Women to Host American Saturday

Feb. 16, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (10-16, 5-6 PL) vs. American (10-16, 5-6 PL)
Date: February 17, 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 10-2
Last Meeting: American 59-55, Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Series Streak: American - 1

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 13th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and American in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The Crusaders have a 10-2 series advantage over the Eagles. American edged Holy Cross (59-55) in their first meeting of the season, Jan. 20, but the Crusaders are 5-0 when playing the Eagles at the Hart Center. Both teams go into today's contest tied third in the league (5-6).

NAVY RECAP: Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched her career high of 24 points and had a career-high seven rebounds to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team past Navy 85-80 in conference action Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.

Holy Cross jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first few minutes of the game as senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored four of the nine points while freshman guard O'Dell hit one from the long range. The Crusaders followed up 7-5 to maintain an eight point advantage (16-8). Later in the first half O'Dell scored eight points in a 10-6 streak to put the Crusaders up by 10 with 5:05 left in the first half. Holy Cross went into the break with a 13 point lead (43-30).

After the first half O'Dell led the Crusaders with 17 points and four rebounds shooting six of nine from the floor hitting five from the three-point range.

Navy came out of the locker room to outscore Holy Cross 8-5 and come within seven points (48-41). Holy Cross maintained a 10-12 point lead most of the second half until Navy went on a 12-6 run late in the game to come within four with 2:23 left in the second half. The Mids were still only down by four with 26 seconds left, but the Crusaders held on to win by five, 85-80.

Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) had 15 points and eight rebounds, Foley had 15 points and four rebounds and freshmen guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 15 points and had a career-high seven assists for Holy Cross.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will remain home to host Colgate Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center. LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: Nicole Ryan scored 19 points to lead the American women's basketball team past Holy Cross 59-55 in conference action Jan. 10 at the Bender Arena.

At the start of the game, Holy Cross and American stayed within two points of each other until freshman forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) sunk a three and freshman guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) added two from the line to make it 14-11 at 10:10. The Crusaders continued on a 4-2 run to take a five point lead with just under eight minutes left in the first half (18-13). In the next few minutes Briana McFadden (Wheaton Md.) scored five points while Cushnie added three to keep the five point lead (26-21). With 1:28 left in the first half, American tied the game at 28 after a 7-2 run, but senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N. J.) scored two from the line to take the Crusaders into the break with the lead (30-28).

At the half, McFadden had 11 points for Holy Cross and junior Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had six rebounds. The Crusaders made almost half of their points from the line as they shot 12 of 14 free throws.

The Crusaders came out of the locker room to score 14-4 in the first five minutes of the second half. In the run, senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored six points, McFadden hit two three-pointers and Keil added two to take a 12 point lead (44-32). The Eagles came back with an 11-2 run to come within three points (46-43) and then made it a one-point game 48-47 at 6:29. The Eagles then went ahead by two after Ryan hit a three-pointer, but freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched it on the Crusaders next possession to push back into the lead (51-50). The game was tied up three times in the last 4:38 minutes of the game. American took a two-point lead twice (1:33 and 0:36) and Holy Cross could not put up another basket in the last minute of the game as the Eagles won, 59-55.

Three players from Holy Cross scored in double digits as McFadden led the team with a gamr-high 17 points. Foley had 14 points and six rebounds while Keil added 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. McLaughlin had a career-high nine rebounds while Cushnie scored five points.

SCOUTING AMERICAN: The Eagles are 10-16 overall and 5-6 in the conference after defeating Army 58-54 Tuesday. Junior guard Liz Hayes leads the team with 14.4 ppg while sophomore guard Nicole Ryan adds 10.9 ppg.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.19 assists. Holy Cross is second in three-point field goals made (5.69) and also ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.398), rebounding defense (35.3), three-point field goal percentage (.319), scoring offense (57.9), and assist-turnover ratio (0.73).

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).

FROM THE LONG RANGE: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched her career-high 24 points last time out against Navy (Feb. 13) and against Lafayette (Feb. 3). With 23 starts as a rookie she is second on the team with 11.7 points per game. O'Dell sunk six three-pointers against Navy (Feb. 13) and five against Lafayette (Feb. 3). She leads the team with a .416 three-point field goal percentage (64-154). O'Dell leads the Patriot League swith 2.56 three-point field goals made, she ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage, is ninth with 2.40 assists and is 10th in scoring. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the fourth time Feb 5.

REBOUNDING LEADER: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) is leading the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.0 points. Keil had a season-high 10 boards in the win against Lafayette (Feb. 3). Last time out she scored 15 points and had eight boards against Navy (Feb. 13). She has totaled 16 blocks so far this season and is tied fifth all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (78). 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 900th career-point against Colgate (Jan. 24) where she scored 14 points. Earlier this season she scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points. Keil now totals 956 career points just 44 points away from 1,000. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 597 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 10 in three different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.26) eighth in blocked shots (0.70) and fifth in rebounding.

400 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) grabbed her 400th career-rebound against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and currently has 410 career rebounds. Last time out Foley scored 15 points. She had 13 points against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and 12 points and five rebounds against Lafayette (Feb. 3). 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 12.6 points per game and is tied third with 4.7 rebounds per game. Foley is 36 points away from her 1,000 career-point. She played in her 100th career-game against Rhode Island (Dec. 17) where she scored a team-high 16 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 the league with a .535 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, ninth in blocked shots (0.62) and 15th in offensive rebounds.

STEPPING UP: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has come off the bench to spark the team scoring a career-high 12 points and a career-high four rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). She played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) and has totaled 166 minutes in the last 11 games. In the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) Cushnie handed out a career-high three assists and two steals.

AT THE POINT: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 15 points last time out against Navy (Feb. 13). She 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 23 games and averages 9.0 points per game. She is seventh in the league with a .778 free throw percentage.

300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebounds in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 314. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is tied third on the team averaging 4.7 rebounds per game. 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 26 games. She averages 28.9 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: Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is tied 31st in three-point field goals per game and is ranked 35th in three-point field goal percentage while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is ranked 39th nationally in free throw percentage. Holy Cross ranks 46th in free throw percentage (.735).

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.).


PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT The 2007 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy, March 3-4. All eight teams journey to Annapolis for quarterfinal and semifinal contests.

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.