Women's Basketball Hits The Road For Saturday Contest At American

Amy Lepley

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-18, 4-7 PL) vs. American (17-8, 10-1 PL)

Date: February 20, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Bender Arena (3,044), Washington, D.C.

Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play, www.worcesterpike.com, internet
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access, www.all-access.cbssports.com

Series Record: Holy Cross leads 14-6
Last Meeting: American 64, Holy Cross 51 (January 24, 2010, Worcester, Mass.) 

SERIES HISTORY AGAINST AMERICAN: Saturday's match-up will be the 21st meeting between Holy Cross and American. The Eagles became the most recent member of the Patriot League during the 2001-2002 season and have been an annual competitor for Holy Cross since Jan. 26, 2002. The teams first met on Dec. 3, 2000 in the St. Joseph's Classic championship game. The Crusaders topped the Eagles, 67-62, to earn the championship title. Holy Cross then went on to win the following five meetings with its Patriot League opponent, scoring at least 60 points in every triumph. The Eagles broke the six-game slide on Feb. 20, 2004 at Bender Arena by a score of 81-65. The Crusaders then put together another five-game win streak, including a 57-49 victory over the Eagles in the 2006 Patriot League Tournament. That year also marked the last time Holy Cross hosted the tournament. Head coach Bill Gibbons is responsible for the 14-6 record while current American head coach, Matt Corkery, stands at 2-1 after earning his second win against the Crusaders, 64-51, at the Hart Center earlier this season. The Crusaders have won five of the nine games played in Washington, D.C., and look to break a three-game slide as American has topped the squad in the last three contests at Bender. American has not lost a Patriot League home game this season, collecting a 5-0 record.

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 falling to Navy 77-69 at the Hart Center on Feb. 17, the Crusaders now stand at 4-7 in league play, remaining in a three-way tie for third place with Army and Colgate. Holy Cross' current 4-7 Patriot League record now ties the most number of conference losses by a Crusaders team all-time. The 2006-2007 squad holds the largest number of losses during the regular season as it finished the season with a 7-7 record. The team rallied back however, earning Holy Cross' last Patriot League Tournament title. Over the last 20 seasons and in the 11 games played this season,  the team has competed in a total of 263 league match-ups, dropping 59 games total for a .776 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 204-59 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.

PLAYING THE EAGLES: The nickname Eagles is the most frequently used name of four-year college mascots, with a total of 76 institutions holding the title. Holy Cross has already played one other team with the Eagles mascot this season, Boston College. Out of the other 74 colleges, the Crusaders have played against four schools with the Eagles mascot. Boston College and American have been annual competitors for Holy Cross while two other Eagles opponents, Coppin State and Eastern Michigan, have been on the Holy Cross schedule. The Crusaders traveled to play the Eagles of Eastern Michigan in the first game of head coach Bill Gibbons' career on Nov. 23, 1985, winning 90-58, and then played against the Coppin State Eagles on Dec. 29, 1991 at the St. John's Classic. In all, Holy Cross has collected a 24-30 all-time record against Eagles opponents. 

O'DELL ON TOP:  Senior Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) remains on top of her game despite a limited number of minutes played and has made a successful return to the starting lineup in the last two games. After seeing a combined 108 minutes of playing time in the prior seven games, an average of 15 minutes played per game, O'Dell then played in a total of 48 minutes at starting guard against Bucknell and Navy at home. Over the two game stretch, O'Dell has returned to form, sinking 50 percent of her field goals, including a four-for-five performance from beyond the arc against Navy on Feb. 17. She scored 11 points against Bucknell and followed with 16 points versus Navy, averaging 13.5 points per game in her return to the starting lineup.  Regardless of her limited playing time, O'Dell remains the team's top performer in points per game (12.8) and three-point field goals made (58). She has also tallied 18 double-digit scoring contests on the season. O'Dell also continues to rank amongst the nation's best, ranking 46th in three-point field goal percentage (41.4) as of Feb. 14. 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 (273), just below Lehigh's Alex Ross (275). 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 114 career games played, O'Dell holds the top spot in the Holy Cross record books with her 273 three-point shots made and 682 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 94 points in eight games, an average of 11.8 points per game. She broke through for a team-high 20 points in the last game against Navy, notching a season-high number of free throws made in a game (10-of-11) and a season-best .667 field goal percentage (four-of-six). Since coming to Holy Cross, McFadden has played in 120 contests, including 117 starts at guard. Through 26 contests so far this season, McFadden has scored in double-digits in 19 contests, including 13 of the last 18 games. McFadden now averages 12.7 points per game, ranking second on the team and fifth 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 149 times, sinking 107 shots. McFadden's .718 free throw percentage also ranks fifth 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 seven contests, including her 20-point performance against Navy on Feb. 17. 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 111 rebounds in a season after bringing down six boards against Navy on Feb. 17. She has led the team in rebounds in eight contests as well. 

