Women's Basketball Holds Senior Day Against Lehigh Saturday
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-19, 4-8 PL) vs. Lehigh (25-3, 12-1 PL)
Date: February 27, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM,
Worcester; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play, www.worcesterpike.com,
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access, www.all-access.cbssports.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads
Last Meeting: Lehigh 58, Holy Cross 52 (Jan. 30, 2010, Bethlehem, Pa.)
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST LEHIGH: Saturday's match-up will be the 47th meeting between Holy Cross and Lehigh with the Crusaders owning a 37-9 advantage over the Mountain Hawks. The teams first met in Holy Cross' inaugural season of Patriot League play (1990-1991), earning two back-to-back victories, a 75-55 home victory and then an 87-56 tally on the road. After compiling six consecutive wins against Lehigh from Feb. 1, 1992 until Jan. 15, 1994, the Crusaders were handed their first loss, falling 77-74 in Bethlehem, Pa. on Feb. 9, 1994. Holy Cross avenged the loss with 18 back-to-back wins over the Mountain Hawks, including a 94-68 win in the Patriot League Tournament championship game held at the Hart Center. The teams have traded wins since then, as Lehigh has won seven of the last 11 meetings, including both games from last season. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is responsible for the 37-9 record while Mountain Hawk head coach, Sue Troyan, is 8-27 against the Crusaders. The Crusaders look to break a three-game slide against Lehigh on Saturday, as the Mountain Hawks won the first meeting this season, 58-52, on their home court.
HOLY CROSS AGAINST CONFERENCE FOES: The 2009-2010 season marks the 20th year of Patriot League competition for the Crusaders. After topping Colgate for the second time this season, 78-65, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Crusaders now stand at 5-8 in league play, ranking fourth in the standings. Four final regular season games on Saturday will determine the ultimate seedings for the 2010 Patriot League tournament, with 16 scenarios involved. Holy Cross' eight conference losses are the most number of league defeats by a Crusaders team all-time. The 2006-2007 squad held the largest number of losses during the regular season as it finished the season with a 7-7 record. That year's team made a huge comeback however, earning Holy Cross' last Patriot League Tournament title and bid to the NCAA tournament. Over the last 19 seasons and in the 13 games played this season, the team has competed in a total of 265 league match-ups, dropping 60 games total for a .774 winning percentage. 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 205-60 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, totaling 172 wins and 34 losses (.835 winning percentage). 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 (.932) against Colgate, winning 41 of 44 games played.
PLAYING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: There are three types of nicknames that begin with Mountain amongst all collegiate institutions and include the Mountain Hawks, the Mountain Lions and the Mountain Cats. Lehigh is the only collegiate institution that uses the nickname Mountain Hawks while there is one college (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) that bears the Mountain Cats title. Four schools call themselves the Mountain Lions and include Alliant International in California, Concord in West Virginia, Colorado-Colorado Springs and Young Harris in Georgia. Holy Cross has played two of the six schools that incorporate mountain in to its nickname; Lehigh and Alliant International. The Crusaders topped the Alliant Mountain Lions during the 1988-1989 season, winning 94-84 in California. In all, Holy Cross holds a 38-9 record against "mountain" teams.
SENIOR SALUTE: Five members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be taking part in their final regular season game at the Hart Center against Colgate. Senior forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.), guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.), guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.), guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) and guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) will both be honored before the game. This year's seniors were the last class to compete in the NCAA Tournament after they won the 2007 Patriot League Championship as freshmen. The five players have combined to play in a total of 425 games, having won 72 games, including 40 Patriot League match-ups over five seasons. 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.
O'DELL ON TOP: Senior Bethany O'Dell remains on top of her game despite a limited number of minutes played and has made a successful return to the starting lineup in the last three games. After seeing a combined 108 minutes of playing time in the prior seven contests, an average of 15 minutes played per game, O'Dell has played in a total of 95 minutes at starting guard in the last four games, averaging 24 minutes. Over the four game stretch, O'Dell has returned to form, sinking 44 percent of her field goals, including a four-for-five performance from beyond the arc against Navy on Feb. 17. She scored 16 points versus Navy on Feb. 17 and followed with 11 points at American on Feb. 20. She has registered double-digit scoring performances in three of the last four games and in a total of 19 games this season. Regardless of her limited playing time, O'Dell remains amongst the team's top performers, ranking second in points per game (12.6) and first in three-point field goals made (60). O'Dell also continues to rank amongst the nation's best, ranking 46th in three-point field goal percentage (41.4) as of Feb. 25. Her influence is now written in the Patriot League record books as she currently ranks second on the Patriot League's all-time record list for made three-pointers (275), just below Lehigh's Alex Ross (277). 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, a .857 percent three-point outing. In 116 career games played, O'Dell holds the top spot in the Holy Cross record books with her 275 three-point shots made and 691 attempts.
