Crusaders Face Army In Patriot League Quarterfinals Saturday
Game Day Quick Facts
Event: Patriot League Quarterfinals
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-20, 5-9 PL) vs. Army (11-17, 5-9 PL)
Date: March 6, 2010
Time: 12:00 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: Army 60, Holy Cross 54 (Feb. 10, 2010, Worcester, Mass.)
CRUSADERS SET FOR 2010 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross opens up play in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament on Saturday, March 6, as it plays as the No. 5 seed in the 2010 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament, matching up with Army, the No. 4 seed at 12:00 p.m. The tournament is hosted by Holy Cross as the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played on the Hart Center hardwood. The winner of the Holy Cross-Army game will move on to face the Lehigh-Bucknell winner in the semifinals on Sunday, March 7, with the championship game set for Saturday, March 13 at the highest remaining seed. This is the first time since the 2006-2007 season that Holy Cross has hosted the first two rounds of the women's tournament.
THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 5 seed in the Patriot League tournament, marking the first time the Crusaders have ever been the fifth seed in the tournament. Throughout the program's history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament 11 times, including seven consecutive season dating from 1997 until 2003. In all, the Crusaders have recorded 17 wins and two losses as the top seed. They have also been the No. 2 seed four times (9-3), No. 3 two times (4-1) and No. 4 two times (0-2). Holy Cross stands at 0-2 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games when it has been seeded lower than its opponent. The Crusaders enter Saturday's game having lost the last two tournament match-ups, falling to the No. 5 seed Bucknell in the 2008 Patriot League Championship game and then to the No. 5 seed Army in the quarterfinals of last season's Patriot League Tournament. Holy Cross was seeded second in 2008 and fourth last year.
DON'T CALL IT AN UPSET: The Crusaders will attempt to become the 15th No. 5 seed in Patriot League Tournament history to defeat the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinals. The No. 5 seed has beaten the No. 4 seed the last two seasons, including in 2008 when Bucknell won the whole tournament. Only one team lower than the No. 3 seed has ever won a Patriot League Tournament title, as the 2008 Bucknell team, who topped the Crusaders in the championship game, became the only No. 5 seed to advance past the semifinal round.
TOURNAMENT TIP INS: The Crusaders, who face Army in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season, stand 3-2 all-time against the Black Knights in tournament play. This marks the third time in four seasons the two schools have met in the conference tournament, including last year's match-up where Holy Cross was seeded fourth and Army was seeded fifth. The Black Knights took that quarterfinal contest by a 54-47 final score. The teams had never met in the quarterfinal round until last season. Prior to 2009, Holy Cross faced off with Army in the 1991 championship game, the 2001 semifinal round, in the 2003 championship game and the 2006 championship game. The Crusaders won both the 1991 and 2003 Patriot League Tournament titles and topped the Black Knights, 70-50 on their way to the 2001 Patriot League championship. The No. 1 seed Army got its revenge in the 2006 championship match, beating out the second seeded Crusaders by one-point, 69-68 on its home court of Christl Arena. Army has now won the last two Patriot League tournament meetings. The 2009-2010 Patriot League tournament marks the 23rd time Holy Cross will play a tournament game on its home court, the Hart Center. The Crusaders have been dominant when playing at home, 20 of 22 tournament contests. The last time a tournament game was played in Worcester, Mass., the Crusaders lost to Bucknell in the Patriot League Championship game, falling 57-45. Holy Cross has hosted the Patriot League Tournament four times, including the 1993, 1996, 2005 and 2006 seasons. When hosting, Holy Cross has recorded 11 wins and one loss.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST ARMY: Saturday's match-up will be the 46th meeting all-time between Holy Cross and Army, with the Crusaders owning a 28-17 advantage over the Black Knights. The teams first met in Holy Cross' inaugural season of Patriot League play. The Crusaders won the first meeting at the Hart Center, 67-57 on Jan. 23, 1991. The Crusaders went on to win the next four meetings, outscoring Army 255-221. Head coach Bill Gibbons is responsible for the 28-17 record, as he suffered his first career loss against the Black Knights, 54-52, in an away game on Jan. 13, 1993. The Hart Center has been a friendly atmosphere for the Crusaders, as they have posted 15 wins in 21 match-ups against the Black Knights in Worcester, Mass. Army head coach Dave Magarity has been very successful against Holy Cross, collecting an 11-1 record in his first four seasons at the helm. Army won the first seven contests with Magarity as head coach before the Crusaders broke up the slide on Jan. 14, 2009, 57-41. The Black Knights currently hold a four-game win streak going into Wednesday's game after winning the last meeting, 60-54 in Worcester, Mass.
