Amy Hasenauer
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Amy Hasenauer

Women's Basketball Heads To Massachusetts On Sunday

Holy Cross Athletics   12-16-2016
Holy Cross (2-7) vs. Massachusetts (5-6)
Date / Time: December 18, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Mullins Center (9,493)
Series: Series tied, 11-11
Last Meeting: UMass 74, Holy Cross 60 (11/15/15)
Television:

None

Radio: Emmanuel Radio, 1230 AM, 970 AM Worcester
Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Live Video: Atlantic 10 Network
Live Stats: Sidearm Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossWBB
Notes: Holy Cross | UMass
HC Links: Tickets | Shop
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

SETTING THE STAGE      

• Following a break for finals week, the Holy Cross Women’s Basketball team returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 18, as it travels to Amherst, Mass. to take on Massachusetts at the Mullins Center at 2:00 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 Atlantic 10 Network.

• This will be the 23rd all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the Minutewomen, with the series tied at 11 wins each.

• Holy Cross claimed the first-ever meeting between the two teams on Nov. 23, 1982 with an 88-75 victory.

• In the last meeting between these two programs, the Minutewomen defeated Holy Cross by a score of 74-60 on Nov. 15, 2015 in Worcester.

• In games played in Amherst, UMass leads the series 7-4.

LAST TIME OUT

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis went 8-for-13 from the field to score a game-high 22 points while adding eight rebounds.

Junior forward Amy Hasenauer led Holy Cross with 10 rebounds and added six points.

• After both teams jumped out to a 10-10 tie in the first quarter, the Crusaders took control of the lead with a jump shot from junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed and never looked back.

• The Crusaders scored the next six points to break out of the tie to end the first quarter with a 16-10 advantage.

• Holy Cross began the second quarter with an 8-4 run, growing its lead to 10.

• The Crusaders would lead by as much as 14 points before heading into the locker room at halftime up 32-20.

• In the early stages of the third quarter, the Crusaders put together a 9-2 run that put them ahead of the River Hawks by 18 points.

• Holy Cross outscored UMass Lowell 19-10 in the third quarter to take a 51-30 lead into the fourth.

• The River Hawks put together an 11-3 run during the fourth quarter, but came no closer to cutting the deficit, as Holy Cross earned the 62-47 victory.

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 nine 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 8.2 rebounds per game.

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

• Manis registered a new career-high with 22 points in the win over UMass Lowell, earning her Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for the first time.

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

SCOUTING REPORT ON UMASS

• UMass is coming off a 64-60 loss to Boston University on the road Wednesday night.

• The Minutewomen enter Sunday’s contest with an overall record of 5-6, and an 0-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play.

• UMass has earned wins over North Dakota State (70-58), Montana (59-58), Central Connecticut (76-37), Merrimack (73-44) and Bryant (68-62).

• Hailey Leidel currently leads the Minutewomen in scoring with 16.1 points per game this season.

• Maggie Mulligan leads UMass with 12.4 rebounds per game to date.

• Head coach Tory Verdi is in his first season at UMass.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 21, as the Crusaders travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

• The game will be streamed live online via the Pac-12 Network (pac-12.com/live).

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.


Consider making a gift to support the basketball program through the Crusader Athletics Fund before the end of the calendar year. Click here to give.

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