February 21, 2013

Women's Basketball Hosts Bucknell On Saturday, Feb. 23

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (14-12, 6-5 PL) vs. Bucknell (13-13, 4-7 PL)
Date: February 23, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: GoHolyCross.com, Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play, Click here to listen
Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: GoHolyCross.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 39-14
Last Meeting: Bucknell 62, Holy Cross 59, (Jan. 26, 2013; Lewisburg, Pa.)

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 HOST BUCKNELL ON "SENIOR DAY": Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23 when it hosts Bucknell for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff. The three senior members of this year's squad, Kaitlin Cole, Amy Lepley and Alexis Nicholas, will be honored in a pregame ceremony for their four years at Holy Cross. After the contest on Saturday, the Crusaders will host Army at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The game versus the Black Knights will be televised on Charter TV3. Holy Cross will then conclude its regular season on Saturday, March 2 when it travels to Colgate for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.  

THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 54th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison, with Holy Cross holding the 39-14 series lead in the previous matchups dating back to 1991. Bucknell defeated Holy Cross earlier in the year on Jan. 26, 2013 at the Sojka Pavilion by a score of 62-59. Over the past 10 games in this series, Holy Cross holds a 6-4 record over Bucknell. The last time the Bison won a game at the Hart Center was on March 12, 2008 in the Patriot League Championship, as Bucknell won the contest, 57-45. During the 2011-2012 season, Holy Cross defeated the Bison both times during the regular season. The two schools first met on Jan. 15, 1991 as Holy Cross defeated Bucknell 78-59. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is 39-14 against the Bison, as Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell is 1-0 versus the Crusaders in his career.  

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 39-14
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 23-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 23-4
In Overtime Games: Series tied, 1-1
Bill Gibbons vs. Bucknell: 39-14
Aaron Roussell vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, one game

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 14.8 points per game and is second in assists with 3.8. She has scored double digits in 23 of the 26 games this season, including four 20-plus point efforts versus UMass, Brown, Army and most recently American. She has also been HC's top scorer in 17 contests. Smith is ninth in the conference with 1.5 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, and is second with a .383 three-point percentage. She also has played the third most minutes in the conference at 35.9 and is second on the team with a .774 free-throw percentage (24 of 31). Smith also has drained at least one three-pointer in 29 straight contests dating back to last season. Versus Yale, Smith posted 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the season opening win, 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. Smith also scored 14 points and dished out nine helpers in the win at Lehigh (2/10). Against American (2/16), Smith scored a game-high 20 points and had six assists. 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 17 games this season, Lepley ranks second on the team with 12.1 points per game and is tied for first on HC with 5.1 rebounds per contest. She also averages the third most assists with 3.1. In her most recent game at Lafayette (2/20), Lepley scored a game and season-best 23 points (one shy of career-high) on 10 of 15 shooting for the game. 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. Against American, Lepley tied her career-high with seven assists. In Patriot League games, Lepley ranks sixth in the conference in scoring 12.6 points, 16th with 4.9 rebounds and eighth in assists with 3.2. 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 1,155 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross, which ranks her 18th 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 1,129 career points, which puts her 20th 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-15 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 25 games played, Malone is third on the team with 31.0 minutes played per contest and averages 9.4 points, 4.7 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 1.8 steals per game is second in the league. Malone's 1.5 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. So far this year, she ranks fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game and is tied for first on the squad with 5.1 rebounds per contest in 26.5 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. She scored 15 points and hauled in six boards versus American (2/16). With her new role as the No. 3 position on the floor, Ganser has been a strong three-point shooter for the Crusaders. In Patriot League games only, Ganser leads the conference with a 0.458 three-point percentage (11 of 24). 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.

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 19 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 6.4 points and fourth with 4.6 rebounds per contest. She is also ranked first on HC with 21 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 versus Manhattan and at Lehigh (2/10). She scored 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds versus American (2/16). 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.

HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has been a starter over the past nine games and has shown she can be a strong presence in the paint for Holy Cross. In the 11 Patriot League contests this season, Hourigan has played an average of 13.2 minutes per game with 3.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 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. In her most recent game at Lafayette, Hourigan recorded eight points, six rebounds and tied a season-high with 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, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 rejections in 10.2 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. So far this year, Scott has averaged 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. Her rebounds mark ranks 19th 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 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, the long-range sharpshooter has averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest in 19.0 minutes per game. Her best game of her career came at Lehigh, as she scored a career-high 19 points and connected on six of seven from behind the arc. For the season, Cooper has drained 20 of her 51 of her attempts from downtown (.392) and is shooting 39.5 percent from the field (30-76). Through 14 games, Cooper is second on the team in three-pointers made and first 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 13 points. In her first career start against American, Cooper posted seven points and three rebounds.

