Holy Cross Hosts Lafayette On Wednesday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-10, 0-3 PL) vs. Lafayette (7-11, 0-3 PL)
Date: January 23, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play, Click here to listen
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: PrestoSports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 47-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 61, Lafayette 52 (February 15, 2012; Hart Center)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
F, 32, Amy Lepley, 6-0, Sr.
C, 40, Molly Hourigan, 6-4, Fr.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Jr.
G, 14, Ashley Cooper, 5-10, So.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Jr.
CRUSADERS RETURN HOME TO TAKE ON LEOPARDS: Holy Cross will return to the Hart Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23 when it takes on Lafayette at 7:00 p.m. This contest will mark the third Patriot League home game for the Crusaders as their record at the Hart Center is 0-2 in league games. Following the contest on Wednesday, Holy Cross will play its next two games on the road. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Crusaders will travel to Bucknell for a 2:00 p.m. start, while on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Holy Cross will make the trek to West Point, N.Y. to play Army at 7:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 56th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards, with Holy Cross holding the 47-8 series lead. The 55 games played marks the most contests Holy Cross has played versus any opponent in its program history. The Crusaders go into this game with a five game winning streak over the Leopards with their last win on Feb. 15, 2012 (61-52) at the Hart Center. The last win for Lafayette versus Holy Cross came on Jan. 9, 2010 as the Leopards won their second overall contest at the Hart Center by a score of 43-39. The Crusaders are 11-1 over their past 12 games against Lafayette. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is 47-8 versus Lafayette, while Leopards head coach Dianne Nolan is 0-4 versus the Crusaders.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall : Holy Cross leads, 47-8
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 23-1
At the Hart Center : Holy Cross leads, 23-2
In Overtime Games : Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Bill Gibbons vs. Lafayette: 47-8
Dianne Nolan vs. Holy Cross: 0-4
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, five games
SMITH STEPPING UP FOR CRUSADERS: Junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been a key offensive leader for the Crusaders so far in 2012-2013. She currently is the top scorer in the Patriot League with 14.6 points per game and is second in assists with 3.7. She has scored double digits in 16 of the 18 games this season, including two 20 point efforts versus UMass and Brown and has been HC's top scorer in 13 contests. Smith is third in the conference with 1.7 steals per game as she has had a pair of six-steal games this season, both tying her career high. She averages 3.0 three-pointers made per game, which ranks her first in the Patriot League, while also playing the third most minutes in the conference at 35.7. She also is first on the team with an 87.0 free-throw percentage (20 of 23). Smith posted 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the season opening win versus Yale, while grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac. In the game at American, Smith became the 29th Holy Cross women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points. For her stellar play a season ago, Smith was named to the first team All-Patriot League with averages of 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
LEPLEY BACK TO LEAD HOLY CROSS: After missing the first nine games of the year due to a pre-season injury, senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) has jumped right back into the Holy Cross starting lineup and has performed well. Through nine games this season, Lepley has averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. In her first game of the season versus Bryant, Lepley shot a perfect 7 of 7 from and field and 2 of 2 from the foul line for 16 total points. She registered her eighth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds versus Dartmouth. In the game at Fordham, Lepley became the 28th player in Holy Cross history to score 1,000 career points. In the Patriot League opener versus Lehigh, Lepley posted team-highs of 17 points and seven rebounds. The 2011-2012 second team All-Patriot League player averaged a team-best 13.4 and 6.4 rebounds per contest a season ago and was selected to the 2012-2013 Preseason All-Patriot League team.
WELCOME TO THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: On Jan. 6 versus Fordham, Amy Lepley became the 28th Holy Cross women's basketball player to cross the 1,000 career points milestone. Also, on Jan. 19. Alex Smith became the 29th Crusader to score 1,000 points and the 11th HC player to reach the milestone during or before their junior year. Lepley currently has 1,060 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross, which ranks her 22nd on the all-time scoring list. She also became the 75th player in the 23-year history of the Patriot League to score 1,000 points in a career. Meanwhile, Smith now has 1,007 career points, which ties her for 27th on the all-time scoring list, as she became the 76th member of the Patriot League 1,000 point club. This is the first time that two Holy Cross players reached the milestone in the same year since Kaitlin Foley and Brittany Keil both crossed the 1,000 points plateau during the 2006-2007 season. Both Lepley and Smith have a chance to break into the top-20 on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list by season's end.
