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Women's Basketball Set To Host UMass Lowell Saturday

Holy Cross Athletics   12-09-2016
Holy Cross (1-7) vs. UMass Lowell (1-8)
Date / Time: December 10, 2016 / 1:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex (3,536)
Series: Holy Cross leads, 6-3
Last Meeting: UMass Lowell 75, Holy Cross 67 on 12/9/15
Television:

None

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 | UMass Lowell
HC Links: Tickets | Shop
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team continues its 2016-2017 campaign on Saturday, Dec. 10 when it plays host to UMass Lowell at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex with action beginning at 1:05 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.

• Saturday’s game will also be streamed live on the Patriot League Network (PatriotLeague.TV).

• This will be the 10th all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the River Hawks, with Holy Cross holding the series edge at 6-3.

• UMass Lowell claimed the first-ever meeting between the two programs during the 1976-1977 season by a score of 57-49 in Worcester.

• In the last meeting between these two teams on Dec. 9, 2015, UMass Lowell defeated the Crusaders 75-67 in Lowell.

• In games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 3-1 record in the series.

LAST TIME OUT

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis scored 11 points and added five rebounds with a pair of steals for the Crusaders.

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed notched 11 points and earned four rebounds on the night.

• Both teams started strong out of the gate, as the Crusaders and Lady Lions jumped out to an 8-8 tie in the opening five minutes.

• Penn State then went on an 11-0 run to gain a 19-8 advantage over Holy Cross.

• The Crusaders added four more points before the end of the first quarter, but trailed the Lady Lions 21-12 at the break.

• Holy Cross got within five points, but Penn State went on a long scoring run in the second quarter to take a 39-20 lead into the locker room at the half.

• The Crusaders and Lady Lions battled back and forth to begin the second half, as Penn State was able to grow its lead towards the end of the third quarter.

• Penn State outscored Holy Cross 26-16 in the third to take a 65-36 lead into the fourth.

• Holy Cross was able to cut Penn State’s deficit early on in the fourth, but the Lady Lions outscored the Crusaders 19-12 in the final quarter.

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 seven of eight games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring six 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 has led Holy Cross in rebounding three times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 8.3 rebounds per game.

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

• Manis currently ranks 22nd in the nation with four double-doubles on the year.

• Junior forward Amy Hasenauer ranks third in the Patriot League with 1.6 blocks per game.

SCOUTING REPORT ON UMASS LOWELL

• UMass Lowell earned its first win of the season on Monday night, as it defeated Fairleigh Dickinson by a score of 61-55 in Lowell.

• The River Hawks enter Saturday afternoon’s game with a record of 1-8.

• UMass Lowell went 4-24 on the year last season, earning wins over Boston University (70-57), Fairleigh Dickinson (78-67), Vermont (68-66) and Holy Cross (75-67).

•Kayla Gibbs currently leads the River Hawks in scoring this season, averaging 11.6 points per game.

•Gibbs has also been the leading rebounder for UMass Lowell, grabbing an average of 6.2 boards per game.

• Head coach Jenerrie Harris is in her third season with UMass Lowell.

• The River Hawks are currently in their fourth season as a Division I program.

POSTGAME CLINIC & TOY DRIVE

• The Crusaders will be hosting a postgame clinic following Saturday’s game against UMass Lowell. Any players in the eighth grade or under are welcome to take part. All participants must bring court-ready sneakers.

• The Crusaders are also hosting a toy drive on Saturday, in which any fan who donates a toy will receive a $2 discount on their ticket price.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 18, as the Crusaders head to Amherst to take on Massachusetts with a 2:00 p.m. start.

• 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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