Lauren Manis
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Mark Seliger Photography
Lauren Manis

Women's Basketball Set To Begin Patriot League Play Against Boston University

Holy Cross Athletics   12-29-2016
Holy Cross (2-9) vs. Boston University (2-9)
Date / Time: December 30, 2016 / 1:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex (3,536)
Series: Holy Cross leads, 14-3
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 74, Boston U. 50 on 2/27/16
Television:

None

Radio: Emmanuel Radio, 1230 AM, 970 AM Worcester
Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: Neulion Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossWBB
Notes: Holy Cross | Boston University
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SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team is set to begin its Patriot League season, as the Crusaders host Boston University on Friday afternoon at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex at 1:05 p.m.

• Friday’s game can be heard on Emmanuel Radio (1230 AM) with Bob Fouracre on play-by-play, and can be viewed online on the Patriot League Network.

• The game is part of the Turnpike Trophy rivalry series between Holy Cross and Boston University, a season-long competition which is decided by points gained from a victory or higher finish in each contest featuring the Crusaders and Terriers during the athletic season.

• This will be the 18th all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the Terriers, with Holy Cross holding the series edge at 14-3.

• The Crusaders won the first-ever meeting between the two programs, 48-37, during the 1975-1976 season.

• In the last meeting between the two teams, Holy Cross defeated Boston University, 74-50, on Feb. 27, 2016 in Worcester.

• The Crusaders are 8-1 against the Terriers in games played in Worcester.

LAST TIME OUT

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led Holy Cross with 11 points and registered a pair of assists.

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis registered seven points and led Holy Cross with 10 rebounds.

• Holy Cross started out strong in the first quarter, jumping out to an 8-4 lead in the opening five minutes.

• The Crusaders led the Sun Devils 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.

• Arizona State gained control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Holy Cross 19-4 to take a 27-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.

• Holy Cross responded with 12 points in the third quarter, led by Thomas-Waheed and Manis who each registered five points in the quarter.

• The Sun Devils notched 16 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Crusaders to six, sealing the 63-33 final.

• This was the first meeting between the Sun Devils and the Crusaders in Tempe, Ariz.

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 nine of 11 games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring eight 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 8.3 rebounds per game.

• Manis has earned double-digit rebounds five 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 BOSTON UNIVERSITY

• Boston University is coming off a 64-60 victory over UMass on Dec. 14.

• The Terriers enter Friday afternoon’s game with an overall record of 2-9 on the season, having also earned a win over UMass Lowell (66-56) on Nov. 26.

• The Terriers have also taken on a number of other opponents which the Crusaders have faced this season, including Arizona State (L, 71-42), Dartmouth (L, 61-49) and Marist (L, 76-57).

• Sarah Hope currently leads the Terriers in scoring with 11.5 points per game on the season.

• Sophie Beaudry leads Boston U. with an average of 6.2 rebounds per game on the year.

• Head coach Katy Steding is currently in her third season with the Terriers.

• Boston U. went 3-27 last season with a 3-15 mark in Patriot League play. They were eliminated by American in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament.

• Boston University made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2003.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Jan. 2, as the Crusaders travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy in Patriot League action at 1:00 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.

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