MALONE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN BACKCOURT: Junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) has done well this season both offensively and defensively for Holy Cross. Through 18 games, Malone is second on the team with 31.4 minutes played per contest and averages 9.1 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. Her assists mark is first in the Patriot League. She is third in the conference with a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio and is fourth with 1.7 steals. In the season opener versus Yale, Malone scored a career-high 23 points. She also hit the buzzer-beating bucket to lift Holy Cross over Central Connecticut as she posted a season-best nine assists. Malone tied her season best with nine helpers versus Brown. During the 2011-12 campaign, Malone played in all 34 games in and started in all but one. She averaged 8.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in just under 30 minutes per contest.
GANSER STEPPING INTO STARTING ROLE: Junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) has filled in nicely for the Crusaders starting lineup. Through 18 games, she is fourth on the team with 8.6 points per contest and is second on the squad with an average of 5.4 rebounds (13th in the Patriot League). Ganser notched her second career double-double with a 17 point and 10 rebound effort versus Fordham. She also posted a season-high 17 points and hauled in seven rebounds against Harvard and 16 points and six rebounds in the win over UMass. Ganser ranks fifth in the Patriot League with a .458 field-goal percentage and eighth with 2.6 offensive boards per game. In 2011-2012, she averaged 19.5 minutes of playing time and put up totals of 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Ganser also performed well from the charity stripe last year as she converted on 76.5 percent of her free throws, which was second best on the team.
SCOTT LEARNING QUICKLY FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) has begun her first collegiate season as a key contributor for Holy Cross. In the first 17 games, Scott averages 5.3 points and has 4.8 rebounds per contest. Her rebounds mark ranks 16th in the Patriot League. In her first start versus New Hampshire, Scott posted 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in 36 minutes of action. Her best game of the season came at Manhattan, as the freshman recorded the first Crusaders double-double of the season with a 10 point and 12 rebound effort with six offensive boards. She also scored 11 points in the win over Brown. Scott has started in 14 of the 18 games this season for Holy Cross.
PARKER WORKING HARD IN THE POST: Sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has been a strong presence in the frontcourt for the Crusaders this season, and has returned from injury after missing six games. In 11 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 7.6 points, third with 5.5 rebounds and first with 1.0 blocks per contest. She scored a season-best 18 points versus Yale in the season opener as she grabbed seven rebounds in the game against Boston College. In the win over Manhattan, Parker tallied nine points and a season-best nine rebounds. Parker is coming off a solid freshman campaign in which she took home Patriot League All-Rookie team accolades in 2011-2012. Last year, the 6'2" Parker played the number five position on the floor for the Crusaders as she appeared in 32 contests, starting in 31 of them. A season ago, she averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while also blocking a team-best 38 shots. Her points mark was third on the squad, while her rebound average was second.
COOPER BACK FROM INJURY: Sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) saw her first action of the season versus Bethune-Cookman. The long-range sharpshooter connected on her first three shots from behind the arc, as she was the second leading HC scorer with 13 points in 18 minutes of action. She also drilled a pair of treys in the win over Dartmouth. In the Patriot League opener versus Lehigh, she tied her career-best mark of 13 points. In the game at American, Cooper earned her first career start and posted seven points and three rebounds. Through four games, Cooper is averaging 6.6 points and is 10 of 28 (.357%) from behind the arc in 19.3 minutes per contest. Last season, Cooper averaged 3.0 points per game and hit 23 of 68 of her shots from downtown (.338%) in 13.5 minutes per contest.
HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has seen in increase in minutes over the last few games and has shown she can be a strong presence in the paint for Holy Cross. In only 11 minutes of action versus Bethune-Cookman, Hourigan grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. During the following matchup versus Dartmouth, she scored a season-best 10 points, while she hauled in six boards in 19 minutes of action. In the loss to Navy, Hourigan had six points and five rebounds, while blocking two shots. Hourigan made her first career start at American as she hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to go along with four points and two blocks. For the season, she has posted 2.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 8.7 minutes per game. Her blocks mark ranks eighth-best in the Patriot League.
