Women's Basketball to Host Lehigh Saturday

Jan. 25, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (7-14, 2-4 PL) vs. Lehigh (7-13, 2-4 PL)
Date: January 27, 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 32-5
Series at the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 15-2
Last Meeting:Holy Cross, 72-65 last season at the Hart Center
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 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.

THIS TIME OUT: This game will be the 38th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Lehigh in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross leads the series 32-5. Holy Cross defeated Lehigh in both meetings last season, 69-63 and 72-65. The Crusaders are 15-2 when facing Lehigh at the Hart Center.

COLGATE RECAP: Freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team past Colgate, 75-59 in Patriot League action Wednesday night at Cotterell Court.

Colgate scored first, and went 9-7 in the first five minutes of the game to take the early lead. The Crusaders tied it up at nine and then again at 11 before O'Dell scored the next eight points for Holy Cross to take a six point advantage with under 12 minutes left in the first half (19-13). Holy Cross continued on a 6-2 run to take a 10 point lead (25-15) with just under eight minutes left in the half. During the run Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and O'Dell each sunk one from the three-point range. The Crusaders went into halftime with a 14 point lead (37-23) after Keil scored six and O'Dell and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) each added three.

At the break O'Dell led the Crusaders with 16 points while Keil had nine points and four rebounds. Holy Cross 55.6 percent from the three point range shooting five of nine.

The Raiders came out of the locker room to scored 9-5 in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Crusaders stayed on top with a 10 point margin (42-32). Holy Cross went on an 11-6 streak in the next five minutes as McFadden scored five and Foley added four to give the Crusaders a 15 point lead. Holy Cross got as high as a 23 point lead with less than five minutes left in the game and held on to win by 16.

Foley scored 15 points had five rebounds and matched her career-high of three blocks while Keil scored 14, had six boards and three steals. Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had a career-high five steals and added five rebounds. O'Dell led the team with 24 points shooting nine of 10 from the field and five of six from the three-point range. Holy Cross shot 13 of 28 from the field making 10 from the three-point range. Melanie Cargle led Colgate with 20 points and six rebounds.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross stays home to face Lafayette Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.

LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored a team-high 20 points and three other Crusaders reached double figures to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 72-65 victory over Lehigh February 25, 2006 at the Hart Center. Foley had 12 of her 20 points in the first stanza and finished the game 6-for-9 from the field. Shannon Bush and Jessica Conte added 15 and 11 points, respectively, while Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) added 10 points, five assists, three blocks and three rebounds. Foley and Conte tied for team-high honors with six rebounds.

SCOUTING LEHIGH: The Mountain Hawks are 7-14 overall and 2-4 in the league after falling to Bucknell 64-37. Senior forward Adrienne Blout leads the team with 11.7 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Senior guard Sara Ellis is second on the team with 9.7 ppg while sophomore center Melissa Rich has 5.8 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.

CAREER-HIGH POINTS: Last time out freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 24 points against Colgate (Jan. 24). She has started in 18 games and is second on the team with 11.2 points per game. O'Dell leads the team with a .412 three-point field goal percentage (49-119). In the Patriot League she is second with 2.45 three-point field goals made and ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18.

NCAA TALK: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks 19th nationallly in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is tied 48rd in three-point field goal percentage.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 13.81 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.62) and fourth in field goal percentage (.391).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .725 free throw percentage shooting 227 of 313 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging .865 from the line (64-74).

STEPPING UP: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a career-high 17 points against American (Jan. 20) and was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week (Jan. 22) for the third time this season. She had a career-high four steals and played 40 minutes for the Crusaders in the win against Navy (Jan. 16) and handed out a career-high fives assists against Bucknell (Jan. 13). McFadden has started in 18 games and averages 8.6 points per game. She ranks 11th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.62) and is 10th in assists (2.38).

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 12.3 points per game and is tied third with 4.7 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 894 career points and 387 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 .524 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, seventh in blocked shots (0.67) and tied 16th 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 6.5 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.4 points. Keil has totaled 13 blocks so far this season and is ranked seventh all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (75). 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 910 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 558 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.11) sixth in blocked shots (0.72), tied seventh in rebounding, and 20th in scoring.

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 six games, Cushnie has played 79 minutes, grabbed six boards, scored 13 points, handed out seven assists and added two steals. Cushnie has a career-high five points at Colgate (Jan. 24) and American (Jan. 20).

PUSHING LIMITS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20). 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 21 games. She averages 29.3 minutes of playing time per game and matched her career-high of 38 minutes on the floor at American (Jan. 20). McLaughlin is tied third on the team averaging 4.7 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 291.

OUT FOR THE SEASON: 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.

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.).


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.