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 24 games this season and is averaging 2.5 points in 13.7 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 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 8.1 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. Cole hauled in a team-best five rebounds at Navy and also had a game-high three steals. Sophomore forward Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) has averaged 7.5 minutes per contest 2.9 points and 1.0 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 1.1 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per contest. Senior guard Alexis Nicholas (Jamaica, N.Y.) has seen an average of 3.2 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 and season-high 23 points and hauled in six rebounds to help lead the Crusaders to a 69-58 triumph over Lafayette in women's basketball action Wednesday evening at the Kirby Sports Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 14-12 overall and move into a tie for third place in the Patriot League with American at 6-5. The Leopards fall to 11-15 overall and 4-7 in the conference. Holy Cross began the contest on a 12-5 rally over the first four minutes as Lepley scored nine points for the Crusaders. Lafayette worked the deficit to four points twice over the next two minutes as HC led, 14-10, with 14:03 on the clock. The Crusaders then erupted on a 12-1 run to grab the 26-11 lead with 9:40 left in the half, as junior guard Alex Smith scored five points during the surge. Holy Cross pushed the lead to 17 points (30-13) at the 5:37 mark on the back of a Lepley layup. However, the Leopards gained some momentum and ended the half on a 14-4 rally to head into the locker room down 34-27. The Crusaders jumped back ahead by double-digits after the intermission (38-28) less than a minute into the second half, but the Leopards rallied with a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to three points  (41-38) with 14:07 on the clock.  Holy Cross battled back and countered with an 8-0 spurt to grab the 49-38 lead just over 90 seconds later. The Crusaders pushed the lead to 12 points (56-44) at the 9:08 mark on the back of a Lepley three-pointer, but Lafayette rallied with nine straight points to trail by three (56-53) with 5:25 on the clock. After a layup by Holy Cross freshman center Molly Hourigan and a free-throw by junior guard Brisje Malone, the Crusaders went back on top, 59-53 (4:00), but a layup on the other end by the Leopards made it a four-point game. Holy Cross freshman forward Raquel Scott drilled a pair of free-throws with 2:53 on the clock to begin a 6-0 rally for the Crusaders as they increased the lead to 65-55 at the1:30 mark of the second half. Holy Cross ended the game on a 4-3 run to claim the final 69-58 victory. In addition to Lepley for Holy Cross, Malone scored 15 points and dished out a game-best eight assists. Smith tallied 13 points to go along with six rebounds, as she has now hit a three-pointer in 29 straight contests. Hourigan added eight points and six boards, while sophomore forward Emily Parker registered four points and a team-high nine caroms. Lafayette's Emily Homan notched a 22 point, 11 rebound double-double to lead the Leopards. The Crusaders shot 49.1 percent from the field (28 of 57), while the Leopards connected on 21 of their 62 shots from the floor (33.9 percent). Both Holy Cross and Lafayette went 5 of 16 from behind the arc (31.3 percent). The Crusaders held advantages in rebounds (39-38), assists (17-16), blocks (5-0) and points in the paint (34-24).

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 8-1. Also, the Crusaders are 12-5 when they score 60 points or more this season and 5-0 when they score 70 or more. Lastly, when the Crusaders enter the second half with the lead, they have an overall record of 11-3.  

HELP ME HELP YOU: Last season, Holy Cross was ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League in assists and that largely had to do with junior guards Alex Smith and Brisje Malone. In 2012-2013, the pair has combined for 217 of Holy Cross' 405 assists with an average of 8.3 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.7 assists per game, while Smith is right behind her in second place with 3.8 helpers per contest. As a team, Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League and 42nd in the nation with 15.7 assists per contest.

"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 247 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 656 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 384 and would move into ninth place with 31 more this season. She is currently fifth on the list with a .377 three-point percentage. Smith is also closing in on a pair of single-season Holy Cross records. She needs eight more three-pointers made to break the record of 87 three-pointers made set by Bethany O'Dell in 2006-2007. Smith is also 20 three-point attempts away from breaking her own record of 229 set in 2011-2012.

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 a field-goal percentage of 0.418. From long range, the Crusaders also are in the upper echelon in the conference as they are first with a 0.338 three-point percentage and average 6.0 three-pointers per game, which ranks second. 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 American on Feb. 16, the Crusaders shot a blistering 62.7 percent from the field as they connected on 32 of their 51 shots in the game.

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 six individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Feb 17:

Category       Rank    Player / Team                Avg. / Pct.
Three-Pointers Made 9   Alex Smith 3.16
  72   Holy Cross 6.0
Three-Point Percentage                      35   Alex Smith 38.7
  43   Holy Cross 33.9
Assists Per Game 42   Holy Cross 15.5
  70   Brisje Malone 4.6
  131       Alex Smith 3.9
Fewest Personal Fouls 46   Holy Cross 14.3
Field-Goal Percentage 69   Holy Cross 41.5
Assist-Turnover Ratio 85   Holy Cross 0.87
  102   Brisje Malone 1.47
Points Per Game 144   Alex Smith 14.8
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 0.741 when playing their games at home (349-122). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better 0.762 winning percentage with a record of 310-97 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 529-313 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 BISON: Bucknell comes into this contest with a 13-13 record overall and is tied for sixth with a 4-7 mark in the Patriot League. After going 4-1 in their first five games in the conference, the Bison have dropped six Patriot League games in a row. Bucknell is coming off a 49-38 loss at home versus Lehigh on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Junior guard Shelby Romine ranks first on the team with 14.2 points per game (second in PL) and 3.6 assists per contest (fifth in PL). Sophomore forward Audrey Dotson is second on Bucknell with 11.8 points (seventh in PL) and 7.9 rebounds per game (fifth in PL), while senior forward Lindsay Horbatuck is first in both the Patriot League and on the team with 10.3 caroms 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.