Crusaders Set Stage For Patriot League Tourney Against Colgate On Saturday
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The Teams: Holy Cross (15-13, 6-7 PL) vs. Colgate (8-20, 5-8 PL)
Date: February 25, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 43-4
Last Meeting: Colgate 74, Holy Cross 69, Hamilton, N.Y., January 28, 2012
SENIOR DAY CELEBRATION: Saturday's game will serve as the squad's final home game of the regular season. Prior to tip off, senior captain Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) will honored as the lone senior on the 2011-2012 squad. Ward has helped the Crusaders to 48 wins to date, including 25 Patriot League victories. She has appeared in 115 games, including 65 starts, with a career-best 28 games this season. She has scored 545 points and brought down 270 rebounds in her career.
POSTSEASON PLAY: With Wednesday's loss at Army, Holy Cross lost its chance to host a team during the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Patriot League tournament. The Crusaders now need to beat Colgate to lock up the fifth seed. If they lose, they will enter the postseason as the No. 6 seed. American is the only team to determine its top-four seeding as they have not lost in the league and have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed. Lehigh, Army and Navy will battle for the second through fourth seeds this weekend.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST COLGATE: Saturday's match-up will be the 48th meeting between Holy Cross and Colgate, with the Crusaders owning a dominant 43-4 advantage over the Raiders. The teams first met in Holy Cross' inaugural season of Patriot League play (1990-1991). The Crusaders were handed their first loss against Colgate during the 1993-1994 season after posting six consecutive wins to begin the series. Twenty-one consecutive victories followed for Holy Cross, including a 103-72 win at the Hart Center on Jan. 16, 2002. That victory marked the greatest amount of points a Crusader team has posted over a Patriot League opponent all-time. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is responsible for the 43-4 record while Raiders first-year head coach, Nicci Hays Fort earned her first career victory against the Crusaders earlier this season. Holy Cross enters Saturday's contest on a one-game losing streak as a 10-game win streak was broken up on Jan. 28 of this year. In those 10 contests, Holy Cross outscored Colgate 699-555, including a 74-59 victory in the last contest held on the Hart Center hardwood. The team's four losses against the Raiders have come when playing on the hardwood of Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y. Holy Cross holds an unblemished 18-0 record against the Raiders at the Hart Center, which remains the only perfect home record for Holy Cross against Patriot League foes.
HOLY CROSS AGAINST CONFERENCE FOES: The 2011-2012 season marks the 23rd year of Patriot League competition for the Crusaders. Over the last 22 seasons, the Crusaders have competed in a total of 341 league match-ups, winning 255 and dropping 87 games total for a 74.7 winning percentage, including a 6-7 record this season. The squad looks to end the 2011-2012 regular season on a high note after losing at Army the last time out. The 6-7 record keeps Holy Cross in fifth place, staying behind first-place American (11-0) and a two-way tie for second place with Army (8-5) and Lehigh (8-5) and third-place Navy (7-6). The team was seeded sixth in the tournament last season, its lowest ever, and lost in the quarterfinals against American. The squad recorded two consecutive losing seasons for the first time ever in program history, going 5-9 in 2009-2010 and 6-8 last season. Holy Cross possesses two unblemished Patriot League seasons, going 12-0 in 1990-1991, and doing it again in 1996-1997. Head coach Bill Gibbons has been along for the entire ride and is responsible for the 255-86 league record. In all, Holy Cross has made 21 appearances in the Patriot League Tournament, boasting 11 championships and a 38-10 all-time record. The Crusaders are most successful against Colgate as they have mounted a 43-4 all-time record against the Raiders, with a 10-game win-streak snapped on Jan. 28. The team also boasts a 47-8 record against Lafayette, winning the last five meetings. Army and American have given Holy Cross the most trouble, as the two have combined for 29 of the 87 wins against the Crusaders. Lehigh has put up 15 wins against Holy Cross, including nine in a row, while American won its seventh straight over the Crusaders on Feb. 11.
HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross, who is now 8-4 at the Hart Center this season, will play in its final home game of the regular season on Saturday. The squad has topped Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Quinnipiac, UMass, Northeastern and Bryant and lost to Fordham, American, Lehigh and Navy. The Crusaders currently have a 77 home victory percentage (303 wins, 91 losses) since becoming a Division I program as the 2011-2012 season marks the 38th season of women's basketball competition at the Hart Center. The win over Dartmouth on Jan. 3 was the program's 300th win as a Division I squad. The program holds an all-time 342-116 advantage in Worcester and has posted 29 winning records and six losing seasons, including last year's 6-7 record. A total of 47 teams have never won at the Hart Center. Combined, the Crusaders have won 162 of 199 meetings (81.3 percent) against this year's home opponents.
HEAVY HITTERS: Sophomore guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) and junior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) are showing the Patriot League why Holy Cross boasts a winning record after 28 games of action. Lepley currently leads the team with 13.4 points per game while Smith follows close behind with 12.5 points per game. Lepley ranks third in the league in scoring while Smith sits in fifth place. Army's Anna Simmers is the league's top point producers, ranking first with 14.7 points per game. Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch is second with 14.0 points per game while Black Knight Jen Hazlett sits between Lepley and Smith in fourth with 13.1 points per game. Combined, the two have led the team in scoring in 20 of the team's 28 games, including nine of the 13 conference games. Lepley leads the team in scoring against Patriot League opponents, averaging 13.8 points.
TURNOVER TENACITY: Sophomores Alex Smith and Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) are showing off their seasoned skills, leading the team not only with their scoring capabilities, but also their ability to create shots for their teammates. The two have combined for 255 of the squad's 478 assists (53.3 percent) and account for only 181 of the total 466 turnovers. Through the 28 games, Smith leads the Patriot League with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio (157 assists, 101 turnovers) while Malone is fourth with a 1.2 ratio (98 assists, 81 turnovers). Both tallied 11 assists in one game, Smith doing so against Harvard and Malone against Morgan State. Their output ranks in a tie for fifth in Holy Cross single-game records. Combined, the two have led the team in the assist category in 27 of the 28 total games thus far as Smith topped the squad for the third straight game with seven assists at Army the last time out. As a team, Holy Cross posts a 1.03 a/t ratio, the best in the league.
SPREAD THE WEALTH: One of the biggest reasons for Holy Cross' success this season is its ability to spread out the offense. Through the 28 total games, seven of the 11 players on the roster have scored in double-figures. Alex Smith and Amy Lepley lead the pack with a combined 39 double-figure outings. All five of the team's regular starters have hit the double-figure mark at least once while sophomore Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) adds four double-figure outings, including 13 points at Army the last time out. Freshman Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) became the seventh player to hit the mark with an 11-point outing against Navy on Feb. 8. Six different players have led the team in scoring this season as freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has now led the team in scoring in four of the last seven games.
OFFENSE ON TOP: The Holy Cross women's basketball team continues to hang onto its offensive tempo with just one game left in the regular season, leading the league with a combined averaged of 63.2 points per game. When playing non-conference opponents, the Crusaders averaged 64.4 points per game and currently average 61.3 points per game against league foes. In all, the team has put up 1,770 points in 28 contests. The second-highest scoring team in the Patriot League through all games is Lehigh, which averages 59.3 points per game, a difference of four points per game. The squad's outburst of 82 points against Bryant was a season-high while a season-best 32 field goals were made against Brown. The team's overall field goal percentage, 41.3, is a league best as it has combined to make 665 of the 1,610 shot attempts. The team is averaging 24 field goals made per game. Against league opponents, the Crusaders hit 41.1 percent of their field goals (309 of 752). Altogether, the team is 11-4 when playing in games where it's scored over 60 points and 11-4 when shooting better than 40 percent. When scoring under 60 points, the team is 2-8.