FREMEAU REACHES NEW HEIGHTS: 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 11 conference games so far, Fremeau averages 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. She has also accumulated the most playing time, posting 377 minutes on the hardwood against league opponents. In all 26 games, Fremeau has scored in double-figures in 19 contests, including a six-game streak from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20 and now in the last six games. She has also been the team's top-scorer in five of the last nine contests. In the win over Bucknell on Feb. 13, 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 continued to climb 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 four times this season after notching another 18-point performance against Navy on Feb. 17. On the season, Fremeau has scored 320 points, topping the 243 points she scored last year, bringing her career total to 605 points. 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 26 performances. She averages 33.9 minutes played per game, ranking fourth amongst Patriot League players. In 26 total games played, she leads the team in field goal attempts (318) and field goals made (132). She is also the team's leading rebounder, totaling 136 boards, an average of 5.2 rebounds per-game.  

TRIUMPHANT TRIO: After combining to score 54 of the team's 69 points against Navy on Feb. 17,the team's three scoring leaders, junior Whitney Fremeau and seniors Briana McFadden and Bethany O'Dell proved their offensive impact on a team that ranks third amongst league opponents in scoring offense (59.0). The three have totaled 945 points between them so far this season, an average of 12.1 points per game. While Fremeau leads the way with 320 points, O'Dell ranks the highest with 12.8 points per game. The three rank consecutively in scoring in the Patriot League, placing fifth, sixth and seventh. They have also tallied 56 double-digit scoring contests, with Fremeau and McFadden each earning 19 double-digit performances to lead the team. All three have been the team's top scorers in 21 of 26 contests with O'Dell leading the way with nine games as Holy Cross' top points performer. 

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. In the Colgate game, Lepley notched another top performance, tallying a team and season-high six steals. She now ranks eighth amongst the league with 1.4 steals per game. After 26 total games, Lepley has become the team's most versatile player. She has scored in double-digits in seven contests. She has played at least 20 minutes in 17 of the last 19 contests, including a season-high 41 minutes against Howard. She has also earned 19 starts for her efforts, including three-consecutive starts against Maine, Penn State and Harvard and again in the last 16 match-ups. She has led or tied for the team-high in rebounds in six contests, including six rebounds against Bucknell on Feb. 13. She has a total of 94 rebounds 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 (143) and scoring average (5.5). She ranks third on the team with a .400 field goal percentage and is now the team leader in steals (37) and second in blocks (11). 

WARD IN THE CLUTCH: Sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.), who has played in all 26 games, including 17 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 eight 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 6.7 points against Patriot League opponents and has averaged 5.5 points per game in all 26 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 15 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 5.5 points per game average is more than four points better than the 1.2 points she averaged last season. In 26 contests, Ward averages 26.8 minutes, a .341 field goal percentage and 1.6 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 26 contests, the team has attempted 485 three-pointers and has made 163 (.336). The .336 percentage now ranks second amongst Patriot League foes as the team tallied a .474 three-point shooting performance against navy on Feb. 17. Against Holy Cross, opponents have tried 471 three-point shots, making 141 of them (.299). The team most recently held Navy, who ranks third in the league with a .335 three-point made percentage, to seven three-point shots made in 24 attempts (.292). Through all games, Holy Cross' three-point field goal defense percentage ranks second in the league (.299). The team has now surpassed the 161 shots made from the 2008-2009 season after they collected nine additional three-point shots made against Navy on Feb. 17, totaling 163 three-pointers made this year. In league play, the team has made 57 three-point shots in 191 attempts (.298 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 58 three-pointers made. 