SEASONED IMPACT: Senior captain Briana McFadden 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. In the last game against Colgate, McFadden tied her career and season-high with five three-point shots made and finished the game with a 5-for-8 three-point field goal performance, also tying the team-high with 20 total points. McFadden has started every game since sitting out the Bucknell game on Jan. 16, combining to score 126 points in 10 games, an average of 12.6 points per game. She broke through for a team-high 20 points in the game against Navy, notching a season-high number of free throws made in a game (10-of-11) and a season-best .667 field goal percentage (four-of-six). She followed with a 12-point performance at American on Feb. 20 and has scored in double-figures in the last four contests. Since coming to Holy Cross, McFadden has played in 122 contests, including 119 starts at guard. Through 28 contests so far this season, McFadden has scored in double-digits in 21 total contests, a team-high. McFadden averages 12.8 points per game, which now leads the team and ties four fourth 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 157 times, sinking 114 shots. McFadden's .726 free throw percentage also ranks fourth amongst league performers. Her perfect two-of-two free throw outing at American was the sixth time this season and 34th 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 eight contests, including her 20-point performance at Colgate on Feb. 24. She has also made herself the team's most consistent rebounder, tying her career-high of nine rebounds against Howard on Dec. 30. She has led the team in rebounding in two of the last three games, averaging 6.3 rebounds in those contests and bringing her season average to 4.6 rebounds per game. McFadden has now recorded a career-high of 124 rebounds in a season after collecting seven rebounds in the last Colgate game. She has led the team in rebounds in nine contests total.
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 during Patriot League play. In the 13 conference games so far, Fremeau averages 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. She recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and a season and team-high 10 rebounds in the game against Colgate on Feb. 24, proving her versatility. In all 27 games, Fremeau has scored in double-figures in 20 contests, including a six-game streak from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20 and now in seven of the last eight games. She has also been the team's top-scorer in five of the last 11 contests. In the win over Bucknell on Feb. 13, Fremeau made eight of her 13 field goal attempts to lead the team with 16 points. Because of her performance, she was unanimously voted as the Rev. George L. Brien Award recipient, presented to the most valuable player in the Holy Cross Winter Homecoming game. Her offensive production continued to climb in the meeting with Colgate on Jan. 27, 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) and 14 points against Lafayette (Feb. 6). She has now tied her career-high in points four times this season after notching another 18-point performance against Navy on Feb. 17. On the season, Fremeau has scored 341 points, topping the 243 points she scored last year and bringing her career total to 626 points. Fremeau also 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. Her season-high of 10 rebounds against Colgate is just one 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 13 of 28 performances. She averages 33.6 minutes played per game, ranking sixth amongst Patriot League players. In 28 total games played, she leads the team in field goal attempts (346) and field goals made (141). She is also the team's leading rebounder, totaling 148 boards, an average of 5.3 rebounds per-game.
TRIUMPHANT TRIO: After combining to score 54 of the team's 69 points against Navy on Feb. 17,the team's three scoring leaders, junior Whitney Fremeau and seniors Briana McFadden and Bethany O'Dell proved their offensive impact on a team that ranks third amongst league opponents in scoring offense (59.7). The three have totaled 1,007 points between them so far this season, including a combined 40 points against Colgate on Feb. 27. The three combine to average 12.0 points per game. McFadden now leads the way with 349 points, an average of 12.9 points per game. The three rank within the top 10 in scoring in the Patriot League, placing in a tie for fourth (McFadden), seventh (O'Dell, 12.6) and eighth (Fremeau, 12.2). They have also tallied 60 double-digit scoring contests, with McFadden earning 21 double-digit performances to lead the team. Fremeau and O'Dell follow closely behind with 20 and 19 double-figure scoring outings respectively. All three have been the team's top scorers in 22 of 28 contests with O'Dell leading the way with nine games as Holy Cross' top point performer.