WARD LEADS SQUAD: The lone senior on the roster, Meredith Ward, was named captain for the 2011-2012 season. Ward was also named a tri-captain for the 2010-2011 season. She is the veteran leader in the backcourt and has started at guard in all 28 games this season, averaging 30.5 minutes, 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Her playing time has increased dramatically during her senior season as she averaged 21.3 minutes over her first three years. Her point and rebound averages have also improved as she is scoring 2.4 more points and bringing down two more rebounds than her career averages (4.1 points, 1.9 rebounds). She currently ranks 29th in scoring amongst Patriot League leaders. Ward has notched four double-digit scoring outings thus far, highlighted by her first career double-double against UMass on Nov. 22. She scored 14 points and tallied a career-best 12 rebounds, almost doubling her previous high of seven rebounds. Against Brown, Ward led the squad with 16 points, knocking down a season-high seven field goals. She followed with a career-high eight assists at Lafayette, leading the team. Her other double-figure games include Quinnipiac (15 points) and Fordham (12). Against Lehigh on Feb. 4, Ward tied the team-high with eight rebounds, recording the second game this season where she's topped out in the rebounding category. Her free throw shooting remains strong as well, as she hits 74.3 percent (26 of 35) from the line. As a junior, Ward registered a Holy Cross single-game record when she went 12-for-12 from the free throw line against Quinnipiac and finished the season as the team's top free throw performer, making 84 percent of her attempts. In her career she has scored 545 points, recorded 273 rebounds and 231 assists.
SMOOTH SMITH: Sophomore guard Alex Smith was chosen to the preseason All-League Team after being named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team last season. Her accolades continue to stack up as she was named to the Miami Classic All-Tournament team and Patriot League Player of the Week on Dec. 12. Her numbers are impressive, as she has led the team in scoring in 10 games this season, putting up an average of 12.5 points per game. Highlighting her scoring efforts was a 26-point outburst versus Army on Jan. 25. Smith reached new heights as she sank a career-best nine field goals, five coming from three-point range. She has scored in double-figures in 14 of the last 20 games and has 19 double-digit outings on the season. Her other double-figure games include 13 points at Army, 10 points at American, 12 points vs. Navy, 18 points vs. Lehigh, 14 points vs. Bucknell, 15 points at Brown, 11 points at Lehigh, 10 points vs. Dartmouth, 19 points vs. Morgan State, 11 points at Miami, 11 points vs. Bryant, 17 points at Boston College, 22 points at Harvard, 20 points vs. Northeastern, 15 points at Central Connecticut, 14 points versus UMass, 14 points versus Quinnipiac and 11 points at Yale. Smith topped out in the assists category against Harvard, collecting 11 to notch a career-high and record her first-ever double-double. She has 157 total assists on the season, notching a career-high and ranking ninth on the Holy Cross single-season records list. She leads the team and Patriot League with 5.6 assists per game. She has led the team in the assists category in 11 of the 13 league games played. She is also once again a three-point threat, sinking a season-high of five three-point shots in one game four times so far (vs. Northeastern, Boston College, Morgan State and Army). She has hit multiple three-pointers in 23 of the 28 contests, including a 3-for-4 performance from behind the arc the last time out at Army. Smith averages 2.6 three-pointers made per game, leading the league. She has 45 career games where she's made at least two three-pointers. As a freshman, Smith ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 point per game. She also ranked first on the team in minutes played per game (32.0) and assists (98). She finished the season with 82 three-pointers made, ranking second-highest in the Holy Cross single-season records. In her career, Smith has recorded 670 points, 197 rebounds and 253 assists.
