July 11, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The 2005-06 Holy Cross women's basketball schedule has been announced by the team's coaching staff this week.
Holy Cross will again play a loaded non-conference schedule consisting of some of the top teams in the country in preparation for Patriot League play. The Crusaders will travel to Boston College on Wednesday, November 30 before heading to Arizona State to play in a tournament that features Western Kentucky and Memphis in addition to the Sun Devils. HC will then meet up with 2004 National Champion Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center on Monday, December 19 and will see the likes of Virginia, Yale and Boston University at the Cavalier Classic in late December. The Crusaders will conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule with a primetime match-up with perennial power Duke on Monday, January 16 at the Hart Center.
The format of the Crusaders' conference schedule has been changed for 2005-06, as the Patriot League has decided on a Tuesday-Saturday layout, which includes doubleheader action with the men's teams on Saturday afternoons. A complete conference schedule will be released at a later date.
Last season, the Crusaders posted a 12-2 record in conference play on their way to capturing the program's 11th Patriot League regular season title and its 10th Patriot League Tournament title in the 15-year history of the League. Holy Cross also earned a berth in its 11th NCAA Tournament after a 79-70 win over Colgate in the Patriot League Championship game. In addition, the Crusaders, who were just one of just three teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament to post a 100 percent graduation rate of overall basketball student-athletes, won 20 games for the 16th time in Head Coach Bill Gibbons' 20-year career.