Women's Basketball Set to Host Massachusetts

Jan. 1, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (5-8, 0-0 PL) vs. Massachusetts (9-4, 0-0 Atlantic-10)
Date: January 3, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WCUW 91.3 FM Series History: Holy Cross leads 8-7
Last Meeting: Massachusetts, 64-55 last season at the Mullins Center
Series Streak: Massachusetts- 2

Pos.  No.  Name               	Ht.   Cl.
G      44   Bethany O'Dell	5-8   Fr.
G      33   Brittany Keil	6-2   Sr.
G      14   Briana McFadden	5-10  Fr.
F      13   Ashley McLaughlin 	6-1   Jr.
C      52   Kaitlin Foley	6-4   Sr.

Tonight's game is the 15th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Massachusetts in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game will be the 16th time Holy Cross and UMass have met. Holy Cross leads the series by one, 8-7. The Crusaders are 5-2 when playing the UMass Minutewomen at the Hart Center. The last time Holy Cross met Massachusetts was last year when the UMass Minutewomen won 64-55.

SAN DIEGO RECAP: Casey Nash scored 16 points to lead Oregon State over Holy Cross 59-44 Saturday (Dec. 30) night in the consolation game of the women's basketball Surf N Slam Tournament in San Diego Calif. The Crusaders are now to 5-8 on the season. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored 10 points for Holy Cross and had a team-high seven rebounds while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) added 10 points each. Thursday (Dec. 28) night, in the first game of the Surf N Slam Tournament, senior center Foley led the Crusaders with 16 points, but it was not enough as San Diego women's basketball team defeated the Holy Cross 76-53.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will travel to play its first Patriot League game of the season against Lafayette, Jan. 6 at 1:00 p.m.

SCOUTING MASSACHUSETTS: UMass is 9-4 after falling to Boston College, 70-64 Sunday. Junior forward Kate Mills leads the team with 15.8 points as senior forward Tamara Tatham leads in rebounds (9.2).

INJURY REPORT: Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) have both suffered recent knee injuries and will be out the remainder of the season.

HOLY CROSS IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League with 14.91 assists. Holy Cross ranks second in three-points made (5.82), steals (9.36) and in free throw percentage (.734). They are also third in two other categories, scoring offense (60.5) and assist/turnover ratio (0.71).

100 GAMES AND GOING STRONG: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) played in her 100th career game as the Crusaders played Rhode Island Dec. 17. Foley scored a team-high 16 points. She leads the team with 13.2 points per game and is tied third with 4.2 rebounds per game. Foley currently has 807 career points and 343 career rebounds. The six-foot-four center was selected to the preseason All-League team after being named to the 2005-06 All-League First Team. Foley scored a season-high 22 points vs. Harvard (Nov. 18) and had her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career when she scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds against St. Peter's (Nov. 12). Foley holds a career-high of 27 points in a game (2-7-06) and leads the league in free throw percentage (.878) and ranks in the top 5 in two other categories (scoring and field goal percentage).

CATCHING UP: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was selected to the preseason All-League team, but had to sit out the first three games after preseason knee surgery. Keil is back in action and is putting up the numbers leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 10.1 points. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7). She scored a career-high 22 points to end the game with 814 career points. Keil totals 489 career rebounds and 822 career points.

STELLER STARTS: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) have started their collegiate careers at Holy Cross with a bang. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time. She has started in 10 games and is second on the team with 11.8 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.70 three-point field goals made and ranks fourth with a .435 three-point field goal percentage. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7). McFadden has had 10 starts and averages 7.3 points per game scoring a career-high 14 points vs. Harvard (Nov. 18). She is tied eighth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.55). McFadden was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nov. 20.

GRABBING BOARDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin is tied third on the team averaging 4.2 rebounds per game. McLaughlin grabbed her 200th career rebound against Rhode Island as she tied with Keil for a team-high five rebounds to total 202 career-rebounds. The six-foot-one veteran scored a season-high 11 points against Harvard (Nov. 18) and had six rebounds against Albany (Nov. 26). McLaughlin is tied at 15 in the League averaging 1.64 offensive rebounds per game.

BIG LOSS FOR TEAM: Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) tallied 68 assists and 30 steals this season before hurting her knee in the game against Maine (Dec. 7). Aloisi had a career-high five steals against the Black Bears. She totals 315 career assists and 141 career steals. Aloisi leads the league with 6.80 assists, a 1.31 assist/turnover ration and 3.00 steals. Aloisi recorded two double-doubles before her injury scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in the win over Harvard (Nov. 18) and totaling 14 points and 10 assists in the game against Quinnipiac (Nov. 14). Aloisi scored a season-high 20 points in the Crusaders first game of the season against Yale (Nov. 10). She holds a career-high of 21 points in a game (3-4-06)

HC SIGNS TWO TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, NH) and Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) will join the Holy Cross women's basketball program in the fall of 2007. Fremeau is a 5-foot-10 guard who plays at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, NH and May is a 6-foot guard who plays at River Dell High School in Oradell, N.J.

GIBBONS ON FREMEAU AND MAY: "We are thrilled to sign these two elite players in the early signing period. Both of them were heavily recruited and come from successful AAU programs."

"Whitney is an athletic two-three player who can score in many different ways and is a terrific rebounder for her size."

"Alyssa is as versatile a player as we have recruited. She can play any position from the one through the four spot and she is also a fierce defender."

"Most importantly, both these young ladies are tremendous student athletes who possess a dedicated work ethic and are excited to come to Holy Cross and help our program reach new heights!"

NEW ENGLAND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: The Holy Cross women's basketball team was acknowledged by The New England Basketball Hall of Fame in September as they announced a new award that recognizes New England college basketball programs, which encourage classroom achievement, athletic success, and post-graduate career success.

KEIL AND FOLEY NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) were named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League team. Foley currently leads the team with 13.4 points per game whie Keil has 9.2. Keil finished her junior season with an average 11.0 points per game and led the team in rebounds (6.2 rpg). Foley was the team's top scorer last year (14.9 ppg) and added 6.1 rebounds per game.

2005-06 CRUSADERS: The 2005-06 Crusaders posted an overall record of 16-14, including a 10-4 showing in Patriot League play, marking the 14th time the program has won 10 or more games in conference play while a member of the Patriot League.

2005-2006 HONORS: Two players from the Holy Cross women's basketball team were named to the 2006 Patriot League All-Conference Team at the end of last season. Current senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) earned first team All-League and senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was selected to the second team.

OFF THE COURT: Five Crusaders were named to the 2006 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last season. Included on the list are last year seniors Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) and Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) as well as current seniors guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.), and sophomore forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.).

NCAA TALK: At the end of the 2005-06 season center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was ranked 39th nationallly with a 52.8 field goal percentage. Holy Cross tied 47th with 15.5 assists and ranked 50th with 10.4 steals.

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: The Crusaders are 2-1 when playing at the Hart Center this season. Overall, Holy Cross is 264-58 when playing at home since 1982-83 season.