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Feb. 12, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (9-16, 4-6 PL) vs. Navy (10-14, 4-6 PL)
Date: February 13, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall (5,710), Annapolis, Md.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM Series History: Holy Cross leads 32-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 49-39 at the Hart Center
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 7

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 37th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Navy in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The Crusaders have a 32-4 series advantage over the Midshipmen. Holy Cross defeated Navy 49-39 in their first meeting this season, Jan. 16.

BUCKNELL RECAP: Hope Foster recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bucknell women's basketball team past Holy Cross 63-37 in conference action Friday night at the Sojka Pavilion.

Bucknell jumped out to a 17-4 lead at 10:42 after sophomore guard Amanda Brown scored eight points and junior forward Foster put up seven for the Bison. Holy Cross didn't score from the field until 9:39 as its first four points came from the line. Bucknell went on a 17-10 run to take a 20 point lead (34-14) with 2:16 left in the first half and went into the break with a 19 point advantage (37-18).

The Bison shot 53.3 percent from the field and held the Crusaders to just 18.5 percent in the first half. Brown led Bucknell with 11 points while senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had nine points for Holy Cross.

Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) came out of the locker room to score the Crusaders first six points of the second half, but Bucknell outscored Holy Cross 11-8 to increase its lead to 22 (48-26) at 14:51. The Bison followed up with seven unanswered points (55-26) before the Crusaders went on an 11-4 streak (59-37), but it wasn't enough as Bucknell held on to win by 26 (63-37).

Bucknell held Holy Cross to just 28.6 percent from the field. Foster led the Bison with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Foley had 13 points and eight boards for the Crusaders.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will return home to host American Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The senior Crusaders will be honored before the game at the annual senior game. LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored 17 points and had five boards to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team past Navy, 49-39 for its first conference win of the season Jan. 16 at the Hart Center.

Navy took an early lead going 7-4 from the start, but Holy Cross retaliated with an 11-2 run to take a six point lead at 8:30 (15-9). The Crusaders had an 11 point advantage with just over three minutes to play in the first half after a 10-2 streak which included two three-pointers from freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and four points from Foley. Holy Cross went into the break with a nine point lead, 25-16.

Holy Cross came out of the locker room to go on an 8-4 run to increase the lead to 13 (33-20). The Crusaders kept the lead for the remainder of the game getting as high as a 14 point advantage at 12:49. Holy Cross did not allow the Mids to come any closer than seven points through the second half as they sealed the win by 10 points.

Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 11 points and had four assists while Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) added eight rebounds and McFadden had four assists. Carly Meyer led Navy with 10 points.

SCOUTING NAVY: The Midshipmen are 10-14 overall and 4-6 in the league after falling to Lafayette Sat. Senior forward Carly Meyer leads the team with 14.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Senior guard Margaret Knap averages 11.3 ppg while senior forward Kate Hobbs adds 7.2 rpg and 10.0 ppg.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 13.92 assists. Holy Cross also ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.395) and rebounding defense (35.6).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .735 free throw percentage shooting 278 of 378 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is second in the league averaging .846 from the line (77-91).

TOP 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 6.7 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.3 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 941career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 589 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.14) eighth in blocked shots (0.68), 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 22 starts she is second on the team with 11.2 points per game. O'Dell sunk five three-pointers against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and leads the team with a .400 three-point field goal percentage (58-145). In the Patriot League she is second with 2.42 three-point field goals made, she ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage and is tied ninth with 2.33 assists. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the fourth time Feb 5.

400 CAREER REBOUNDS: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) grabbed her 400th career-rebound against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and currently has 406 career rebounds. She had 12 points and five rebounds in the Crusaders last win against Lafayette and 13 points the last time out against Bucknell (Feb. 9). 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 third with 4.7 rebounds per game. Foley played in her 100th career-game against Rhode Island (Dec. 17) where she scored a team-high 16 points. Foley currently has 949 career points. 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 ranking second in the league in free throw percentage Foley leads with a .546 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, ninth in blocked shots (0.60) and 16th 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 152 minutes in the last 10 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 22 games and averages 8.8 points per game. She is 10th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.64), and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.331).

300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebounds in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 308. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is fourth on the team averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. Last time out McLaughlin scored 10 points against Bucknell (Feb. 9). She 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 25 games. She averages 32.2 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.).