February 18, 2008

Women's Basketball Hosts Navy On Wednesday Night

Feb. 18, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS: Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access & Patriot League All-Access,www.goholycross.com. Holy Cross Radio: www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play. Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass. Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 34-4. Last Meeting: Holy Cross 62, Navy 51 (January 23, 2008; Annapolis, Md.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG F 13 Ashley McLaughlin 6-1 Sr. 3.8 4.2 F 14 Briana McFadden 5-10 So. 14.4 3.7 C 30 Elizabeth Campbell 6-3 Fr. 6.1 4.3 G 5 Laura Aloisi 5-9 Sr. 9.2 3.7 G 44 Bethany O'Dell 5-8 So. 11.2 4.2

THE SERIES WITH NAVY: This will be the 39th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mids on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 34-4. Holy Cross took this season's first meeting in Annapolis, Md., extending it's winning streak over Navy to nine games. For games played at the Hart Center, the Crusaders holds an impressive 19-1 advantage, posting it's last home victory on January 16, 2007 (49-39). The schools first met on January 18, 1992, with the Crusaders posting a 75-62 win over visiting Navy.

SERIES QUICK FACTS Overall Holy Cross leads, 34-4 In Worcester Holy Cross, 19-1 At the Hart Center Holy Cross, 19-1 Bill Gibbons vs. Navy 34-4 Tom Marryott vs. Holy Cross 1-9 Current Win Streak Holy Cross, nine games In Overtime Holy Cross, 2-0

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST NAVY: Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the Holy Cross women's basketball team in scoring for the 11th time this season as the Crusaders defeated Navy, 62-51, in a Patriot League contest. Holy Cross started out strong, going on a 13-2 run, led by sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scoring on a three-pointer and a field goal shot for five points and McFadden who had a shot from outside the arc and two shots from the charity stripe for five points. The Mids jumped back into the game, getting with six of the Crusaders, 21-15, with 7:29 left in the first half as Whitney Davidson hit a three-pointer and a shot from field goal range. Navy continued to stay paced with the Crusaders, cutting its deficit to five with a score of 29-24 at the 2:21 mark in the first half. Holy Cross held the Mids to two points to finish up the half and McFadden had four points, giving the Crusaders a nine-point cushion, 35-26. McFadden led the scoring for the Crusaders with 12 points while senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) had 10 points. Davidson led Navy with seven points. Holy Cross maintained its offensive aggression, holding Navy to six points during the first 12 minutes of the game. The Crusaders scored 19 points in that time with freshman guard Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) scoring five points McFadden and O'Dell scoring four each. The Crusaders continued their stride as junior guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to close out the scoring, 62-51. McFadden led the scoring for Holy Cross with 14 points while chipping in two assists, one block and one rebound. Fremeau posted a new career-high seven points and tied her career-high 15 minutes played had two rebounds and one assist. O'Dell chipped in 12 points, three boards and two assists.The Crusaders had a season-high 91.3% from the charity stripe, hitting 21 of 23 attempts.

O'DELL NAMED PL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) has been named the Baden Patriot League Player of the Week, for competition from February 12-17. O'Dell led the Crusaders in scoring during both league contests last week as Holy Cross goes into this week's competition tied for first in the league. In Saturday's 73-67 victory over Bucknell, O'Dell scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Against the Bison, she made 3-of-4 attempts from long range and sank all six attempts from the free throw line, leading the Crusaders to hitting 20-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe. O'Dell paced the Crusaders with 17 points and three steals during their 56-54 loss to Army on Wednesday, February 13. On the week, O'Dell averaged 64.7% from the floor, 62.5% from long range, and 90.0% from the free throw line. She averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. O'Dell ranks second in scoring for Holy Cross, averaging 11.2 points per game and is tied for second on the team in rebounds, averaging 4.2 boards per game. She is currently ranked first in free throws, converting 45-of-55 attempts so far this season. This is the first career Patriot League Player of the Week for the sophomore standout and earns her seventh weekly award during her career after being named Patriot League Rookie of the Week six times last season. O'Dell honors notches the third week in a row the Crusaders have received Patriot League Player of the Week honors.

BOOK WORMS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) continues to climb in the all-time career lists for Holy Cross as she broke into the No. 8 spot in the all-time career assists list, with 416 on the season. Aloisi is also three shy of tying for ninth in the all-time career steals list, with 196 so far this season. Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) also set new records this season, tying the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game against UNC-Asheville on December 29, going 11-for-11 at the free throw line. She also tied the school record for consecutive free throws made in a single game with 11.

