Women's Basketball Travels To Army On Wednesday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-11, 1-4 PL) vs. Army (15-5, 4-1 PL)
Date: January 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230AM, Worcester, Bob Fouracre, play-by-play, Click here to listen
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: CBS GameTracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-19
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 59, Army 50 (March 1, 2012; Christl Arena)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
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 WRAP UP ROAD TRIP: Holy Cross will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when it travels to Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. to take on Army at 7:00 p.m. After that, the Crusaders will conclude the first half of the Patriot League schedule when they return to the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 to host Colgate. Holy Cross will then go back on the road for two road contests versus Lehigh (Feb. 10) and Navy (Feb. 13).
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 52nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights, with Holy Cross holding the 32-19 series lead in games dating back to 1991. Holy Cross won the last matchup on March 1, 2012 in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals by a score of 59-50 at Christl Arena. In 2011-2012, the two teams split the regular season series as Holy Cross won on Jan. 25, 2012 by a score of 62-59 at the Hart Center and Army won, 65-62, on Feb. 22, 2012 at Christl Arena. Over the past six contests between these two teams, Holy Cross holds the 4-2 advantage. Prior to that, however, Army had won 11 of the 12 matchups from 2004-2010. The schools first met on Jan. 23, 1991, as Holy Cross defeated the Black Knights, 67-57, at the Hart Center. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is 32-19 versus the Black Knights, while Army head coach Dave Magarity is 10-5 versus the Crusaders.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-19
In West Point: Holy Cross leads, 13-11
At the Christl Arena: Holy Cross leads, 13-11
In Overtime Game: None played
Bill Gibbons vs. Army: 32-19
Dave Magarity vs. Holy Cross: 10-5
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one games
SMITH STEPPING UP FOR CRUSADERS: Junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been a key offensive leader for the Crusaders so far in 2012-2013. She currently is the top scorer in the Patriot League with 14.6 points per game and is second in assists with 3.8. She has scored double digits in 18 of the 20 games this season, including a pair of 20 point efforts versus UMass and Brown and has been HC's top scorer in 14 contests. Smith is third in the conference with 1.8 steals per game as she has had a pair of six-steal games this season, both tying her career high. She averages 3.1 three-pointers made per game, which ranks her first in the Patriot League, while also playing the third most minutes in the conference at 35.8. She also is second on the team with an 83.3 free-throw percentage (20 of 24). Smith posted 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the season opening win versus Yale, while grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac. In the game at American, Smith became the 29th Holy Cross women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points. For her stellar play a season ago, Smith was named to the first team All-Patriot League with averages of 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
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 11 games this season, Lepley has averaged 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 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 fifth in the conference in scoring with 13.8 points, 18th with 5.5 rebounds and seventh with a .478 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 1,085 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 1,036 career points, which ties her for 24th 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 20 games, Malone is second on the team with 31.8 minutes played per contest and averages 9.6 points, 4.3 assists and 3.9 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 third with 1.8 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 20 games, she is fourth on the team with 8.3 points per contest and is second on the squad with an average of 5.3 rebounds (13th 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 2.4 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 20 games, Scott averages 5.1 points and has 4.9 rebounds per contest. Her rebounds mark ranks 16th 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 20 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 13 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 6.8 points, fourth with 4.6 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 three 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 5.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per contest in 18.7 minutes per game. She has connected on 11 of 33 of her attempts from behind the arc (.333) and is shooting 39 percent from the field (20 of 52). Through nine 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 2.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 8.9 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 20 games this season and is averaging 2.8 points in 15.3 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 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 8.8 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 7.6 minutes per contest with 3.0 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 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.7 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.
