Crusaders Prepare for Trip to Buffalo

Nov. 22, 2006

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The Teams: Holy Cross (2-3, 0-0 PL) vs. Buffalo (2-3, 0-0 Mid-American)
Date: November 24, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumnni Arena (6,100), Buffalo, N.Y.
Series History: Holy Cross leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 73-42 (Nov. 21, 2004)
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 2

Pos.  No.    Name               Ht.   Cl.
G       5    Laura Aloisi    	5-9   Jr.
G      12    Jessica Pearson    5-7   So.
G      14    Briana McFadden  	5-10  Fr.
G      13    Ashley McLaughlin 	6-1   Jr.
C      52    Kaitlin Foley	6-4   Sr.

Tonight's game is the third all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Buffalo in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

CRUSADERS 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.

THIS TIME OUT: Holy Cross has a 2-0 series advantage over Buffalo. The Crusaders and Bulls met Nov. 21, 2004 when Holy Cross won 73-42 at the Hart Center. Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) had six points and seven assists while Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) had five points and six rebounds. Prior to 2004 Holy Cross defeated Buffalo in 2003, 71-59 in Buffalo.

LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders are 2-3 overall after defeating Harvard, 69-57. Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored a season-high 22 points to lead Holy Cross. Foley was selected to the All-Tournament team scoring 41 points and adding 12 rebounds over the weekend. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) led the team with eight rebounds and added 11 points while Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had a career-high 14 points. Holy Cross gathered 19 points from free throws shooting 82.6 percent from the line.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will stay in New York to face Albany Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders have not faced the Great Danes since their only meeting in 1999 when Holy Cross won 66-50 at the Hart Center.

SCOUTING BUFFALO: The Bulls return 12 letterwinners and four starters from their 2005-06 squad, including All-MAC Third Team selection, junior forward Heather Turner who is averaging 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Bennett currently leads Buffalo with 13.0 points per game. The Bulls are 2-3 overall after a loss to Youngstown State on Tuesday, 78-44

HOLY CROSS VERSUS THE MID-AMERICAN: Buffalo is the only Mid-American team that Holy Cross is scheduled to play this season.

ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) was selected Patriot League Rookie of the Week after totaling 33 points last week averaging 11.0 points per game and 4.2 rebounds. Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) who has averaged 10.8 points for the Crusaders sat out Saturday after hurting her ankle in practice. In the Patriot League O'Dell ranks in the top 10 in three categories (field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goals made) while McFadden is ranked sixth in three-point field goals made (1.80).

KEIL BACK IN THE GAME: Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) saw her first action of the season Friday night (Nov. 17) against Vermont after missing the first three games due to preseason surgery. Keil played 25 minutes against Vermont and 32 against Harvard. She tallied 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in her first two games back in action. Last year Keil had 318 points, 181 rebounds and 70 assists.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) leads the league with 7.40 assists, is second with 2.80 steals and is fifth with a 1.19 assist-turnover ratio. She also ranks in the top 10 in three other categories. Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks in the top 10 in five categories. In three of those categories she is in the top five which include second in scoring (17.2), and free throw percentage (.857) and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.80).

HOLY CROSS IN LEAGUE: Holy Cross ranks second in the Patriot League with 9.80 steals and a .348 three-point field goal percentage.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) recorded her second career double-double while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had her fifth. Most recently Aloisi scored 11 points and had 10 assists in the win over Harvard for her second career double-double. Aloisi had her first career double-double when she scored 14 points and had 10 assists in the game against Quinnipiac (Nov. 14) while Foley had her fifth career double-double when she scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds against St. Peter's (Nov. 12).

20-POINT CLUB: The Crusaders had a 20-point scorer in three of their first five games with junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) scoring 20 against Yale and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) totaling 21 points at St. Peter's and 22 points against Harvard. Foley holds a career-high 27 points in a game while Aloisi has 21.

HC SIGNS TWO TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, NH) and Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) will join the Holy Cross women's basketball program in the fall of 2007.

Fremeau is a 5-foot-10 guard who plays at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, NH. Following her junior season Fremeau was selected to the First Team Class L New Hampshire All-State and the First Team Union Leader All-State. As a junior she average 17.7 points per game and is on track to break 1,000 career points. At the completion of Fremeau's sophomore year she was selected to the Second Team Class L New Hampshire All-State. She has been a starter on the varsity basketball team for four years and has also been a part of the track team for three years. In addition, Fremeau played for the New England Crusaders for four summers. In the classroom Fremeau maintains a 3.82 grade point average and is ranked 16th in a class of 513. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and World Language National Honor Society.

May is a 6-foot guard who plays at River Dell High School in Oradell, N.J. May led her team to the State Group 2 Finals and was named Most Valuable Player. She averages 20.4 points and 10 rebounds per game and finished her junior year with 1,492 career points. May was named North Jersey Player of the Year and Madison Square Garden Tri-State Player of the Week. Following her junior year May was selected to the Second Team All-State. She has been selected to the First Team All-League the past three years and to the First Team All-County the past two years. May is also a four year letter winner in volleyball and was a member of the track team her freshman and sophomore years. Academically, May is in the top five percent of her class holding a 4.0 average. She is a member of the National, Math and Spanish Honor Societies.

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.

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.

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.

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.).

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 spend the holidy in New York as they head out Thursday morning for the long trip to Buffalo and then back to Albany on Sunday for their final two road games in Nov. after being on the road for six straight games. Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center Friday, December 1 to face Boston College at 7:00 p.m.