November 21, 2005

Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth In Home Opener

Nov. 21, 2005

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The Teams: Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) vs. Holy Cross (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League)
Date: November 22, 2005
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,500), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color commentator
Series History: Dartmouth leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Dartmouth, 76-47 (January 27, 1979 at Manhattanville Tournament)
Series Streak: Dartmouth - 2

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Cl.	PPG	RPG
G      15  Shannon Bush      5-11   Sr.	14.5	3.0
G      10  Sarah Placek      5-3    Sr.	11.0	2.0
G      05  Laura Aloisi      5-9    So.	7.0	5.5
F      33  Brittany Keil     6-2    Jr.	11.0	8.5
C      52  Kaitlin Foley     6-4    Jr.	15.5	10.0

Tuesday night's game is just the third all-time meeting and the first match-up in Division I play between Holy Cross and Dartmouth in the 31 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THE SERIES: Dartmouth has a 2-0 advantage and a 1-0 mark at the Hart Center in the short history of the series. The last time these two teams met was during the 1978-79 (Division III) season when they matched up twice. The Big Green took both games; a 93-57 win at the Hart Center on Dec. 9, 1978, and a 76-47 win on Jan. 27, 1979 at the Manhattanville Tournament.

HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is 17-6 in home openers since joining Division I (21-10 overall in home openers). Last season, Holy Cross won its home-opening game (which was also a season-opener), 68-48 over Providence. The last time Holy Cross lost a home-opening game was during the 2003-04 campaign when St. John's took an 87-76 decision at the Hart Center.

HOME COOKIN': Holy Cross has an all-time record of 292-76 (.793) at the Hart Center, and is just eight home wins away from its 300th victory in the 30-year old building. The Crusaders have posted a record of 50-16 (.757) at home over the course of the last five seasons, and were 10-0 when playing Patriot League opponents on the Hart Center floor last year.

HOLY CROSS SEASON PREVIEW: Holy Cross heads into the 2005-06 campaign as the reigning Patriot League champion, after capturing the program's 10th conference title and making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance last season.

Holy Cross has 11 Patriot League regular season titles and 10 Patriot League Tournament titles in the 15-year history of the League. The only other team in the League's history that has more than one championship title is Fordham, a former member, who won two.

The 2004-05 Crusaders posted an overall record of 20-11, marking the program's 18th twenty-win season, and the 16th twenty-win season under the direction of head coach Bill Gibbons. Holy Cross also dominated league play, going 12-2 against Patriot League competition, which marked the fourth time the Crusaders won 12 or more games in conference play while a member of the Patriot League. The Crusaders finished the season ranked first in the league in seven different team categories and ranked 19th in the nation in assists per game (16.8 assists per game), showing their strengths on both sides of the ball.

As a team, Holy Cross led the Patriot League in scoring margin (+9.2 points per game), assists (17.4 assists per game), steals (11.7 steals per game), field goal percentage (.426 percent), field goal percentage defense (.379 percent), free throw percentage (.754 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.279 percent).

With eight letterwinners and three starters returning from last year's championship squad, the Holy Cross women's basketball team will work to continue its success in the Patriot League and look to contend for their fourth postseason tournament bid in the last five years.

THIS TIME OUT: The Crusaders welcome defending co-Ivy League champion Dartmouth to the Hart Center floor for their first home game of the 2005-2006 season. Tonight's contest will be just the third meeting overall and the first game in Division I play between Holy Cross and Dartmouth in the 31-year history of women's basketball on the Hill.

Holy Cross will try to bounce back from Sunday's defeat at UMass. The Crusaders shot a dismal 25.9 percent from the floor, made more free throws than they did field goals (20 free throws; 15 field goals), and turned the ball over 19 times. The Minutewomen held Holy Cross scoreless for almost nine minutes at one point in the first half, as they built a 15-5 lead. During that strech, UMass out-rebounded Holy Cross, 15-1.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) scored a career-high 20 points, but it was not enough as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross, 64-55, in a non-conference match-up on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center.

Junior center Kaitlin Foley recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Senior guard Sarah Placek was also in double figures for the Crusaders with 10 points.

Holy Cross opened the game with a Laura Aloisi trey just 24 seconds into the game, but was held without a basket for almost nine minutes after that as UMass built a 12 point lead (15-3) in the early going. Holy Cross used a 7-0 run midway through the first half to keep it close, allowing UMass to go into the break with just a five point (29-24) lead at the half.

In the second, Holy Cross Holy Cross cut the lead to one (29-28) with 18:29 left, but UMass went on a 17-7 run to take an 11 point advantage with 9:32 to go. Holy Cross cut the lead to two with 2:00 remaining on a Placek steal and hoop on the other end, but would not get any closer.

