Women's Basketball Prepares For Second Go Around Of League Action

Meredith Ward

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-16, 2-5 PL) vs. Lafayette (4-17, 2-5 PL)
Date: February 6, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.

Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play, www.worcesterpike.com, internet
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access, www.all-access.cbssports.com
Lafayette Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Gary Laubach, play-by-play; John Leone, color

Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 42-8
Last Meeting: Lafayette 43, Holy Cross 39 (January 9, 2010, Worcester, Mass.) 

SERIES HISTORY AGAINST LAFAYETTE: Saturday's match-up marks the 51st meeting all-time between Holy Cross and Lafayette, with the Crusaders owning a 42-8 advantage over the Leopards. The teams first met as non-Patriot League opponents during the 1986-1987 season at the Rhode Island Tournament. It was in that game the head coach Bill Gibbons earned his first of 42 victories against the Leopards, winning by a score of 73-67. Both teams became members of the Patriot League during the 1990-1991 season and have met at least two times annually since then. Holy Cross took the first Patriot League win over Lafayette, 92-68, on Jan. 10, 1991. The Crusaders earned 11 consecutive victories over the Leopards from the 1992-1993 season until March 2, 1997, when the Leopards upset the No.1-seeded Holy Cross in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament, 76-60. Holy Cross then went on to win 19 successive contests from 1999-2000 until the 2006-2007 season. The Leopards clawed back for two back-to-back series victories on Feb. 4, 2006 and Jan. 6, 2007. Holy Cross held the upper hand until the Jan. 9, 2010 game, having collected a six-game win streak dating back to Feb. 3, 2007. The Leopards, who had never won at the Hart Center in 21 straight contests, topped the Crusaders by the final score of 43-39. That game was one of the worst offensive productions for Holy Cross this season, as they scored just 15 points in the first half, one of the least amounts of points scored in a half in Holy Cross team history. The team's .250 field goal percentage was the lowest this season.

HOLY CROSS AGAINST CONFERENCE FOES: The 2009-2010 season marks the 21st year of Patriot League competition for the Crusaders. Since joining the league, Holy Cross has started conference play with two losses just one other time, the 2006-2007 season. After falling to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 58-52, in Bethlehem, Pa., the Crusaders now stand at 2-5 in league play, tying with Colgate and Lafayette for last place in the conference. Over the last 20 seasons and in the seven games played this season,  the team has competed in a total of 259 league match-ups, dropping 57 games total for a .780 winning percentage. The current 2-5 conference record is the worst start for a Holy Cross team since becoming a member of the Patriot League. Combined, Holy Cross has taken home 11 championships, while two other schools (Lehigh and Bucknell) have collected two each to follow. Head coach Bill Gibbons has been along for the entire ride and is responsible for the 202-57 league record. The 1990-1991 and 1996-1997 squads both went undefeated in conference play. The Crusaders have been the most successful against American, Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. In all, Holy Cross has collected winning records amongst every Patriot League opponent. Army has tallied the most wins against the Crusaders, picking up 16 wins in 44 contests. Bucknell is the only other squad with over 10 wins against the Crusaders, earning 12 wins in 47 contests. Holy Cross has collected the best winning percentage (.930) against Colgate, winning 40 of 43 games played.

PLAYING THE LEOPARDS: There are only three colleges with the nickname Leopards. Wentworth Institute in Boston, Mass. and LaVerne in LaVerne, Calif. are the two other schools that bear the Leopard mascot. Lafayette is the only school Holy Cross has faced out of the three with a Leopards nickname. All together, the Crusaders hold a 42-8 record against a Leopards squad. 

