Jan. 30, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was named the Patriot League Player of the Week, as announced by league officials this afternoon. Foley led the Crusaders to two wins last week with key conference victories over Colgate (75-62) on Jan. 24 and at Lehigh (69-63) on Jan. 28. This is Foley's first career award.
Foley poured in a game-high and a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) shooting from the floor on Saturday night to lead Holy Cross to a six point victory at Lehigh. She was 5-for-7 from the field in the first half and collected 13 of the Crusaders' 29 points at the break. She then shot a perfect 1.000 percent (4-for-4) from the floor in the second and added four rebounds and two steals. Foley was most recently coming off a game-high and a then-career high 21 points in the Crusaders' 13 point win over Colgate last Tuesday night. Foley was 9-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds in 31 minutes of action against the Raiders.
Foley is 18-for-24 (75.0 percent) from the floor in her last two outings (both wins) and has averaged 22.0 points in each game. The New York native, who is currently ranked fourth in the Patriot League in scoring (14.5 points per game) and second in field goal percentage (52.9 percent), also helped the Holy Cross defense hold both the Raiders and the Mountain Hawks to less than 65 points, while forcing 39 turnovers in the Crusaders' two game sweep. The Crusaders are currently on a three-game winning streak, which is their longest of the year.
Foley has set and passed career-highs in points five times this season (18 at Northeastern; 19 vs. Western Kentucky; 20 vs. URI; 21 vs. Colgate; 23 at Lehigh). Her previous career-high was 12 at Army in 2004. Foley leads the team in points (276 points), points per game (14.5 points per game), field goal percentage (52.9 percent), and blocks (15 blocks). She is second on the team in both rebounding (6.1 rebounds per game) and steals (33 steals). The six-foot-four center, who only averaged 10.9 minutes and 3.1 points last season, has started all 19 games for the Crusaders this year.
Holy Cross is in the middle of a three-game road trip and is traveling to Annapolis, Md., for a 7:30 p.m. game at Navy's Alunmni Hall on Tuesday, January 31.