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. After scoring a team-high 15 points versus American on Feb. 20, Lepley continued to have a hot hand, making nine of her 11 shot attempts from the field against Colgate for a season-high 20 points, tying the team-high. Her nine field goals made and 11 attempts were season-highs as she has now tied or led the team in scoring in four games this season, including the last two games. Lepley also 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/season-high 10 rebounds. With her double-double, Lepley became the only freshman in the league to reach such a feat this season. She is also the only member on the 2009-2010 Holy Cross roster to score a double-double as a freshman. Lepley led the team in scoring for the first time this season in the game versus Dartmouth, tallying 13 points. She also recorded a season-high field goal percentage in that game, making .857 percent of her shots (6-of-7). Because of her ever-improving performances on the hardwood and for her continued impact on the Holy Cross team, Lepley has been named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week five times, more than any other conference player this season. She picked up her fifth award on Feb. 1 after averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the two contests against Navy (Feb. 17) and American (Feb. 20). In the Jan. 27 Colgate game, Lepley notched another top performance, tallying a team and season-high six steals. She currently ranks seventh amongst the league with 1.5 steals per game. After 28 total games, Lepley has become the team's most versatile player. She has scored in double-digits in nine contests and has earned 21 starts for her efforts, including three-consecutive starts against Maine, Penn State and Harvard and again in the last 18 match-ups. She has also led or tied the team-high in rebounds in six contests. She has a total of 105 rebounds on the season, an average of 3.8 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 (178) and scoring average (6.4). She now ranks first on the team with a .442 field goal percentage after averaging .714 percent from field goal range in the last two games. She is also the team leader in steals (41) and second in blocks (12).
WARD IN THE CLUTCH: Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.), who has played in all 28 games, including 18 starts for the Crusaders at point guard, has turned herself into a clutch player, providing a spark for many late-in-the-game rallies. 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. She has posted double-digits in four of the last 10 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 (.429), sinking 24 of 56 attempts. Ward is averaging 6.3 points against Patriot League opponents and has averaged 5.4 points per game in all 27 contests. Also highlighting her sophomore season was a career-high 15-point outing against Howard, as she tallied career-highs in field goals made (6); three-point shots made (3) and three-point shots attempted (4). Ward tallied another career-high in the last game against Colgate, marking six assists to lead the team and currently ranks 11th amongst league players with 2.2 assists per game. She has improved tri-fold in scoring this season, as her 5.4 points per game average is more than four points better than the 1.2 points she averaged last season. In 28 contests, Ward averages 27.0 minutes, a .336 field goal percentage and 1.7 rebounds.
HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross, who has played in 10 home games so far this season, will wrap up its regular season at home on Saturday, entering the game with 3-7 Hart Center record. The team won the third home game most recently against Bucknell on Feb. 13, coming away with a 65-60 victory but then followed with a 77-69 loss against navy on Feb. 17. In program history, the Hart Center has traditionally been a place where opponents have had trouble adjusting to. The Crusaders currently have a .787 home victory percentage since becoming a Division I program. The 2009-2010 season marks the 35th season of women's basketball competition at the Hart Center as the program holds an all-time 327-102 advantage at home. The Crusaders posted 24 straight winning records at home from 1979-1980 through 2002-2003 and have five straight winning records going into 2009-2010. Combined, the Crusaders have won 128 of 159 meetings against this year's home opponents. The last team to finish the season with a losing home record was the 2003-2004 squad, who posted five wins and seven losses on the Hart Center hardwood. This year's team has now tied the most number of losses at the Hart Center in a season, collecting seven losses at home thus far. Only four teams all-time have ended their seasons with losing home records.
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 485-264 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.
BEYOND THE ARC: The Crusaders have capitalized on their biggest scoring weapon this season, the three-point shot, and marked 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. In 28 contests, the team has attempted 525 three-pointers and has made 176 (.335), including the most recent eight-for-23 outing against Colgate on Feb. 24 (.348 percent). The .335 percentage ranks second amongst Patriot League foes as the team made .474 percent of their its three-point attempts against Navy on Feb. 17, marking the best three-point field goal percentage against a league opponent so far. Against Holy Cross, opponents have tried 511 three-point shots, making 155 of them. The team most recently held Colgate to seven three-point shots made in 23 attempts (.304). Through all games, Holy Cross' three-point field goal defense percentage ranks fourth in the league (.303). In league play, the team has made 70 three-point shots in 231 attempts (.303 percent). 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 60 three-pointers made. The team's 178 three-pointers made this season ranks third-most in the Holy Cross team record books.
CALM UNDER PRESSURE: The Crusaders have remained strong from the free throw line through all 28 games, missing just one free-throw attempt in five contests this season, including their best performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (17-18 total, .944). Through all games so far, the Crusaders have shot more free throws then their opponents in 14 contests, winning seven of those games, which includes the last contest against Colgate. The team currently averages .732 percent from the line, making 342 of 467 tries, ranking second in the Patriot League behind American (.754). They have shot over 65 percent from the line in 21 contests, including 12 of the last 15 match-ups. Senior Bethany O'Dell leads the team with a free throw average of .855 percent (47-55) while four other players have made 80 percent or above of their free throw attempts, including junior Whitney Fremeau (.804), senior Christy Cushnie (.813), sophomore Meredith Ward (.809) and senior Tayana Carper (.824). 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 223 steals in 26 games, an average of 8.0 steals per-contest. The team ranks third amongst Patriot League opponents in the steals category and is averaging 0.3 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 on Jan. 27 and 10 steals against Lehigh on Jan. 30. The Crusaders have also marked more steals then their opponents in 15 contests, including the most recent game against Colgate where they stole the ball six times compared to four steals by the Raiders. Freshman Amy Lepley, who collected 10 steals in the two games against American (Jan. 24) and Colgate (Jan. 27), now ranks first on the team with 41 steals on the season. She also ranks seventh in the league with a 1.5 steals per game average. Senior Bethany O'Dell, who has collected 37 total steals (14 steals per game) ranks ninth amongst league opponents. Both have recorded six steals in a single game, marking the team-high.
