Holy Cross Hosts Colgate On Saturday

Emily Parker

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-11, 2-4 PL) vs. Colgate (6-14, 0-6 PL)
Date: February 2, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play, Click here to listen
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: PrestoSports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 44-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 74, Colgate 72; (Feb. 25, 2012; Worcester, Mass.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: 
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
F, 32, Amy Lepley, 6-0, Sr.
F, 34, Christine Ganser, 6-1, Jr.
C, 40, Molly Hourigan, 6-4, Fr.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Jr.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Jr.

CRUSADERS CONCLUDE FIRST HALF OF PATRIOT LEAGUE SLATE: Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when it will host Colgate at the Hart Center at 1:00 p.m. This contest will wrap up the first half of the Patriot League schedule, as the Crusaders will have a bye week before they play their next game at Lehigh on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m. The game versus the Mountain Hawks will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network. 

HOLY CROSS TO HOLD KIDS CLINIC AFTER GAME: Immediately following Saturday's contest, the Crusaders will hold their annual Kids Clinic for any second to eighth graders in attendance. The team will teach the children in attendance the basic fundamentals of basketball with some tips for improving their skills. 

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 49th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders, with Holy Cross holding the 44-4 series lead in games dating back to 1991. The two teams split their matchups in 2011-2012 as Holy Cross won the last contest, 74-72, on Feb. 25, 2012 in Worcester, Mass. Colgate defeated the Crusaders, 74-69, on Jan. 28 at Cotterel Court. Holy Cross is 9-1 over the past 10 games versus the Raiders, with the last lost to Colgate on Feb. 21, 2006, by a score of 79-71 at Cotterel Court. The Raiders have never won a contest at the Hart Center, as the Crusaders are a perfect 24-0 at home. These schools first met on Jan. 31, 1991, as Holy Cross won the game, 95-72, at the Hart Center. The longest win streak for the Crusaders in series history stretches from Feb. 12, 1994 to Jan. 13, 2004 with Holy Cross winning 21 games in a row. Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons is 44-4 versus the Raiders, while Colgate head coach Nicci Hays Fort is 1-1 against the Crusaders.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 44-4
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 24-0
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 24-0
In Overtime Game: None played
Bill Gibbons vs. Colgate: 44-4
Nicci Hays Fort vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one 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 14.9 points per game and is third in assists with 3.7. She has scored double digits in 19 of the 21 games this season, including three 20-plus point efforts versus UMass, Brown and most recently Army. She has also been HC's top scorer in 15 contests. Smith is fifth 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 3.1 three-pointers made per game and has a .398 three-point percentage, which ranks her first in the Patriot League, while also playing the third most minutes in the conference at 36.0. She also is second on the team with an .800 free-throw percentage (20 of 25). 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. Against Army, she tallied a season-best 21 points and connected on 5 of 9 from behind the arc. 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 12 games this season, Lepley has averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 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. She was also the leading scorer, with 17 points, in the victory over Lafayette. In Patriot League games, Lepley ranks fifth in the conference in scoring with 13.5 points, 18th with 5.5 rebounds and fifth with a .470 field-goal percentage. 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 1,097 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross, which ranks her 20th 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 1,057 career points, which puts her 23rd 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 21 games, Malone is second on the team with 31.6 minutes played per contest and averages 9.1 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 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 second with 1.9 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 done a great job in the frontcourt for the Crusaders this season. Through 21 games, she is fourth on the team with 8.3 points per contest and is tied for first on the squad with an average of 5.3 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 eighth in the Patriot League with 2.4 offensive boards per game and 22nd in scoring. 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 21 games, Scott averages 4.9 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. In the win over Lafayette, Scott hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds. Scott has started in 14 of the 21 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 14 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 6.4 points, fourth with 4.6 rebounds and first with 1.1 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 STEPPING UP FOR HOLY CROSS: Sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) has been a key part of Crusaders rotation since returning from injury on Dec. 30. After missing the first 11 games of the season due to injury, the long-range sharpshooter has averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest in 18.6 minutes per game. She has connected on 11 of 35 of her attempts from behind the arc (.314) and is shooting 37 percent from the field (20 of 54). Through nine games, Cooper ranks third on the team in three-pointers made and three-point percentage. In her first action of the season versus Bethune-Cookman, Cooper hit her first three shots from downtown, as she was the second leading scorer with a career-best 13 points. In the Patriot League opener versus Lehigh, she tied her career-high of 13 points. In her first career start against American, Cooper posted seven points and three rebounds.

HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has been a starter over the past four 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. Over the past two games versus Lafayette and Army, Hourigan has hauled in a game-best seven rebounds. For the season, she has posted 2.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 9.6 minutes per game. Her blocks mark ranks eighth-best in the Patriot League.

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 has played in 20 games this season and is averaging 2.8 points in 15.3 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 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 8.8 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 7.6 minutes per contest with 3.0 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. Junior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) has provided defensive help after missing the first six games of the season due to injury. In the loss to Northeastern, Hamner played 16 minutes off the bench and scored four points to go along with career-bests of four assists and six rebounds. This season, Hamner is averaging 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per contest. 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.

