GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-10, 1-3 PL) vs. Bucknell (12-7, 3-1 PL)
Date: January 26, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
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Unofficial Live Statistics: CBS Sports GameTracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 39-13
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 49, Bucknell 38 (Feb. 18, 2012; Sojka Pavilion)
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
F, 32, Amy Lepley, 6-0, Sr.
C, 40, Molly Hourigan, 6-4, Fr.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Jr.
G, 14, Ashley Cooper, 5-10, So.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Jr.
CRUSADERS ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it travels to the Sojka Pavilion to take on Bucknell at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders will continue their road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when they will make the trek to West Point, N.Y. to play Army at 7:00 p.m. After the pair of road contests, Holy Cross will return to the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 to take on Colgate and to wrap up the first half of the Patriot League schedule.
THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 53rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison, with Holy Cross holding the 39-13 series lead in the previous matchups dating back to 1991. Holy Cross heads into this game with a two-game winning streak over Bucknell, and a 5-1 record over the last six contests. The Crusaders won both games last season as they defeated the Bison 70-53, at home, on Jan. 21, 2012 and 49-38, at the Sojka Pavilion, on Feb. 18, 2012. Bucknell's last victory over the Crusaders came on Feb. 12, 2011 as the Bison won 68-52 in Lewisburg, Pa. The schools first met on Jan. 15, 1991 as Holy Cross defeated Bucknell 78-59. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is 39-13 against the Bison, as Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell will face the Crusaders for the first time in his career.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 39-13
In Lewisburg: Holy Cross leads, 14-8
At the Sojka Pavilion: Holy Cross leads, 6-4
In Overtime Games: Series tied, 1-1
Bill Gibbons vs. Bucknell: 39-13
Aaron Roussell vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
LEPLEY BACK TO LEAD HOLY CROSS: After missing the first nine games of the year due to a pre-season injury, senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) has jumped right back into the Holy Cross starting lineup and has performed well. Through 10 games this season, Lepley has averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. In her first game of the season versus Bryant, Lepley shot a perfect 7 of 7 from and field and 2 of 2 from the foul line for 16 total points. She registered her eighth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds versus Dartmouth. In the game at Fordham, Lepley became the 28th player in Holy Cross history to score 1,000 career points. In the Patriot League opener versus Lehigh, Lepley posted team-highs of 17 points and seven rebounds. She was also the leading scorer, with 17 points, in the victory over Lafayette. In Patriot League games, Lepley ranks fourth in the conference in scoring with 15.3 points, ninth with 6.0 rebounds and third with a .511 field-goal percentage. The 2011-2012 second team All-Patriot League player averaged a team-best 13.4 and 6.4 rebounds per contest a season ago and was selected to the 2012-2013 Preseason All-Patriot League team.
WELCOME TO THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: On Jan. 6 versus Fordham, Amy Lepley became the 28th Holy Cross women's basketball player to cross the 1,000 career points milestone. Also, on Jan. 19. Alex Smith became the 29th Crusader to score 1,000 points and the 11th HC player to reach the milestone during or before their junior year. Lepley currently has 1,077 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross, which ranks her 21st on the all-time scoring list. She also became the 75th player in the 23-year history of the Patriot League to score 1,000 points in a career. Meanwhile, Smith now has 1,019 career points, which ties her for 26th on the all-time scoring list, as she became the 76th member of the Patriot League 1,000 point club. This is the first time that two Holy Cross players reached the milestone in the same year since Kaitlin Foley and Brittany Keil both crossed the 1,000 points plateau during the 2006-2007 season. Both Lepley and Smith have a chance to break into the top-20 on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list by season's end.