UMass held Holy Cross to just 25.9 percent from the floor, and forced 19 Crusader turnovers. Holy Cross outrebounded UMass, 41-40 and had another great day from the charity stripe, making 20-of-21 (95.2 percent) free throws.

NEXT TIME OUT: The Crusaders are off for a few days for the Thanksgiving break, but will return to action on Monday, Nov. 28 for a 7:00 p.m. match-up with Saint Peter's. The Peahens lead the overall series, 11-8, but Holy Cross has a 6-2 advantage when playing Saint Peter's on the Hart Center floor.

ANOTHER CAREER DAY FOR FOLEY: Junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at UMass on Sunday. Through two games this season, Foley is averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

In the season-opener at Northeastern on Friday, Foley had career-highs in points (18), rebounds (then, nine), and minutes played (33). After backing up All-League performer and since-graduated Lisa Andrews the past three seasons, Foley has come into her own, and is currently averaging almost five times as many points and more than five times as many rebounds than her career averages coming into the season (3.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg).

The six-foot-four center is shooting .500 percent (12-for-24) from the floor and a perfect 1.000 percent (7-for-7) from the free throw line.

BUSH POSTS CAREER HIGH: Senior guard Shannon Bush scored a career-high 20 points on Sunday afternoon at UMass. The five-foot-11 shooting guard was 6-for-14 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Her 14.5 points per game average is second best on the team. She is also averaging 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore point guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) is once again leading the team in assists (10 assists) and assists per game (5.0 apg) this season. On Sunday at UMass, she led the team with three assists and on Friday night, she shared game-high honors with seven assists. The second year playmaker now has 129 career assists, after her rookie campaign in which she led the team and finished second in the Patriot League with 119 helpers.

KEIL PERFORMANCE DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior forward Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in Holy Cross' 16 point win on Friday. The six-foot-two swing player was an impressive 6-for-6 from the free throw line and made 5-of-12 shots from the floor. She also registered four steals, three assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

Keil is currently tied for third on the team in scoring with an 11.0 ppg average and is second on the squad in rebounding with am 8.5 rpg average. She is 10-for-10 (1.000 percent) on the season at the free throw line.

UNSUNG HERO: Senior guard Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) had another strong outing at UMass with 10 points and two steals. She is currently tied for third on the team in scoring with an 11.0 points per game average and is shooting .500 percent from behind the arc (4-for-8).

Placek recorded 12 points, three assists, three rebounds, and one steal in HC's 76-60 win over Northeastern on Friday. The five-foot-three floor general logged 36 minutes and was 4-for-7 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from behind the arc.

SIXTH-MAN AWARD: Senior guard Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) has embraced her sixth-man role over the past two seasons and is putting up big numbers off the bench for the Crusaders. Conte is averaging 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals so far this season.

The five-foot-eight shooting guard turned in an all-around performance in HC's opener, scoring 12 points (5-for-9), grabbing three rebounds and three steals and adding an assist in 21 minutes of play.

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 292-76 (.793) at the Hart Center, and is just eight home wins away from its 300th victory in the 30-year old building.

The program's 100th win at the Hart Center came on January 9, 1988 when the Crusaders defeated the University of New Hampshire, 86-67. It's 200th win at the Hart Center came on February 5, 1997 when the Crusaders defeated Army, 92-59.

Holy Cross has played 114 home games since then, winning 92 of them (.807). The Crusaders' best home single-season record since its 200th win was a 15-1 mark (.937) during the 1999-00 season. Last year, the Crusaders went 12-3 at the Hart Center.

Holy Cross has posted a record of 50-16 (.757) at home over the course of the last five seasons, and was 10-0 when playing Patriot League opponents on the Hart Center floor last year.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Sarah Placek came into the season with 810 career points and she is now just 168 points away from being the program's 22nd 1,000 point scorer. Should Placek reach the 1,000 point plateau, it would mark the third consecutive season a Holy Cross women's basketball player joined the 1,000 point club (Lisa Andrews in 2004-05, Maggie Fontana in 2003-04). Placek would also be the sixth Holy Cross player in the last four years (Andrews in 2004-05, Fontana in 2003-04, and Katie O'Keefe, Jeanette Paukert and Amanda Abraham in 2001-02) to score 1,000 career points.

Placek needs to average 7.0 points per game this year to reach the 1,000 point mark in the regular season. She is currently averaging 11.0 points per game.

