Women's Basketball Wraps Up Home Stand Against Navy Wednesday
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The Teams: Holy Cross (8-17, 4-6 PL) vs. Navy (13-12, 5-5 PL)
Date: February 17, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Sports Juice Radio;
Dick Lutsk, play-by-play, www.sportsjuice.com, internet
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access, www.all-access.cbssports.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads
Last Meeting: Navy 75, Holy Cross 60 (Jan. 20, 2010, Annapolis, Md.)
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST NAVY: Saturday's match-up will be the 44th meeting all-time between Holy Cross and Navy, with the Crusaders owning a 37-6 advantage over the Midshipmen. The teams first met during the 1992-1993 season, as the Crusaders won 75-62 in Annapolis, Md. Holy Cross continued to win the next seven meetings, outscoring Navy 555-503. The Crusaders compiled their largest win streak of 11 games against the Mids from Feb. 22, 2004 until March 8, 2008 after winning 10 straight from Feb. 9, 1999-Feb. 23, 2003. Out of the five total losses against Navy, three of them have come on the road. The Mids won back-to-back meetings at Alumni Hall on Feb. 8 1995 and Jan. 17, 1996 and picked up another win on Jan. 17, 1999. Head coach Bill Gibbons is responsible for the 37-5 record while Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper holds a 2-1 record against the Crusaders since taking over the reins of the women's basketball program last year. The Midshipmen took a 75-60 victory on Jan. 20, bringing a one-game win streak into Wednesday's contest. Holy Cross has lost just two of 22 match-ups when playing on the Hart Center hardwood. Last year, Navy won 59-50 in Worcester, Mass.
HOLY CROSS AGAINST CONFERENCE FOES: The 2009-2010 season marks the 21st year of Patriot League competition for the Crusaders. Since joining the league, Holy Cross has started conference play with two losses just one other time, the 2006-2007 season. After topping Bucknell 65-60 at the Hart Center on Jan. 13, the Crusaders now stand at 4-6 in league play, moving in to a three-way tie for third place with Army and Colgate. Over the last 20 seasons and in the nine games played this season, the team has competed in a total of 262 league match-ups, dropping 58 games total for a .779 winning percentage. Combined, Holy Cross has taken home 11 championships, while two other schools (Lehigh and Bucknell) have collected two each to follow. Head coach Bill Gibbons has been along for the entire ride and is responsible for the 204-58 league record. The 1990-1991 and 1996-1997 squads both went undefeated in conference play. The Crusaders have been the most successful against American, Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. In all, Holy Cross has collected winning records amongst every Patriot League opponent. Army has tallied the most wins against the Crusaders, picking up 16 wins in 44 contests. Bucknell is the only other squad with over 10 wins against the Crusaders, earning 12 wins in 47 contests. Holy Cross has collected the best winning percentage (.930) against Colgate, winning 40 of 43 games played.
O'DELLON TOP: Senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) remains on top of her game despite limited playing time over the past few weeks. After seeing a combined 108 minutes of playing time in the last seven games, an average of 15 minutes played per game, O'Dell continues to be an offensive threat, as she remains the team's top performer in points per game (12.7) and three-point field goals made (54). She hit four of her eight field goal attempts against Bucknell on Feb. 13, notching 11 points in 20 minutes of playing time and also tallying her 17th double-digit scoring contest on the season. O'Dell also continues to rank amongst the nation's best, ranking 44th in three-point field goal percentage (40.9) as of Feb. 11. Her influence is now written in the Patriot League record books as she currently fell to second on the Patriot League's all-time record list for made three-pointers (269), just below Lehigh's Alex Ross (270). Highlighting this season was O'Dell's career-best performance against Howard, where she scored 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Her 11 total field goals were a career-high and included five three-point shots. In the following game against Rhode Island, O'Dell tallied her best three-point performance of 2009-2010, going six-for-seven beyond the arc, an 85.7 percent three-point outing. In 113 career games played, O'Dell holds the top spot in the Holy Cross record books with her 269 three-point shots made and 677 attempts.