MALONE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN BACKCOURT: Junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) has done well this season both offensively and defensively for Holy Cross. Through 19 games, Malone is second on the team with 31.7 minutes played per contest and averages 9.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. Her assists mark is first in the Patriot League. She is third in the conference with a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio and is fourth with 1.7 steals. In the season opener versus Yale, Malone scored a career-high 23 points. She also hit the buzzer-beating bucket to lift Holy Cross over Central Connecticut as she posted a season-best nine assists. Malone tied her season best with nine helpers versus Brown. During the 2011-12 campaign, Malone played in all 34 games in and started in all but one. She averaged 8.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in just under 30 minutes per contest.
GANSER STEPPING INTO STARTING ROLE: Junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) has done a great job in the frontcourt for the Crusaders this season. Through 19 games, she is fourth on the team with 8.4 points per contest and is second on the squad with an average of 5.5 rebounds (12th in the Patriot League). Ganser notched her second career double-double with a 17 point and 10 rebound effort versus Fordham. She also posted a season-high 17 points and hauled in seven rebounds against Harvard and 16 points and six rebounds in the win over UMass. Ganser ranks eighth in the Patriot League with 2.5 offensive boards per game and 22nd in scoring. In 2011-2012, she averaged 19.5 minutes of playing time and put up totals of 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Ganser also performed well from the charity stripe last year as she converted on 76.5 percent of her free throws, which was second best on the team.
SCOTT LEARNING QUICKLY FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) has begun her first collegiate season as a key contributor for Holy Cross. In the first 19 games, Scott averages 5.3 points and has 5.1 rebounds per contest. Her rebounds mark ranks 14th in the Patriot League. In her first start versus New Hampshire, Scott posted 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in 36 minutes of action. Her best game of the season came at Manhattan, as the freshman recorded the first Crusaders double-double of the season with a 10 point and 12 rebound effort with six offensive boards. She also scored 11 points in the win over Brown. In the win over Lafayette, Scott hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds. Scott has started in 14 of the 19 games this season for Holy Cross.
PARKER WORKING HARD IN THE POST: Sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has been a strong presence in the frontcourt for the Crusaders this season, and has returned from injury after missing six games. In 12 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 7.2 points, fourth with 5.0 rebounds and first with 1.0 blocks per contest. She scored a season-best 18 points versus Yale in the season opener as she grabbed seven rebounds in the game against Boston College. In the win over Manhattan, Parker tallied nine points and a season-best nine rebounds. Parker is coming off a solid freshman campaign in which she took home Patriot League All-Rookie team accolades in 2011-2012. Last year, the 6'2" Parker played the number five position on the floor for the Crusaders as she appeared in 32 contests, starting in 31 of them. A season ago, she averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while also blocking a team-best 38 shots. Her points mark was third on the squad, while her rebound average was second.
COOPER STEPPING UP FOR HOLY CROSS: Sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) has been inserted into the starting lineup over the past two contests and has given the Crusaders another offensive threat. After missing the first 11 games of the season due to injury, the long-range sharpshooter has averaged 6.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest in 18.6 minutes per game. She has connected on 11 of 30 of her attempts from behind the arc (.367) and is shooting 40 percent from the field (19 of 47). Through eight games, Cooper ranks second on the team in three-pointers made and three-point percentage. In her first action of the season versus Bethune-Cookman, Cooper hit her first three shots from downtown, as she was the second leading scorer with a career-best 13 points. In the Patriot League opener versus Lehigh, she tied her career-high of 13 points. In her first career start against Lehigh, Cooper posted seven points and three rebounds.
HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has seen in increase in minutes over the last few games and has shown she can be a strong presence in the paint for Holy Cross. In only 11 minutes of action versus Bethune-Cookman, Hourigan grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. During the following matchup versus Dartmouth, she scored a season-best 10 points, while she hauled in six boards in 19 minutes of action. In the loss to Navy, Hourigan had six points and five rebounds, while blocking two shots. Hourigan made her first career start at American as she hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to go along with four points and two blocks. For the season, she has posted 2.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 8.5 minutes per game. Her blocks mark ranks eighth-best in the Patriot League.
