Holy Cross Entertains Lafayette Tuesday Night
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women’s basketball team is set to play its first game of the 2018 calendar year on Tuesday, as the Crusaders welcome Lafayette to Worcester. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast online via the Patriot League Network. In addition, the game will be broadcast on Emmauel Radio (1230 AM | 1230radio.com) with Bob Fouracre on play-by-play.
SCOUTING HOLY CROSS
• Holy Cross most recently earned a 71-64 victory over Colgate on the road to open Patriot League play last Friday.
• Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed notched her 1,000th career point in the win over Vermont with a jump shot in the third quarter. She became the 33rd player in program history to reach the milestone. She leads the Patriot League in scoring with 18.4 points per game.
• Sophomore Lauren Manis ranks second in the Patriot League with 17.7 points per game and ranks fourth in rebounds per game with 8.8. She set a new career-high with 28 points in the loss at Hofstra, and recorded the 13th double-double of her career against Dartmouth.
• In the win at Colgate, senior Tricia Byrne set a new career-high with 19 points.
SERIES QUICK HITS
• The Crusaders are 56-10 all-time against Lafayette.
• In the last meeting between the two programs, the Leopards defeated Holy Cross 58-54 in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament on March 4, 2017.
• The first meeting between these two teams took place on Dec. 6, 1986, with Holy Cross earning a 73-67 win in Kingston, R.I.
• In games played in Worcester, the Crusaders are 27-4 all-time against Lafayette.
LAST TIME OUT
• Senior Tricia Byrne led the Holy Cross women’s basketball team with a career-high 19 points while adding 5 rebounds and three steals, as the Crusaders defeated Colgate 71-64 in their first Patriot League game of the season.
• Senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed added 14 points for Holy Cross (6-6, 1-0) and added six rebounds while shooting 10-for-12 from the free throw line.
• Senior Katie Doherty posted a season-high 13 points while shooting 5-for-10 from the field.
• Colgate (4-8, 0-1) was led by Summer King and Kateri Stone, who each netted 12 points for the Raiders.
• Colgate shot 44.9% (22-for-49) from the field, while Holy Cross hit 29.0% (18-for-62) of its shots.
• The Crusaders were 28-for-36 (77.8%) at the charity stripe as the Raiders hit 16 of 26 (61.5%) of their free throws.
• Colgate had the edge in rebounding, 41-36.
• After Colgate took the lead early in the third, Holy Cross posted an 11-0 run to gain a nine-point advantage. They led the Raiders 50-44 at the end of the quarter.
• In the fourth, Colgate came within one point of the Crusaders, but Holy Cross was able to hold on to its advantage and secured the 71-64 victory.
SCOUTING REPORT ON LAFAYETTE
• Lafayette enters Tuesday’s game with a 4-7 overall record and an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards opened conference play with a 70-45 loss to Lehigh on Dec. 29.
• Last season, Lafayette went 4-28 with a 2-16 record in Patriot League play. They edged Holy Cross in the first round of the conference tournament before being eliminated by Navy in the quarterfinals.
• Natalie Kucowski leads Lafayette’s offense with an average of 11.8 points per game.
• Kucowski has also been the leading rebounder for Lafayette, posting 12.3 boards per game.
• Head coach Kia Damon is currently in her first season with the Leopards
• The Crusaders will return to action following the Lafayette game with Lehigh in Worcester on Friday, Jan. 5 at 6:05 p.m.
Season and single-game tickets to see the Crusaders are on sale now. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see the best collegiate basketball in Central Massachusetts! Tickets for Holy Cross basketball can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/tickets or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.