HOLY CROSS AGAINST CONFERENCE FOES: The 2009-2010 season marks the 20th year of Patriot League competition for the Crusaders. After falling to Lehigh, 65-55, in the final game of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Crusaders wrap up with a regular season record of 5-9 in league play, ranking fifth in the standings. Holy Cross' nine 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 prior 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 14 games played this season, the team has competed in a total of 266 league match-ups, dropping 61 games total for a .771 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 205-61 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 35 losses (.797 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.
FREMEAU AND MCFADDEN NAB SECOND TEAM ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS: Senior captain Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) have been named to the 2009-2010 second team All-Patriot League women's basketball squad for their stellar effort this season. McFadden is named to an All-Patriot League team for the third time in her career while Fremeau picks up the honor for the first time. McFadden has averaged a team-high 12.7 points this season, making 36.6 percent (101 of 276) of her field goal attempts and also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. She ranks fifth amongst league players in scoring, sixth in assists and 17th in rebounding. On the season, McFadden has notched 21 double-digit scoring games, reaching the 20-point plateau five times. She leads the team with a total of 75 assists, an average of 2.7 assists per game. Over the course of her Holy Cross career, McFadden has now scored 1,550 points, ranking seventh on the Holy Cross 1,000-point scorers list. Fremeau has averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season, tallying the most points (358) and rebounds (157) by any Crusader. She was even more impressive against Patriot League opponents, averaging 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in conference contests. She ranks 10th amongst league players in rebounding and eighth in scoring. On the season, Fremeau has led the team in rebounding in 14 contests and in scoring over eight contests. She also tallied her second career double-double this season as well. Over her three years playing at Holy Cross, Fremeau has totaled 643 points and 319 rebounds. Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) was named to the All-Rookie Team as well. Lepley, who just picked up her sixth Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor this season, was joined by Army's Molly Yardley, Bucknell's Rachel Voss, Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch and Navy's Chey Arvin.
O'DELL ON TOP: Senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) 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 final four games of the regular season. 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 118 minutes at starting guard in the last five games, averaging 24 minutes. Over the five game stretch, O'Dell has returned to form, sinking 39 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 five 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 (12.4) and first in three-point field goals made (61). O'Dell also continues to rank amongst the nation's best, ranking 34th in three-point field goal percentage (41.2) as of March 3. 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 (276), just below Lehigh's Alex Ross (279). 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 117 career games played, O'Dell holds the top spot in the Holy Cross record books with her 276 three-point shots made and 693 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 Feb. 24 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 132 points in 11 games, an average of 12.0 points per game. She broke through for a team-high 20 points in the game against Navy on Feb. 17, 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 four of the final five regular season contests. Since coming to Holy Cross, McFadden has played in 123 contests, including 120 starts at guard. Through all contests this season, McFadden has scored in double-digits in 21 total contests, a team-high. McFadden averages 12.7 points per game, which leads the team and ranks 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 159 times, sinking 115 shots. McFadden's .723 free throw percentage also ranks fourth amongst league performers. Her perfect two-of-two free throw outing at American on Feb. 20 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. 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 final four games, averaging 6.3 rebounds in those contests. She ends the regular season averaging 4.5 rebounds per game, tying her career-high set last year.
