January 11, 2007

Women's Basketball to Face Bucknell Saturday

Jan. 11, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-11, 0-2 PL) vs. Bucknell (10-7, 2-0 PL)
Date: January 13, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 31-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 64-60 last season in the 2005-06 Patriot League Semifinal game.
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 3

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 40th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Bucknell in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game will be the 40th meeting between Holy Cross and Bucknell. Holy Cross leads the series 31-8. he Crusaders have defeated Bucknell in their last three meetings, most recently in the 2005-06 Patriot League Semifinal game (64-60). Holy Cross is 17-2 when playing the Bison at the Hart Center.

ARMY RECAP: Megan Evans scored 15 points and Jen Hansen added 14 to lead the Army women's basketball team past Holy Cross, 62-49 in Patriot League play Wednesday night at the Hart Center. Army started off the game 6-0 in the first two minutes of play, but Holy Cross retaliated 4-0 to stay within two points (4-6). The Crusaders remained within four points of the Mids until senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) stole the ball tapping it to freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) who broke away and exchanged a quick pass with freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) to set up a lay up that knotted the game at 15. O'Dell followed up with a three to put the Crusaders ahead 18-15 with 6:09 minutes left in the half. The teams went back and forth for the next few minutes and tied again at 22 with 3:02 left, but Holy Cross went on a 9-4 streak to go into the break with a five point lead (31-26).

Army came out of the locker room and scored 11-6 to tie the game at 37 (16:09). The Mids took the lead as Jen Hansen sunk one from the three-point range (40-37). Holy Cross stayed strong matching Army on a nine point run to stay within two (49-47) with just over nine minutes left in the second half. The score remained 49-47 for the next five minutes until Army put up seven unanswered points (56-47) to take a nine point lead with 2:38 minutes left. In the last two minutes of the game Army went 4-1 to seal the win, 62-49.

Three players had ten or more points for Army as O'Dell was the only Crusader in double digits with a team-high 15 points.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will play one more game at home against Navy Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. before going back on the road to play Dartmouth Thursday.

LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) poured in a career-high 21 points and three other Crusaders scored in double-figures to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 64-60 win over third-seeded Bucknell March 4, 2006 in the Patriot League semifinals at the Hart Center. The Crusaders finished the game 43.1 percent from the floor and held Bucknell to 37.3 shooting on the afternoon. Holy Cross also won the rebounding battle, 37-29, including a 12-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Bucknell was led by Hope Foster's 19 points and nine rebounds. Hollobaugh finished with 13 points and Kesha Champion and Lauren Schober added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL: The Bison are 10-7 overall and 2-0 in league play after beating American 70-62 Wednesday night. Junior forward Hope Foster leads the team with 13.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg while senior guard Lindsey Hollobaugh is second with 11.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

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.

NCAA TALK: Holy Cross is ranked 40th in the nation with a 74.0 free throw percentage. Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) currently ranks 26th nationallly with a 87.7 free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 31st in three-point field goals per game (2.6) and 43rd with a 41.4 three-point field goal percentage.

TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.19 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.38) and third in rebounding defense (35.4) and fourth in field goal percentage (.402).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross is ranked third the league with a .726 free throw percentage shooting 172 of 237 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging 88.1 from the line (52-59).

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 12.5 points per game and is third with 4.4 rebounds per game. She played her 100th career-game against Rhode Island Dec. 17 where she scored a team-high 16 points. Foley currently has 828 career points and 351 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). In addition to leading the league in free throw percentage Foley is second with a .514 field goal percentage and ranks fifth in scoring (12.5).

SHE'S BACK: In the league senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) ranks in the top 20 in five different categories including sixth in defensive rebounds (4.92), sixth in blocked shots (0.69), ninth in rebounding (6.2), 13th in assists (2.15) and 20th in scoring. Keil 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 6.2 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.2 points. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 857 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 514 career-rebounds.

ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) wasted no time in being major contributors to the team. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18. She has started in 13 games and is second on the team with 11.6 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.53 three-point field goals made and ranks sixth with a .413 three-point field goal percentage. O'Dell is also ranks eighth in scoring. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7).

McFadden has started 12 games and averages 8.1 points per game scoring a career-high 16 points vs. Lafayette (Jan. 6). She ranks 11th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.44) and 14th in assists (2.12). McFadden has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week two times this season, (Nov. 20 and Jan. 8).

STARTS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin is one of two players who have started every game this season, Kaitlin Foley is the only other to have started all 16 games. She averages 28.7 minutes of playing time per game and had a season and career-high of 38 minutes on the floor at Lafayette (1-6-07). 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. She currently has 259. The six-foot-one veteran scored a season-high 11 points against Harvard (Nov. 18) and had a season-high 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)

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. 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. Last season Foley earned first team All-League while Keil was selected to the second team.

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.

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.

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.).

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: The Crusaders will play one more game at Hart Center after today's game before going back on the road. After Navy on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) Holy Cross will head to Dartmouth Jan. 18 and American Jan. 20.

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.

ON THE RADIO Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan 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.