CAMPBELL COMES THROUGH: Freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) went from lead bench player to the fifth starter for the Crusaders in the last couple games, making four league starts. Against Bucknell on February 16, she recorded her first career double-doubles, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Campbell grabbed a career-high 11 boards against Lafayette on February 9 while chipping in nine points and one block. Campbell went 6-for-8 (75.0%) from field goal range, chipping in 13 points and leading Holy Cross in rebounds with seven and in assists with five during the Crusaders 62-46 loss to American on January 26. Campbell chipped in six points and three rebounds during the 48-46 victory over Bucknell on January 20. She had a career-high nine rebounds and 33 minutes played during the Crusaders 57-41 loss to Army on January 16. She tied her season-high 14 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals in 26 minutes played as Holy Cross toppped Dartmouth, 60-52. Campbell leads the Crusaders in blocks with 27 in 23 appearances and is averaging 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 0.9 assists and 0.7 steals per game.

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!!!: Briana McFadden has been the Crusaders' offensive weapon all season, leading the team's scoring in 15 of 25 contests. In league play, McFadden leads Holy Cross in scoring eight of the ten games played so far. She had a season-high against league opponents after scoring 21 points during a 53-51 victory against Lehigh on February 2. McFadden's scoring success hit a new high this year as she posted a career-high 28 points against UNC-Asheville on December 29 as Holy Cross won, 79-60.

SHE'S BAAAAACK: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) returns for her second season with the Crusaders. In 25 starts for Holy Cross, she is averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. O'Dell paced the Crusaders with 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists against Army on February 13. Agaisnt Lafayette on February 9, O'Dell tied the team-high scoring with 19 poitns. With one minute remaining in th league contest against Bucknell on January 20, O'Dell hit a shot outside the arc to tie the game, 46-46, and hit the final free throw of the Crusaders victory over the Bison. She chipped in eight points, five rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block during the 57-41 loss to Army on January 16. Against Dartmouth, O'Dell had a season-high six assists while scoring 13 points and grabbing three rebounds and one steal. In the Patriot League opener against Lafayette, O'Dell had 14 points, four rebounds, a season-high four steals and three assists. O'Dell scored a season-high 20 points and had six rebounds, two assist and one steal during the Crusadesr 65-56 victory over Rhode Island. This season, O'Dell was named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Last year, O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and received Rookie of the Week honors six times. She also was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and Patriot League All-Rookie Team. During her debut season, O'Dell made 30 starts in 32 games while averaging 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists. and 1.2 steals per game. She also led the Patriot League in three-point field goals with 87 on the season.

CRUSADERS TAKE ON THE LEAGUE: Currently 7-3 in the Patriot League and tied for first place with Lehigh, Army, and American, sophomore guards Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) picked up right where they left off last year leading the Crusaders against the league. Against league opponents, McFadden is averaging 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals while O'Dell is second in scoring for the Crusaders with 11.2 points and chipping 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists in 10 contests. Returning to league play this season is senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and junior guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.), who both missed league play last year due to injuries. Starting in all nine games, Aloisi is averaging 9.1 points, 4.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Making their debut in the Patriot League are freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.), who have both appreaced in nine league games so far this season. Making four league starts, Campbell is averaging 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Making five starts against the league, May averages 2.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) has started in all 10 league contests, averaging 2.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) has appeared in eight Patriot League contests and made one start, averaging 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has made six appearances in league play, averaging 4.0 points, and 2.7 rebounds.

BUCKNELL RECAP: Bethany O'Dell and Briana McFadden scored 19 points each while Elizabeth Campbell recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as Holy defeated Bucknell, 73-67, in Patriot League action. The Crusaders maintained a five-point lead three times in the opening five and a half minutes of the game, but Bucknell got within one, 13-12, as Kesha Champion hit a jumper. O'Dell and McFadden came alive from outside the arc, converting four-of-five attempts, cushioning Holy Cross 13 points ahead of the Bison, 27-14, with 8:54 left in the first half. The Crusaders finished 10 points ahead of Bucknell, 32-22, to end the first half as O'Dell had 13 points and McFadden scored seven points. In the first four and a half minutes of the second half, Holy Cross grabbed a 13 point lead, 41-28, but Bucknell woke up on offense, going a 10-1 run led by Champion with four points, cutting the deficit to four (42-38). Back and forth traffic on the court allowed the Crusaders to pace themselves at least four points ahead of Bucknell as the final 10 minutes wound down on the clock. With 1:48 left in the game, the Bison had climbed within one of Holy Cross, but back-to-back layups by McFadden gave the Crusaders a five-point cushion, 67-62. Holy Cross went 6-for-6 from free throw range in the final 15 seconds of the half, securing a six-point win, 73-67, over the Bison. O'Dell finished 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and made three-for-four attempts from long range while chipping eight rebounds and one assist. McFadden converted 2-of-5 three points and went 5-for-7 from free throw range and had three rebounds, two assists and one steal. In addition to her first double-double, Campbell had two blocks, two steals and one assist. Holy Cross finished 44.4% from field goal range, including converting five-of-ten attempts (50.0%) from long range and making 20-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe (90.9%). The Bison finished 44.2% from the floor, 45.5% from three-point range, and 84.2 from the free throw line.