LEAPS FOR LEPLEY: Junior forward Amy Lepley returns for her third-straight season as one of the team's starting forwards. She is at full strength as she currently ranks first on the team and third in the Patriot League in scoring average, putting up 13.6 points per game. Lepley's numbers continue to impress as she has notched a team-high 20 double-figure outings this season, highlighted by a season and career-high 22 point outburst against Lehigh on Feb. 4, duplicating her performance from Jan. 7. She registered her fourth 20-point effort of the season, sinking a career-best 10 field goals in 16 attempts. She added 20 more points to her season total at Bucknell the last time out, scoring almost half of the team's points to register her fifth 20-point effort and earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors for her performance. Lepley has hit double figures in nine of the last 12 games and has led the team in scoring 12 times on the season. She has also recorded double-figures against Lafayette (11), Navy (10), at Lafayette (21), at Colgate (19), Bucknell (12), Brown (14), Dartmouth (13) Morgan State (19), Bryant (18) Boston College (11), UMass (15), Harvard (15), Fordham (14), Quinnipiac (13) and Yale (12). Lepley is the team's best shooter, making 49.8 percent of her field goal attempts (158 of 317). Her field goal percentage ranks third amongst league players. She is a true double-threat as she leads the team and ranks ninth in the league in rebounding, averaging 6.1 rebounds per game. She has led the team in rebounding in five of the 13 league contests, including a career and team-best 14 rebounds at Colgate. Against the Raiders, Lepley secured her fifth career double-double, scoring 19 points and tallying the 14 rebounds. Originally playing as a guard in high school, the converted forward led the team in rebounding (5.6 per game) and blocks (13) in 2010-2011. In her career she has scored 870 points, recorded 465 rebounds and 175 assists.
PICK-ME-UP PARKER: Freshman forward Emily Parker got her Holy Cross career off to a great start, posting a double-double in her first game in a Crusaders uniform. Her 17-point, 10-rebound performance at Yale marked the first time in 15 years of Holy Cross basketball that a freshman posted such high numbers in her first-ever performance. The feat landed her Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 15. She picked up her fourth Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor on Feb. 6 after her 19-point performance at Colgate on Jan. 28. Parker has recorded double-figure outings in 10 of the last 13 games, including a game-high 16 points at Army on Feb. 22. She registered a season and team-high 20-points against Quinnipiac and has led the team in scoring seven times this season. Her other double-figure outing include 15 points vs. Lafayette, 15 points vs. Lehigh, 19 points at Colgate, 15 points vs. Army, 10 points at Lafayette, 10 points at Brown, 15 points vs. American, 12 points at Navy, 10 points at UNH, 13 points against Northeastern and 11 points over Bryant. She averages a total of 10.3 points per game, ranking third on the team and 13th in the Patriot League. She continues to be one of the team's top rebounders as she earned her second double-double with 12 rebounds along with the 12 points at Navy, leading the team in rebounding. She averages 5.9 boards per game, second highest on the team, and has led the squad in rebounding in eight games this season, including her 11 rebounds at Bucknell on Feb. 18. She is the team's top shot-blocker as she notched a season-high four blocks against the Midshipmen on Jan. 11. She has posted a total of 32 blocks on the season, an average of 1.2 blocks per game, ranking seventh amongst Patriot League players. She has registered 10 games with multiple blocks, the most by any other Crusader this season.
COMEBACK MALONE: Sophomore guard Brisje Malone, who did not start the two exhibition games for Holy Cross this fall, has come back to earn the third starting guard spot in 27 of the 28 games this season. Malone is aiding the team's top offense as she has tallied 13 double-digit scoring affairs and averages 8.8 points per game, ranking fourth on the team 18th in the league. She has hit a season-high of 15 points three times, coming at home versus Lafayette on Feb. 15, at Lafayette on Jan. 18 and at UNH. Against the Leopards on Feb. 15, Malone hit a career-best eight free throws, sinking all eight of her attempts from the line. Her overall free throw percentage, 73.7, leads the team. She has also scored double-figures against Bucknell (10), American (12), Dartmouth (11), Morgan State (10), Bryant (14), Boston College (10), Northeastern (11), UMass (10), Harvard (13), Central Connecticut (11) and Yale (13). Malone hits her stride in the clutch, scoring 140 of her 245 total points in the second half of games (57 percent). Malone notched two season-highs in the game against Morgan State, tallying eight rebounds and 11 assists. She became the second player on the team to notch a points, assist double-double this season, as her 11 assists were a career-best. Her versatility stretches to the defensive side of the ball as she ranks fourth on the team with 4.2 rebounds per game, leading the team in rebounding in two games so far (UNH, Miami). She tied her season-high with eight rebounds at Colgate. She is also second on the team and in the league with 3.6 assists per game. As a freshman, she averaged 26.1 minutes and 7.1 points per game. In her career she has scored 437 points, brought down 194 rebounds and dished out 155 assists.