SEASONED IMPACT: Senior captain Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) has continued to add on to her already stellar career stats so far this season, using her veteran status as a model of inspiration. After the team had lost in the prior eight consecutive contests, McFadden led the charge against Rhode Island on Jan. 5, tallying a season-high 27 points on a season-best 8-for-16 field goal performance to help achieve a much needed 80-71 victory. She also marked career-bests for three-point shooting, making five-of-seven shots beyond the arc. After sitting out the Bucknell game on Jan. 16, McFadden has returned to the starting lineup in every game since, combining to score 74 points in seven games, an average of 10.6 points per game. She tallied a .550 field goal percentage during the week of Jan.17-24 and notched her best field-goal performance of the season in the game against American, sinking six of her 10 attempts (.600). Since coming to Holy Cross, McFadden has played in 119 contests, including 116 starts at guard. Through 25 contests so far this season, McFadden has scored in double-digits in 18 contests, including 12 of the last 17 games. McFadden averages 12.4 points per game, ranking second on the team and sixth in the Patriot League in scoring. Opponents also view her as a scoring threat, as she has gone to the free throw line a team-high 138 times, sinking 97 shots. McFadden's .703 free throw percentage also ranks sixth amongst league performers. Her perfect six-of-six free throw outing against Rhode Island was the fifth time this season and 33rd time in her career that she has made every one of her free throw attempts. McFadden has led or tied for the team's top scoring performance in six contests, including a 16-point performance against American on Jan. 24. She has also made herself the team's most consistent rebounder, tying her career-high of nine rebounds against Howard on Dec. 30. She currently averages 4.4 rebounds per game and has now recorded a career-high of 105 rebounds in a season after bringing down three boards against Bucknell on Feb. 13.
FREMEAU REACHES NEWHEIGHTS: Junior Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) has fully established herself as a valuable scorer, rebounder and overall team player for the Crusaders this season, and has illustrated her importance now that Patriot League play has begun. In the 10 conference games so far, Fremeau averages 12 points and 5.3 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. She has also accumulated the most playing time, posting 342 minutes on the hardwood against league opponents. In all 25 games, Fremeau has scored in double-figures in 18 contests, including a six-game streak from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20 and in the last five games. She has also been the team's top-scorer in five of the last eight contests. Most recently in the win over Bucknell, Fremeau made eight of her 13 field goal attempts to lead the team with 16 points. Because of her performance, she was unanimously voted as the Rev. George L. Brien Award recipient, presented to the most valuable player in the Holy Cross Winter Homecoming game. Her offensive production peaked in the meeting with Colgate on Jan. 27, where she tied her top career-mark of 18 points after making a career-high nine field goals. She also posted the team-high of 15 points against Army (Jan. 13) and Navy (Jan. 20) and 14 points against Lafayette (Feb. 6). She has now tied her career-high in points three times this season and has scored 302 points, topping the 243 points she scored over the entire 2008-2009 season. Fremeau also set a career-high with eight assists against Bucknell on Jan. 16, topping her prior career-high of five assists. She played a career-high 45 minutes in the double overtime game against Northeastern on Dec. 5 and has started every game so far this season, a streak which dates back to the Feb. 25, 2009 game against Colgate. She has recorded a season-high of nine rebounds four times so far, including the games against Maine on Nov. 27, Dartmouth on Jan. 2, Army on Jan. 13 and against Lafayette on Feb. 6. Her season-high of nine rebounds is just two shy of her career-high (11 against Rhode Island on Dec. 9, 2008). She has also led or tied the team in top rebounds in 12 of 25 performances. She averages 33.9 minutes played per game, ranking fifth amongst Patriot League players. In 25 total games played, she leads the team in field goal attempts (301) and field goals made (124). She is also the team's leading rebounder, totaling 133 boards, an average of 5.3 rebounds per-game.
