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The Teams: Holy Cross (16-13, 7-7 PL) vs. Army (14-15, 8-6 PL)
Date: March 1, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 31-19
Last Meeting: Army 65, Holy Cross 62 (West Point, N.Y.; February 22, 2012)
CRUSADERS SET FOR 2012 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross opens up play in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament on Thursday, March 1, as it plays as the No. 5 seed, matching up with Army, the No. 4 seed at 7:00 p.m. All rounds of the tournament will be hosted by the higher seed as Army will host Thursday's contest at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. The winner of the Holy Cross-Army game will move on to face the winner of the No.1 American vs. No. 8 Lafayette contest on Monday, March 4, with the championship game set for Saturday, March 10 at the highest remaining seed. The championship game will tip off at 6:00 p.m.
THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 5 seed in the Patriot League tournament, marking the second time in three years that the Crusaders have finished as the No. 5 seed. The last time was in 2010. Army was seeded as the identical No. 4 seed as the tournament was held in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross advanced to the semifinals, topping the Black Knights 57-53. Throughout the program's history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament 11 times, including seven consecutive seasons dating from 1997 until 2003. In all, the Crusaders have recorded 17 wins and two losses as the top seed. They have also been the No. 2 seed four times (9-3), No. 3 two times (4-1), No. 4 two times (0-2), No. 5 once (1-0) and No. 6 once (0-1). Holy Cross stands at 1-4 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games when it has been seeded lower than its opponent. The Crusaders enter Thursday's game with a 1-4 record in their last five Tournament games, losing to American last season in the quarterfinals. Holy Cross also lost to Army in the quarterfinals of the 2009 tournament and dropped a 57-45 decision to Bucknell in the 2008 Patriot League championship game. Holy Cross was seeded second in 2008, fourth in 2009, fifth in 2010 and sixth in 2011.
TOURNAMENT TIP-INS: The Crusaders, who face Army in the quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons, stand 3-2 all-time against the Black Knights in tournament play…This marks the third time in four season the two have faced each other in the quarterfinals…The first postseason meeting between the Crusaders and Black Knights came in the first Patriot League Championship, held back in 1991…The Crusaders won their first of 11 championships, 65-52 …This is the fifth time Holy Cross has played a postseason game in West Point, N.Y., posting a 4-0 record all-time…The Crusaders are 17-7 when playing away from home for tournament games, suffering their seventh loss in Washington, D.C., during the 2011 quarterfinals…Army hosted the 2008 Patriot League Tournament as the Crusaders lost in the championship game that year against Bucknell…Holy Cross has hosted the Patriot League Tournament five times, including the 1993, 1996, 2005, 2006 and 2010 seasons. When hosting, Holy Cross has recorded 12 wins and two losses.
DON'T CALL IT AN UPSET: The Crusaders will attempt to become the 16th No. 5 seed in Patriot League Tournament history to defeat the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinals. The No. 5 seed has beaten the No. 4 seed in two of the last three seasons, including the Crusaders' 57-53 win in 2010. Only one team lower than the No. 3 seed has ever won a Patriot League Tournament title, as the 2008 Bucknell team, who topped the Crusaders in the championship game, became the only No. 5 seed to advance past the semifinal round.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY VS. ARMY: Holy Cross and Army have met six times in the 21-year history of the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders have won four of the six meetings, winning the first three before falling to the Black Knights for the first time in the championship round of the 2006 tournament. The teams are 1-1 in their last two postseason match-ups. The Black Knights won 54-47 in the 2009 quarterfinals, then Holy Cross won 57-53 in the 2010 quarterfina;s. Two of the meetings have been in championship games, with Holy Cross winning the 1991 championship and losing the 2006 championship, 69-68. Three of the eight upperclassmen have faced Army in the postseason. Sophomore Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) averages the most amount of points when playing Army, putting up and average of 15.5 points in four games played.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST ARMY: Thursday's match-up will be the 51st meeting all-time between Holy Cross and Army, with the Crusaders owning a 31-19 advantage over the Black Knights. The teams first met in Holy Cross' inaugural season of Patriot League play. The Crusaders won the first meeting at the Hart Center, 67-57 on Jan. 23, 1991. The Crusaders went on to win the next four meetings, outscoring Army 255-221. Head coach Bill Gibbons is responsible for the 31-19 record, as he suffered his first career loss against the Black Knights, 54-52, in an away game on Jan. 13, 1993. Army head coach Dave Magarity has been very successful against Holy Cross, collecting a 10-4 record in his six seasons at the helm. Army won the first four contests with Magarity as head coach before the Crusaders broke up the slide on Jan. 14, 2009, 57-41. Holy Cross also ended another four-game slide against the Black Knights on March 6, 2010, in the first round of the Patriot League Championship, topping Army 57-53 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross owns a commanding 18-7 all-time record when playing in Worcester, winning this year's meeting 62-59. The squad broke up a six-game slide at Christl Arena last season before losing to the Black Knights 65-62 on the road this season. Holy Cross owns a slight edge at Christl in the all-time series, 14-12.