GAINS FOR GANSER: Sophomore Christine Ganser, who has been a solid presence off the bench for Holy Cross this season, broke out for a career-best 21-point, four steal performance in the team's win over Dartmouth. Ganser, whose previous high was 15 points, made 11 free throws and five field goals. Ganser then shined in the team's last loss at Army, posting 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to tally her first career double-double. Her 11 rebounds tied her career-high as she also recorded a career-best two blocks. Ganser is a big addition for the Crusaders' defense as she posts 4.7 rebounds per game, third on the team and 18th amongst league foes. Ganser is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game against Patriot League opponents, third highest on the team. She has had at least two rebounds in 13 the last 16 contests. She also makes 73.6 percent of her free throws (67 of 91), ranking second on the team and eighth amongst league players. Ganser played in all 30 games as a freshman, averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds.
HELPING HANDS: For the second season in a row, the Holy Cross women's basketball team is leading the Patriot League in assists. The squad has combined for 478 assists on the season, an average of 17.1 assists per game. Navy ranks second in the league with 13.1 assists per game, a difference of four assists. Sophomore Alex Smith is once again the team's leader in the assists category, as she averages 5.6 assists per game, also leading the Patriot League. Holy Cross' 27 assists over Bryant tallied a league-high on the season. Sophomore Brisje Malone adds 3.6 assists per game, second in the league and second on the team.
STARTERS SHINE: The starting five for Holy Cross this season have earned their roles for a reason. Through the 28 games, Crusader starters have posted 1,416 of the team's 1,770 points (80 percent). They have combined for 4,165 of the 5,625 minutes played (74 percent) and are shooting a combined 42.5 percent from the floor (538 of 1,265). They have also sported 647 rebounds, 407 assists and 163 steals. Against Fordham, the team's starters scored 37 of the team's 43 points. In the game against Harvard, the starters boasted 71 of 73 points. Forty-five of the team's 53 points were scored by the starting five at CCSU and 59 of the team's 61 points versus UNH were put up by starters. Fifty of the squad's 60 points were scored by starters in the Patriot League opener at Lehigh while 46 of the 55 points were posted by starters at Navy. The starting five posted 68 of the Crusaders' 73 points in the outing versus Lehigh on Feb. 4, while 39 of the 47 points scored at American were by the top five on Feb. 11.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Another goal of the 2011-2012 season is to step up on all aspects of the defense. One of the main ways the team will accomplish that goal is to win the rebounding battle. The team has outrebounded 15 of its 28 opponents thus far (Lehigh, Bucknell twice, Lafayette, Brown, American, Navy, Morgan State, Yale, Fordham, UMass, UNH, Northeastern, Boston College and Bryant) and boasts a 10-5 record when outrebounding its opponent. When outrebounded, the team drops to a 5-8 record. Highlighting the teams rebounding efforts was a 52-33 margin against Bryant, a difference of 19 boards, a +13 difference at Navy (46-33) and a 43-29 advantage against American (+14). The 52 rebounds against Bryant were a single-game high. In all, Holy Cross posts 11 more rebounds than its opponents, a 1,059-1,048 difference. The Crusaders have also stepped up their defense on another level, obtaining more blocks than opponents in 12 of the 28 games (2-1 at Army, 6-2 at Bucknell, 3-1 vs. Lehigh, 2-1 vs. Bucknell, 2-1 at Lafayette, 5-3 at Brown, 3-0 versus American, 4-2 at Navy, 4-1 versus Quinnipiac, 3-1 at Harvard, 3-2 at UNH, 4-1 versus Bryant). Emily Parker has collected 32 of the team's 63 blocks as the team posted a season-high six blocks at Bucknell on Feb. 18. The last Holy Cross team to outrebound all of its opponents during a season was in 2002-2003. That season, the squad put up 1,216 rebounds compared to 1,124 rebounds by their opponents. The team finished with a 24-8 overall record and won the 2003 Patriot League Championship.
