|Holyoke's Jess Santiago brought it on the defensive end all night but the Lady Cougars came up short against the Huskies|
Huskies hold the Lady Cougars under their average for second time this season
HOLYOKE, MA - Entering Thursday night's home game against the Huskies of UCONN Avery Point, the Holyoke Community College women's basketball team had been averaging 55.3 points per game (9-10 overall). For the second time in as many meetings between the two Region XXI programs this season, the Lady Cougars were held to well under their average (41 pts. Thursday, 34 pts. on Dec. 3rd). HCC is now 0-9 when scoring 52 points or less.
The Lady Cougars would enjoy their final share of the lead only five minutes into the game with the scoreboard reading 8-8. Despite commiting their first foul with 2:45 remaining in the first, Holyoke would enter the locker room down 27-18.
Midway through the second, HCC put together a 14-5 run spanning only four minutes and 22 seconds that would bring them to within ten (46-36). Contributing to the Cougar run was an and-1 lay up by sophomore Aisha Hernandez (Springfield), two lay ups and a free throw from sophomore Alicia Carter (Easthampton) and two points each by sophomore Jess Santiago (Holyoke), freshman Anastasia Walker (West Springfield) and freshman Steph Picking (Wales). This is as close as the home team would come as UCONN Avery Point took home the 61-41 victory.
HCC controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Huskies 41-34, but were held to just 27% from the floor on 15 of 54 shooting while UCONN AP shot 43% on 24 of 56 shooting. The Huskies scored 13 of their 61 points off Holyoke turnovers, all in the first half.
Alicia Carter led the Cougars with 13 points (team best 13.3 ppg) while Anastasia Walker pulled down a team-high 5 rebounds (team best 6.9 rpg).
Avery Point's Becca Pope led all scorers with 25 points. Pope hit five 3-pointers, all in the second half.
The Lady Cougars will host Region XXI opponent Lincoln College of New England on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. HCC defeated Lincoln 66-38 on November 22.