In her three years in a Holy Cross uniform, the five-foot-three guard has never averaged below 8.5 points per game. Her sophomore season, she averaged a career-best 10.5 points per game. Placek's career high in a single game is 23 points (Dec. 7, 2004 at Rhode Island).

SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN: Dartmouth comes into tonight's game after blowing out Quinnipiac, 90-42 on Friday night at home. Senior Jeannie Cullen (Janesville, Wis.) hit seven three-pointers en route to 29 points and junior Elise Morrison (Franklin, Mich.) added 21 points, going 9-for-9 from the field as the Big Green rolled to its biggest win in more than five years. The last time Dartmouth won by more than 40 points was March 3, 2000, when it downed Cornell, 88-45.

Angie Soriaga (College Station, Texas) had a game-high six assists to go along with nine points. Morrison and senior forward Krista Perry (Boise, Idaho) tied for team-high honors with six boards.

The Big Green led by as many as 21 points in the first half and went into the break with a 38-24 lead. They shot an impressive 59.3 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from long range, while holding the Bobcats to under 30 percent accuracy from the floor and 20 percent from behind the arc for the game.

Dartmouth was recently picked first in the Ivy League's 2005-06 women's basketball preseason media poll, receiving all 16 first-place votes. The Big Green returns the core of last year's NCAA tournament team, as all five starters from a year ago are back in uniform.

Dartmouth's quartet of Cullen, Morrison, Soriaga and Ashley Taylor all averaged better than 10 points a game last season and earned All-Ivy honors, making Dartmouth the only school with four All-Ivy returnees. When at least three of the four hit double figures last season, Dartmouth went 12-3.

Morrison, a First team All-Ivy center averaged 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds a game last season. Taylor (Cookeville, Tenn.) averaged 12.3 points per game last year while dishing out 3.0 assists per contest. Cullen and Soriago are four-year starters. Cullen, who has already tallied her 1,000th-career point, also ranks second all-time in Dartmouth history with 188. She is currently 78 behind Courtney Banghart `00. Soriago is coming off a 100+ assist season a year ago.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS THE IVY LEAGUE: Dartmouth is the only Ivy League team Holy Cross is scheduled to face this season, but the Crusaders could potentially meet up with Yale in the second round of the Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28.

The last time Holy Cross played a team from the Ivy League was during the 1999-00 season when it defeated Harvard, 89-61 in the ECAC Tournament.

Holy Cross has an all-time record of 12-7 against Ivy League competition. HC is 5-1 against Ivy League teams under Bill Gibbons. Gibbons has never faced Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Penn or Princeton in his 21 year career. As a program, Holy Cross has never faced Columbia, Cornell, Penn or Princeton.

HEALTHY PROPORTIONS: Senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) currently has a +4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio after totaling eight assists and just two turnovers in the first two games. Sophomore guard Laura Aloisi is not far behind with a +2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio with 10 assists and five turnovers. Sarah Placek has a +1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.

GRUZ GETS HER FEET WET: Freshman forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) grabbed five rebounds and chipped in a free throw in nine minutes of action in Sunday's game at UMass. All three Crusader frosh saw time in Friday's season opener at Northeastern. Pennsylvania native Jessica Pearson collected a steal in two minutes of playing time against the Huskies. She will look to work into the guard rotation, while Gruzynski and New York product Jessica Merrihue will fight for playing time in the paint.

Pearson led her high school team to a top 10 national ranking, while Merrihue brought her AAU team (Liberty Belles) to the 2004 U.S. Junior National championship. Gruzynski is coming off an impressive high school campaign in which she averaged almost 20 points per game.

FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League in team free throw percentage with a .929 clip. Brittany Keil and Shannon Bush are both 10-for-10 from the line on the season, while Kaitlin Foley and Laura Aloisi are 7-for-7 and 6-for-6, respectively. As a team, Holy Cross is 39-for-42.

BLOCK PARTY: Holy Cross ia also tied for first in blocked shots as a team with 4.5 blocks per game. Brittany Keil leads the team with four blocks, Laura Aloisi has three and Kaitlin Foley has two. Aloisi's three blocks through two games this season are already two more than her season total from a year ago.

CRUSADERS PICKED TO REPEAT: Holy Cross was recently picked first in the Patriot League preseason poll for the second consecutive season. The Crusaders received 94 total votes, inlcuding 11 first place nods. Holy Cross is coming off its 16th 20-win season under the direction of head coach Bill Gibbons and its 10th Patriot League Tournament Title.

KEIL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Junior guard/forward Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Keil returns to the Holy Cross line-up as the team's top scorer (9.6 ppg) and rebounder (5.3 rpg). She is also the team's top three-point (.420 percent) and free throw (.810 percent) shooter from a year ago.

