Jan. 14, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-12, 0-3 PL) vs. Navy (7-9, 2-1 PL)
Date: January 16, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Talent: Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 31-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 65-47 in regular-season competition last season.
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 6
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.
Tonight's game is the 36th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Navy in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. TURNING THINGS AROUND: Holy Cross lost two key players just as the team was finding its groove early in the season. The Crusaders have been fighting back to find their rhythm after losing their starting point-guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) to a knee injury. Although Holy Cross has started league play 0-3 the young team, with two starting freshmen, look to turn things around and break their six game losing streak.
THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game is the 36th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Navy in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross Holy Cross leads the series 31-4. The Crusaders have defeated Navy in their last six meetings, most recently 65-47 in regular-season competition last season. Holy Cross is 18-1 when playing the Mids at the Hart Center.
BUCKNELL RECAP: Amanda Brown scored a team-high 20 points as the Bucknell women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross 63-50 in Patriot League action Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center.
Bucknell scored the first six points of the game to jump out to an early lead. Holy Cross retaliated with a 7-2 run to make it a one point ball game (8-7), but the Bison went on another 5-0 streak to go ahead by seven, 14-7. After that run, the Crusaders stayed within five before knotting the game at 16 at 9:06 when senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y) hit a lay up. The Bison went 12-2 in the next few minutes to take a 10 point lead (31-21) and went into the break with an eight point lead (31-23).
Holy Cross came out of the locker room to match Bucknell with seven points but didn't cut the lead to five until 12:51 (40-35). This was as close as the Crusaders came to the Bison in the second half as Bucknell gained as much as a 17 point lead and did not allow the Crusaders to come any closer than seven in the last 12:41 minutes of the game.
Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) led the Crusaders with 13 points each and Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) added 10 points. Foster led the Bison with 20 points while Lindsey Hollobaugh had 19 points.
NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will be back on the road for its next three games after three straight home games. First they take on Dartmouth Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and then travel to play American Saturday at 12:00 p.m. They will play Colgate Jan. 24 before coming back home to play Lehigh Jan. 27.
LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: Four Crusaders reached double figures and the Holy Cross defense held Navy to 39 percent shooting and 47 points as the Crusaders defeated the Midshipmen, 65-47 February 14, 2006 at the Hart Center.
Brittany Keil had a team-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Ashley McLaughlin, Kaitlin Foley and Laura Aloisi all added 11 points each. Jessica Conte chipped in with eight points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for the Crusaders.
SCOUTING NAVY: The Mids are 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the league after losing to Bucknell and defeating Lehigh and Lafayette. Senior forward leads the team with 16.2 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Senior guard Margaret Knap adds 11.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg while Kate Hobbs averages 9.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
CAREER-HIGH: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin had a record game against Bucknell with a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high 13 points to match her career-high. McLaughlin is one of two players who have started every game this season, Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is the only other to have started all 17 games. She averages 29.1 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 tied third on the team averaging 4.4 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 267. 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).
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 14.18 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.29) and fourth in field goal percentage (.398).
FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross is ranked third in the league with a .724 free throw percentage shooting 184 of 254 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 12.1 points per game and is tied 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 834 career points and 355 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 third with a .500 field goal percentage and ranks fifth in scoring (12.1).
TOP IN BOARDS: 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 6.2 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.3 points. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 867 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 521 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in five different categories including sixth in blocked shots (0.71), ninth in rebounding (6.2), 13th in assists (2.14) and 20th in scoring.
ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) are key players on the floor for the Crusaders. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18. She has started in 14 games and is second on the team with 11.3 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.44 three-point field goals made and ranks sixth with a .394 three-point field goal percentage. O'Dell also ranks ninth in scoring. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7).
McFadden has started 14 games and averages 8.4 points per game scoring a career-high 16 points vs. Lafayette (Jan. 6). and handing out a career-high fives assists against Bucknell (Jan. 13). She ranks 11th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.47) and 10th in assists (2.29). McFadden has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week two times this season, (Nov. 20 and Jan. 8).
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.).
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.