FRESHMAN FRENZY: Holy Cross adds five new faces to this year's team with a large freshman class. Guards Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.), Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) and Jenn Walsh (Dallas, Texas) all were league champions for their respective high schools. Gillespie was also named Washington D.C. Gatorade girls basketball player of the year as a senior. In the front court, Raquel Scott and Molly Hourigan add size to an already tall front line. The 6'0" Scott comes from Immaculate Heart Academy, while the 6'4" Hourigan is the team's only center and is from Jordan-Elbridge. All five freshmen have seen action this season. Mifsud has played in all 19 games this season and is averaging 2.9 points in 15.7 minutes per contest as she scored 11 points twice this season, versus Yale and Quinnipiac. Gillespie has made two starts for the Crusaders and averages 5.0 minutes per game.
OFF THE BENCH: With some early season injuries, many bench players have stepped up for the Crusaders. Senior forward Kaitlin Cole (Springfield, Pa.) has been a spark on the defensive side of the ball as she averages 1.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 8.6 minutes per game. In the Yale game, Cole posted career-highs with six rebounds and four steals, while versus Boston College, she also added a career-best three assists. She registered a career-high 28 minutes of action versus UMass to go along with four swipes. Sophomore forward Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) has averaged 8.1 minutes per contest with 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. In the game versus Central Connecticut, Sullivan scored 13 points in the first half on six-of-six shooting, which was a career-high. She also connected on her first collegiate three-pointer in the game versus the Blue Devils. Sullivan made her first career start versus Manhattan and scored six points. Junior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) has provided defensive help after missing the first six games of the season due to injury. In the loss to Northeastern, Hamner played 16 minutes off the bench and scored four points to go along with career-bests of four assists and six rebounds. This season, Hamner is averaging 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per contest. Senior guard Alexis Nicholas (Jamaica, N.Y.) has seen an average of 2.5 minutes of playing time this season and connected on her first collegiate three-pointer versus Brown.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley scored a game-best 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Crusaders to a come-from-behind, 60-55, victory over Lafayette in Patriot League women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 9-10 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards slip to 7-12 on the season and 0-4 in the conference. With 6:41 left in the second half, Lafayette held a nine-point, 52-43, advantage. Holy Cross, who led at halftime, embarked on what would be a game-changing rally to conclude the contest. The Crusaders scored 15 straight points during the run, including seven from Lepley and five from junior guard Brisje Malone to gain the 60-52 lead with 22 seconds on the clock. Holy Cross forced three turnovers and held the Leopards to 0-6 shooting during the finish, until Lafayette hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock for its only points over the final six-plus minutes. Holy Cross started the game firing as it held the 13-1 lead with 13:50 on the clock. Junior guard Alex Smith scored six points during the rally for the Crusaders. Lafayette would slowly chip into the deficit as it worked the score to 18-15 with a 14-5 rally over the next three minutes. Holy Cross answered with seven straight points to go ahead 25-15, with 7:13 on the clock, before it was able to push its margin back to 12 points (31-19) at the 3:18 mark of the first half. The Leopards ended the half on a 5-2 spurt to trail Holy Cross at halftime, 33-24. Lafayette carried its momentum over into the beginning of the second half as it exploded on a 12-2 scoring surge to gain its first lead (36-35) with 15:44 on the clock. The Leopards continued to push ahead as they gained the 43-38 advantage with 12:43 left in the second half. Holy Cross would pick up the pace and trail only by two points (45-43) at the 9:12 mark, before a 7-0 rally by Lafayette gave it the 52-43 lead and set the game up for the dramatic finish. In addition to Lepley's performance, Malone chipped in with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Smith posted 12 points, a game-high six assists and four boards. Freshman forward Raquel Scott scored six points and hauled in a game-best 10 rebounds. Kelly Loughney and Linnel Macklin each scored 12 points to lead Lafayette. Holy Cross connected on 43 percent of its shots from the floor (22 of 51), while the Leopards drained 21 of 57 from the field (37 percent). The Crusaders canned 5 of 13 from behind the arc (39 percent), as Lafayette made 44 percent of its shots from downtown (44 percent). Holy Cross went 11 of 18 from the charity stripe (61 percent) and Lafayette hit 71 percent of its shots from the free-throw line (5 of 7). The Crusaders held advantages in rebounds (40-31), blocks (4-2), points in the paint (30-14) and second chance points (7-5).
