Women's Basketball to Face American Saturday

Jan. 19, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (6-13, 1-3 PL) vs. American (7-12, 2-2, PL)
Date: January 20, 2007
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Bender Arena (4,500), Washington, D.C.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM Series History: Holy Cross leads 10-1
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 74, 55
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 4

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.

Holy Cross is 6-13 overall and 1-3 in the league after falling to Dartmouth Thursday, 68-44. The Crusaders are 1-5 in January and look to finish up the month with three Patriot League wins starting with American Saturday.

THIS TIME OUT: This game will be the 12th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and American in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross leads the series 10-1. The Crusaders defeated American in their last four meetings. Holy Cross topped the Eagles 59-55 and 74-55 last season.

DARTMOUTH RECAP: Ashley Taylor scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Dartmouth women's basketball team past Holy Cross, 68-44 in non-conference action Thursday night at the Leede Arena. Dartmouth opened the game with an early 11-0 run. Holy Cross came back with a 13-2 streak to tie the game at 13 (9:27). During the run Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored seven, Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) had three, Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had two and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) added one. The game went back and forth for the next few minutes until Dartmouth went 11-2 to go ahead by 10 (28-18) with just over two minutes left in the first half and went into the break with an eight point advantage, 30-22. Keil led the Crusaders in the first half with seven points and seven rebounds. Taylor put up 14 points for Dartmouth. Holy Cross came out of the locker room strong scoring 13-6 in the first few minutes of the second half to come within one, 36-35. Big Green did not allow the Crusaders to get any closer as Dartmouth followed up with a 15-4 run to go ahead by 12 at 8:20 (51-39). Dartmouth then scored 15 unanswered points to take a 27 point lead (66-39) and held on to win by 24. Keil recorded her first double-double of the season and seventh of her career with a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. Koren Schram had 11 points for Dartmouth and Darcy Rose added 10.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will travel to New York to play conference opponent Colgate Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders have a 33-3 series advantage over the Raiders. One of Colgates three wins came when the two teams met last season (79-71) at Cotterell Court.

LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) poured in a game-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 74-55 win over American Feb. 18, 2006 at Bender Arena. Foley scored 12 of her 22 points and had four of her seven rebounds in the first, while finishing the game 10-for-13 from the floor. Guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) recorded 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal, while guard Jessica Conte had a solid all-around game with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Crusaders. Holy Cross shot 53.6 percent from the floor for the game and committed just 15 turnovers. American was 34.8 percent from the field. The Eagles were led by Ryan's 16 points. Pam Stanfield added 11 and Tara Williams chipped in with 10 points. Tish Curry and Talicia Jackson shared game-high honors with nine rebounds.

SCOUTING AMERICAN: The Eagles are 7-12 overall and 2-2 in the league after falling to Army Tuesday, 60-47. Junior guard Liz Hayes leads the team with 15.1 ppg while sophomore guard Nicole Ryan adds 10.8 ppg. Letitia Curry leads American with 7.2 rpg and junior forward Maggie Smith-Davidson averages 5.6 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.

PLAYING TIME: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has seen more action since league play began and played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18). In the past four games, Cushnie has played 48 minutes, grabbed five boards, scored three points, handed out three assists and added a steal. Cushnie has a career-high four points against San Diego (Dec. 28).

STEPPING UP: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had a career-high four steals and played 40 minutes for the Crusaders in the win against Navy (Jan. 16). McFadden has started in 16 games and averages 8.2 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 12th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.53) and 11th in assists (2.32). McFadden has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week two times this season, (Nov. 20 and Jan. 8).

CAREER-HIGH: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) matched her career-high eight rebounds in the win against Navy (Jan. 16). She also had a season-high 13 points to match her career-high against Bucknell (Jan.13). 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 19 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 4.4 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 277.

THREE!: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) leads the team with a .389 three-point field goal percentage (42-108). She has started in 16 games and is third on the team with 10.7 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.33 three-point field goals made and ranks sixth in three-point field goal percentage. O'Dell also ranks 15th in scoring. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7). O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 13.74 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.32) and fourth in field goal percentage (.388).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross is ranked third in the league with a .717 free throw percentage shooting 200 of 279 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging .877 from the line (57-65).

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 12.1 points per game and is third with 4.6 rebounds per game. She played in her 100th career-game against Rhode Island Dec. 17 where she scored a team-high 16 points. Foley currently has 865 career points and 376 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 leads with a .518 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring (12.1), 12th in blocked shots (0.47) and 17th in rebounding.

TOP IN BOARDS AND BLOCKS: 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 6.4 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.3 points. Keil has totaled 11 blocks so far this season and is ranked seventh all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (73). She recorded her seventh career double-double against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 886 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 544 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.12) sixth in blocked shots (0.69), ninth in rebounding (6.4), and 20th in scoring.

NCAA TALK: As of Jan. 16, Holy Cross was ranked 40th in the nation in free throw percentage. Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks 26th nationally in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 31st in three-point field goals per game and 43rd in three-point field goal percentage. 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 fi nished 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.

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.).