WELCOME TO WORCESTER: Morgan Valley is entering her first season as assistant coach on the Holy Cross staff. Valley graduated from Connecticut in May and won three national titles with the Huskies under head coach Geno Auriemma.

2005-06 CAPTAINS: Senior guards Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.), Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) and Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.), have been named team captains for the 2005-06 season.

SIXTEEN 20-WIN SEASONS: The Holy Cross women's basketball program has totaled 18 twenty-win seasons its 31 years of existence, and has amassed 16 twenty-win seasons while a NCAA Divsion I member. The past 16 twenty-win seasons have also come under the direction of head coach Bill Gibbons. Gibbons has led the Crusaders to more victories than any other coach in Holy Cross history during his 20-year tenure. He has won 20 or more games in 10 of the last 11 seasons and in 16 seasons overall.

400-CLUB: Bill Gibbons currently ranks 34th on the list of winningest active Division I coaches (by percent) and 36th by number of wins, according to the 2005 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.

HEAD COACH Bill Gibbons: Bill Gibbons is in his 21st season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program. He has led the Crusaders to 10 Patriot League Championships in the last 15 years and has also led the team to 12 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT) in his 20 years as head coach. With sixteen 20-win seasons under his belt, Gibbons has cemented himself and the women's basketball program as one of the best in the Northeast.

The sixth coach of the women's program at Holy Cross, Gibbons has enjoyed the longest tenure in this position. He has led Holy Cross women's basketball to more victories than any other coach, and is the winningest coach in Holy Cross basketball history. With his 358th victory, he surpassed George Blaney, who had the most wins (357) in the Crusader men's basketball program, and now with more than 400 wins under his belt, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind former baseball coach Jack Barry. In 2003, Gibbons was inducted into the New England College Basketball Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island. He currently ranks 34th on the list of winningest active Division I coaches (by percent) and 36th by number of wins, according to the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Record Book.

During Gibbons' 20-year reign, three players have earned Patriot League Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honors: Amy O'Brien `98, Kathy Courtney `97 and Ann Lambiotte `91, and four players have earned Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors: Lambiotte (1991), Courtney (1997), O'Brien (1998, 1999) and Lisa Andrews (2005). His teams have consistently ranked among the best at Holy Cross for overall team GPA, while maintaining their success on the court as well. Last season, Holy Cross was one of just three schools in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field with a graduation rate of 100 percent. The Crusader program has produced four Academic All-Americans and more than 10 Academic All-District picks.

2004-2005 HONORS: Four players from the Holy Cross women's basketball team were named to the 2005 Patriot League All-Conference Team at the end of last season. Since graduated seniors Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) and Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) earned First Team All-League accolades, and current sophomores Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) were selected to the All-Rookie Team.

Andrews, who was also voted as the 2005 Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player, was named the 2005 Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The six-foot-three center started all 31 games for the Crusaders last season and led the team in points (396), points per game (12.8), field goal percent (.471), field goals made (162) and blocks (55). She tied for first in rebounds (168) and was second on the team in rebounds per game (5.4). Andrews also shot .727 percent from the free throw line, which was third-best on the HC squad.

In addition, Fontana was named the Samantha Vellaccio Award winner, which is presented annually to the varsity women's basketball player who best exemplifies the mission of Holy Cross both on and off the court. Fontana finished her career with 1,556 points (sixth all-time at Holy Cross, 10th all-time in Patriot League), 767 rebounds (fourth all-time at Holy Cross, 11th all-time PL), 420 assists (seventh all-time at Holy Cross, eighth all-time PL) and 251 steals (third all-time at Holy Cross, 10th all-time PL). She is one of only five players in Holy Cross women's basketball history to collect more than 1,500 points and 750 rebounds in their career.

Further, seven players on the team were named to the 2005 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last season. Since-graduated senior Caitlin Agostinacchio (Bellmore, N.Y.) and current junior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) were among just four women's basketball players throughout the League to earn 4.0 grade point averages during the Spring semester. Andrews, Fontana, Jessica Conte, Kaitlin Foley and Sarah Placek were the other Crusaders who earned all-academic league accolades.

HC SIGNS FOUR TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Head coach Bill Gibbons announced this week that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Holy Cross in the fall of 2006. Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) of Shrewsbury High School, Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) of James Madison High School, Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) of Good Counsel High School, and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) of Lincoln High School, will all be donning the purple and white next season.

Carper is a six-foot forward and will serve as team captain for the Colonials this season. The local product from Shrewsbury, Mass., was named to the Telegram & Gazette Division I all-star and Mid-Wach A League all-star teams, as well as earning team most valuable player honors, as she led Shrewsbury to the district championship and Massachusetts state semi-finals a year ago.

