WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross women's basketball head coach Bill Gibbons has announced the signing of five players who will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2010. Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.), Kristen Fuery (Upper Dublin, Pa.), Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.), Brie Malone (Springfield, Mass.) and Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) have all signed national letters of intent to play basketball for the Crusaders.
"We are extremely excited about this recruiting class," said Gibbons. "It's the largest class that I can ever recall bringing in. These five student-athletes all come from successful programs and all impressed our staff with their respective, tireless work ethics."
Ganser is a 6-1 forward who plays for Needham High School in Needham, Mass. As a junior, Ganser became the third player in school history to score a milestone 1,000 points. Fuery is a 6-0 forward/guard who plays for Upper Dublin High School in Upper Dublin, Pa. As a junior, she averaged 14 points per game, leading her team offensively. Hamner is a 5-9 guard who plays for Osbourne Park High School in Manassas, Va. As a junior, she averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game, helping her squad to a 20-5 record and a berth to the Northwest Region Tournament quarterfinals round.
Malone is also a 5-9 guard who plays for Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Mass. She averaged 18 points per game as a junior, helping Springfield Central reach the Western Massachusetts Division I final. Smith, a 5-8 guard who plays for Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., completes the incoming class. She finished last season with a double-digit scoring average and was a major factor in her team's 24-2 record from last year, who also won its 13th straight Prep A state title.
"With the graduation of five seniors this spring, we will look for this freshman class to work hard and contribute right away donning the purple and white," continued Gibbons. "We needed to reload in the backcourt, and we did that with a point guard (Hamner), a shooting guard (Smith) and a big versatile three player (Malone). Fuery can play both the three and four positions and Ganser can give us minutes at both frontcourt positions."
Holy Cross (4-12, 0-1 Patriot League) continues league play with a trip to West Point, N.Y. to take on the Army Black Knights (7-8, 1-0 PL) on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The game will be held at the Christl Arena starting at 7:00 p.m.