Women to Finish Regular Season at Lehigh Saturday

Feb. 23, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (12-16, 7-6 PL) vs. Lehigh (9-18, 4-9 PL)
Date: February 24, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pa.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WCUW 91.3 FM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 33-5
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 75-61, Jan. 27 at the Hart Center
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 3

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.

THIS TIME OUT: This game will be the 39th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Lehigh in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The Crusaders have a 33-5 series advantage over the Mountain Hawks. Holy Cross topped Lehigh (75-61) in their first meeting of the season, Jan. 27.

COLGATE RECAP: Senior captain Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored her 1000th career point against Colgate on Tuesday night at the Hart Center to become the 23rd player in the history of Holy Cross women's basketball to reach this goal. Foley scored 23 points and had five rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a 67-47 victory over the Raiders in Holy Cross' last regular season home game.

The first half opened with a quick lead of 4-0 in favor of Colgate. The Crusaders fought back with seven unanswered points all from Foley to bring the score to 7-4. With three lead changes and four tie scores, the game remained close until Holy Cross pulled away with 4:51 left in the first half with a jumper from freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) for a score of 19-17. O'Dell added 12 points and tied her own record of seven rebounds throughout the night's game. During this run, freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) contributed seven points, with a game total of 11.The Crusaders kept their lead and entered the locker room for half-time with a 26-18 advantage over the Raiders.

Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) initiated the scoring for Holy Cross in the second half with a lay up 2:30 into the period. Cushnie had a season and career high of six assists. Colgate went on a 10-2 run to tie the score at 28-28 with a free throw from Shevrone Martin. This run, however, was not enough for the Raiders as the Crusaders held the lead for the remainder of the game. Holy Cross continued to pull away throughout the half with the help of senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) who put up six points and four rebounds, as well as junior Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) who added three points and two rebounds. The Crusaders finished with a 20 point advantage over the Raiders with a score of 67-47 to conclude the game.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will travel to Annapolis for the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals March 3. The semifinals will be played March 4, also in Annapolis.

LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored a season-high 24 points and senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) recorded her eighth career double-double to lead the women's basketball team past Lehigh 75-61 in conference action Jan. 27 at the Hart Center.

Holy Cross jumped out to a 10-6 lead with Foley scoring eight of the 10 points for the Crusaders. The Mountain Hawks followed up with eight unanswered points to gain a seven point lead (19-12) at 13:42. Lehigh continued to increase the lead to 11 after an 8-4 run (27-16). Holy Cross retaliated with an 11-4 run to decrease Lehigh's lead to four (33-29) with 4:32 remaining in the half. In the last three minutes the Mountain Hawks went on an 8-5 streak to go into the half with a seven point lead, 41-34.

The Crusaders came out of the locker room on fire as Foley scored seven points to knot the game at 41. Holy Cross went on an 8-0 run to take a six point advantage at 14:50. The Crusaders did not allow the Mountain Hawks to go ahead again as Holy Cross scored 14 unanswered points and gained the highest lead of the game (72-52) with 4:02 left in the game. In the run junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) scored six points. The Crusaders held on to win the game by 14 points (75-61).

Holy Cross shot 55.8 percent from the field making six from the three-point range and 11 from the line. Foley led the team with 24 points and had five rebounds. Keil scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for her eighth career double-double. Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 10 points and had a career-high six steals and seven assists while freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) had a career-high 12 points. Alex Ross led the Mountain Hawks with 15 points.

SCOUTING LEHIGH: The Mountain Hawks are 9-18 overall and 4-9 in the league after falling to Bucknell Tuesday, 63-53. Senior forward Adrienne Blount leads the team with 12.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg. Senior guard Sara Ellis adds 9.9 ppg while sophomore center Melissa Rich adds 8.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg.

IN THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.25 assists. Holy Cross is second in three-point field goals made (5.64) and also ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.400), rebounding defense (35.2), scoring offense (58.4), three point field goal percentage (.317), and assist-turnover ratio (0.75).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .752 free throw percentage shooting 336 of 447 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is second in the league averaging .867 from the line (91-105).

1,000 CAREER-POINTS: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) became the 23rd Crusader in the history of Holy Cross women's basketball to score 1,000 career-points Tuesday where she scored 23 points in the win against Colgate (Feb. 20). She now totals 1,005 career-points. Foley recorded her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career when she scored 18 points and had 10 boards against American (2-17-07). She grabbed her 400th career-rebound against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and currently has 425. Foley had 15 points against Navy (2-13-07), 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 13.2 points per game and is third with 4.9 rebounds per game. Foley is ranked eighth all-time at Holy Cross with 73 career-blocks. 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 .541 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, 10th in blocked shots (0.61) and 10th in offensive rebounds.

FROM THE LONG RANGE: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 11 points and matched her season-high of seven rebounds the last time out against Colgate (Feb. 20), she matched her career-high 24 points against Navy (Feb. 13) and against Lafayette (Feb. 3). With 25 starts as a rookie she is second on the team with 11.8 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 .409 three-point field goal percentage (70-171). O'Dell leads the Patriot League with 2.59 three-point field goals made, she ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage, is ninth with 2.41 assists and is 10th in scoring. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the fifth time Feb 19.

REBOUNDING LEADER: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) is leading the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and is fifth on the team with 9.1 points. Keil had a season-high 10 boards in the win against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and she scored 15 points and had eight boards against Navy (Feb. 13). Keil has totaled 18 blocks so far this season and is fifth all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (80). 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 964 career points just 36 points away from 1,000. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 609 career-rebounds. In the league Keil ranks in the top 10 in three different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.24), fifth in rebounding and seventh in blocked shots (0.72).

GETTING THE POINT: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 12 points last time out against Colgate (Feb. 20) and 13 points against American (Feb. 17) and 15 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 25 games and averages 9.3 points per game. She is sixth in the league with a .793 free throw percentage, ranks 10th with a .333 three-point field goal percentage and 11th in assists (2.36).

300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebound in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 323. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is fourth on the team averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. McLaughlin scored a season-high 13 points to match her career-high against Bucknell (Jan.13). She has started in 27 games averaging 28.9 minutes 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.

STEPPING UP: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has come off the bench to spark the team handing out a career-high six assists against Colgate (Feb. 20). She scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed a career-high four rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). Cushnie played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) and has totaled 201 minutes in the last 13 games. In the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) she had a career-high of two steals.

NCAA TALK: Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 22nd in three-point field goal percentage and is 24th in three-point field goals per game while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is tied 27th nationally in free throw percentage. Holy Cross ranks 28th in free throw percentage.

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

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 WCUW 91.3 FM, 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.