FREMEAU REACHES NEW HEIGHTS: Junior Whitney Fremeau 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. Because of her impressive season, Fremeau was named to the second team All-Patriot League. In the 14 conference games, Fremeau averaged 12.6 points and 5.5 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 29 games, Fremeau has scored in double-figures in 21 contests, including a six-game streak from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20 and in eight of the final nine regular season games. She was also the team's top-scorer in six of the last 12 contests, wrapping up the last regular season game with 17 points against Lehigh on Feb. 27. 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. She then tied her top career-mark of 18 points after making a career-high nine field goals against Colgate on Jan. 27. 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 tied her career-high in points four times this season. In all, Fremeau has scored 358 points, topping the 243 points she scored last year. She now has a total of 643 career 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 started every game 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 14 of 29 performances. She averages 33.7 minutes played per game, ranking fifth amongst Patriot League players. Fremeau also leads the team in field goal attempts (361) and field goals made (149). She is the team's leading rebounder, totaling 157 boards, an average of 5.5 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 (59.6 points per game). The three have totaled 1,007 points between them so far this season, including a total of 40 points against Colgate on Feb. 27. The three combine to average 12.1 points per game. Fremeau now leads the way with 358 points while McFadden has 355 and O'Dell has 336. The three rank within the top 10 in scoring in the Patriot League, placing in a fifth (McFadden, 12.7), seventh (O'Dell, 12.4) and eighth (Fremeau, 12.3). They have also tallied 61 double-digit scoring contests, with McFadden and Fremeau earning 21 double-digit performances to lead the team. O'Dell follows closely behind with 19 double-figure scoring outings. All three have been the team's top scorers in 23 of 29 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. She finished out the regular season with a 14-point, five rebound performance against Lehigh, collecting double-digit performances in the final three 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 was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week six times, more than any other conference player this season. She picked up her sixth award on March 1 after averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the final two regular season contests against Colgate and Lehigh. She was also selected to the 2010 Patriot League All-Rookie Team for her stellar freshman campaign. On Jan. 27 against Colgate, Lepley notched another top performance, tallying a team and season-high six steals. She ranks seventh amongst the league with 1.5 steals per game and leads the team with 43 total steals. After all 29 games, Lepley has become the team's most versatile player. She has earned 21 starts for her efforts, including three-consecutive starts against Maine, Penn State and Harvard and again in the final 19 match-ups of the regular season. She has also led or tied the team-high in rebounds in six contests. She has a total of 110 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 (192) and scoring average (6.6). She now ranks first on the team with a .454 field goal percentage after averaging .711 percent from field goal range in the final three games.
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 (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.), Briana McFadden, Bethany O'Dell and Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.). 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 426 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.
HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross, played in a total of 11 home games this season, rounding out the regular season with a 3-8 Hart Center record. The team lost its final home game, 65-55, against Lehigh on Feb. 27. The 2010 Patriot League Tournament will serve as the fifth time Holy Cross has hosted the tournament. The team has won 11 of the 12 games when playing on the Hart center hardwood in a tournament situation. Through all home games in program history, 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 327-103 advantage at home. The Crusaders posted 24 straight winning records at home from 1979-1980 through 2002-2003 and had 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 posted the most number of losses at the Hart Center in a season, collecting eight total losses at home. Only four teams all-time have ended their seasons with losing home records.
HEAD COACH BILL GIBBONS: 25th SEASON: Bill Gibbons is completing a milestone 25th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program in 2009-2010. He has compiled a 485-265 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 all 29 contests, the team has attempted 541 three-pointers and has made 182 (.336), including the last 6-for-16 outing against Lehigh on Feb. 27 (.375 percent). The season's .336 percentage ranks second amongst Patriot League foes. The team made .474 percent of its three-point attempts against Navy on Feb. 17, marking the best three-point field goal percentage against a league opponent this season. Against Holy Cross, opponents have tried 529 three-point shots, making 162 of them. The team ended the regular season holding Lehigh to seven three-point shots made in 18 attempts (.389). Through all games, Holy Cross' three-point field goal defense percentage ranks fourth in the league (.306). Over league play, the team has made 76 three-point shots in 247 attempts (.308 percent). Eight players on the 2009-2010 roster made a three-point shot this season, with senior Bethany O'Dell leading the way with a total of 61 three-pointers made. The team's 182 three-pointers made this season ranks third-most amongst all-time Holy Cross team records.
