Crusaders To Face Bucknell In League Championship Game
March 11, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
ESPNU: Bob Socci, play-by-play; Leah Secondo, color.
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color; WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet.
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester.
Bucknell Radio: WVBU 90.5 FM; Ryan Unger, play-by-play; www.bucknellbison.com, internet.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-10.
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 73, Bucknell 67 (Feburary 20, 2008, Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG F 13 Ashley McLaughlin 6-1 Sr. 3.4 3.8 F 14 Briana McFadden 5-10 So. 13.7 3.9 C 30 Elizabeth Campbell 6-3 Fr. 6.5 4.5 G 5 Laura Aloisi 5-9 Sr. 8.6 3.6 G 44 Bethany O'Dell 5-8 So. 11.5 4.5
THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 34th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the harwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 33-10. The Crusaders swept the series this season, 48-46 (Jan. 20), and 73-67 (Feb. 16). For games played at the Hart Center, the Crusaders holds a 19-3 advantage, posting it's last home victory this season on Feb. 16, 73-67. The schools first met on January 15, 1991, with the Crusaders posting a 78-59 win against the host Bison.
SERIES QUICK FACTS
Overall Holy Cross leads, 33-10
In Worcester 19-3
At the Hart Center 19-3
Bill Gibbons vs. Lehigh 33-10
Kathy Fed vs. Holy Cross 8-20
Current Win Streak Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS LOOK FOR 12TH LEAGUE CROWN: Holy Cross has a chance to win the 12th Patriot League Tournament title in school history against Bucknell Wednesday. The Crusaders have won 11 of the 17 titles including their most recent title last season when they beat American, 56-48, at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is appearing in the championship game for the 10th year in a row. Overall, the Crusaders are making their 15th appreanace in the championship game.
MCFADDEN NAMED PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sophomore Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) has been named the 2007-2008 Patriot League Player of the Year, as announced by the league at the women's basketball tournament banquet tonight. Earlier in the week, McFadden was named to the All-Patriot League first team. She leads the league in free throw percentage, ranks second in scoring and sixth in both three-point field goal percentage and in three-point field goals made. McFadden leads the Crusaders with 13.8 points per game and fourth on the team in rebounds, averaging 3.4 boards per game. McFadden is also ranked third on the team in assists (50), steals (24), and blocks (12). She scored a career-high 28 points against Albany (Nov. 23) and tied her career-high in rebounds with seven versus Florida (Dec. 28). She led Holy Cross in scoring 14 of its 29 games including seven of the 14 Patriot League contests this year. McFadden also set new records in this season, tying the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game, going 11-for-11 from the charity stripe on Dec. 29. She also tied the school record for consecutive free throws in a single game with 11. McFadden was acknowledged earlier in the year as she was named the Patriot League Player of the Week (Feb. 4) for the first time in her career.
SEMIS VS. LEHIGH: Bethany O'Dell hit two shots from the free throw line with six seconds left in the game, lifting the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 46-44 victory over Lehigh in the 2008 Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Alyssa May hit a shot from long range with 1:05 left to play to tie the game, 44-44. A foul on O'Dell set up the winning shots from the charity stripe, securing the Crusaders spot in the championship. The teams opened with a 7-5 Lehigh lead in the first five minutes of the first half but scoring became stagnant as both teams' defense took over, halting scoring for almost six minutes. Holy Cross got within two of the Mountain Hawks (16-14) but Clair Sullivan put up two quick layups in the final two minutes of the half, giving Lehigh a 20-14 lead at half time. Holy Cross scored first in the second half but the Mountain Hawks put up six quick points, grabbing a 26-16 lead. The Crusaders chipped away at Lehigh's lead but a layup by Erica Prosser put the Mountain Hawks up by nine (37-28) with 10:29 left in the game. Lehigh continued to keep a steady lead over Holy Cross, but the Crusaders kept after them offensively. Down 44-36 with 3:40 left in the game, Briana McFadden brought Holy Cross within three, hitting a shot from beyond the arc and netting a jumper. McFadden finished with 12 points, six rebounds and two assists while Elizabeth Campbell was one rebound shy of a double-double, chipping in 10 points and nine boards. May scored seven points all in the second half while grabbing five rebounds, two steals, and one assist. O'Dell dished out seven points, seven rebounds, seven assist and four steals.
