Tricia Byrne
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Tricia Byrne

Women's Basketball Entertains Lafayette Wednesday Night

Holy Cross Athletics   02-07-2017
Holy Cross (6-16, 4-7) vs. Lafayette (1-22, 0-11)
Date / Time: February 8, 2017 / 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex (3,536)
Series: Holy Cross leads, 56-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 67, Lafayette 61 on Jan. 11, 2017
Television:

None

Radio: Emmanuel Radio, 1230 AM/970 AM
Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Live Video:

Patriot League Network
Brendan Glasheen, play-by-play
Justin Moore, color

Live Stats: Neulion Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossWBB
Notes: Holy Cross | Lafayette
HC Links: Tickets | Shop
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

SETTING THE STAGE      

• The Holy Cross women’s basketball team continues its Patriot League slate on Wednesday night, as the Crusaders host Lafayette at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex at 7:05 p.m.

• Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network via PatriotLeague.TV.

• This will be the 65th all-time meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards, with Holy Cross holding the series edge at 56-8.

• In games played in Worcester, the Crusaders lead the all-time series at 27-2.

• In the last meeting, the Crusaders defeated Lafayette by a score of 67-61 on Jan. 11, 2017 in Easton, Pa.

• Holy Cross won the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Dec. 6, 1986 by a score of 73-67 at Kingston, R.I.

• The Crusaders have won their previous 14 games against Lafayette.

LAST TIME OUT

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed shot 9-for-17 from the field and 2-for-3 from behind the arc to lead the Crusaders with 26 points.

• Junior guard Tricia Byrne also posted double figures for Holy Cross with 14.

• The Crusaders were perfect from the free throw line, shooting 12-for-12.

• Holy Cross got off to a strong start, notching the first three baskets of the game to go up 7-0 before Bucknell used its first timeout just over a minute into the game.

• After Holy Cross jumped out to an 11 point lead, Bucknell responded with 18 points in the second quarter to tie the game up at 32 heading into halftime.

• Both teams battled back and forth throughout the third quarter before the game was tied for the sixth time before heading into the fourth.

• Holy Cross put together a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to regain control of the game.

• The Crusaders would outscore the Bison 17-5 in the final quarter to secure the 63-51 victory.

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 are 6-16 on the season with a 4-7 mark in Patriot League play.

• Junior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, who was selected to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team in 2015-2016, has scored in double figures in 15 games so far this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring 11 times.

• She earned Crusader of the Week honors on Jan. 16 after posting a double-double against Lehigh and 20 points at Lafayette.

• Thomas-Waheed registered a new career-high with 26 points in the win over Bucknell.

• Freshman forward Lauren Manis has led Holy Cross in rebounding 11 times this season, and ranks third in the Patriot League with 8.0 rebounds per game.

• Manis notched her seventh double-double of the season at American, notching 19 points with a career-high 14 rebounds.

• She notched a new career-high with 25 points against Navy on Jan. 28 to earn her Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season.

• Junior guard Katie Doherty notched a new career-high in scoring at Colgate with 21 points.

• Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League in blocks per game with 4.4.

SCOUTING REPORT ON LAFAYETTE

• Lafayette is coming off a 75-58 loss to Boston University on Saturday in Easton, Pa.

• The Leopards enter Wednesday night’s game with a 1-22 overall record and a 0-11 mark in Patriot League play.

• Olivia Gumbs leads the Leopards in scoring with 9.6 points per game.

• Gumbs is also the leading rebounder for Lafayette with an average of 6.2 boards per game.

• Head coach Theresa Grentz is currently in her second season with Lafayette.

• The Leopards went 6-23 overall last season with a 4-14 record in the Patriot League. They were eliminated by Colgate in the first round of the conference playoffs by a score of 80-68.

UP NEXT             

• Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, as the Crusaders travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh at 2:00 p.m.

• The game will be broadcast online via the Patriot League Network at PatriotLeague.TV.

Make sure to visit the Holy Cross Team Shop during Wednesday’s women’s basketball game against Lafayette, to receive 10 percent off the Item of the Game!

BE PART OF THE ACTION THIS SEASON

• Single-game 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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