BRI AND THE FREE'S: Sophomore guard Briana McFadden is ranked-second in the league from the charity stripe, posting a 80.6% from free throw range. McFadden's efforts this season landed her in the Holy Cross record books as tied the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game against UNC-Asheville on December 29, going 11-for-11 at the free throw line. McFadden also went a perfect 10-for-10 on December 1 during the Crusaders contest against Quinnipiac. McFadden has also proven to be dangerous at the line in Patriot League play, hitting all seven attempts against Navy on January 23 and going six-for-six against Lehigh on February 2. Against the league, she has sank 33-of44 attempts from free throw range (75.0%).

ALOISI RECEIVES LEAGUE HONORS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) has been named the Baden Patriot League Player of the Week, for competition from February 4-10. Aloisi tied the team-high in scoring with 19 points as the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 60-48, in Patriot league action. During Saturday's road victory, Aloisi scored 12 of her 19 points during a 24-12 run by the Crusaders to clinch the victory, keeping Holy Cross tied for first in the Patriot League standings. In addition to her 19 points, Aloisi had five assists, four rebounds and three steals while making three-of-six attempts from long range and four-of-five from the charity stripe.

HITTIN' THE THREES: Senior guard Laura Aloisi, sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell and and sophomore guard Briana McFadden continue to lead the Crusaders from the three-point line this season. Aloisi is currently ranked second in the Patriot League with a 40.4% three-point field goal percentage, followed by McFadden (39.3%) who is ranked fourth, and O'Dell who is ranked seventh with a 35.6%. O'Dell is ranked fourth in the league with three-pointers made, averaging 1.92 per game. The Crusaders are ranked first for both categories as a team, averging 6.00 three-pointers per game and shooting 35.0% from outside the arc. The Crusaders went 5-for-10 from long range against Bucknell on February 16, as O'Dell sank 3-for-3 and McFadden went 2-fo-3 from long range in the first half. Against Army on February 13, McFadden hit four of seven attempts while O'Dell and Aloisi each scored two three-pointer a piece. During the Crusaders 59-37 league victory over Colgate, McFadden went 4-for-7, shooting 57.1% from long range. Against Navy on January 23, Aloisi went 2-for-2 from long range while O'Dell was 2-for-4. McFadden also chipped in one three-pointer for the Crusaders against the Mids. During the Crusaders 62-46 loss to American, McFadden scored nine point from long range (3-for-5). Versus Dartmouth on January 14, McFadden (3-for-5) and O'Dell (3-for-4) each tallied nine points from outside while Aloisi chipped in one three pointer. Against Lafayette, Aloisi converted four of nine attempts from outside the arc while O'Dell went 2-for-2 from three point range. Versus Boston College, Aloisi went five-for-seven from long range while O'Dell chipped in one three-pointer. Against Buffalo, Aloisi made three of her four attempts while O'Dell and McFadden each had two three-pointers against the Bulls. During the Crusaders 65-56 victory over URI, O'Dell hit four of 10 attempts, scoring all four in the first half while McFadden hit three of her six attempts. Against Maine, O'Dell was 5-of-9 from behind the arc while McFadden scored three on five long range attempts as the Crusaders went onto win 79-50.

ALOISI STEALS THE SHOW: With 55 steals on the season, senior guard Laura Aloisi is currently ranked tops the Patriot League, averaging 2.20 steals per game. She recorded four against Colgate on Jaunary 30 and had a team-high four steals during the Crusaders 62-51 victory over Navy on January 23. During a 77-70 overtime victory against Lafayette, Aloisi added three to her season count. In the Crusaders 66-59 win over Yale on January 6, Aloisi led the team in steals, grabbing seven. During the State Farm Classic, Aloisi led Holy Cross in both games, averaging 3.0 per game. Aloisi had a season-high five steals against Quinnipiac on December 1. She recorded four during the Crusaders' 71-57 victory over Buffalo on November 27.

CARPER AND GRUZYNSKI STEP UP: Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) and sophomore forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each had new career-highs as they filled in for freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) who were out during the Crusaders game against Colgate on January 30. Carper scored a new career-high 14 points and had six rebounds, two blocks and an assist. Carper's work off the bench against the Raiders scored 14 of the 20 points the bench chipped in during the league victory. Gruzynski grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, six steals and three assists while chipping in four points.

