November 16, 2006

Women's Basketball Prepares For Vermont Tournament

Nov. 16, 2006

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
TD Banknorth Classic
Date: Friday, November 17 and 18, 2006
Time: 8:00 p.m.and vs. TBD, TBD
Place: Patrick Gymnasium (3,228), Burlington Vt.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Series History vs. Vermont: Holy Cross Leads, 6-4
Series History vs. ECU: First Meeting
Series History vs. Harvard: Holy Cross leads, 5-2
Team Records as of Nov. 16:
Holy Cross 1-2
Vermont 0-1
ECU 0-1
Harvard 0-0

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.    Name               Ht.   Cl.
G       5    Laura Aloisi    	5-9   Jr.
G      14    Briana McFadden  	5-10  Fr.
G      44    Bethany O'Dell	5-9   Fr.
G      13    Ashley McLaughlin 	6-1   Jr.
C      52    Kaitlin Foley	6-4   Sr.

The Holy Cross women's basketball team travels to Burlington Vt. where the University of Vermont will host the TD Banknorth Classic for the 13th consecutive year Nov. 17 and 18, 2006.

LAST YEAR: 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. Holy Cross finished the season ranked first in the league in three different team categories; assists, steals and 3-point field goal percentage defense.

THIS TIME OUT: Holy Cross has a 6-4 series advantage over Vermont. The Crusaders and UVM last met in the 2002-03 season when Holy Cross won 74-62 at the Hart Center.

LAST TIME OUT: Quinnipiac gave the Crusaders their second loss of the season in a 72-69 heartbreaker Tuesday night in Hamden, Conn. Four Holy Cross players had double digits as Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) led with 15 points, Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) had 14, Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 13 and Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had 11. Aloisi led the team with seven rebounds and 10 assists.

NEXT TIME OUT: After the weekend in Vermont the Crusaders will be back on the road for their last two of six straight road games to face Buffalo Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Albany Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

WATCH THE GAME ONLINE: Vermont will be offering live video streaming of the Vermont/Holy Cross game on a pay-per-view basis of $6.00/game. The video also includes the Vermont radio call over it. Log on to https://www.b2livetv.com/hockey/college-AmericaEast-wbasketball/vermont/billnow.asp to access the live stream.

SCOUTING UVM: Vermont has one of the youngest teams in America East this season as 10 of the 14 players are freshmen or sophomores. The Catamounts boast a pair of juniors and a pair of seniors. Freshman guard Courtna Pilypaitis led the team with 11 points in their season opener when Massachusetts topped UVM 60-48.

SCOUTING ECU: The Lady Pirates compiled a 17-12 record last year, the programs best finish since the 1991-92 season. East Carolina returns nine letterwinners and four starters, including C-USA Co-Freshman-of-the-Year Jasmine Young and second team all-conference player Cherie Mills. In their first game of the season Young led the Pirates with 16 points while Nicole Days had six rebounds. James Madison gave ECU their first loss of the season, 82-66.

SCOUTING HARVARD: More than half of this year's Crimson members are underclassmen. On the 11-woman roster are two seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and one freshmen. Coach Delaney-Smith will look for her two seniors, Kyle Dalton and Christiana Lackner to step up and take a strong leadership role on the team. Sophomore forward Katie Rollins led Harvard last year with 10.8 points. The Crimson will play their first game of the season in Vermont against ECU Friday at 6:00 p.m.

ON THE LIST: Bill Gibbons currently ranks 37th on the list of winningest active Division I coaches (by percent), according to the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Record Book. He is the winningest head basketball coach in Holy Cross history and is the second-winningest coach - of any sport - in school history, behind former baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960.

ROOKIE PERFORMANCES: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) went five of 10 from the three point range in the game against Quinnipiac leading the team with 15 points. She was also named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nov. 13. Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) made four of 12 from the field and three of eight from the three point range to total 13 points.

WATCHING FROM THE SIDELINE: Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) has watched the first three games of the season from the bench after surgery in preseason. She hopes to get some minutes in this weekend at Vermont. Keil had 318 points, 181 rebounds and 70 assists for the Crusaders last season.

20 POINT CLUB: The Crusaders had a 20-point scorer in their first two games with junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) scoring 20 against Yale and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) compiling a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds at St. Peter's. Aloisi holds a career-high 21 points in a game while Foley has 27. Foley totaled four double-doubles last season.

2005-2006 HONORS: Two players from the Holy Cross women's basketball team were named to the 2006 Patriot League All-Conference Team at the end of last season. Current senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) earned first team All-League and senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was selected to the second team.

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.

PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL: The Crusaders tied with Bucknell for second in the Patriot League Preseason Poll after finishing the 2005-06 season second in the conference at 10-4.

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 returns as the team's top scorer (14.9 ppg) and added 6.1 rebounds per game.

WELCOME TO WORCESTER: Lindsay Shade is entering her first season as an assistant coach on the Holy Cross staff after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. Shade was a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team at Davidson College in North Carolina where she graduated in 2004. She led the Southern Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio as a junior and finished the season ranked second in the conference in the same category as a senior.

2006-07 CAPTAINS: The 2006-07 Holy Cross women's basketball squad will be led by senior tri-captains Ashley Brennan-McBride (London, Ontario), Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) and Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.).

NEWCOMERS: Holy Cross welcomes four newcomers this season, including local product Tayana Carper of Shrewsbury, Mass., Christy Cushnie of Vienna, Va., Briana McFadden of Wheaton, Md., and Bethany O'Dell of Lincoln, R.I. McFadden and O'Dell have started the first three games of the season for the Crusaders.

IN THE CLASSROOM: 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.).

NCAA TALK: At the end of the 2005-06 season center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was ranked 39th nationallly with a 52.8 field goal percentage. Holy Cross tied 47th with 15.5 assists and ranked 50th with 10.4 steals.

THANKSGIVING IN NEW YORK: The Crusaders will head to New York on Thanksgiving Day to play Buffalo and Albany in their final two road games after being on the road for six straight games. They will play the Bulls Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. and the Great Danes on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Holy Cross will be back at the Hart Center Friday, December 1 to face Boston College at 7:00 p.m.