SCORING TRENDS: During the 2012-2013 season, Holy Cross has boasted strong records based on scoring trends. In games where its opponents score less than 60 points, Holy Cross is a perfect 6-0. Also, the Crusaders are 8-5 when they score 60 points or more this season. Lastly, when the Crusaders enter the second half with the lead, they have an overall record of 7-2.
HELP ME HELP YOU: Last season, Holy Cross was ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League with 16.9 assists per contest and that largely had to do with junior guards Alex Smith and Brisje Malone. In 2012-2013, the pair has combined for 151 of Holy Cross' 286 assists with a combined average of 8.0 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.2 assists per game, while Smith is just behind her in second place with 3.8 helpers per contest. In the game versus Central Connecticut, the pair combined for 14 assists on the team's 22 made field goals.
"SMITH"-SONIAN LEAVING MARK IN RECORD BOOK: Alex Smith is marking her name all over the Holy Cross career record books with her phenomenal play. The junior is now second on the list with 225 three-pointers made, trailing only Bethany O'Dell, who had 277. Her three-pointers converted mark is sixth best in Patriot League history. She is ranks second with 597 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 357 and would move into ninth place with 58 more this season. She is currently fifth on the list with a .377 three-point percentage. In 2011-2012, Smith set Holy Cross records for most minutes played in a season (1199), most games started and played (34) and most three-pointers attempted (229).
HOLY CROSS' HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE: The Crusaders are coming off one of their best offensive seasons in recent years, as the team led the Patriot League in many shooting categories. This season, Holy Cross has continued its offensive success as it ranks at the top of the Patriot League with 61.3 points per game and first with a .416 field-goal percentage. In the season opener versus Yale, the Crusaders scored 87 points, which were the most points scored in an opening game since the 1988-1989 season. In the game versus Brown, the Crusaders scored 83 points as they shot 46 percent from the floor.
CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 70 points and one first place vote. Navy was chosen to finish first, receiving eight first-place votes as junior Jade Geif was voted preseason Patriot League Player of the Year. The Mids earned a league-high 89 points and was followed by American, who received six first place votes and 85 points. Army was picked fourth with 66 points and one first place vote, while Lehigh (58 points) and Lafayette (30 points) were selected fifth and sixth, respectively. Bucknell and Colgate tied for seventh in the poll with 25 points each.
LEPLEY AND SMITH NAMED 2012-2013 TEAM CAPTAINS: The two leading scorers for the Crusaders last year, Amy Lepley and Alex Smith were named captains for the 2012-2013 season. Smith is coming off first-team All-Patriot League honors last year as she started in all 34 games. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per contest. Her assist mark was tops in the Patriot League, while her points average was fifth. Lepley was named to the second-team All-Patriot League a season ago as she led the Crusaders with 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Her points-per-game average was third in the Patriot League, while her field goal percentage of 0.499 was also third-best. In addition, both players were also selected to the 2012-2013 preseason All-Patriot League.