MAY MAKES WAVES: Freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) continues her success as the Crusaders' rookie starter, making 14 starts in 22 appearances. Agaisnt Bucknell, May tied a team-high six rebounds and had nine points, one assist and one block. During her fi rst Patriot League game at the Hart Center versus Lafayette, May chipped in four rebounds, three points and three assists in a career-high 36 minutes played.On the road against Yale, May had seven points, four rebounds and an assist. Versus St. Peter's on January 2, May had eight points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. Against UNC-Asheville in the consolation game of the State Farm Classic in Gainesville, May scored 11 points including 10 in the second half while recording five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. In 24 appearnces and 14 starts, May is averaging 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

MCLAUGHLIN ON THE BOARDS: Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) ranks second in boards for Holy Cross with 4.2 rebounds per game. McLaughlin led the Crusaders with seven during their 56-54 loss to Army on February 13. She chipped in four boards to the 33 Holy Cross tallied against Army on January 16. McLaughlin tied her career-high nine boards as Holy Cross defeated Dartmouth, 60-52. During the Crusaders' 79-60 victory over UNC-Asheville, McLaughlin grabbed seven boards. Against Boston College, McLaughlin led the Crusaders' 25 rebounds against the Eagles with four. During the Crusaders' 71-57 victory over Buffalo, she chipped in six of the team's 38 boards. McLaughlin had a season-high in the Crusaders' season-opener versus Vermont, grabbing eight boards. Overall, Holy Cross is averaging 35.0 boards per game this year.

GIBBONS RECORDS 450TH: Coach Bill Gibbons recorded another milestone during his 23 years as head coach of the women's basketball team at Holy Cross as he earned 450th career victory with a 66-59 win over Yale on January 6. His current overall career record is 458-226 and had 189-45 in the Patriot League. Last season, Gibbons led his team to its 11th Patriot League tournament title, beating American 56-48, in the championship game. With the win, coach Gibbons led the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time. Holy Cross fell to Duke in the first round of the NCAAs, 81-44, to end the 2006-2007 season. Currently coach Gibbons ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in victories for all sports. Gibbons has also led the women's basketball team to more victories than any other coach in Holy Cross history during his 22-tenure. He has won 20 or more game in 10 of his last 14 seasons. Gibbons is also ranked 28th on the active NCAA Division I win leaders. He has also been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year six times in his career. This past summer, Coach Gibbons was an assistant coach for Team U.S.A. at the 2007 Pan-American Games, helping the team won the gold medal.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Holy Cross has an amazing 11 Patriot League Tournament titles in the league's 17 years of existence. During its 17 seasons in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has finished in first place 11 times. The Crusaders have also had eight players named the Patriot League Player of the Year. This list includes: Mary Helen Walker (90-91), Norinne Powers (91-92, 92-93), Laurie Carson (93-94), Lauren Maney (94-95, 95-96), Kathy Courtney (96-97), Amy O'Brien (97-98, 98-99), Anna Kinne (99-00) and Maggie Fontana (02-03). Holy Cross has also had two players named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year: Maggie Fontana (01-02) and Bethany O'Dell (06-07).

THE BIG TIME: Holy Cross has made 11 NCAA appearances during Coach Gibbons' tenure including nine in the last 13 years. The Crusaders' most recent appearance came last season as they fell to Duke, 81-44, in the first round of the tournament.

TAKING IT TO THE HART: The Crusaders' hold an overall record of 313-88 and a 274-65 Division I record at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross lost its first game at the Hart Recreation Center, 66-34, to Williams in 1975. The Crusaders have hosted the 1991 NCAA tourna ment, 13 Patriot League tournaments, two MAAC tournaments, and several invitationals during the 32 seasons played at the Hart Center.

ALOISI AND MCLAUGHLIN NAMED CAPTAINS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi and senior forward Ashley McLaughlin have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2007-2008 season. Both players are three-year letterwinners for the Crusaders, and will take over the leadership role from Brittany Keil, Ashley Brennan-McBride and Kaitlyn Foley who served as the captains during the 2006-2007 season.

CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2007-2008 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in third place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 77 total points in the poll, trailing only first-place Bucknell (92 points) and second-place Army (83 points). Holy Cross received one first-place vote in the poll, with the Bison earning 10 first-place votes and Army tallying four. Following the Crusaders in the poll were American (fourth, 62 points and one first place vote), Lehigh (fifth, 46 points), Lafayette (sixth, 33 points), Navy (sixth, 33 points) and Colgate (eighth, 22 points).

NEXT UP FOR THE LADY `SADERS: Holy Cross heads out on a two-game road trip, as the Crusaders play host American on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. Last time out, the Crusaders dropped a 62-46 decision to the Eagles at the Hart Center. Briana McFadden scored a team-high 15 points and chipped in two rebounds and an assist while Elizabeth Campbell had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks. American had three players score in double figures as Michelle Kirk led with 13 while Liz Hayes and Stephanie N'Garsanent each scored 12 points.