HOLY CROSS AGAINST CONFERENCE FOES: The 2011-2012 season marks the 22nd year of Patriot League competition for the Crusaders. Over the last 22 seasons, the Crusaders have competed in a total of 342 league match-ups, winning 256 and dropping 87 games total for a 74.8 winning percentage, including a 7-7 record after the regular season. The squad finished the final four league games of the regular season with a 3-1 record and earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament. The squad's 7-7 record ties the record from the 2006-2007 slate, the last season the Crusaders won the Patriot League Championship. 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 256-87 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 44-4 all-time record against the Raiders, including an unblemished 26-0 record at the Hart Center. 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.
ROAD WARRIORS: Holy Cross finished the regular season with a 6-9 record as the travel team, winning four of its last eight away games. The squad's 84-71 victory at Brown on Jan. 16 was its best performance on the road in the regular season as the team shot a season-best 59.3 percent from the floor and tallied a season-best 32 field goals. Altogether, the team averages 60.1 points per game as the road team while allowing 65.5 points. Comparatively, the Crusaders post 66.3 points per game at home while allowing their opponents to score 62.8 points per game. The Crusaders also shoot 39.8 percent on the road while they shoot over 42 percent, 42.9, at home. The team has lost at Yale, UConn, Central Connecticut, Boston College, Miami, Lehigh, Colgate, American and Army and won at New Hampshire, Harvard, Navy, Brown Lafayette and Bucknell.
PATRIOT LEAGUE HONOREES: Three members of the squad were names to All-Patriot League teams for the 2011-2012 season. Sophomore Alex Smith earned first team honors after being named to the All-Rookie squad last season. Junior Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) was named to the second team and was also named to the second annual Academic All-Patriot League team. Freshman Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) rounded out the awards for Holy Cross as she was named to the All-Rookie team. Holy Cross has had one freshman named to the All-Rookie team three years in a row.
HEAVY HITTERS: Sophomore Alex Smith and junior Amy Lepley are showing the Patriot League why Holy Cross boasted a winning record after the regular season. Lepley currently leads the team with 13.2 points per game while Smith follows close behind with 12.6 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 producer, ranking first with 14.9 points per game. Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch is second with 13.9 points per game while Black Knight Jen Hazlett sits between Lepley and Smith in fourth with 13 points per game. Combined, the two have led the team in scoring in 21 of the team's 29 games, including 10 of the 14 conference games. Lepley leads the team in scoring against Patriot League opponents, averaging 13.6 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 265 of the squad's 498 assists (53 percent) and account for only 187 of the total 483 turnovers. Through the 29 games, Smith leads the Patriot League with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio (165 assists, 106 turnovers) while Malone is fourth with a 1.2 ratio (100 assists, 82 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 28 of the 29 total games as Smith topped the squad for the fourth straight game with eight assists versus Colgate to close out the regular season. 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 29 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 41 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 five double-figure outings, including the last two contests. 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 has now led the team in scoring in four of the last eight games. A season-high of five players reached the double-digit mark in the last game against Colgate.
OFFENSE ON TOP: The Holy Cross women's basketball team hung onto its offensive tempo all season, leading the league with a combined averaged of 63.6 points per game. When playing non-conference opponents, the Crusaders averaged 64.4 points per game and average 62.2 points per game against league foes. In all, the team has put up 1,844 points in 29 contests. The second-highest scoring team in the Patriot League through all games is Lehigh, which averages 59.2 points per game, a difference of 4.4 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, 41.5, is a league best as it has combined to make 693 of the 1,671 shot attempts. The team is averaging 24 field goals made per game. Against league opponents, the Crusaders hit 41.5 percent of their field goals (337 of 813). Altogether, the team is 12-4 when playing in games where it's scored over 60 points and 12-4 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 29 games this season, averaging 30.6 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 28th 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 76.9 percent (30 of 39) 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 551 points, recorded 276 rebounds and 234 assists.