LEAPS FOR LEPLEY: Freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) has come a long way after sitting out her entire high school senior season with a knee injury. On Jan. 2, Lepley poured in a season and career-high 13 points on six-for-seven shooting against Dartmouth, leading the team in scoring for the first time this season. She hit new heights as she recorded her first career double-double against Lafayette on Jan. 9, leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and a career/season-high 10 rebounds. With her double-double, Lepley became the only freshman in the league to reach such a feat this season. She is also the only member on the 2009-2010 Holy Cross roster to score a double-double as a freshman. Because of her ever-improving performances on the hardwood and for her continued impact on the Holy Cross team, Lepley has been named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week four times, more than any other conference player this season. She picked up her fourth award on Feb. 1 after averaging 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game in the two outings against Colgate and Lehigh. After 25 total games, Lepley has become the team's most versatile player. She has scored in double-digits in seven contests. She notched another top performance against Colgate on Jan. 27, tallying a team-high six steals. Her 1.4 steals per game average ranks eighth in the Patriot League.She has played at least 20 minutes in 16 of the last 18 contests, including a season-high 41 minutes against Howard. She has also earned 18 starts for her efforts, including three-consecutive starts against Maine, Penn State and Harvard and again in the last 15 match-ups. She has led or tied for the team-high in rebounds in six contests, including another six rebound performance against Bucknell on Feb. 13. She has a total of rebounds to 91 on the season, an average of 3.6 rebounds per game. She leads her class in all categories thus far and is within the team's top five in all scoring categories including points (139) and scoring average (5.6). She ranks third on the team with a .403 field goal percentage and is now the team leader in steals (36) and second in blocks (11).
WARD IN THE CLUTCH: Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.), who has played in all 25 games, including 16 starts for the Crusaders at point guard, has turned herself into a clutch player, providing a spark for many late-in-the-game rallies. Ward came through for seven points in the final three minutes of play against Lehigh on Jan. 30, including a three-point shot made with 10 seconds left on the game clock, giving the Crusaders a fighting chance at the end. At Bucknell on Jan. 16, Ward again hit a last-minute shot towards the end of the first half, bringing the score to a one-point Bison lead heading in to the locker room. She finished that game with eight points, going three-of-six from the field and played a career-high 38 minutes. Her scoring continues to improve as she posted double-digits in four of the last seven games, tallying 11 points in three consecutive contests against Navy (Jan. 20), American (Jan. 24) and Colgate (Jan. 27) and then 10 points against Lehigh (Jan. 30). She recorded the best free-throw performance of her career (six-of-six from the line) against Navy and then proved her defensive prowess as she led the team with seven rebounds against American, notching her career-high. She tied her career-high with three three-point shots made against Colgate as well. Ward leads the team in three-point shot percentage (.436), sinking 24 of 55 attempts. Ward is averaging 7.2 points against Patriot League opponents and has averaged 5.6 points per game in all 25 contests. Also highlighting her sophomore season was a career-high 15-point outing against Howard, as she tallied career-highs in field goals made (6); three-point shots made (3) and three-point shots attempted (4). She has also hit a three-point shot in 11 of the last 14 contests. She now has 22 more three-point shots made than her two three-pointers recorded last year. She has improved tri-fold in scoring as well, as her 5.6 points per game average is more than four points better than the 1.2 points she averaged last season. In 25 contests, Ward averages 27.2 minutes, a .339 field goal percentage and 1.7 rebounds.
BEYOND THE ARC: The Crusaders have capitalized on their biggest scoring weapon this season, the three-point shot, and marked their best performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (13-of-22, .591). The combined 13 three-point shots made ties the team record for a single game, set back on Jan. 29, 1996 against Providence. In 24 contests, the team has attempted 456 three-pointers and has made 154 (.330). The .333 percentage ranks third amongst Patriot League foes. Against Holy Cross, opponents have tried 447 three-point shots, making 134 of them (.300). The team most recently held Bucknell to six three-point shots made in 21 attempts (.286). Combined, Holy Cross' three-point field goal defense percentage ranks second in the league. The team needs seven more three-point shots made to tie the 161 shots made from the 2008-2009 season after they collected three additional three-point shots made against Bucknell on Feb. 13. In league play, the team has made 48 three-point shots in 172 attempts (.279 percent). Eight players on the 2009-2010 roster have already made a three-point shot, with senior Bethany O'Dell leading the way with a total of 54 three-pointers made.
