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Women's Basketball Hosts Lehigh On Saturday

Holy Cross Athletics   01-13-2017
Holy Cross (3-13, 1-4) vs. Lehigh (5-11, 0-5)
Date / Time: January 14, 2017 / 1:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex (3,536)
Series: Holy Cross leads, 41-22
Last Meeting: Lehigh 64, Holy Cross 48 on 3/7/16
Television:

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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 | Lehigh
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SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team continues its Patriot League slate on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders play host to Lehigh at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex at 1:05 p.m.

• Saturday’s game can be viewed via live stream on the Patriot League Network (PatriotLeague.tv).

• This will be the 64th all-time meeting between the Crusaders and Mountain Hawks, with Holy Cross holding the series edge at 41-22.

• In games played in Worcester, Holy Cross leads the all-time series at 21-10.

• In the last meeting, Lehigh earned a 64-48 win over Holy Cross in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament.

• Holy Cross won the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Feb. 2, 1991 in Worcester by a score of 64-48.

• Prior to the Crusaders’ 77-71 overtime victory over Lehigh last season on Feb. 13, the Mountain Hawks had won the previous four contests between the programs.

LAST TIME OUT

• The Crusaders were led by junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, who tallied 20 points and earned nine rebounds along with a team-high three blocks.

• Junior guard Tricia Byrne notched 16 points while shooting 5-for-7 from the field and added seven rebounds with four assists.

• The Crusaders had a big start offensively, outscoring the Leopards 13-4 in the opening five minutes of play.

• Lafayette cut the deficit to 13 points in the second quarter, but the Crusaders maintained control of their lead and took a 40-21 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

• Despite gaining a 27-point lead in the opening stages of the second half, Lafayette put together a strong offensive run to cut the deficit to 15 (52-37) heading into the final quarter.

Lafayette began the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to make it 49-54.

The Leopards came within four points in the final minute of play, but Holy Cross held its lead with free throw points from Byrne and Thomas-Waheed to help secure the final score.

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 11 games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring 10 times.

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis has led Holy Cross in rebounding eight times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 7.8 rebounds per game.

• Manis has scored in double-digits 13 times, and has tallied five 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 16 points in the win at Lafayette.

• Senior forward Madelyn Ganser earned a career-high 10 rebounds at Lafayette.

• Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League in blocks per game with 4.2.

SCOUTING REPORT ON LEHIGH

• Lehigh is coming off a 77-58 loss to Bucknell on Wednesday night in Bethlehem, Pa.

• The Mountains Hawks enter Saturday’s game with a 5-11 overall record, and an 0-5 mark in Patriot League play.

• After starting the season at 5-3, Lehigh has lost eight straight contests, with their last win coming against NJIT on Nov. 30.

• Quinci Mann has been the Mountain Hawks’ leading scorer this season, averaging 16.9 points per game.

• Kiernan McCloskey leads Lehigh in rebounding with an average of 6.1 boards per game.

• Head coach Sue Troyan is in her 22nd season with the Mountain Hawks.

• Lehigh posted an 18-13 record last season, and went 10-8 in Patriot League play. They were eliminated in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament by Army West Point (76-46) after defeating the Crusaders in the quarterfinal round (64-48).

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, January 18, as the Crusaders play host to Army West Point at 7:05 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

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