October 29, 2008

Women's Basketball Picked First in Patriot League Preseason Poll

Oct. 29, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's basketball team has been picked to finish first in the 2008-2009 Patriot League preseason poll, voted upon by head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 90 total points in the poll, along with eight first place votes. Junior guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) was selected as the 2008-2009 Patriot League preseason Player of the Year and a member of the preseason All-League team. Junior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) was also chosen as a member of the preseason All-League team.

Finishing the season with an overall record of 19-13 (10-4 Patriot League), the second-seeded Crusaders appeared in their 15th Patriot League championship game. Holy Cross beat Navy and Lehigh in the league tournament, but came up short in the championship game to Bucknell, 57-45, hosted at the Hart Center.

During the 2007-2008 season, McFadden was named the Patriot League Player of the Year and was named to the All-Tournament Team. A member of the All-Patriot League First Team, she finished first in the league in free-throw percentage (.811) and third in scoring (13.5 points per game). O'Dell was named to the All- Patriot League Second Team last year and finished third in the league in three-point field goals made (1.93 per game) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.403).

Lehigh finished ranked second with 83 points and six first-place votes, followed by American ranked third with 75 poll points and two first-place votes. Coming in fourth was Army with 60 points, followed by Bucknell (53 points), Lafayette (38 points), Navy (35 points) and Colgate (14 points).

The 2008-2009 women's basketball schedule kicks off on Saturday, November 15 as Holy Cross hosts Yale at 1:00 p.m.

2008-09 Patriot League Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

1. Holy Cross (8 first-place votes) 90 points
2. Lehigh (6) 83
3. American (2) 75
4. Army 60
5. Bucknell 53
6. Lafayette 38
7. Navy 35
8. Colgate 14

2008-09 Preseason Player of the Year

Briana McFadden, Holy Cross (Jr., G, 5'10, Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel)

2008-09 Patriot League Women's Basketball Preseason All-League Team

Alex McGuire, Army (Sr., G, 5'8, Gambrills, Md./Arundel)
Briana McFadden, Holy Cross (Jr., G, 5'10, Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel)
Bethany O'Dell, Holy Cross (Jr., G, 5'8, Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln)
Alex Ross, Lehigh (Jr., G, 5'10, Columbia, Tenn./Columbia Central)
Cassie Consedine (So., F, 6'3, Bartlesville, Olka./Bartlesville)