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: The game against Lafayette will be broadcast on the local Lafayette Sports Network television station and marks the sixth and final time this season a Holy Cross game has been televised. Currently, the Crusaders stand with a record of 1-4 in televised games after falling to Lehigh on Jan. 30 on the road. Holy Cross has been broadcast live by four different outlets, including WCTR-TV3; Worcester, CBS College Sports Television, Connecticut Public Television and Service Electric. All Patriot League games are available for viewing over the internet through Patriot League All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Patriot League All-Access, visit www.patriotleague.org

O'DELL ON TOP:  Senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) remains on top of her game despite limited playing time over the past two weeks. After seeing a combined 46 minutes of playing time in four games, O'Dell has continued to be an offensive threat, as she remains the team's top performer in points per game (13.5), overall points (269) and three-point field goals made (52). O'Dell also continues to rank amongst the nation's best, ranking 26th in three-point field goals percentage (44.8) and 41st in three-point shots made per game (2.6) as of Jan. 31. Her influence is now written in the Patriot League record books as she currently holds the Patriot League's all-time record for made three-pointers (267). Highlighting this season was O'Dell's career-best performance against Howard, where she scored 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Her 11 total field goals were a career-high and included five three-point shots. In the following game against Rhode Island, O'Dell tallied her best three-point performance of 2009-2010, going six-for-seven beyond the arc, an 85.7 percent three-point outing. In 110 career games played, O'Dell holds the top spot in the Holy Cross record books with her 267 three-point shots made and 665 attempts.

SEASONED IMPACT: Senior captain Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) has continued to add on to her already stellar career stats so far this season, using her veteran status as a model of inspiration. After the team had lost in the prior eight consecutive contests, McFadden led the charge against Rhode Island on Jan. 5, tallying a season-high 27 points on a season-best 8-for-16 field goal performance to help achieve a much needed 80-71 victory. She also marked career-bests for three-point shooting, making five-of-seven shots beyond the arc. The game against Bucknell on Jan. 16 was the first time in McFadden's four-year career that she did not suit up for the Crusaders due to a concussion from the Army game. She has returned to the starting lineup in the last four games against Navy (Jan. 20), American (Jan. 24), Colgate (Jan. 27) and Lehigh (Jan. 30), combining to score 43 points. She tallied a .550 field goal percentage during the week of Jan.17-24 and has shot at least 50 percent from the field in four of the last seven games. She notched her best field-goal performance of the season in the game against American, sinking six of her 10 attempts (.600). Since coming to Holy Cross, McFadden has played in 116 contests, including 113 starts at guard. Through 22 contests so far this season, McFadden has scored in double-digits in 16 contests, including 10 of the last 14 games. McFadden averages 12.7 points per game and ranks second on the team and fifth in the Patriot League in scoring. Opponents also view her as a scoring threat, as she has gone to the free-throw line a team-high 120 times, sinking 84 shots. Her perfect six-of-six free throw outing against Rhode Island was the fifth time this season and 33rd time in her career that she has made every one of her free throw attempts. McFadden has led or tied for the team's top scoring performance in six contests, including the most recent 16-point performance against American. She has also made herself the team's most consistent rebounder, tying her career-high of nine rebounds against Howard on Dec. 30. She currently averages 4.3 rebounds per game and is 11 rebounds away from tying her career-high of 102 rebounds in a season set last year. 

FREMEAU REACHES NEW HEIGHTS: Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) has fully established herself as a valuable scorer, rebounder and overall team player for the Crusaders this season, and has illustrated her importance now that Patriot League play has begun. In the seven conference games so far, Fremeau averages 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. She has also accumulated the most playing time, posting 238 minutes on the hardwood against league opponents. In all 22 games, Fremeau has scored in double-figures in 15 contests, including a six-game streak from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20 and in the last two games. She has been the team's top-scorer in three of the last five contests. Her offensive production peaked in the meeting with Colgate, where she tied her top career-mark of 18 points after making a career-high nine field goals. She also posted the team-high of 15 points against Army (Jan. 13) and Navy (Jan. 20). She has now tied her career-high in points three times this season and has scored 262 points, topping the 243 points she scored over the entire 2008-2009 season. Fremeau recently set a career-high with eight assists against Bucknell on Jan. 16, topping her prior career-high of five assists. She played a career-high 45 minutes in the double overtime game against Northeastern on Dec. 5 and has started every game so far this season, a streak which dates back to the Feb. 25, 2009 game against Colgate last season. She has recorded a season-high of nine rebounds three times so far, including the games against Maine on Nov. 27, Dartmouth on Jan. 2 and Army on Jan. 13. Her season-high of nine rebounds is just two shy of her career-high (11 against Rhode Island on Dec. 9, 2008). She has also led or tied the team in top rebounds in 10 of 22 performances. She averages 33.8 minutes played per game, ranking fifth amongst Patriot League players. Fremeau remains the team and league's top free throw shooter, making 44 of 51 attempts (.863). In 22 games played, she leads the team in field goal attempts (263) and field goals made (105). She is also the team's leading rebounder, totaling 114 boards, an average of 5.2 rebounds per-game.