CRUSADERS PICKED FIFTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish fifth for the second straight season in the 2011-2012 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 52 votes. American was chosen to finish first, receiving 11 first-place votes as senior Lisa Strack was voted preseason All-Patriot League. The Eagles earned a league-high 94 points and was followed by Lehigh, who received three first place votes and 83 points. Reigning Patriot League champion Navy was picked third with 74 points and two first place votes, while Bucknell (58 points) and Holy Cross (52) were selected fourth and fifth respectively. Lafayette, Army and Colgate followed in order, earning 38, 26 and 23 points respectively.
HOLY CROSS AMONGST THE NATION'S BEST: Holy Cross has gained recognition with many of the nation's top teams and players after the 19th round of the NCAA Division I rankings was released on Feb. 20. Currently, the Crusaders rank 10th in assists per game (17.3), 19th in assist/turnover ratio (1.04), 76th in field goal percentage (41.2) and 150th in scoring offense (63.3). Alex Smith ranks within the top-50 in the nation with her 5.6 assists per game (20th). Smith also ranks in the top-50 with her 2.6 three-pointers made per game, currently ranking 35th. She ranks within the top-100 in assist/turnover ratio, sitting in 53rd (1.61). Amy Lepley ranks 44th nationally with her 50.3 field goal percentage.
BOWL FOR BONDS: Assistant coach Chante Bonds knows what it's like to be a champion. This past summer, Bonds was a major part of the Boston Militia, a team in the Women's Football Alliance. Her squad went 7-1 during the regular season and finished with a 3-0 record in the national conference playoffs, earning them a spot in the world championship. Facing the San Diego Surge, Bonds' Militia won the game 35-19 and was crowned the 2011 Women's Football Alliance National Champions. Bonds, who was in her third year in the women's league, earned second team All-America honors as a wide receiver. Playing as a cornerback in the championship game, Bonds stopped a San Diego drive with an interception and an 11-yard return. Bonds, born in Boston, Mass. and raised in Brockton, Mass., played Division II basketball at Bentley. A combo guard, Bonds' favorite tasks on the basketball court were diving for loose balls and setting screens for post players. On the football field, she caught on to contact and tackling quickly.
SUMMER SHAPE-UP: The Crusaders went through a tough and rigorous summer off season, working with assistant coach Chante Bonds and strength and conditioning coach Brittany Keil. In addition to the normal training regimen of strength, power, core stability and knee injury prevention, Keil and Bonds implemented a conditioning sprint test. The sprint test simulated game-like conditions, and when they ran it together as a team, they competed to see who can stay on top of the 'speed ladder'; slowest person is last in line, fastest person is at the top, and they fight to move up or keep their position on every sprint rep. Both Bonds and Keil felt that this new training segment changed the squad's mentality of being on the team and kept them training with consistency and intensity throughout the summer.
HEAD COACH BILL GIBBONS:27th Season: Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons began the season with 496 career wins and now boasts a career record of 512-299 as head coach (63.2 winning percentage), including a 15-13 record at the helm this season. He became the 24th active Division I coach to have 500 career wins on Dec. 3 at New Hampshire. He is in his 27th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program and 31st as a member of the Holy Cross basketball family in 2011-2012. He has led the Crusaders to nine Patriot League Championships in the last 16 years. He has also made 12 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT) in his 26 years as head coach. He holds sixteen 20-win seasons under his belt and is the sixth coach of the women's program at Holy Cross, enjoying 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 500 wins, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind legendary baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960.
NEXT UP FOR THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross waits for the final action to happen on Saturday before knowing what the postseason has in store. The Crusaders, slated to be either the fifth or sixth seed, will travel to the fourth or third seed on Thursday, March 1. The time will be announced at a later date.
SCOUTING COLGATE: Colgate enters the game with an overall record of 8-20 on the season, including a 5-8 record in Patriot League play. The Raiders are currently in sixth place in league standings, topping Lafayette 69-60 the last time out. Junior guard Jhazmine Lynch leads the team offensively with an average of 14.0 points per game. Senior center Tricia Oakes leads the team defensively with 6.2 rebounds per game and also posts 10.2 points per game. Head coach Nicci Hays Fort is in her first season as head coach of the Colgate program. She came to Hamilton after five seasons with DePaul.