The two-time National Honor Society member has played AAU basketball for Team Massachusetts for the past four years.

Cushnie was named first team all-district and second team all-region, while leading the team in scoring with a 15.0 points per game average last year. She earned second team all-district honors as a sophomore while leading James Madison to the district championship. For her efforts, she was also an all-Metro honorable mention (Washington, D.C.).

The five-foot-nine guard has also played two seasons for the Fairfax Stars AAU team, which finished ninth in the Junior Nationals last year.

McFadden is coming off a junior campaign in which she helped Good Counsel to a national ranking of 15 and rank of fifth in the East, according to USA Today. The five-foot-10 McFadden averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season. She finished her junior campaign as the team's second leading scorer for the second consecutive year, and led the team in both three-point field goal (40.0 percent) and free throw (80.0 percent) percent.

McFadden was named first team all-Maryland Gazette, first team all-Montgomery County, first team all-Metro Examiner, second team all-WCAC, and all-Metro honorable mention (Washington, D.C.) last year.

In addition, McFadden averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists this past summer, while leading her AAU team (Maryland Sports X-treme) to the sweet sixteen round of the Junior Nationals.

O'Dell is coming off a junior campaign in which she averaged 24.0 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, 7.0 assists per game and 5.0 steals per game, while leading Lincoln to a 21-6 record and its first-ever Division 2 state championship. The three-time all-state, all-league, and all-division selection has already set a new all-time scoring record at Lincoln High School.

She has averaged a double-double each year of her high school career (22.0 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game) and is a three-time Street and Smith magazine honorable mention All-America.

WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL
ON TELEVISION: WCTR-TV3 will broadcast the January 16 game against Duke and the January 24 game against Colgate live from the Hart Center this season. Available in more than 20 communities in Central Massachusetts, WCTR-TV3 reaches more than 129,000 homes in the area.

ON THE RADIO: Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG-580 AM. Bob Fouracre, the voice of the Crusaders for 19 years, will call all of the play-by-play action. Jeremy Lechan will serve as the color commentator.

ON THE INTERNET: Tonight's game can also be heard on www.sportsjuice.com. The webcast of tonight's HC/Dartmouth game, and any other information on Holy Cross basketball or the 26 other varsity sports at HC is also available through the Holy Cross Athletics website at: www.goholycross.com.

THE HOLY CROSS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SHOW: Tune in to WCTR TV-3 Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. and Friday nights at 10:30 p.m. for the Holy Cross Women's Basketball Show with Head Coach Bill Gibbons. Each week, WCTR TV-3 Sports Director Kevin Shea will sit down with Gibbons and members of this year's coaching staff and team and talk about all things Holy Cross basketball, and the Crusaders quest for the 2005-2006 Patriot League Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

MEDIA POLICIES
INFORMATION AND CREDENTIALS: Media personnel wishing to cover Holy Cross home games should contact Brianne Mallaghan in the Holy Cross Athletic Media Relations Office at 508-792-2780 or via email at bmallagh@holycross.edu at least one week in advance. Working press and photo passes will be left at the will-call window located near the main entrance of the Hart Recreation Center.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews with Head Coach Bill Gibbons, his staff and Holy Cross players can be set up by contacting Brianne Mallaghan in the Holy Cross Athletic Media Relations Office at (508) 793-2780 or via email at bmallagh@holycross.edu. Arrangements for interviews should be made atleast 24 hours in advance. Coach Gibbons is generally available each weekday morning during the season, as well as before and after practices. Player interviews will be arranged subject to the individual student-athlete's academic responsibilities.

PRESS SERVICES: Game notes and programs are available in the press room one hour before each game. Halftime and final statistics and a running play-by-play will be available about 15 minutes following the game.

POSTGAME PROCEDURES: The Holy Cross women's basketball locker room is closed to the media. Members of the media should submit player interview requests to Brianne Mallaghan, the Holy Cross women's basketball contact, by the five-minute mark of the second half. Players and Coaches will be available for postgame interviews following a 10-minute cooling off period after the game.

RADIO AND TRANSMITTING: Holy Cross has installed phone lines which can be rented by a visiting radio station. The cost for rental is $75.00 for commercial stations and $50.00 for student stations.

HOLY CROSS ON THE INTERNET: For the most updated information on the Crusaders, check out the Holy Cross website. The site contains statistics for every Crusader basketball game, as well as cumulative stats, rosters, schedules, weekly notes and photo archives. Log on to www.goholycross.com.