March 8, 2008
By Michelle Bradley
Special to GoHolyCross.com
For Ashley McLaughlin, it comes second nature to being a Crusader. The 6-1 senior forward has always embodied what being on the Holy Cross women's basketball team means: passion, determination, and always protecting the tradition that is Crusader women's basketball.
From the beginning of her career as a freshman, McLaughlin was a key element in the Crusader success. During her first year with Holy Cross, she was named to the All-Patriot Rookie Team after appearing in 31 games and making 11 starts. She was ranked third on the team in blocks (16) and finished fourth in rebounds, averaging 3.1 boards per game. She also chipped in 36 assists and 28 steals during her debut season.
McLaughlin continued to part of the Holy Cross starting five during her sophomore year as she made 24 starts in 27 appearances.
She joined the record books during the 2006-2007 season as a junior, tying for sixth in games started in a single season with 32. McLaughlin also tied the top spot for most games played in a single season with 33.
Starting every game this season as a senior, McLaughlin sits at No.4 in the Top 10 career games played with 120. She finished the regular season ranked third in rebounds with 4.0 boards per game.
Her enthusiasm and dedication to the team as a captain instilled McLaughlin in the Holy Cross women's basketball tradition. Her energy on the court has made her one of the best defensive players the Crusaders have had in many years. In every game, McLaughlin has always brought intensity and drive to holding opponents in the Holy Cross zone.
"Ashley is one of the hardest working players I've ever coached. She believes in this program and her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication has made her a tremendous role model and leader of Holy Cross women's basketball," said head coach Bill Gibbons. "Her presence has left an incredible mark on this program, she will remain part of our tradition and I know she will surely have success in all of her future endeavors."