BUCKNELL RECAP: Bucknell forward Audrey Dotson scored 12 of her team-best 14 points in the second half as she led the come-from-behind, 62-59, victory for the Bison over Holy Cross in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion. With the win, Bucknell improves to 13-7 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while Holy Cross slips to 9-11 on the season and 1-4 in league games. With 7:32 left in the second half, Holy Cross held the 56-42 lead. Over the next five minutes of action, Bucknell scored 14 straight points and tied the game at 56-56. Dotson scored eight of the 14 points, including the tying bucket at the 2:32 mark. On the Crusaders next possession, HC junior guard Alex Smith drilled a trey to give Holy Cross the 59-56 lead with 2:05 on the clock, however, Bucknell's Katherine Harris answered on the other end with a three-pointer to tie the score again (59-59) with 1:51 left in the stanza. The Bison were able to hold Holy Cross scoreless over the final minutes of play, as they would finish the game with three foul shots for the 62-59 win. Holy Cross began the contest strong as it held the 10-6 lead at 15:09 of the first half on a junior forward Christine Ganser layup. The Crusaders pushed the lead to five points (13-8) just two minutes later as junior guard Brisje Malone made a layup-plus-one. Bucknell then went on a 10-4 surge to grab its only lead of the half (18-17) at the 7:05 mark. Holy Cross doubled up the Bison with an 8-4 rally over the next four minutes, as it grabbed the 25-22 advantage on a Ganser three-pointer. Smith increased the lead as she drilled a trey with 1:39 left in the half to make the score 28-22. After the Bison countered with a bucket on the other end, Malone hit a buzzer-beating jumper to give HC the 30-24 halftime lead. The Crusaders were able to push their lead to nine points on two occasions over the first five minutes of action in the second half to lead 41-32 at the 15:01 mark. Bucknell scored five straight to make the score 41-37, before Holy Cross went back on top by nine (50-41) with 10:40 on the clock. The Crusaders went on a 6-1 rally over the next three minutes to lead 56-42, which set the stage for the dramatic finish. Smith led all scorers with 17 points as she also chipped in with seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Malone tallied 13 points, seven caroms, a game-high six assists, and three swipes, while freshman center Molly Hourigan scored eight and had seven boards. Senior forward Amy Lepley posted eight points for HC. In addition to Dotson for the Bison, Alyssa Dunn and Felicia Mgbada scored 11 apiece, as Lindsay Horbatuck grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds. Holy Cross shot 39.1 percent from the field (25 of 64), while Bucknell converted on 22 of its 56 shots (39.3 percent) in the contest. The Crusaders drained 28.6 percent of their shots from downtown (6 of 21), as the Bison hit 3 of 12 from behind the arc (25 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in steals (9-6), points in the paint (28-24) and points off turnovers (21-16).
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 7-3.
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 160 of Holy Cross' 199 assists with a combined average of 8.1 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.3 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 228 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 604 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 360 and would move into ninth place with 55 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 61.2 points per game and first with a .414 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 three individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Jan 27:
|Three-Pointers Made||12||Alex Smith||3.1|
|Three Point Percentage||45||Alex Smith||38.9|
|Personal Fouls||47||Alex Smith||14.3|
|Field-Goal Percentage||74||Holy Cross||41.4|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||120||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 524-312 record as head coach (.627 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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army has an overall record of 15-5 in 2012-2013 and is currently in a four-way tie for first place in the Patriot League with a 4-1 record. After winning their first four games in the conference versus Bucknell (68-60), Lafayette (63-43), Navy (53-42) and Colgate (51-48), the Black Knights most recently fell to American (45-42) on Jan. 26. Before league play started, Army was 11-4 overall and had a seven-game winning streak earlier in the season. The Black Knights are 8-2 in games played at the Christl Arena this season and are on a five-game winning streak at home. Senior guard Anna Simmers ranks first on the team with 13.0 points per game, while freshman guard Kelsey Minato is second with 12.0 points per game. Sophomore forward Olivia Schretzman is third on the team with 10.2 points and first with 8.0 rebounds per contest. Army head coach Dave Magarity enters his seventh season at the helm of the Black Knights. Prior to his stint at Army, Magarity was the men's basketball head coach at both St. Francis (1978-1983) and Marist (1986-2004). He has a combined record of 427-420 in 30 seasons as a head coach. His record while at Army is 114-85.