HELPING HANDS: Holy Cross currently averages 13.9 assists per game, ranking second in the Patriot League behind Saturday's opponents, Lehigh (14.3). On the season, the team has collected a total of 390 assists, including senior Briana McFadden's team-high 73 assists. The team has combined for more than 11 assists in 22 contests, including nine of the last 10 meetings. 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 14 games. McFadden currently ranks sixth in the conference with an average of 2.7 assists per game. Senior Jessica Pearson set a career-high with five assists, leading the team against Navy on Feb. 17 while sophomore Meredith Ward led that team with six assists against Colgate on Feb. 24, recording her career-high.
TURNOVER TENACITY: Turning the ball over has not been a problem for the Crusaders this season, as they currently own a +1.0 turnover margin through 28 games. The margin is third-best in Patriot League ranks. Altogether, the team has turned the ball over just 435 times while opponents have turned the ball over 464 times. The team is 7-7 in games where they turn the ball over less than opponents while they stand at 2-10 when they commit more turnovers. This proved true most recently against Colgate on Feb. 24, as the team held a 9-11 turnover margin, winning by the final score of 78-65 and earning 18 points off Raider turnovers. Against American on Feb. 20, the Crusaders turned the ball over two more times than the Eagles (12-10), dropping a 70-61 decision. The nine turnovers made by the team against Colgate marked the season-low.
TALE OF THE HALVES: Scoring in the second half has been the most troublesome for the Crusaders so far this season. There have been seven occasions out of 28 total games where the Crusaders have outscored opponents in the second half, including the games against Bryant (Nov. 18) Dartmouth (Jan. 2), Bucknell (Jan. 16 & Feb. 13), Colgate (Jan. 27 & Feb. 24) 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 and finished the second half with a 33-32 point advantage. While opponents outscore Holy Cross in both halves, the team has taken a lead into the halftime in 12 of 28 match-ups. In all, Holy Cross has scored 814 points in the first half next to opponents' 864 points (-50 points). The second half is a bit more lopsided as opponents currently tally a 937-831 second half scoring advantage (-106 points). Luckily, the team has escaped second-half comeback attempts in six contests, including the Feb. 6 game against Lafayette. The team has lost a 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. Currently the team stands with a record of 1-13 after trailing at halftime and 7-5 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. For the second time this season, Holy Cross tied a team in rebounding, pulling down an even 29 boards against American on Feb. 20. The Feb. 24 game at Colgate became just the third time this season that the team has not been outrebounded, as Holy Cross combined for a 40-39 rebounding advantage. The Jan. 24 game against American was also a feat, as Holy Cross outrebounded the Eagles 38-36, marking the first game of the season 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 28contests, opponents are out-rebounding the Crusaders 1096-868, a margin of 8.1 boards per game. The team pulled down a season-low 21 rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut and has brought down fewer than 30 rebounds in 10 games thus far. In the Feb. 13 game against Bucknell, Holy Cross was outrebounded 46-25, marking the largest rebounding deficit recorded the season. Holy Cross has, however, posted at least 30 rebounds in 11 of the last 16 contests and currently averages 31.0 rebounds per game. The Crusaders are led by junior Whitney Fremeau who averages 5.3 rebounds per contest.
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 28 contests so far, the two captains have already jumped at least three spots on that list. McFadden, who has scored 349 total points this season, just moved past Katie O'Keefe (1,538 points) to take hold of the No. 9 spot with 1,544 career points. O'Dell, who has scored 327 points thus far, has just moved into the 1,400-points mark with 1,431 total career points, holding the 11th spot.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters Saturday's game with a league-best overall record of 25-3 on the year, including a 12-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks come to the Hart Center on a 12-game winning streak, most recently topping Bucknell 56-41. Junior guard Erica Prosser leads the team with an average of 14.1 points and 119 assists. Sophomore forward Emily Gratch has averaged 12.1 points per game and has hit .540 percent of her field goal attempts this season while senior guard Alex Ross averages 11.0 points. Lehigh is led by head coach Sue Troyan, who owns an overall record of 232-203 in 15 seasons with the Mountain Hawks.