February 6, 2013

Women's Basketball Travels To Lehigh On Sunday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-11, 3-4 PL) vs. Lehigh (10-12, 2-5 PL)
Date: February 10, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh Radio: LehighSports.com, Click here to listen
Television: CBS Sports Network; Bob Socci, play-by-play; Amy Lawrence, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: LehighSports.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 37-16
Last Meeting: Lehigh 67, Holy Cross 65 (Jan. 12, 2013, Worcester, Mass.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: 
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
F, 32, Amy Lepley, 6-0, Sr.
F, 34, Christine Ganser, 6-1, Jr.
C, 40, Molly Hourigan, 6-4, Fr.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Jr.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Jr.

CRUSADERS BEGIN SECOND HALF OF PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross will embark on the second half of its Patriot League schedule on Sunday, Feb. 10, when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to face Lehigh at 2:00 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Bob Socci as play-by-play announcer and Amy Lawrence as color commentator. Following the contest versus the Mountain Hawks, the Crusaders will stay on the road to play Navy on Feb. 13 and then return to the Hart Center on Feb. 16 to take on American. The game versus American will be the team's annual "Think Pink Day," in which Holy Cross will don special pink uniforms that will be auctioned off after the contest to raise money for PINK Revolution.

THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 54th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 37-16. The two squads last faced off on Jan. 12, 2013 at the Hart Center, as Lehigh defeated Holy Cross, 67-65. The Mountain Hawks have won 10 straight games versus the Crusaders, dating back to the 2008-2009 season. The last Holy Cross triumph versus Lehigh was a 65-62 overtime win on March 9, 2008. For games played at Stabler Arena, the Crusaders lead the series 14-8, but Lehigh has won the last four in a row. Holy Cross won 26 of the first 27 matchups between these two squads from 1991-2001. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is 37-16 versus the Mountain Hawks, while Lehigh head coach Sue Troyan is 15-25 all-time against the Crusaders. 

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 37-16
In Bethlehem: Holy Cross leads, 14-8
At Stabler Arena: Holy Cross leads, 14-8
Bill Gibbons vs. Lehigh: 37-16
Sue Troyan vs. Holy Cross: 15-25
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, 10 games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1

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 15.0 points per game and is third in assists with 3.7. She has scored double digits in 20 of the 22 games this season, including three 20-plus point efforts versus UMass, Brown and most recently Army. She has also been HC's top scorer in 16 contests. Smith is fifth in the conference with 1.6 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 and has a .397 three-point percentage, which ranks her first in the Patriot League, while also playing the third most minutes in the conference at 36.1. She also is second on the team with a .828 free-throw percentage (24 of 29). 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. Against Army, she tallied a season-best 21 points and connected on 5 of 9 from behind the arc. 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.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR SMITH: Last week, Alex Smith had one of her best offensive weeks of the season and was honored as Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for competition from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. This was the second career Player of the Week laurel for Smith, who won the award last year on Dec. 12, 2011. In helping lead the Crusaders to a pair of much needed victories this past week versus Army (Jan. 30) and Colgate (Feb. 2), Smith averaged 19.0 points 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds. She drained 44.8 percent (13 of 29) of her field-goal attempts and connected on 8 of 17 from behind the arc (47.1 percent). Smith scored a season high 21 points versus the Black Knights, and tallied a game-best 17 points versus the Raiders.  This was the first Patriot League weekly honor for any Crusader during the 2012-2013 season.

