Women's Basketball Set to Start League Play Saturday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-9, 0-0 PL) vs. Lafayette (2-12, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 6, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM Series History: Holy Cross leads 36-6
Last Meeting: Lafayette, 54-49 last season at Kirby Sports Center
Series Streak: Lafayette- 1

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
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.

Today's game is the 43rd 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 43rd time Holy Cross and Lafayette have met. Holy Cross leads the series 36-6. The Crusaders Holy Cross leads the series 36-6. Last year Holy Cross and Lafayette split as the Crusaders won the first game 78-39 and the Leopards won the second game 54-49.

LAST TIME OUT: Massachusetts shot 31 of 58 from the field to top the Holy Cross women's basketball team 77-46 in non-conference action Wednesday night at the Hart Center. The Crusaders fall to 5-9 overall with the loss and the UMass Minutewomen improve to 10-4 on the season. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored 12 points for Holy Cross and freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 11.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will return home to play its second Patriot League game of the season against Army, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center

SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards are 2-12 after falling to Princeton, 79-62 Wednesday. Sophomore forward Emily Garner leads the team with 11.1 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Junior forward Venessa Van De Venter is second with 10.9 ppg.

INJURY REPORT: Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) have both suffered knee injuries and will not play the remainder of the season.

LEAGUE GAME OPENER: Holy Cross will open Patriot League play tonight against Lafayette. The Crusaders have won their first league game of the season for the past 12 years. Three of those were wins against Lafayette.

HOLY CROSS IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League with 14.43 assists. and a .737 free throw percentage. Holy Cross ranks second in three-points made (5.29) and third in steals (8.50).

100 PLUS CAREER-GAMES AND GOING STRONG: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) played in her 100th career-game against Rhode Island Dec. 17 where she scored a team-high 16 points. She leads the team with 13.1 points per game and is third with 4.3 rebounds per game. Foley currently has 819 career points and 349 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 (.875) and field goal percentage (.519).

BACK IN THE GAME: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was selected to the preseason All-League team, but had to sit out the first three games of this season 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 9.8 points. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 845 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30. and currently totals 510 career-rebounds.

ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) have a big impact on the team in their first collegiate year at Holy Cross. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18. She has started in 11 games and is second on the team with 11.2 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.46 three-point field goals made and ranks seventh with a .405 three-point field goal percentage. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7). McFadden has had 11 starts and averages 7.6 points per game scoring a career-high 14 points vs. Harvard (Nov. 18). McFadden was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nov. 20. GRABBING BOARDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin is fourth on the team averaging 4.1 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 at the end of the game. The six-foot-one veteran scored a season-high 11 points against Harvard (Nov. 18) and had six rebounds against Albany (Nov. 26).

A LEADER LOST: 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 will return to the Hart Center to play three straight home games starting Jan. 10 against Army in conference action at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL

On Television The women's squad will be featured on ESPNU when they play at Bucknell on February 9 in a 4:30 p.m. contest. Holy Cross will also be shown on WCTR when it faces Army on January 10 (7:00 p.m.). WCTR-TV3 is available in more than 43 communities in Central Massachusetts and reaches more than 175,000 homes in the area.

On the Radio Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM Bob Fouracre will do the play-by-play.

On the Internet Games that broadcast over WCUW 91.3 FM or WTAG 580 AM, can also be heard on www.sportsjuice.com.In addition, each game will be linked from the Holy Cross website.

The Holy Cross Women's Basketball Show Tune in to WCTR TV-3 Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. and Friday nights at 10:30 p.m. for the Holy Cross Women's Basketball Show with head coach Bill Gibbons. Each week, WCTR TV-3 sports director Kevin Shea will sit down with Gibbons and members of this year's coaching staff and team and talk about all things Holy Cross basketball, and the Crusaders quest for the 2006-2007 Patriot League Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.