CALMUNDER PRESSURE: The Crusaders have remained strong from the free throw line through all 25 games. The team has missed just one free-throw attempt in four contests this season, including their best performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (17-18 total, .944). Through all games so far, the Crusaders have shot more free throws then their opponents in 13 contests, winning six of those games. The team currently averages .729 percent from the line, making 304 of 417 tries, ranking second in the Patriot League. They have shot over 65 percent from the line in 19 contests, including 10 of the last 12 match-ups. Senior Bethany O'Dell leads the team with a free throw average of .844 percent (38-45) while three other players have made above 80 percent of their free throw attempts, including junior Whitney Fremeau (.830), senior Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) (.813) and sophomore Meredith Ward (.814). As a team last year, the Crusaders made 389 of their 524 free throws attempts. The combined percentage of 74.2 ranks first all-time for a Holy Cross team. It also ranked first in the Patriot League and 28th nationally.
THIEVES IN THE NIGHT: The 2009-2010 Crusaders have been quick with their hands, collecting 172 steals in 25 games, an average of 8.1 steals per-contest. The team ranks third amongst Patriot League opponents in the steals category and is averaging 0.4 more steals than the 2008-2009 team (7.7 average). They combined to steal the ball a season-high 16 times against Northeastern on Dec. 5, also marking a conference-high. They have stolen the ball over 10 times in nine total contests, including 13 steals against Colgate and 10 steals against Lehigh. The Crusaders have also marked more steals then their opponents in 12 contests, including the most recent game against Bucknell. Freshman Amy Lepley, who collected 10 steals in the two games against American (Jan. 24) and Colgate (Jan. 27), now ranks first on the team with 36 steals on the season. She also ranks eighth in the league with a 1.4 steals per game average. Senior Bethany O'Dell, who has collected 35 total steals (1.5 steals per game) ranks sixth amongst league opponents. Both have recorded six steals in a single game, marking the team-high.
HELPING HANDS: Holy Cross is currently averaging 13.6 assists per game, ranking second in the Patriot League. On the season, the team has collected a total of 341 assists, including senior Briana McFadden's team-high 62 assists. The team has combined for more than 11 assists in 19 contests, including six of the last seven meetings. They tallied a season-high of 20 assists twice, including the two overtime games against Howard and Northeastern. The team has also either tied or led opponents in assists in 12 games. McFadden currently ranks sixth in the conference with a 2.6 assist per game average.
TURNOVER TENACITY: Turning the ball over has not been a problem for the Crusaders this season, as they currently own a +1.2 turnover margin through 25 games. The margin is third-best in Patriot League ranks. Altogether, the team has turned the ball over just 401 times while opponents have turned the ball over 431 times. The team is 6-7 in games where they turn the ball over less than opponents while they stand at 2-8 when they commit more turnovers. This theory proved true most recently against Bucknell, as the team held a 10-15 turnover margin, winning by the final score of 65-60 and earning 10 points off Bison turnovers. Against Lehigh on Jan. 30, Holy Cross notched 21 turnovers next to Lehigh's 18 turnovers, falling by the final 58-52 score. The team also marked 11 turnovers against Colgate's 19 turnovers on Jan. 27, winning by the final score of 65-56. The 10 turnovers made by the team against Bucknell on Feb. 13 was the season-low.
