Madalyn Smith
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Mark Seliger Photography
Madalyn Smith

Women's Basketball Heads To American On Sunday

Holy Cross Athletics   01-21-2017
Holy Cross (4-14, 2-5) vs. American (8-10, 5-2)
Date / Time: January 22, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Arena: Bender Arena (4,500)
Series: Holy Cross leads, 20-15
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 59, American 50 on 2/20/2016
Television:

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Radio: None
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: Presto Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossWBB
Notes: Holy Cross | American
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SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team continues its Patriot League slate on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders prepare to take on American in Washington, D.C.

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

• This will be the 36th all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles, with Holy Cross holding the series edge at 20-15.

• In games played at American, the all-time series is tied at nine games to each side.

• In the last meeting, Holy Cross earned a 59-50 victory over American in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20, 2016.

• Holy Cross won the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Dec. 3, 2000 by a score of 67-62.

• The Crusaders have won the previous three meetings with the Eagles.

LAST TIME OUT

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis earned a double-double with 15 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led Holy Cross with 19 points.

• Army jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the opening five minutes of the game.

• The Crusaders added 11 more points before the end of the quarter, but were outscored 25-18 in the first.

• Holy Cross began the second quarter with a 15-5 run to make it 33-30 in their favor.

Both teams went into the locker room at halftime tied at 35.

• The Crusaders and Black Knights were neck-and-neck throughout the third quarter, as Army took a 48-46 lead into the fourth.

• Holy Cross came within four points late in the quarter, but the Black Knights outscored the Crusaders 19-13 in the fourth to seal 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 13 games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring 11 times.

• She earned Crusader of the Week honors after posting a double-double against Lehigh and 20 points at Lafayette.

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis has led Holy Cross in rebounding nine times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 8.0 rebounds per game..

• Manis notched her sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Army.

• She earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for the second time after posting 22 points against Lehigh.

• Junior guard Tricia Byrne notched a new career-high with 16 points in the win at Lafayette.

• Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League in blocks per game with 4.7.

SCOUTING REPORT ON AMERICAN

• The Eagles are coming off a 76-52 victory over Lafayette this past Wednesday.

• American enters Sunday’s contest with an 8-10 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Patriot League play.

• The Eagles have also earned league wins over Boston U. (73-62), Lehigh (68-51), Colgate (68-57) and Loyola (60-45).

• Emily Kinneston has been the leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 11.8 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent on the year.

• Cecily Carl leads American in rebounding, averaging 6.0 boards per game.

• Head coach Megan Gebbia is in her fourth season with American.

• The Eagles went 8-23 last season with a 5-13 record in the Patriot League. After earning a first round victory over Boston U., American was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament by Bucknell.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28, as the Crusaders play host to Navy in Patriot League action 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.

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