HAMNER ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL: After missing the first six games of the season due to injury, junior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas ,Va.) has slowly worked herself back into the Crusaders playing rotation. In the game versus Manhattan on Dec. 1, Hamner saw five minutes of action as she scored two points. On Dec. 5 against Northeastern, she played 16 minutes off the bench and scored four points to go along with career-bests four assists and six rebounds. This season, Hamner is averaging 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per contest. In 2011-12, Hamner saw 16.4 minutes of playing time per game and averaged 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds.
FRESHMAN FRENZY: Holy Cross adds five new faces to this year's team with a large freshman class. Guards Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.), Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) and Jenn Walsh (Dallas, Texas) all were league champions for their respective high schools. Gillespie was also named Washington D.C. Gatorade girls basketball player of the year as a senior. In the front court, Raquel Scott and Molly Hourigan add size to an already tall front line. The 6'0" Scott comes from Immaculate Heart Academy, while the 6'4" Hourigan is the team's only center and is from Jordan-Elbridge. All five freshmen have seen action this season. Mifsud is averaging 3.1 points in 16.1 minutes per contest as she scored 11 points twice this season, versus Yale and Quinnipiac. Gillespie has made two starts for the Crusaders and averages 5.0 minutes per game.
OFF THE BENCH: With some early season injuries, many bench players have stepped up for the Crusaders. Senior forward Kaitlin Cole (Springfield, Pa.) has been a spark on the defensive side of the ball as she averages 1.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 8.6 minutes per game. In the Yale game, Cole posted career-highs with six rebounds and four steals, while versus Boston College, she also added a career-best three assists. She registered a career-high 28 minutes of action versus UMass to go along with four swipes. Sophomore forward Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) has averaged 8.1 minutes per contest with 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. In the game versus Central Connecticut, Sullivan scored 13 points in the first half on six-of-six shooting, which was a career-high. She also connected on her first collegiate three-pointer in the game versus the Blue Devils. Sullivan made her first career start versus Manhattan and scored six points. Senior guard Alexis Nicholas (Jamaica, N.Y.) has seen an average of 2.5 minutes of playing time this season and connected on her first collegiate three-pointer versus Brown.
AMERICAN RECAP: American had four players score in double figures, as it was able to comeback from a halftime deficit to defeat Holy Cross, 67-62, in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena. Crusaders junior guard Alex Smith scored a game-best 18 points and became the 29th Holy Cross women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points during the contest. American improves to 10-7 on the season and 3-0 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross slips to 8-10 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The Crusaders began the contest strong as they would take the 13-4 lead on a Smith layup with 16:01 on the clock. However, the Eagles countered with a 7-0 rally to trail 13-11 at the 11:49 mark. American was able to tie it up at 15-15 with 8:57 left in the half, as the two teams remained knotted two minutes later (23-23). After a layup by HC senior forward Amy Lepley gave the Crusaders the 25-23 lead, American gained the lead on a trey by Ti'Asia McGeorge, which put the Eagles up 26-25. However, Smith got the ball on the next possession and drilled a three-pointer to cross the 1,000 point mark and give Holy Cross the 28-26 advantage. American's Alexis Dobbs hit a three on the other end to put the Eagles back up by one (29-28; 5:09), before Holy Cross went on a 9-2 run to go on top 37-31 with 1:30 left in the half. American closed the deficit to one point (37-36) late in the half, but junior guard Brisje Malone hit a buzzer-beater to put Holy Cross on top 39-36 at intermission. Holy Cross was able to work their advantage to seven points early in the second half as it held the 43-36 lead with 17:53 on the clock, however American countered with a 10-0 rally over the next two minutes to grab the 46-43 advantage at the 15:42 mark. The Eagles pushed their lead to six points on two occasions over the next four minutes, as they led 55-49 with 11:07 on the clock. Holy Cross responded with six straight points, capped off with a junior forward Christine Ganser layup, to knot the score at 55-55 (6:48). American scored four points to grab the 59-55 lead, but the Crusaders answered and tied the score at 59-59 on the back of a Smith three-pointer. Over the next few possessions, the Eagles again scored four in a row, but Smith again hit another three to cut the deficit to one point (63-62) with 1:44 on the clock., American, however, was able to close out the game on a 4-0 run to clinch the 67-62 victory. In addition to her 18 points, Smith hauled in four rebounds and dished out four assists. Lepley scored 16 points and had four boards, while Malone tallied 10 points and six assists. Ganser had seven points off the bench for HC, while freshman center Molly Hourigan hauled in a game-high eight rebounds. Jen Dumiak (13 points), Sarah Kiely (12 points), Geleisa George (11 points) and Dobbs (10 points) all scored in double figures for the Eagles. Holy Cross connected on 48 percent of its shots in the contest (24 of 50), while American shot 25 of 57 from the floor (43.9 percent). The Crusaders hit 6 of 18 from behind the arc (33.3 percent), as the Eagles drained 35.7 percent of their shots from downtown (5 of 14). Both teams shot 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (Holy Cross: 8 of 12; American: 12 of 18).