CAPTAINS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE TEAM: After coming off great campaigns a season ago, Lepley and Smith were chosen to the preseason All-Patriot League team in a vote by conference sports information directors and head coaches. The duo joins the team with Army senior forward Anna Simmers, and two juniors, American's Alexis Dobbs and Navy's Jade Geif. Lepley and Smith were key contributors to last-year's Patriot League runner-up finish as they started in all 34 games for the Crusaders. Also, the pair was selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament team last year.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: The Crusaders are approaching this season with the theme of "unfinished business," as it is looking to capture the Patriot League crown for the 12th time in the program's history. Last season, the Crusaders made it to the Patriot League championship game for the first time since 2008, after knocking off top-seeded American in the semifinals. However, the team fell to Navy in the title game, 57-48, one win shy of going to the NCAA Tournament. The goal is to get back into the Patriot League Championship game and claim their first NCAA tournament automatic bid since the 2006-2007 season.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked in the top 150 in the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories. In addition, Alex Smith and Brisje Malone are in the top 150 in the nation in four individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Jan 20:
|Three-Pointers Made||15||Alex Smith||3.0|
|Three-Point Percentage||56||Alex Smith||38.0|
|Personal Fouls||57||Holy Cross||14.5|
|Field-Goal Percentage||74||Holy Cross||41.5|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||114||Holy Cross||0.8|
HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross boasts a very strong record when playing at the Hart Center. In the 37 years of the women's program, the Crusaders have an all-time record winning percentage of 0.740 when playing their games at home (347-122). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better 0.761 winning percentage with a record of 308-97 at the Hart Center.
CRUSADERS HAVE 11 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Five years ago, the Crusaders captured their 11th Patriot League Tournament Crown with a 56-48 victory over American on March 7, 2007. Holy Cross has won half of the 22 Patriot League Championships since the conference's inception during the 1990-91 season. The Crusaders' previous tournament titles came in 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993 and 1991. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game 11 times over the past 15 years. Overall the Crusaders have made a conference-record 16 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
GIBBONS AT THE HELM FOR 28TH SEASON: Bill Gibbons is in his 28th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program and 32nd year as a member of the Holy Cross basketball family in 2012-2013. He has compiled a 524-311 record as head coach (.628 winning percentage), including a 19-15 record at the helm last season. He ranks 20th on the active Division I win leaders list after winning his 500th game on December 3, 2011. 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. He has led the Crusaders to 11 Patriot League Championships in the last 22 years. He has also made 13 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments, one WNIT and one WBI) in his 27 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 515 wins, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind legendary baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960.
ON THE RADIO: Eleven of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 26th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their ninth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet at 'www.1230radio.com'. Most games not carried on Emmanuel Radio will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available at 'www.GoHolyCross.com'. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.
ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least four games shown on live television during the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television five times in 2010-11 and six times in 2009-10. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2012-2013 season:
Date, Opponent, Television Outlet
Dec. 8, at Quinnipiac, New England Sports Network (NESN)
Jan. 16, vs. Navy, Charter TV3
Feb. 10, at Lehigh, CBS Sports Network
Feb. 27, vs. Army, Charter TV3
CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of most 2012-2013 Holy Cross home non-conference games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. Season packages are also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com'.
ON THE INTERNET: Information on Crusader basketball and all 26 other varsity sports is available through the Holy Cross Athletics home page at "www.GoHolyCross.com". In addition, links to Holy Cross basketball audio broadcasts and live video streaming can be found on the home page. Updates on Holy Cross Athletics can also be found at "www.facebook.com/HolyCrossAthletics" and "www.twitter.com/GoHolyCross".
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SCOUTING THE BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 12-7 in 2012-2013 and is currently tied for second in the Patriot League with a 3-1 record. After dropping the Patriot League opener to Army (68-60), the Bison have won three straight in the conference with victories over Colgate (53-51), Lafayette (50-49) and most recently Lehigh (53-37). Before league play started, Bucknell had a 9-6 overall, which included a five-game winning streak earlier in the season. The Bison hold a 6-2 record this season in games played at the Sojka Pavilion. Junior guard Shelby Romine leads the team with 14.3 points per contest (second in the Patriot League) and 3.4 assists per game. Sophomore forward Audrey Dotson ranks second on the team in both scoring (12.3) and rebounds (8.7). Senior forward Lindsay Horbatuck is first on the team and in the conference with 10.2 rebounds per contest. Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell enters his first season at the helm of the Bison. Prior to his stint at Bucknell, he spent the past eight years as head coach at the University of Chicago, where he compiled a 161-50 record. His teams qualified for the Division III NCAA Tournament four times and advanced to the elite eight in 2008.