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Holy Cross wins Patriot League
Posted: Wednesday March 03, 1999 11:44 PM
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Amy O'Brien scored 25 points to lead Holy Cross over Navy 72-58 Wednesday in the Patriot League championship game.
Anna Kinne added 15 points for Holy Cross (21-7), which won its 10th straight and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was the fourth time in five years Holy Cross won the Patriot League championship and the team's second straight championship win over Army.
Navy (17-11) was led by Erica Hayes with 18 points and Jennifer Bombinski with 16.
With the score tied 12-12, the Crusaders went on a 15-4 surge over 8:08, including three 3-pointers from Kinne, to take a 27-16 lead. The Crusaders never trailed after that and led 34-23 at the half.
Hayes and Bombinski rallied Navy in the second half, cutting the lead to 43-39 with 12:44 remaining. But O'Brien, the league's leading scorer with a 22.4 average, made a three-point play to put Holy Cross up 46-39 and the Crusaders held on.
Laurie Coffey, Navy's top scorer and rebounder, fell into early foul trouble and sat out the final 12 minutes of the first half.
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