CALM UNDER PRESSURE: The Crusaders have remained strong from the free throw line through all 29 games, missing just one free-throw attempt in five contests overall, including the top performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (17-18 total, .944). Over the season, the Crusaders have shot more free throws then their opponents in 14 contests, winning seven of those games. The team currently averages .732 percent from the line, making 347 of 474 tries, ranking second in the Patriot League behind American (.751). They have shot over 65 percent from the line in 22 contests, including 13 of the final 16 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 (.807), senior Christy Cushnie (.813), sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) (.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 233 steals in all 29 games, an average of 8.0 steals per contest. The team ranks third amongst Patriot League opponents in the steals category behind Lehigh (9.9) and American (8.1). 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 10 total contests, including a 10-steal outing against Lehigh in the final regular season game. The Crusaders have also marked more steals then their opponents in 16 contests, including the most recent game against Lehigh where they stole the ball 10 times compared to eight steals by the Mountain Hawks. Freshman Amy Lepley, who collected 10 steals in the two games against American (Jan. 24) and Colgate (Jan. 27), ranks first on the team with 43 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 39 total steals (1.4 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 completes the regular season averaging 14.0 assists per game, ranking second in the Patriot League. On the season, the team has collected a total of 407 assists, including senior Briana McFadden's team-high 75 assists. The team has combined for more than 11 assists in 23 contests, including 10 of the final 11 match-ups. They tallied a season-high of 20 assists twice, coming in 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 the 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 all 29 games. The margin is third-best in Patriot League ranks. Altogether, the team has turned the ball over just 483 times while opponents have turned the ball over 482 times. The team is 7-7 in games where they turn the ball over less than opponents while they stand at 2-11when 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. 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 this season. There have been seven occasions out of 29 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 13 of 29 match-ups. In all, Holy Cross has scored 843 points in the first half next to opponents' 887 points (-44 points). The second half is a bit more lopsided as opponents currently tally a 979-857 second half scoring advantage (-122 points). 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 six times this season, most recently against Lehigh on Feb. 27, falling 65-55 after being up 29-23 at halftime. 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 stands with a record of 1-13 after trailing at halftime and 7-6 when leading.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: The biggest challenge for the 2009-2010 squad was the ability to rebound. The Jan. 2 contest against Dartmouth marked the first time this season that the team had not been outrebounded, with each team tallying 32 boards. The Feb. 24 game at Colgate became just the third time this season that the team had not been outrebounded, as Holy Cross combined for a 40-39 rebounding advantage. With six players listed under 6-0 and no real post player, rebounding has been a struggle. In all 29 contests, opponents are out-rebounding the Crusaders 1,124-897, a margin of 7.8 boards per game. The team brought down fewer than 30 rebounds in 10 games. In the Feb. 13 game against Bucknell, Holy Cross was outrebounded 46-25, marking the largest rebounding deficit recorded the season. Holy Cross posted at least 30 rebounds in 18 contests in all and currently averages 30.9 rebounds per game.
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. After 29 games this season, the two captains have jumped at least three spots on that list. McFadden, who has scored 355 total points this season, moved up two more spots, taking hold of the No. 7 spot with 1,550 career points. O'Dell, who has scored 336 points, completes the regular season with 1,440 total career points, holding the 11th spot.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters Saturday's game as the No. 4 seed, rounding out the regular season with an 11-17 record, including a 5-9 mark in the Patriot League. They ended the regular season with a win over Bucknell, 49-37. Junior forward erin Anthony leads the team with an average of 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Junior guard Nalini Hawkins has averaged 10.1 points per game and has hit .348 percent of her field goal attempts this season. Army is led by head coach Dave Magarity, who owns an overall record of 72-47 in four seasons with the Black Knights.