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Women's Basketball To Host Penn State Wednesday Night

Holy Cross Athletics   12-06-2016
Holy Cross (1-6) vs. Penn State (6-2)
Date / Time: December 7, 2016 / 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex (3,536)
Series: Penn State leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: Penn State 86, Holy Cross 82 (OT) on 11/13/2015
Television:

Charter TV3
Kevin Shea, play-by-play

Radio: Emmanuel Radio, 1230 AM, 970 AM Worcester
Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Live Video: PatriotLeague.TV
Live Stats: Neulion Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossWBB
Notes: Holy Cross | Penn State
HC Links: Tickets | Shop
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team continues its 2016-2017 campaign on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as it hosts Penn State at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex at 7:05 p.m.

• The game can be heard on Emmanuel Radio (1230 AM, 970 AM) in the Worcester area with Bob Fouracre on play-by-play.

• Wednesday’s game can also be viewed in the Worcester area on Charter TV3, and streamed online at PatriotLeague.tv.

• This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the Lady Lions, as Penn State holds a 4-0 series edge.

• Penn State claimed the first meeting between the two schools on Feb. 25, 1992 in Worcester, when the Lady Lions won 71-59.

• In the last meeting between these two teams on Nov. 13, 2015, Penn State earned a narrow victory over the Crusaders in overtime, 86-82.

• These two programs have not played each other in Worcester since their first-ever meeting in 1992.

LAST TIME OUT

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis led Holy Cross with 13 points and three steals while grabbing four rebounds.

• Freshman center Megan Swords led the Crusaders with six rebounds.

• Vermont jumped out to a narrow 8-7 lead in the opening stages of the game.

• The Catamounts extended their lead to end the first quarter up 18-13.

• Holy Cross responded and pulled ahead in the early minutes of the second quarter to lead the Catamounts 21-20.

• The Crusaders held onto their lead and took a 24-23 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

• Vermont jumped out to a 29-24 lead over the Crusaders to open the second half.

• The Catamounts posted 20 points in the third quarter to lead the game 43-32 heading into the fourth.

• Vermont extended its lead to 54-38 before Holy Cross went on a 9-0 scoring run to make it 54-47 with 2:45 left to play.

• The Catamounts answered with a 9-5 run to close out the final minutes of the game.

• Both teams put up 20 points in the fourth quarter, setting the final score at 63-52.

OPENING TIPS  

• Holy Cross was picked to finish fourth in the 2016-2017 Patriot League preseason poll, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

• The Crusaders finished fifth last year in the Patriot League with a 10-8 record, while they posted a 13-17 overall mark.

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, who was selected to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team in 2015-2016, notched a new career-high 23 points with a team-high four steals and three rebounds against Bryant.

• She has scored in double figures in six of seven games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring five times.

• The Crusaders welcomed six freshmen to the squad this season in Lauren Manis, Nicole Morris, Kathryn Pedi, Madalyn Smith, Madison Springfield and Megan Swords.

• Manis registered double-doubles in her first two career starts, registering 11 points with 12 rebounds against Manhattan, and 15 points with 10 rebounds against Bryant.

• She has led Holy Cross in rebounding three times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 8.7 rebounds per game.

• Manis has earned double-digit rebounds four times, and has tallied four double-doubles.

• Manis currently ranks 16th in the nation with four double-doubles on the year.

Junior forward Amy Hasenauer ranks second in the Patriot League with 1.7 blocks per game.

SCOUTING REPORT ON PENN STATE

• Penn State is coming off an 82-80 victory over Marshall on Dec. 3.

• The Lady Lions enter Wednesday night’s contest with a 6-2 record on the year, having earned key wins over Tennessee (70-56), Georgia State (59-42), Akron (84-71) and Saint Peter’s (106-50).

• Penn State went 12-19 overall last season with a 6-12 mark in Big Ten games. They were eliminated in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament with a 70-59 loss to Purdue.

• Teniya Page leads the Lady Lions in scoring this season, averaging 20.8 points per game.

• Kaliyah Mitchell has been the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 7.1 boards per game.

• Head coach Coquese Washington is currently in her 10th season with Penn State.

• Penn State has won the Big Ten Championship 10 times, and has made 25 NCAA Tournament appearances.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action this Saturday, Dec. 10, as it plays host to UMass Lowell at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex at 1:05 p.m.

• The game can be heard in the Worcester area on Emmanuel Radio (1230 AM, 970 AM) with Bob Fouracre on play-by-play.

BE PART OF THE ACTION THIS SEASON

• Single-game tickets, season tickets and mini plans 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.

STAY CONNECTED

• For everything Holy Cross women’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter (@HCrossWBB), on Facebook and on Instagram. You can also subscribe for email alerts for all news and information on the team by clicking here.

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