LEAPS FOR LEPLEY: Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) has come a long way after sitting out her entire high school senior season with a knee injury. On Jan. 2, Lepley poured in a season and career-high 13 points on six-for-seven shooting against Dartmouth, leading the team in scoring for the first time this season. She hit new heights as she recorded her first career double-double against Lafayette on Jan. 9, leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and a career and season-high 10 rebounds. With her double-double, Lepley became the only freshman in the league to reach such a feat this season and is also the only member on the 2009-2010 Holy Cross roster to score a double-double as a freshman. Last week, Lepley tallied 11 points, five rebounds, six steals, two assists and a block in the Crusaders' triumph over Colgate and added five points, four steals and four rebounds against Lehigh. Because of her performances against the Raiders and Mountain Hawks, and for her continued impact and improvement, Lepley has been named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week four times, more than any other conference player this season. She picked up her fourth award on Feb. 1 after averaging 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game in the two outings against Colgate and Lehigh. After 22 total games, Lepley has increasingly become the team's most versatile player. She has scored in double-digits in seven contests and notched yet another career-high against Colgate, tallying a team-high six steals. Her performance also ties senior Bethany O'Dell's top individual performance from the Northeastern game. She has played at least 20 minutes in 14 of the last 15 contests, including a season-high 41 minutes against Howard. She has also earned 15 starts for her efforts, including three-consecutive starts against Maine, Penn State and Harvard and again in the last 12 match-ups. She has already led or tied for the team-high in rebounds in four contests (four against Boston College, five against Penn State, 10 against Lafayette and nine against Bucknell), bringing her total rebounds to 79 on the season, an average of 3.6 rebounds per game. She leads her class in all categories thus far and is within the team's top five in all scoring categories including points (122) and scoring average (5.5). She ranks second on the team with a .406 field goal percentage and is now the team leader in steals (35) and blocks (9). Her 1.6 steals per game average ranks seventh in the Patriot League. 

WARD IN THE CLUTCH: Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.), who has played in all 22 games, including 13 starts for the Crusaders at point guard, has turned herself into a clutch player. Ward has been the spark of many last minute rallies. Most recently, Ward came through for seven points in the final three minutes of play against Lehigh on Jan. 30, including a three-point shot made with 10 seconds left on the game clock, giving the Crusaders a fighting chance at the end. At Bucknell on Jan. 16, Ward again hit a last-minute shot towards the end of the first half, bringing the score to a one-point Bison lead heading in to the locker room. She finished that game with eight points, going three-of-six from the field and played a career-high 38 minutes. Her scoring continues to improve as she recently posted double-digits in the last four games, tallying 11 points in three consecutive contests against Navy (Jan. 20), American (Jan. 24) and Colgate (Jan. 27) and then 10 points against Lehigh (Jan. 30). She recorded the best free-throw performance of her career (six-of-six from the line) against Navy and then proved her defensive prowess as she led the team with seven rebounds against American, notching her career-high. She tied her career-high with three three-point shots made against Colgate as well. Ward leads the team in three-point shot percentage (.458), sinking 22 of 48 attempts. Ward is also averaging 8.7 points against Patriot League opponents, third-best on the team. Also highlighting her sophomore season was a career-high 15-point outing against Howard, as she also tallied career-highs in field goals made (6); three-point shots made (3) and three-point shots attempted (4). She has also hit a three-point shot in nine of the last 11 contests. She now has 20 more three-point shots made than her two three-pointers recorded last year. She has improved tri-fold in scoring as well, earning a 5.9 points per game average so far, compared to the 1.2 points she averaged last season. In 22 contests, Ward averages 27.2 minutes, a .352 field goal percentage and 1.7 rebounds. 