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 13 games this season, Lepley ranks second on the team with 12.2 points per game, while leading Holy Cross with 5.5 rebounds per contest. She also averages the third most assists with 2.9. In her first game of the season versus Bryant on Dec. 21, Lepley shot a perfect 7 of 7 from and field and 2 of 2 from the foul line for 16 total points. She also 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, she 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 13.3 points, 11th with 5.4 rebounds and seventh with a .436 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 1,109 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross, which ranks her 20th 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 1,074 career points, which puts her 23rd 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 22 games, Malone is second on the team with 31.5 minutes played per contest and averages 9.3 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. She is the only player in the Patriot League to average at least 9.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Her assists mark ranks first in the conference, while her 2.0 steals per game is second in the league. Malone's 1.4 assist/turnover ratio is third best in the Patriot League. In the season-opener versus Yale, Malone tallied a career-best 23 points, while she also drilled the buzzer-beating bucket to lift Holy Cross over Central Connecticut, as she also had nine assists. 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 performed well all season in the plethora of roles she has been given. Through 22 games, she is fourth on the team with 8.4 points per game and second on the squad with 5.2 rebounds per contest in 26.2 minutes of playing time. Her rebounds mark ranks 13th best in the Patriot League. Ganser has two 17-point games this season versus Harvard and most recently Fordham, with the latter being her second career double-double (10 rebounds). She also tallied 16 points and six boards in the come-from-behind win over UMass. Ganser ranks eighth in the Patriot League with 2.3 offensive rebounds per game, while she is ninth with a .657 free-throw percentage. 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.

HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has been a starter over the past five games and has shown she can be a strong presence in the paint for Holy Cross. In the seven Patriot League contests this season, Hourigan has played an average of 15.0 minutes per game with 4.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. She made her first career start at American as she hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to go along with four points and two rejections. In the win over Colgate, Hourigan scored six points, grabbed five caroms and tied a career-best with a game-high three blocks. Prior to conference play, she grabbed a game-best eight rebounds in only 11 minutes of action versus Bethune-Cookman, while she posted a season-high 10 points in the win over Dartmouth. Overall this season, Hourigan has tallied 2.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 rejections in 10.3 minutes per game. Her blocks mark ranks eighth-best in the Patriot League.

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 22 games, Scott averages 4.9 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 22 games this season for Holy Cross.

COOPER STEPPING UP FOR HOLY CROSS: Sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) has been a key part of Crusaders rotation since returning from injury on Dec. 30. After missing the first 11 games of the season due to injury, the long-range sharpshooter has averaged 5.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest in 18.6 minutes per game. She has connected on 13 of 38 of her attempts from behind the arc (.342) and is shooting 37.3 percent from the field (22 of 59). Through 11 games, Cooper is tied for second on the team in three-pointers made and third in 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 American, Cooper posted seven points and three rebounds.

PARKER WORKING HARD IN THE POST: Sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has battled injuries all season, but has shown she can be a physical presence down low for Holy Cross. In 15 games this season, Parker is fourth on the squad with 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. She is also ranked second with 15 blocks on the season. In the season opener versus Yale, Parker scored a season-high 18 points, while she tallied nine points and 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. In 32 games played a season ago, she averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while she also blocked a team-best 38 shots. Her points mark was third on the squad, while her rebound average was second.

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 21 games this season and is averaging 2.7 points in 14.8 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 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 8.4 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.