SMOOTH SMITH: Sophomore guard Alex Smith was named to the first team All-Patriot League as she continues to grow in her sophomore season. Also this season, Smith 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 11 games this season, putting up an average of 12.6 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 15 of the last 21 games and has 20 double-digit outings on the season. Her other double-figure games include a team-high 17 points vs. Colgate, 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 165 total assists on the season, notching a career-high and ranking in a tie for seventh on the Holy Cross single-season records list. She leads the team and Patriot League with 5.7 assists per game and has led the team in the assists category in 12 of the 14 league games played. She is 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 24 of the 29 contests, including a 3-for-5 performance from behind the arc the last time out vs. Colgate. Smith averages 2.6 three-pointers made per game, leading the league. She has 46 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 687 points, 202 rebounds and 261 assists.
LEAPS FOR LEPLEY: Junior forward Amy Lepley returns for her third-straight season as one of the team's starting forwards and earned a spot on the second team All-Patriot League for her efforts. She is at full strength as she currently ranks first on the team and third in the Patriot League in scoring average, putting up 13.2 points per game. Lepley's numbers continue to impress as she has notched a team-high 21 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 on Feb. 18, 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 10 of the last 13 games and has led the team in scoring 12 times on the season. She has also recorded double-figures against Colgate (10), 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 (163 of 327). 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 a career-best 6.3 rebounds per game. She has led the team in rebounding in six of the 14 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. She followed with her sixth career double-double in the final game of the regular season against Colgate, scoring 10 points and leading the squad with 12 boards. 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 880 points, recorded 477 rebounds and 179 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 a total of four Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors this season and was recently named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Parker has recorded double-figure outings in 11 of the last 14 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 14 points vs. Colgate, 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 10.4 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 5.8 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 35 blocks on the season, an average of 1.3 blocks per game, ranking sixth amongst Patriot League players. She has registered 11 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 28 of the 29 games this season. Malone is aiding the team's top offense as she has tallied 14 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, 74.3, ranks second on the team. She has also scored double-figures against Colgate (10), 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 146 of her 255 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 third 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 447 points, brought down 198 rebounds and dished out 157 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 has shined in the team's last two games, posting 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench at Army and then scoring 15 points in the team's final regular season win over Colgate. She tallied her first career double-double against the Black Knights. 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. She has had at least two rebounds in 14 the last 17 contests. She also makes a team-best 75.0 percent of her free throws (72 of 96), ranking seventh 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 498 assists on the season, an average of 17.2 assists per game. Navy ranks second in the league with 13 assists per game, a difference of 4.2 assists. Sophomore Alex Smith is once again the team's leader in the assists category, as she averages 5.7 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, third 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 29 games, Crusader starters have posted 1,473 of the team's 1,844 points (80 percent). They have combined for 4,329 of the 5,825 minutes played (74 percent) and are shooting a combined 42.6 percent from the floor (560 of 1,315). They have also sported 674 rebounds, 425 assists and 170 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 has accomplished its goal is to win the rebounding battle. The team has outrebounded 16 of 29 opponents thus far (Colgate, Lehigh, Bucknell twice, Lafayette, Brown, American, Navy, Morgan State, Yale, Fordham, UMass, UNH, Northeastern, Boston College and Bryant) and boasts an 11-5 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 17 more rebounds than its opponents, a 1,095-1,078 difference. The Crusaders have also stepped up their defense on another level, obtaining more blocks than opponents in 12 of the 29 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 35 of the team's 67 blocks. 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.
HOLY CROSS AMONGST THE NATION'S BEST: Holy Cross has gained recognition with many of the nation's top teams and players after the 21st round of the NCAA Division I rankings was released on Feb. 27. Currently, the Crusaders rank 10th in assists per game (17.2), 20th in assist/turnover ratio (1.03), 64th in field goal percentage (41.5) and 142nd in scoring offense (63.6). Alex Smith ranks within the top-50 in the nation with her 5.7 assists per game (19th). Smith also ranks in the top-50 with her 2.6 three-pointers made per game, currently ranking 30th. She ranks within the top-100 in assist/turnover ratio, sitting in 75th (1.56). Amy Lepley ranks 46th nationally with her 49.8 field goal percentage.
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 513-299 as head coach (63.2 winning percentage), including a 16-13 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.
SCOUTING ARMY: Army enters the quarterfinals game with an overall record of 14-15 on the season, including an 8-6 record in league play, seeded fourth in the tournament. The Black Knights are 2-3 in their last five contests, losing to Lehigh, 56-47, to end the regular season. Junior guard Anna Simmers leads the team and ranks first in the league offensively with an average of 14.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Jen Hazlett leads the team defensively with 7.5 rebounds per game and also posts 13.0 points per game, ranking fourth in the league. Head coach Dave Magarity is in his sixth season as head coach of the Army program. He owns a career record of 407-409 in 29 years of coaching.