BEYOND THE ARC: The Crusaders have capitalized on their biggest scoring weapon this season, the three-point shot, after marking their best performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (13-of-22, .591). The combined 13 three-point shots made ties the team record for a single game, set back on Jan. 29, 1996 against Providence. It also ranks second amongst Patriot League team performances this season. In 22 contests, the team has attempted 421 three-pointers and has made 143 (.340 percent). The .340 percentage ranks second amongst Patriot League foes. Opponents have tried 401 three-point shots, making 121 of them (.302 percent). The team most recently held Lehigh to just one three-point shot made in 15 attempts, the Mountain Hawks least productive three-point performance this season. Combined, Holy Cross' three-point field goal defense percentage ranks third in the league. The team needs 18 more three-point shots made to tie the 161 shots made from the 2008-2009 season after they collected six additional three-point shots made against Lehigh on Jan. 30. In league play, the team has made 37 three-point shots in 129 attempts (.287 percent) and has shot better than 35 percent from beyond the arc in six of the last 11 contests. Eight players on the 2009-2010 roster have already made a three-point shot, with senior Bethany O'Dell leading the way with a total of 52 three-pointers made.

CALM UNDER PRESSURE: The Crusaders have remained strong from the free throw line through 22 games. The team has missed just one free-throw attempt in four contests this season, including their best performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (17-18 total, .944). The team has continued to stay strong, making 13 of 14 free throw attempts (.929) on Jan. 27 against Colgate. Through all games so far, the Crusaders have shot more free throws then their opponents in 12 contests, winning five of those games.  In all, the team averages 73.6 percent from the line, making 276 of 375 tries, ranking second in the Patriot League. They have shot over 65 percent from the line in 17 contests, including eight of the last nine match-ups. Junior Whitney Fremeau leads the team with a free throw average of .863 percent (44-51). She marked career-highs three times with six makes against Northeastern, New Hampshire and Dartmouth. As a team last year, the Crusaders made 389 of their 524 free-throws attempts. The combined percentage of 74.2 ranks first all-time for a Holy Cross team. It also ranked first in the Patriot League and 28th nationally. 

THIEVES IN THE NIGHT: The 2009-2010 Crusaders have been quick with their hands, collecting 186 steals in 22 games, an average of 8.5 steals per-contest. The team ranks second amongst Patriot League opponents in the steals category and is averaging 0.8 more steals than the 2008-2009 team (7.7 average). They combined to steal the ball a season-high 16 times against Northeastern on Dec. 5, also marking a conference-high. They have stolen the ball over 10 times in nine total contests, including 13 steals against Colgate and 10 steals against Lehigh.  The Crusaders have also marked more steals then their opponents in 10 contests. Freshman Amy Lepley who collected 10 steals in two games, now ranks first on the team with 35 steals on the season. She also ranks seventh in the league, right above senior Bethany O'Dell who has collected 31 total steals. Both have recorded six steals in a single game, marking a team high. 

CHANGING THE LINE: Through 22 games so far, the Holy Cross starting lineup has changed on nine separate occasions. Two starting lineups have been used a game-high five times. The squad has used five different starting lineups over the last seven games, combining for a 2-5 record. The most successful starting lineup, registering a 2-3 record, consisted of seniors Briana McFadden, Bethany O'Dell, Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.), sophomore Meredith Ward and junior Whitney Fremeau. They picked up wins against Central Connecticut and Bryant while dropping decisions to Yale, Connecticut and Boston College. 