QUARTERS VS. NAVY: Kathy Gruzynski scored 16 points including 10 in the second half as the second-seeded Holy Cross women's basketball team downed seventh-seeded Navy, 67-53, during the 2008 Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals at Christl Arena. Holy Cross jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the first nine minutes but Navy went on a 7-0 run led by Angela Myers with five points. Holding the Crusaders scoreless for over five minutes, Navy got back into the game, tying the game 17-17. With 1:27 left in the first half, Holy Cross broke free from a short one-point lead, 22-21, to rally six more points led by Briana McFadden who went 4-for-4 from the free throw line, taking a 28-24 half time lead. McFadden led the Crusaders with eights points at the break while K.C. Gordon and Myers scored five points each. Gruzynski put Holy Cross, 38-28, leading a scoring 10 points in the opening five minutes of the second half. Bethany O'Dell put up seven points and McFadden added a pair of shots from the free throw line, making the score 57-38, with 7:18 left in the game. The Mids got within 12 points (60-48) of Holy Cross, but the Crusaders paced the offense to finish with a 14-point cushion to end the game, 67-53. In addition to her 16 points, Gruzynski tied the team-high in rebounds with five while McFadden finished with 12 points including going 9-for-10 from the free throw line while chipping in three rebounds and two steals. O'Dell also shined for Holy Cross as she recorded 10 points, four rebounds, four steals, and one assist. The Crusaders scored 39 points in the second half, shooting 48.4% from the floor.
DYNAMIC DUO: Two members of the Holy Cross women's basketball program are wrapping up their collegiate careers this month. Team captains Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) are the two members of the 2008 senior class. Over the last four years, the senior class has helped the Crusaders record 68 victories to date, two Patriot League regular season championships, two Patriot League tournament titles, and two trips to the NCAA tournament.
TRIO GRABS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS: Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) has been named to the 2007-2008 All-Patriot League first team in women's basketball, as voted by the conference's head coaches. In addition, sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) was named to the Patriot League second team while freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team. McFadden averaged 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game on the year for the Crusaders, while shooting 36.6 percent from the floor (115 of 314), 36.9 from long range (48 of 130) and 80.9 percent from free throw range (123 of 152). She finished the regular season ranked first in the league in free throw percentage, second in scoring, sixth in three-point field goal percentage and sixth in three-point field goals made (1.66 per game). McFadden led Holy Cross in scoring 14 times in 29 games played this year, including eight of the 15 Patriot League contests. She tied the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game, going 11-for-11 from the free throw line against UNC Asheville on December 29. Her efforts in this game also tied the school record for consecutive free throws made in a single game with 11. This is McFadden's second All-League selections after being named to the All-Rookie Team last year. O'Dell averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 37.5 (112-299) percent from the floor, 39.2 percent (60-153) from long range, and 81.2 percent (56-69) from the charity stripe. She finished the regular season tied for second in the league for three-point field goals made (60), ranked third in the league in three-point field goal percentage and eighth in scoring. She led the Crusaders in scoring in seven games this season, including four league games. This is O'Dell's second straight year named to the second-team and third All-Patriot League honors after being named to the All-Rookie Team last season. Campbell finished her first season with the Crusaders appearing in 27 games and making eight starts. She averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 assists per game. She led Holy Cross in blocks during her debut season, finishing with 33. Campbell finished the season ranked fifth in blocked shots in the Patriot League. She recorded two double-doubles this season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against American on Feb. 23 and had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Bucknell on Feb. 16.
THE FIRST BUCKNELL RECAP: Briana McFadden scored a game-high 18 points, including 13 in the first half as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated Bucknell, 48-46, at the Sojka Pavilion. The Crusaders improve to 9-9 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League while the Bison drop to 7-10 overall and 2-1 in league play. An early defensive battle had the teams locked at 4-4 for the first five minutes and forty-two seconds of the game. Bucknell broke free of the tie, going on a short 5-0 run as Hope Foster scored five points. A shot from outside the arc by McFadden brought Holy Cross within four but the Bison's Kesha Champion answered back with a three-pointer, keeping Bucknell ahead 14-7 with 11.42 left in the first half. The Crusaders took control of the game, going on a 12-4 run including two three-pointers by McFadden to tie the game at 19-19 with 2:48 left in the half. The Bison refused to surrender the lead, posting eight quick points led by Lauren Schober with five points, posting a 27-19 halftime score. Included in the 13 points scored during the first half, McFadden went 3-for-3 from outside the arc. Foster had 10 points for Bucknell, going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Holy Cross exploded to begin the second half, going on an 11-3 run to tie the game at 30-30, led by Alyssa May, who scored seven points in just under three minutes. The Crusaders defense picked up the pace, holding Bucknell to just nine points with 6:20 left to play in the game. With 1:28 left to play, Foster hit a jumper to tie the game at 43-43 but a shot from outside the arc by Bethany O'Dell put the Crusaders ahead by three. Kesha Champion kept the Bison in the game with just under a minute to play, hitting a three-pointer. Christy Cushnie and O'Dell each hit a foul shot to close out the game, securing the Crusadsers' second Patriot League victory. May finished with nine points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes played while Laura Aloisi scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds, four assists and one steal.