SCORING TRENDS: During the 2012-2013 season, Holy Cross has boasted strong records based on scoring trends. In games where its opponents score less than 60 points, Holy Cross is a perfect 5-0. Also, the Crusaders are 7-5 when they score 60 points or more this season. Lastly, when the Crusaders enter the second half with the lead, they have an overall record of 6-2.
HELP ME HELP YOU: Last season, Holy Cross was ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League with 16.9 assists per contest and that largely had to do with junior guards Alex Smith and Brisje Malone. In 2012-2013, the pair has combined for 143 of Holy Cross' 273 assists with a combined average of 8.0 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.3 assists per game, while Smith is just behind her in second place with 3.7 helpers per contest. In the game versus Central Connecticut, the pair combined for 14 assists on the team's 22 made field goals.
"SMITH"-SONIAN LEAVING MARK IN RECORD BOOK: Alex Smith is marking her name all over the Holy Cross career record books with her phenomenal play. The junior is now second on the list with 221 three-pointers made, trailing only Bethany O'Dell, who had 277. Her three-pointers converted mark is sixth best in Patriot League history. She is ranks second with 589 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 351 and would move into ninth place with 64 more this season. She is currently fifth on the list with a .375 three-point percentage. In 2011-2012, Smith set Holy Cross records for most minutes played in a season (1199), most games started and played (34) and most three-pointers attempted (229).
HOLY CROSS' HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE: The Crusaders are coming off one of their best offensive seasons in recent years, as the team led the Patriot League in many shooting categories. This season, Holy Cross has continued its offensive success as it ranks at the top of the Patriot League with 61.4 points per game and first with a .415 field-goal percentage. In the season opener versus Yale, the Crusaders scored 87 points, which were the most points scored in an opening game since the 1988-1989 season. In the game versus Brown, the Crusaders scored 83 points as they shot 46 percent from the floor.
CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 70 points and one first place vote. Navy was chosen to finish first, receiving eight first-place votes as junior Jade Geif was voted preseason Patriot League Player of the Year. The Mids earned a league-high 89 points and was followed by American, who received six first place votes and 85 points. Army was picked fourth with 66 points and one first place vote, while Lehigh (58 points) and Lafayette (30 points) were selected fifth and sixth, respectively. Bucknell and Colgate tied for seventh in the poll with 25 points each.
LEPLEY AND SMITH NAMED 2012-2013 TEAM CAPTAINS: The two leading scorers for the Crusaders last year, Amy Lepley and Alex Smith were named captains for the 2012-2013 season. Smith is coming off first-team All-Patriot League honors last year as she started in all 34 games. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per contest. Her assist mark was tops in the Patriot League, while her points average was fifth. Lepley was named to the second-team All-Patriot League a season ago as she led the Crusaders with 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Her points-per-game average was third in the Patriot League, while her field goal percentage of 0.499 was also third-best. In addition, both players were also selected to the 2012-2013 preseason All-Patriot League.