CALM UNDER PRESSURE: The Crusaders have remained strong from the free throw line through all 26 games. The team has missed just one free-throw attempt in five contests this season, including their best performance against Rhode Island on Jan. 5 (17-18 total, .944) and in the last contest against Navy (14-15, .933). 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 .736 percent from the line, making 318 of 432 tries, ranking second in the Patriot League behind American (.758). They have shot over 65 percent from the line in 20 contests, including 11 of the last 13 match-ups. Senior Bethany O'Dell leads the team with a free throw average of .857 percent (42-49) 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 179 steals in 26 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 13 contests, including the most recent game against Navy where they stole the ball seven times compared to zero steals from the Midshipmen. 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 37 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 36 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 13.7 assists per game, ranking second in the Patriot League. On the season, the team has collected a total of 355 assists, including senior Briana McFadden's team-high 66 assists. The team has combined for more than 11 assists in 20 contests, including seven of the last eight 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 in a tie for fifth in the conference, alongside Lafayette's Melissa Downey, with a 2.6 assist per game average. Senior Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) recently set a career-high with five assists, leading the team against Navy on Feb. 17. 

TURNOVER TENACITY: Turning the ball over has not been a problem for the Crusaders this season, as they currently own a +1.1 turnover margin through 26 games. The margin is third-best in Patriot League ranks. Altogether, the team has turned the ball over just 414 times while opponents have turned the ball over 443 times. The team is 6-7 in games where they turn the ball over less than opponents while they stand at 2-9 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 Navy on Feb. 17, Holy Cross turned the ball over 13 times next to the Mids' 12 turnovers, falling by the final 77-69 score. The team also marked 10 turnovers against Bucknell's 15 turnovers on Feb. 13, winning by the final score of 65-60. The 10 turnovers made by the team against Bucknell marked 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 26 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 26 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 756 points in the first half next to opponents' 813 points (-57 points). The second half is a bit more lopsided as opponents currently tally an 853-750 second half scoring advantage (-103 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 1-12 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 26 contests, opponents are out-rebounding the Crusaders 1028-799, a margin of 8.8 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 nine games thus far, also including the last two contests against Bucknell and Navy. In the Feb. 13 game against Bucknell, Holy Cross was outrebounded 46-25, marking the largest rebounding deficit recorded the season. Holy Cross has posted at least 30 rebounds in 10 of the last 14 contests and currently averages 30.7 rebounds per game. The Crusaders are led by junior Whitney Fremeau who averages 5.2 rebounds per contest.

HEAD COACH BILL GIBBONS: 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 484-263 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.


ROAD WARRIORS: 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.


HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross has played in 10 home games so far this season, earning three wins and falling in seven Hart Center contests. They won the third home game most recently against Bucknell on Feb. 13, coming away with a 65-60 victory but then followed with a 77-69 loss against navy on Feb. 17. In program history, the Hart Center has traditionally been a place where opponents have had trouble adjusting to. The Crusaders currently have a .787 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 327-102 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 159 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. This year's team has now tied the most number of losses at the Hart Center in a season, collecting a 3-7 home record. Only four teams all-time have ended their seasons with losing home records.


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. The seniors were the last class to compete in the NCAA Tournament after they won the 2007 Patriot League Championship as freshmen. The five players have combined for 423 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.

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 26 contests so far, the two captains have already jumped at least three spots on that list. McFadden, who has scored 317 total points this season, has moved past Ann Lambiotte (1,354 career points) to take full grasp of the No. 10 spot with 1,512 career points. McFadden is now 26 points away from tying the No. 9 spot, held by Katie O'Keefe. O'Dell, who has scored 308 points thus far, has just moved into the 1,400-points mark with 1,412 total career points and holds the 11th spot.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: American enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 17-8 on the year, including a 10-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have won their last three contests, and are coming off a 56-42 win at Army. Junior forward Michelle Kirk leads the team and league with an average of 18.4 points. Fellow junior forward Liz Leer has averaged 13.0 points per game and ranks fifth in the league with a .471 field goal percentage. American is led by head coach Matt Corkery, who owns an overall record of 36-20 in two seasons with the Eagles.

NEXT UP FOR THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross will finish its road slate with a Wednesday night game at Colgate on Feb. 24. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y.