WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross women's basketball head coach Bill Gibbons has announced the signing of four players who will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2012. Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.), Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.), Lisa Mifsud (Greenville, Pa.) and Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) will all don the purple and white jerseys for the Crusaders next winter.
"We are really excited about this recruiting class," said Gibbons. "Lisa and Kate will bolster our backcourt and Raquel and Molly will do the same for our frontcourt. All four are from winning programs both in high school and AAU. In fact, all of these signees have competed in the highest level of AAU national tournaments over the past few years.
Gillespie is a 5-10 guard who plays for Georgetown Visitation in Washington, D.C. She averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior and became a 1,000 point scorer this past January. She helped guide Georgetown Visitation to a 25-7 record, a fifth straight Independent School League regular season title and a No. 13 ranking. She has been named to the Washington Post's second team All-Met and is a two-time member of the All-Independent school league team. Her AAU squad, the Maryland Flames, have finished in the top-10 nationally over the last five years.
Hourigan is a 6-4 center who plays for Jordan-Elbridge High School in Elbridge, N.Y. As a junior, Hourigan led the Eagles to the Section III, Class B semifinals while averaging 15.5 points per game and 13.1 rebounds to go with 7.9 blocks. The Eagles went 17-3 as Hourigan led the squad in points, rebounds, blocks and assists. She was second on the team in steals. Hourigan nearly tripled the amount of rebounds her closest teammate corralled and finished with 142 blocks on the year. The next closest Eagle had 11. Hourigan was named the Post-Standard's Honor Athlete of the Week in December, 2010 and plays for the Unity Wildcats AAU squad.
Mifsud is a 5-7 point guard who plays for Villa Maria Academy in Erie, Pa. She averaged 13.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 steals as a junior. She was a first team All-State selection and the District 10 and Region 4 Player of the Year. She was the starting point guard for Villa Maria who went 28-2 and won the Pennsylvania State Championship during her junior season. Since playing at Villa Maria, Mifsud has helped lead the squad to two straight state championships, two district and two regional titles. She plays AAU for the Erie Saints team.
Scott is a 6-0 forward who plays both basketball and volleyball at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, N.J. She averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior and was a first team All-County selection in basketball and volleyball. She was named the North Jersey Player of the Year as a junior and was also selected to the third team All-State. Scott helped the Blue Eagles to the Bergen County championship and a 27-1 record as a junior as well.
"These four student-athletes have tremendous work ethics and have all achieved in the classroom as well," finished Gibbons. "This group certainly has the chance to make an immediate impact for us and possess the potential to help our program improve in the next few years."
Holy Cross wraps up action before the finals break on Wednesday Dec. 7 against Northeastern. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.