Tricia Byrne and Lauren Manis
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Tricia Byrne and Lauren Manis

Women's Basketball Takes On No. 21 Arizona State Wednesday

Holy Cross Athletics   12-20-2016
Holy Cross (2-8) vs. No. 21 Arizona State (8-2)
Date / Time: December 21, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Arena: Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Series: Arizona State leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Arizona State 81, Holy Cross 56 on 12/20/03
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Radio: None
Live Video: Pac-12 Stream
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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Notes: Holy Cross | Arizona State
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SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team is set to wrap up its non-conference slate on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at No. 21 Arizona State, with action set to begin at Wells Fargo Arena at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

• Wednesday night’s game can be viewed online through the ASU live stream via the Pac-12 website.

• This will be the third all-time meeting between the Sun Devils and the Crusaders, with Arizona State holding the series edge at 2-0.

• The Sun Devils won the first meeting between the two programs on Dec. 19, 1995 in Anchorage, Alaska during the Northern Lights Invitational, 67-49.

• In the last meeting between these two teams, Arizona State defeated the Crusaders by a score of 81-56 on Dec. 20, 2003 in Worcester.

• This will be the first all-time meeting between Holy Cross and the Sun Devils in Tempe.

• The Crusaders have previously competed at the Wells Fargo Arena during the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, when they went 1-1 against Western Kentucky (L, 41-72) and Memphis (W, 91-66) on Dec. 2-3, 2005.

LAST TIME OUT

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led the Crusaders with 19 points and added seven assists.

• Junior guard Katie Doherty notched 15 points while shooting 5-for-8 from behind the arc.

• Also scoring in double figures for the Crusaders were freshman guard Madison Springfield (11) and freshman forward Lauren Manis (10).

• The Crusaders started out strong and jumped out to a 13-7 lead early in the first quarter.

• After entering the second quarter with a 21-14 advantage, Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run to extend its lead.

• The Crusaders outscored UMass 22-11 in the second quarter to take a 43-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

• The Minutewomen responded with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Crusaders 24-9 to enter the fourth down 52-49.

• Both teams battled back-and-forth throughout the fourth quarter, before UMass gained a 65-64 lead with 1:53 remaining in the game.

• The Crusaders inbounded the ball for the final time with just two seconds remaining down by three, but they were unable to find the tying basket, sealing the 69-66 final.

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 against Bryant, and a new career-high with seven assists at UMass.

• She has scored in double figures in eight of 10 games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring seven 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 five times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 8.1 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 guard Katie Doherty notched a new career-high with five three pointers at UMass.

• With 12 three pointers at UMass, Holy Cross came just one short of tying the program record for three point field goals in a game.

SCOUTING REPORT ON ARIZONA STATE

• Arizona State is coming off a 79-52 victory over Oral Roberts this past Saturday in Tempe.

• The Sun Devils are currently 8-2 on the season, and have won their last six games with wins over Middle Tennesse, Kentucky, Florida, Boston U. and St. John’s

• Arizona State enters Wednesday night’s game with the top-ranked three-point percentage defense in the nation at a percentage of 21.5.

• Sophie Brunner leads the Sun Devils in scoring this season, averaging 11.4 points per game.

• Brunner also leads Arizona State in rebounding, averaging 6.2 boards per game.

• Head coach Charli Turner-Thorne is currently in her 20th season with the Sun Devils.

• Arizona State went 26-7 with a 16-2 mark in the Pac-12 last season. After they were eliminated by California in their first game of the Pac-12 Tournament (75-64), the Sun Devils earned a victory over New Mexico State (74-52) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by Tennessee (75-64) in the second round.

• The Sun Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 during the 2014-2015 season.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, Dec. 30, as the Crusaders open Patriot League play at home against Boston University at 1:05 p.m.

• The game will be streamed live online via the Patriot League Network.

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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