Feb. 7, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-15, 4-4 PL) vs. Bucknell (16-8, 8-1 PL)
Date: February 9, 2007
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 31-9
Last Meeting:Bucknell 63-50 Jan. 13 at the Hart Center
Series Streak: Bucknell - 1
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.
The Holy Cross women's basketball team ended their longest winning streak of the season after losing to Army Tuesday, 77-43. Before that, the Crusaders won three consecutive games against Colgate (75-59), Lehigh (75-61) and Lafayette (77-45).
THIS TIME OUT: This game will be the 41st all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Bucknell in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The Crusaders have a 31-9 series advantage over the Bison. Bucknell defeated Holy Cross 63-50 when they met earlier this season, Jan. 13.
ARMY RECAP: Cara Enright had 18 points and six rebounds to lead Army past the Holy Cross women's basketball team 77-43 in Patriot League action Tuesday night at Christl Arena.
Army jumped out to a 7-2 start, but freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) each hit one from the long range for the Crusaders to stay within one in the first five minutes of play (9-8). The Black Knights went on a 7-0 run to take an eight point lead at 12:59 (16-8). Holy Cross came back with a 5-0 streak, but Army followed up with a 13-2 run to go ahead by 14 with just over seven minutes left in the first half (15-29). The Black Knights scored nine unanswered points to take a 21 point lead with less than three minutes left in the half and went into the break with a 20 point lead (43-23).
Army shot 60.7 percent from the field with Cara Enright leading the Black Knights with eight points at the half. Holy Cross was held to 33.3 percent from the field.
The Black Knights started out the second half 11-9 (56-32) to increase the lead to 24. They followed up with 16 unanswered points to take a 40 point advantage (72-32) with 6:20 left in the second half. Army held on to win by 34 (77-43).
Keil led Holy Cross with 10 points and six rebounds while freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had eight points.
NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will remain on the road as they travel to Navy Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Amanda Brown scored a team-high 20 points as the Bucknell women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross 63-50 in Patriot League action Jan. 13 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.
SCOUTING BUCKNELL: The Bison are 16-8 overall and 8-1 in the conference after topping American 70-57 Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Junior center Hope Foster leads the team with 13.5 ppg and 7.9 rpg. Sophomore guard Amanda Brown is second on the team with 12.2 ppg while senior guard Lindsey Hollobaugh adds 11.1 ppg.
LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.12 assists. Holy Cross also ranks fourth in three-points field goal percentage (.322) and fourth in field goal percentage (.399).
FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .738 free throw percentage shooting 270 of 366 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is second in the league averaging .871 from the line (74-85).
TOP IN BLOCKING AND IN BOARDS: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was selected to the preseason All-League team and after having to sit out the first three games of this season because of a preseason injury, she is back in action and is putting up the numbers leading the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.5 points. Keil had a season-high 10 boards in the win against Lafayette (Feb. 3). She has totaled 15 blocks so far this season and is tied sixth all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (77). She recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season against Lehigh (Jan. 27) when she scored 12 and had 10 rebounds. Her first double-double of the season came 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 936 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 584 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.29) sixth in blocked shots (0.71), fifth in rebounding, and 20th in scoring.
CAREER-HIGH: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched her career-high 24 points against Lafayette (Feb. 3). With 21 starts she is second on the team with 11.5 points per game. O'Dell sunk five three-pointers against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and leads the team with a .417 three-point field goal percentage (58-139). In the Patriot League she is second with 2.52 three-point field goals made, she ranks second in three-point field goal percentage and is tied eighth with 2.35 assists. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the fourth time Feb 5.
LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had 12 points and five rebounds in the Crusaders last win against Lafayette. She was named Patriot League Player of the Week (Jan. 29) after scoring a season-high 24 points in the win against Lehigh (Jan. 27). She leads the team with 12.5 points per game and is fourth 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 936 career points and 398 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 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 .546 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, ninth in blocked shots (0.62) and 17th in rebounding.
PLAYING TIME: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has come off the bench to spark the team since league play began. She played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) and has totaled 134 minutes in the last nine games. Cushnie scored a career-high 12 points and a career-high four rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). In the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) she handed out a career-high three assists and two steals.
PLAYING THE PART: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a career-high 20 points against Lafayette (Feb. 3) 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 21 games and averages 9.0 points per game. She is ninth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.71), and three-point field goal percentage (.347) and she is tied eighth in assists (2.35).
300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebounds in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 306. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is third on the team averaging 4.7 rebounds per game. McLaughlin 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 24 games. She averages 29.0 minutes of playing time per game and matched her career-high of 38 minutes on the floor at American (Jan. 20). Earlier this season McLaughlin grabbed her 200th career rebound against Rhode Island as she tied with Keil for a team-high five rebounds.
NCAA TALK: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is tied 19th nationally in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 32nd in three-point field goal percentage and 37th in three-point field goals per game.
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.).
WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL
ON TELEVISION The women's squad will be featured on ESPNU tonight at Bucknell at 4:30 p.m.
ON THE RADIO Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM Bob Fouracre 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.