COLGATE RECAP: Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith set the pace against Colgate, scoring a team-high of 17 points and led the team to a 71-61 victory against the Raiders at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders improve to 11-11 overall and 3-4 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders slip to 6-15 and 0-7 in the conference. The Crusaders now hold a 25-0 record versus Colgate at the Hart Center. After Colgate jumped out to an early 5-0 lead at the 19 minute mark of the first half, Holy Cross answered with Smith and senior forward Amy Lepley connecting on three consecutive three-pointers to rally the Holy Cross offense, giving them a 9-8 edge. Colgate continued to contend the Crusaders offensive play. With each team knocking down three-point shots, Colgate took a two-point lead over the Crusaders with a deep three made by Jhazmine Lynch. Holy Cross junior guard Brisje Malone then answered with a jumper tying the game at 11-11. The Crusaders continued to battle the Raiders throughout the first half, with each team fighting to gain an advantage. With 2:40 left in the first half, freshman Raquel Scott made an under the basket lay-up drawing the foul, which gave the Crusaders a 27-23 lead. Colgate answered with a trey by Mariah Jones bringing the score to 27-26. The first half concluded with Holy Cross leading Colgate 29-26. Both teams shot 35.7 percent in the first half on 10 of 28 shooting. Malone and junior Christine Ganser helped the Crusaders dominate offensively by combining for 23 total points during the second half. Sophomore Ashley Cooper sank a three-point shot giving the Crusaders a 42-36 edge over the Raiders with 13:30 remaining in the second half. With 7:20 remaining, Smith knocked down a three-pointer to give Holy Cross a 10-point lead (54-44), its largest lead of the contest. Colgate began to show difficulty in converting shots, but continued to show intense physical play. With 5:44 on the clock, Catherine Lewis of Colgate hit a trey to make the score 54-47. Colgate did not give up on the defensive end, with Randyll Butler grabbing the rebound and Lewis converting the defensive play into an offensive shot from behind the arc, which cut the Holy Cross lead to only four points (56-52) with 3:54 remaining. With 3:33 left in the half, Lepley was fouled and hit both foul shots giving the Crusaders the advantage (58-52). Holy Cross kept the lead limiting Colgate's shooting attempts. Alex Smith completed the scoring affair with a jumper, as the Crusaders ended the game with a 71-61 victory. In addition to Smith's performance, Lepley recorded 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Malone posted 12 points, a game-best seven assists and six rebounds, while Ganser added 11 points and two boards. Freshman Molly Hourigan chipped in with six points, five rebounds and a game-high three blocks. Lynch led Colgate with a game-best 19 points. Holy Cross shot 41 percent from the field (23 of 56), while Colgate shot 40 percent for the game (23 of 58). The Crusaders shot 8 of 19 from behind the arc (42 percent) and the Raiders shot 9 of 22 (41 percent) from downtown. Holy Cross connected on 17 of 20 from the charity stripe (85 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in assists (19-15), steals (9-6) and points off turnovers (14-8).

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 7-0. Also, the Crusaders are 9-5 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 9-3.  

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 180 of Holy Cross' 335 assists with a combined average of 8.2 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.5 assists per game, while Smith is just behind her in third place with 3.7 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 236 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 621 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 367 and would move into ninth place with 48 more this season. She is currently fourth on the list with a .380 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 .413 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 five individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Feb 3:

Category                                    Rank       Player/Team              Avg. / Pct.
Three-Pointers Made 7   Alex Smith 3.14
  88   Holy Cross 5.7
Three-Point Percentage 27   Alex Smith 39.7
  61   Holy Cross 33.2
Fewest Personal Fouls 45   Holy Cross 14.2
Assists Per Game 51   Holy Cross 15.2
  76   Brisje Malone 4.5
Field-Goal Percentage 76   Holy Cross 41.3
Assist-Turnover Ratio 100   Holy Cross 0.84
  117   Brisje Malone 1.41
Points Per Game 141   Alex Smith 15.0

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 (348-122). 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 309-97 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 526-312 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

PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of most Patriot League regular season games during the 2012-2013 season will be available over the internet through Patriot League All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Patriot League All-Access, visit "www.patriotleague.org".

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."

EMAIL ALERTS: Get all the latest news and results on the Holy Cross women's basketball team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com/list-signup'.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has a 10-12 overall record this season and has lost its last four games in a row. The Mountain Hawks are 2-5 in the Patriot League with wins versus Holy Cross (Jan. 12) and Colgate (Jan. 19). Freshman forward Kerry Kinek leads the team with 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Katie O'Reilly ranks second with 8.2 points per game, while junior guard Hilary Weaver leads the team with 3.4 assists per contest. Lehigh head coach Sue Troyan enters her 18th season at the helm of the Mountain Hawks and has an overall record of 282-234. During her stint at Lehigh, she has guided the team to three Patriot League Championships and a trio of NCAA tournament berths.