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Women's Basketball Entertains Colgate Thursday Morning

Holy Cross Athletics   01-04-2017
Holy Cross (2-11, 0-2) vs. Colgate (4-9, 1-1)
Date / Time: January 5, 2017 / 11:15 a.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex (3,536)
Series: Holy Cross leads, 52-5
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 70, Colgate 61 on 2/3/16
Television:

None

Radio: Emmanuel Radio, 1230 AM/970 AM
Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: Neulion Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossWBB
Notes: Holy Cross | Colgate
HC Links: Tickets | Shop
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SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team continues its Patriot League slate on Thursday morning as the Crusaders host Colgate in Worcester at 11:15 a.m.

• Thursday’s game can be viewed via live stream on the Patriot League Network (PatriotLeague.tv), and can be heard in the Worcester area on Emmanuel Radio (1230 AM) with Bob Fouracre on play-by-play.

• The team will host its annual “Get Fit With the Crusaders” day against Colgate, in which Holy Cross will welcome over 2,000 Worcester Public School students to the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.

• This will be the 58th all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders, with Holy Cross holding a 52-5 advantage in the series.

• In games played in Worcester, Holy Cross is 28-1 all-time against Colgate.

• Holy Cross has won the previous three meetings with the Raiders.

LAST TIME OUT

• Junior guard Tricia Byrne led the Crusaders with 13 points and four assists. She was 3-for-5 from three-point range.

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis led Holy Cross with 11 rebounds and three blocks while posting 11 points.

• Both teams battled back-and-forth in the first quarter, with the lead changing five times before Navy took a 15-14 lead into the second quarter.

• Navy outscored Holy Cross 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 33-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.

• The Midshipmen led by 15 points with 6:14 remaining in the third quarter, but the Crusaders posted a 14-0 run to cut the deficit to just one point late in the quarter.

• After the Crusaders outscored Navy 23-16 in the third, the Midshipmen led 49-45 heading into the fourth.

• Holy Cross gained the lead for the first time in the second half with 4:34 remaining, but Navy would post the next five points to regain the lead with just over a minute remaining.

• The Crusaders cut the deficit to one point and inbounded the ball with 11 seconds remaining, but they were unable to find a go-ahead basket.

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 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 eight times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 8.5 rebounds per game.

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

• Manis notched her fifth double-double of the season at Navy with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

• Junior guard Tricia Byrne notched a new career-high with 13 points at Navy, and led Holy Cross in assists for the 10th time in her career.

SCOUTING REPORT ON COLGATE

• Colgate is coming off a 68-57 loss to American on Jan. 2.

• The Raiders enter Thursday morning’s game with a 4-9 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Patriot League.

• Colgate earned a 76-69 victory over Lafayette on Dec. 30 to open conference play.

• Katie Curtis has been the leading scorer for Colgate this season, averaging 12.8 points per game.

• Mylah Chandler has averaged 7.7 rebounds per game this year to lead the Raiders in boards.

• Head coach Bill Cleary is currently in his first season with Colgate.

• The Raiders 7-23 last season with a 4-14 mark in the Patriot League. After defeating Lafayette in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament (80-68), they were eliminated by Army West Point, 89-62, in the quarterfinals.

• Colgate most recently won the Patriot League Championship in 2004, leading to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on this Sunday, Jan. 8, as the Crusaders travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell.

• 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.

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