HELPING HANDS: Holy Cross is currently averaging 13.5 assists per game, ranking second in the Patriot League. On the season, the team has collected a total of 299 assists, including senior Briana McFadden's team-high of 53 assists. The team has combined for more than 10 assists in 17 contests, including the last five meetings with Bucknell, Navy, American, Colgate and Lehigh. They tallied a season-high of 20 assists twice, including the two overtime games against Howard and Northeastern. The team has also either tied or led opponents in assists in 10 games. McFadden currently ranks seventh with a 2.5 assist per game average amongst conference individuals. 

TURNOVER TENACITY: Turning the ball over has not been a problem for the Crusaders this season, as they currently own a +1.2 turnover margin through 22 games. The margin is the third-best in Patriot League ranks. Altogether the team has turned the ball over just 363 times while opponents have turned the ball over 390 times. The team is 5-6 in games where they turn the ball over less than opponents while they stand at 1-8 when they commit more turnovers. This theory proved true most recently against Lehigh, as Holy Cross notched 21 turnovers next to Lehigh's 18 turnovers, falling by the final 58-52 score. The team marked 11 turnovers against Colgate's 19 turnovers on Jan. 27, winning by the final score of 65-56. The 11 turnovers made by the team against Colgate marked the season-low. 

TALE OF TWO HALVES: Scoring in the second half has been the most troublesome for the Crusaders so far this season. There have been three occasions out 22 total games where the Crusaders have outscored opponents in the second half, including the games against Dartmouth (Jan. 2), Bucknell (Jan. 16) and Lehigh (Jan. 30). Holy Cross recorded its hardest fought comeback effort against Lehigh, outscoring the Mountain Hawks 21-5 in the final seven minutes of the second stanza. While opponents outscore Holy Cross in both halves, the team has kept opponents within nine points in the first 20 minutes, taking a lead into the halftime in 10 of 22 match-ups. In all, Holy Cross has scored 638 points in the first half next to opponents' 693 points. The second half is a bit more lopsided and has proved detrimental for the team. Opponents currently tally a 729-630second half scoring advantage. Luckily, the team has escaped second-half comeback attempts in five contests, while losing the halftime lead to Yale (66-60), Penn State (52-48), Northeastern (89-82), New Hampshire (80-72) and Howard (87-80). The Jan. 16 game against Bucknell marked the first time Holy Cross has come back from a halftime deficit to win this season. The team has also never gone in to the halftime break with a tie, as they are 1-11 after trailing at halftime and 5-5 when leading. 

POUNDING THE BOARDS: One major downfall for the 2009-2010 squad is the ability to rebound. The Jan. 2 contest against Dartmouth marked the first time this season that the team has not been outrebounded, as each team brought down 32 boards apiece. The Jan. 24 game against American was also a milestone for 2009-2010, as Holy Cross outrebounded the Eagles 38-36, marking the first game Holy Cross had a positive rebounding margin. With six players listed under 6-0 and no real post player, rebounding has been a struggle. In 22 contests, opponents are out-rebounding the Crusaders 888-682, a margin of 9.4 boards per game. The team started the season with its best rebounding outing, 41 against Yale, but then decreased its numbers, pulling down a season-low 21 rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut. The team has brought down fewer than 30 rebounds in six games thus far. Holy Cross has, however, posted at least 30 rebounds in nine of the last 10 contests and currently averages 31.0 rebounds per game. The Crusaders are led by junior Whitney Fremeau who averages 5.2 rebounds per contest. 

HEAD COACH BILL GIBBONS: 25th SEASON: Bill Gibbons is entering a milestone 25th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program in 2009-2010. He has compiled a 482-261 record as head coach, ranking 25th on the active Division I win leaders list. His quarter-century pledge to the team has made a major impact on all aspects of the women's basketball world and especially in the surrounding community. On April 30, 2009, Gibbons received the prestigious Paul N. Johnson Award, given to a member of the Worcester community who has greatly contributed to Worcester area basketball. With his service, the name Gibbons has become a fixture in the realm of women's basketball. He has led the Crusaders to nine Patriot League Championships in the last 15 years. He has also made 12 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT) in his 24 years as head coach. With sixteen 20-win seasons under his belt, Gibbons has cemented himself and the women's basketball program as one of the best in the East. The sixth coach of the women's program at Holy Cross, Gibbons has enjoyed the longest tenure in the position. He has led the Holy Cross women's basketball program to more victories than any other coach, and is the winningest coach in Holy Cross Basketball history. With his 358th victory, he surpassed George Blaney (357 wins as head coach of the Holy Cross men's basketball program), who had hired him to be his assistant coach in 1981. Now with more than 450 wins under his belt, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind legendary baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960. 