TALE OF TWO HALVES: Scoring in the second half has been the most troublesome for the Crusaders so far this season. There have been four occasions out of 25 total games where the Crusaders have outscored opponents in the second half, including the games against Dartmouth (Jan. 2), Bucknell (Jan. 16 and Feb. 13) and Lehigh (Jan. 30). Holy Cross recorded its hardest fought comeback effort against Lehigh, outscoring the Mountain Hawks 21-5 in the final seven minutes of the second stanza. While opponents outscore Holy Cross in both halves, the team has taken a lead into the halftime in 11 of 24 match-ups. For the first time this season, Holy Cross went into the locker room with a tie score against Bucknell of Feb. 13, as both teams tallied 31 points after the first 20 minutes of play. In all, Holy Cross has scored 727 points in the first half next to opponents' 780 points (-53 points). The second half is a bit more lopsided as opponents currently tally a 809-710 second half scoring advantage (-99 points). Luckily, the team has escaped second-half comeback attempts in six contests, including the Feb. 6 game against Lafayette. The team has lost a halftime lead to Yale (66-60), Penn State (52-48), Northeastern (89-82), New Hampshire (80-72) and Howard (87-80). The Jan. 16 game against Bucknell marked the first time Holy Cross has come back from a halftime deficit to win this season. The team stands with a record of 1-11 after trailing at halftime and 6-5 when leading.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: One major downfall for the 2009-2010 squad is the ability to rebound. The Jan. 2 contest against Dartmouth marked the first time this season that the team has not been outrebounded, as each team brought down 32 boards apiece. The Feb. 6 game at Lafayette became just the second time this season that the team has not been outrebounded, as the team combined for a 41-24 rebounding advantage. The 41 rebounds tied the team's season-high set back on the first game of the season against Yale. The Jan. 24 game against American was also a milestone, as Holy Cross outrebounded the Eagles 38-36, marking the first game of the season Holy Cross had a positive rebounding margin. With six players listed under 6-0 and no real post player, rebounding has overall been a struggle. In 25 contests, opponents are out-rebounding the Crusaders 998-776, a margin of 8.9 boards per game. The team pulled down a season-low 21 rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut and has brought down fewer than 30 rebounds in eight games thus far, also including the last contest against Bucknell. In the Feb. 13 game, Holy Cross was outrebounded 46-25, largest rebounding deficit recorded the season. Holy Cross has, however, posted at least 30 rebounds in 10 of the last 13 contests and currently averages 31.0 rebounds per game. The Crusaders are led by junior Whitney Fremeau who averages 5.3 rebounds per contest.
CHANGING THE LINE: Through 25 games so far, the Holy Cross starting lineup has changed on nine separate occasions. Two starting lineups have been used a game-high five times. The squad has used six different starting lineups over the last 10 games, combining for a 4-6 record. The most successful starting lineups, registering a 2-3 record, consisted of seniors Briana McFadden, Bethany O'Dell, Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.), sophomore Meredith Ward and junior Whitney Fremeau. They picked up wins against Central Connecticut and Bryant while dropping decisions to Yale, Connecticut and Boston College. The other lineup to pick up a 2-3 record was seniors Christy Cushnie and McFadden, Ward, Fremeau and freshman Amy Lepley. They started against Navy, Lehigh and Lafayette on the road and against Colgate and Army at home.
HEAD COACH BILLGIBBONS: 25th SEASON: Bill Gibbons is entering a milestone 25th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program in 2009-2010. He has compiled a 484-262 record as head coach, ranking 25th on the active Division I win leaders list. His quarter-century pledge to the team has made a major impact on all aspects of the women's basketball world and especially in the surrounding community. On April 30, 2009, Gibbons received the prestigious Paul N. Johnson Award, given to a member of the Worcester community who has greatly contributed to Worcester area basketball. With his service, the name Gibbons has become a fixture in the realm of women's basketball. He has led the Crusaders to nine Patriot League Championships in the last 15 years. He has also made 12 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT) in his 24 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 East. The sixth coach of the women's program at Holy Cross, Gibbons has enjoyed the longest tenure in the position. He has led the Holy Cross women's basketball program 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 (357 wins as head coach of the Holy Cross men's basketball program), who had hired him to be his assistant coach in 1981. Now with more than 450 wins under his belt, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind legendary baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960.
HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross has played in nine home games so far this season, earning three wins and falling in six Hart Center contests. They won the third home game most recently against Bucknell on Feb. 13, coming away with a 65-60 victory. In program history, the Hart Center has traditionally been a place where opponents have had trouble adjusting to. The Crusaders currently have a .789 home victory percentage since becoming a Division I program. The 2009-2010 season marks the 35th season of women's basketball competition at the Hart Center as the program holds an all-time 327-101 advantage at home. The Crusaders posted 24 straight winning records at home from 1979-1980 through 2002-2003 and have five straight winning records going into 2009-2010. Combined, the Crusaders have won 128 of 158 meetings against this year's home opponents. The last team to finish the season with a losing home record was the 2003-2004 squad, who posted five wins and seven losses on the Hart Center hardwood. Only four teams all-time have ended their seasons with losing home records.
ROADWARRIORS: The 2009-2010 season began with eight contests away from the Hart Center, as the team completed its non-conference portion of the season with a 3-8 away record. Looking to improve on the road, the Crusaders played in three-consecutive road games against conference foes Army, Bucknell and Navy, posting a 1-2 record. After picking up a 50-47 at Lafayette on Feb. 6, Holy Cross currently stands at 5-11 when traveling. The Crusaders will be back on the road this weekend, making the trip to Washington, D.C. to take on American Saturday, Feb. 20. Holy Cross stands at 5-3 all-time when playing at American. The last time a team began the season with so many away games was the 1991-1992 season when the team played in six road contests. The squad went 3-3 in those contests and finished the season with a 16-13 overall record.
SENIOR EXPERIENCE LEADS THE WAY: The 2009-2010 women's basketball squad boasts a wealth of experience, with five seniors leading the way. The senior class includes Tayana Carper, Christy Cushnie, Briana McFadden, Bethany O'Dell and Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.). The seniors were the last class to compete in the NCAA Tournament after they won the 2007 Patriot League Championship as freshmen. That year they were seeded as a No. 16 seed and played No.1 Duke in the Greensboro region. The five players have combined for 422 games played, having won 55 games, including 38 Patriot League match-ups. The 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 squads posted the most three-pointers made in single-season team history and also marked the most three-pointers attempted. The senior class also contributed to teams that rank among the best in school history in free throws attempted, free throw percentage and most games played.
CRUSADERS PICKED IN A TIEFOR SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish in a tie for second place with American in the 2009-2010 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 76 votes. Defending Patriot League champion Lehigh was chosen as the preseason favorite to capture the league title. Lehigh received 13 first-place votes and a total of 97 points. American and Holy Cross followed in a tie for second with 76 points apiece. Filling the final five spots were Navy (fourth, 54 points), Bucknell (fifth, 52 points), Army (sixth, 50 points), Colgate (seventh, 22 points) and Lafayette (eighth, 21 points).
1,000 POINT UPDATE: Senior captains Briana McFadden and Bethany O'Dell became just the eighth and ninth juniors to become part of the 24-member Holy Cross 1,000-point club last year. Going into the 2009-2010 season, they ranked 14th (1,195 points) and 19th (1,104 points) on the all-time scoring list respectively. In 25 contests so far, the two captains have already jumped at least three spots on that list. McFadden, who has scored 297 total points this season, has moved past Ann Lambiotte (1,354 career points) to take full grasp of the No. 10 spot with 1,492 career points. McFadden has also jumped Kris Shields, Mary Helen Walker and Anna Kinne. O'Dell, who has scored 292 points thus far, has moved into the 1,300-point mark with 1,396 total career points and holds the 11th spot, passing Ann Lambiotte. She has also moved past Mary Helen Walker and Anna Kinne.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN: Navy enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 13-12 on the year, including a 5-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen are 1-1 in their last two contests, and are coming off a 62-42 win against Lafayette. Junior center Cassie Consedine leads the team with an average of 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds, while hitting 38.6 percent (102 of 264) of her shots from the field. Junior guard Angela Myers has averaged 10.3 points per game and has hit 30.1 percent (25-83) of her three-point field goals. Navy is led by head coach Stefanie Pemper, who owns an overall record of 29-27 in two seasons with the Mids.
NEXTUP FOR THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross will head to Washington, D.C. to take on American this upcoming weekend. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, starting at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders have lost the last two contests at Bender Arena.