BOOK WORMS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) continues to climb the all-time career lists for Holy Cross as she grabbed the No. 7 spot in career assists, with 441 current career assists. Aloisi is ranked sixth on the all-time career steals list, with 210. She's just six shy of tying Jeannette Paukert's (1998-2002) record of 216. Aloisi's current career assists lands her seventh on the all-time career Patriot League list, 17 shy of the No. 6 spot. 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.
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 11.4 points per game and is ranked first on the team in rebounds, averaging 4.4 boards per game. 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.
O'DELL GRABS NEW CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) recored a new career-high in steals as grabbed six during the Crusaders 56-53 Patriot League victory over Navy on February 20 at the Hart Center in Worcester. She also tied her career-high in rebounds as she grabbed eight boards against Colgate on February 27.
CAMPBELL COMES THROUGH: Freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) went from lead bench player to the fifth starter for the Crusaders, making 10 straight league starts. Campbell is currently ranked fourth in blocks per game in the league, with 1.2 per game. She recorded her second career double-double as she scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against American on February 23. Campbell was shy just one rebound to record her third career double-doubles as she racked up 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal against Lehigh in the Semifinals. Campbell had eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the quarterfinals against Navy on March 8. She led the team in scoring with 13 points during the Crusaders 56-53 victory over Navy on February 20. 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 36 in 29 appearances and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 0.9 assists and 0.8 steals per game.
THE SECOND 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. Hope Foster led Bucknell in scoring with 20 points and blocks with six while chipping in four rebounds, one assist and one steal. 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.
IT'S ALL GRUZYNSKI: Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) has helped Holy Cross stay atop the league standings, being the the first bench player on the court and making the plays. Against Colgate, she led the team in scoring with 14 points, hitting a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. She also chipped in five rebounds and one block during the Crusaders 63-53 victory over Colgate. She netted a career-high 20 points versus American and added 10 points against Navy this week, averaging 15.0 points per game. She also went 11-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe for the week and grabbed 11 boards. Gruzynski has led Holy Cross in scoring during the three of the last five games, averaging 11.6 points per game.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!!!: Briana McFadden has been the Crusaders' offensive weapon all season, leading the team's scoring in 15 of 31 contests. 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 31 starts for Holy Cross, she is averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. O'Dell hit two shots at the free throw line, lifting Holy Cross to a 46-44 victory against Lehigh in the Semifinals. O'Dell led the Crusasders in scoring in their final Patriot League game of the regular season, scoring a season-high 21 points against Lehigh on March 1. During the game, she went 7-for-10 from the floor including a perfect 4-for-4 from long range while sinking three of four attempts from the charity stripe. 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: Ranked second in the league with a 10-4 record, 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 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals while O'Dell is second in scoring (12.2) and rebounds (4.9) while averaging 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 14 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 14 games, Aloisi is averaging 9.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 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 12 league games so far this season. Making eight league starts, Campbell is averaging 8.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) has appeared in 12 Patriot League contests and made one start, averaging 6.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has made nine appearances in league play, averaging 3.3 points, and 2.3 rebounds. Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) has started in all 14 league contests, averaging 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 points per game.
BRI AND THE FREE'S: Sophomore guard Briana McFadden is ranked first in the league from the charity stripe, posting a 81.1% 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, scoring nine of her 12 points in the semifinals against Lehigh from the charity strip (9-for-10) as well as 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 45-of-58 attempts from free throw range (77.6%).
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. O'Dell is currently ranked second in the Patriot League with a 38.7% three-point field goal percentage, followed by Aloisi (36.8%) who is ranked fourth, and McFadden who is ranked seventh with a 36.2%. O'Dell is ranked third in the league with three-pointers made, averaging 2.00 per game. The Crusaders are ranked first for both categories as a team, averging 5.81 three-pointers per game and shooting 34.4% from outside the arc. O'Dell led the Crusaders from outside the arc against Lehigh on March 1, sinking all four attempts from long range. Holy Cross went 7-for-14 in the first half against Colgate on February 27, as O'Dell hit three-of-five shots from long range while McFadden sank two-of-three attempts. 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 69 steals on the season, senior guard Laura Aloisi is currently ranked tops the Patriot League, averaging 2.23 steals per game. She led the team in steals with three against Lehigh on March 1 and grabbed four as Holy Cross defeated Navy, 56-53, on February 20. 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.
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.
MCLAUGHLIN ON THE BOARDS: Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) ranks third in boards for Holy Cross with 3.8 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 35.4 boards per game this year.
MAY MAKES WAVES: Freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) continues her success as the Crusaders' rookie starter, making 14 starts in 26 appearances. May hit a shot from outside the arc in the semifinals with 1:05 left in the game, tying the game at 44-44, eventually turning into a victory for the Crusaders and a ticket to the Patriot League championship game at the Hart Center. 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 28 appearnces and 14 starts, May is averaging 3.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
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 463-227 and had 194-46 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 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 tournament, 13 Patriot League tournaments, two MAAC tournaments, and several invitationals during the 32 seasons played at the Hart Center.