ROAD WARRIORS: The 2009-2010 season began with eight contests away from the Hart Center, as the team completed its non-conference portion of the season with a 3-8 away record. Looking to improve on the road, the Crusaders played in three-consecutive road games against conference foes Army, Bucknell and Navy, posting a 1-2 record. The game against Lafayette in Easton, Pa. will be the last road game for a week and a half, as Holy Cross currently stands at 4-11 when traveling. The Crusaders have won 14 of 18 match-ups in Bethlehem, Pa. Easton, Pa. over program history. The last time a team began the season with so many away games was the 1991-1992 season when the team played in six road contests. The squad went 3-3 in those contests and finished the season with a 16-13 overall record. 

SENIOR EXPERIENCE LEADS THE WAY: The 2009-2010 women's basketball squad boasts a wealth of experience, with five seniors leading the way. The senior class includes Tayana Carper, Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.), Briana McFadden, Bethany O'Dell and Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.). The seniors were the last class to compete in the NCAA Tournament after they won the 2007 Patriot League Championship as freshmen. That year they were seeded as a No. 16 seed and played No.1 Duke in the Greensboro region. The five players have combined for 419 games played, having won 53 games, including 37 Patriot League match-ups. The 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 squads posted the most three-pointers made in single-season team history and also marked the most three-pointers attempted. The senior class also contributed to teams that rank among the best in school history in free throws attempted, free throw percentage and most games played. 

CRUSADERS PICKED IN A TIE FOR SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish in a tie for second place with American in the 2009-2010 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 76 votes. Defending Patriot League champion Lehigh was chosen as the preseason favorite to capture the league title. Lehigh received 13 first-place votes and a total of 97 points. American and Holy Cross followed in a tie for second with 76 points apiece. Filling the final five spots were Navy (fourth, 54 points), Bucknell (fifth, 52 points), Army (sixth, 50 points), Colgate (seventh, 22 points) and Lafayette (eighth, 21 points). 

1,000 POINT UPDATE: Senior captains Briana McFadden and Bethany O'Dell became just the eighth and ninth juniors to become part of the 24-member Holy Cross 1,000-point club last year. Going into the 2009-2010 season, they ranked 14th (1,195 points) and 19th (1,104 points) on the all-time scoring list respectively. In 20 contests so far, the two captains have already jumped at least three spots on that list. McFadden, who has scored 266 total points this season, just moved past Ann Lambiotte (1,354 career points) to take full grasp of the No. 10 spot with 1,461 career points. McFadden has also jumped Kris Shields, Mary Helen Walker and Anna Kinne. O'Dell, who leads the team with 269 points thus far, has now entered the 1,300-point mark with 1,373 total career points and now holds the 11th spot, passing Ann Lambiotte. She has also moved past Mary Helen Walker and Anna Kinne. 

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 4-17 on the year, including a 2-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost four consecutive contests, and are coming off a 53-31 loss at American. Junior forward LaKeisha Wright leads the team with averages of 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 42.0 percent (84 of 200) of her shots from the field. Junior guard Lauren Jackson has averaged 10.3 points per game and hit 31.0 percent (26 of 84) of her three-point field goal attempts, while junior forward Elizabeth Virgin has added 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Tammy Smith, who owns an overall record of 55-196 in nine seasons with the Leopards.

NEXT UP FOR THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross will start a three-game homestretch against Army beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Army won the first meeting this season, 65-61 on Jan. 13.