family was 37.5 percent (24 of 64) from the field and 28.6 percent (6 of 21) from beyond the arc. The Tigers hit half (7 of 14) of their free throws.

Stonehill won the overall rebounding battle, 33-30, but Holy Family held the advantage on the offensive glass, 15-6. The Tigers also scored 19 points on 16 Skyhawk turnovers, while Stonehill got just three points on eight Tiger turnovers.

In the first half, the teams traded the lead four times until Stonehill went on a 12-1 run to take a 10-point lead (22-12) with 7:58 left in the first half.