CAPTAINS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE TEAM: After coming off great campaigns a season ago, Lepley and Smith were chosen to the preseason All-Patriot League team in a vote by conference sports information directors and head coaches. The duo joins the team with Army senior forward Anna Simmers, and two juniors, American's Alexis Dobbs and Navy's Jade Geif. Lepley and Smith were key contributors to last-year's Patriot League runner-up finish as they started in all 34 games for the Crusaders. Also, the pair was selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament team last year.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: The Crusaders are approaching this season with the theme of "unfinished business," as it is looking to capture the Patriot League crown for the 12th time in the program's history. Last season, the Crusaders made it to the Patriot League championship game for the first time since 2008, after knocking off top-seeded American in the semifinals. However, the team fell to Navy in the title game, 57-48, one win shy of going to the NCAA Tournament. The goal is to get back into the Patriot League Championship game and claim their first NCAA tournament automatic bid since the 2006-2007 season.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked in the top 150 in the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories. In addition, Alex Smith and Brisje Malone are in the top 150 in the nation in four individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Jan 20:
|Three-Pointers Made||15||Alex Smith||3.0|
|Three-Point Percentage||56||Alex Smith||38.0|
|Personal Fouls||57||Holy Cross||14.5|
|Field-Goal Percentage||74||Holy Cross||41.5|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||114||Holy Cross||0.8|
HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross boasts a very strong record when playing at the Hart Center. In the 37 years of the women's program, the Crusaders have an all-time record winning percentage of 0.739 when playing their games at home (346-122). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better 0.760 winning percentage with a record of 307-97 at the Hart Center.
CRUSADERS HAVE 11 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Five years ago, the Crusaders captured their 11th Patriot League Tournament Crown with a 56-48 victory over American on March 7, 2007. Holy Cross has won half of the 22 Patriot League Championships since the conference's inception during the 1990-91 season. The Crusaders' previous tournament titles came in 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993 and 1991. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game 11 times over the past 15 years. Overall the Crusaders have made a conference-record 16 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
GIBBONS AT THE HELM FOR 28TH SEASON: Bill Gibbons is in his 28th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program and 32nd year as a member of the Holy Cross basketball family in 2012-2013. He has compiled a 523-311 record as head coach (.627 winning percentage), including a 19-15 record at the helm last season. He ranks 20th on the active Division I win leaders list after winning his 500th game on December 3, 2011. 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. He has led the Crusaders to 11 Patriot League Championships in the last 22 years. He has also made 13 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments, one WNIT and one WBI) in his 27 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 515 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.
ON THE RADIO: Eleven of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 26th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their ninth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet at 'www.1230radio.com'. Most games not carried on Emmanuel Radio will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available at 'www.GoHolyCross.com'. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.
ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least four games shown on live television during the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television five times in 2010-11 and six times in 2009-10. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2012-2013 season:
Date, Opponent, Television Outlet
Dec. 8, at Quinnipiac, New England Sports Network (NESN)
Jan. 16, vs. Navy, Charter TV3
Feb. 10, at Lehigh, CBS Sports Network
Feb. 27, vs. Army, Charter TV3
PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of most Patriot League regular season games during the 2012-2013 season will be available over the internet through Patriot League All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Patriot League All-Access, visit "www.patriotleague.org".
CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of most 2012-2013 Holy Cross home non-conference games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. Season packages are also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com'.
ON THE INTERNET: Information on Crusader basketball and all 26 other varsity sports is available through the Holy Cross Athletics home page at "www.GoHolyCross.com". In addition, links to Holy Cross basketball audio broadcasts and live video streaming can be found on the home page. Updates on Holy Cross Athletics can also be found at "www.facebook.com/HolyCrossAthletics" and "www.twitter.com/GoHolyCross".
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SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette has a 7-11 overall record in 2012-2013 and is currently 0-3 in the Patriot League. The Leopards have had conference losses to Navy (44-62), Army (43-63) and most recently Bucknell (49-50). Before league play started, Lafayette had won four of its last five games, with wins versus St. Francis, Fordham, Brown and Columbia. Sophomore forward Emily Homan ranks first on the squad with 11.3 points per game and is second with 7.3 boards per contest. Junior center Danielle Fiacco is second on the team with 10.6 points and is first on the squad with 8.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game. Her blocks per game average is third best in the nation. Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters her third season at the helm of the Leopards and has an overall coaching record of 543-468. Prior to her stint at Lafayette, Nolan coached 28 seasons at Fairfield with three MAAC championships and four appearances in the NCAA tournament.