ARMY RECAP: Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith scored a game and season-high 21 points and connected on five three-pointers to lead the Crusaders to a 51-46 triumph over Patriot League rival Army at Christl Arena on Wednesday evening. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 10-11 overall and 2-4 in Patriot League games, while the Black Knights slip to 15-6 on the season and 4-2 in the conference. Holy Cross started the first half strong defensively, as it led 11-3 with 11:22 on the clock on the back of a Smith layup. Army scored five quick points to trail 11-8 at 9:03 of the first half. The Crusaders worked the lead to six points on two occasions as they led 16-10 with just over five minutes left in the half on a freshman center Molly Hourigan layup. The Black Knights grinded the deficit all the way down to one point (16-15) with under two minutes on the clock, before Holy Cross concluded the stanza on a 7-0 surge to head into the locker room on top 23-15. The Crusaders shot 40 percent (10 of 25) in the half as they limited Army to 25 percent shooting (5 of 20). The Black Knights opened the second half on a 12-5 surge over the first 5:21 of action as they cut the deficit to one point (28-27). After a timeout by Holy Cross, the Crusaders offense picked up its momentum as Smith drilled a three-pointer on the ensuing inbounds play. HC junior forward Christine Ganser hit a jumper on the next possession to put the Crusaders up by six points (33-27) and then drilled a trey to give Holy Cross the 36-27 lead with 11:38 on the clock. Army answered with a three on the other end to make the score 36-30, but Smith canned a pair of threes and Ganser drained one from downtown on Holy Cross' next three possessions to give the Crusaders the 45-30 advantage with 7:55 to go in the second half. Overall, Holy Cross exploded for a 17-3 rally to gain the 15-point lead. The Crusaders kept the double-digit lead over the next five minutes, but Army would begin to chip into the advantage. With the score, 51-40, in favor of Holy Cross at the 2:45 mark, the Black Knights hit back-to-back three-pointers to make the score 51-46 with 1:35 left in the game, but could not get any closer as the Crusaders held on for the victory. In addition to Smith for Holy Cross, senior forward Amy Lepley tallied 12 points, while Ganser had eight points and seven rebounds. Hourigan posted six points and had seven caroms, while junior guard Brisje Malone tallied a game-best seven assists and five steals.  Army's Jen Hazlett scored 15 points, while Kelsey Minato tallied 11. Holy Cross shot 38.5 percent from the floor (20 of 52), while the Black Knights connected on 16 of 47 for the game (34.0 percent). The Crusaders shot lights out from downtown as they hit 8 of 15 from behind the arc (53.3 percent), as Army hit 34.8 percent of its shots from long range (8 for 23). The Crusaders held advantages in assists (17-12), rebounds (40-32), points in the paint (21-14) and second chance points (10-2).

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 7-0. Also, the Crusaders are 8-5 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 8-3.  

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 170 of Holy Cross' 316 assists with a combined average of 8.1 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.4 assists per game, while Smith is just behind her in third 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 233 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 613 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 363 and would move into ninth place with 52 more this season. She is currently fourth on the list with a .380 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 60.7 points per game and first with a .413 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 three individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Jan 27:

Category Rank    Player/Team           Avg./Pct.
Three-Pointers Made 12   Alex Smith 3.1

105   Holy Cross 5.5
Three Point Percentage                  45   Alex Smith 38.9

104   Holy Cross 31.8
Personal Fouls               47          Alex Smith 14.3
Assists 61   Holy Cross 15.0

96   Brisje Malone 4.3
Field-Goal Percentage 74   Holy Cross 41.4
Assist-Turnover Ratio 120   Holy Cross 0.8

 

FOR OPENERS:  With the win over Yale, Holy Cross owns a 22-17 record in its opening game of the season. This year was the 23rd time the Crusaders opened the regular season at the Hart Center. In season openers at the Hart Center, Holy Cross is now 13-10 and ended its three-game losing streak. The team won its first season-opener under the guidance of Bill Gibbons on Nov. 23, 1985 away at Eastern Michigan. Since Gibbons took over as head coach, the Crusaders stand at 17-11 in openers. Over the past 10 years, Holy Cross is 4-6 on opening day, defeating Providence (68-48, 2004-2005), Northeastern (76-60, 2005-2006) and most recently Yale (68-56, 2006-2007, 87-71, 2012-2013), while falling to St. Peter's (87-76, 2003-2004), Vermont (54-45, 2007-2008) and Yale (65-63, 2008-2009, 66-60, 2009-2010, 74-71, 2010-2011, 77-71, 2011-2012).

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 0.740 when playing their games at home (347-122). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better 0.761 winning percentage with a record of 308-97 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 525-312 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."

EMAIL ALERTS: Get all the latest news and results on the Holy Cross women's basketball team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com/list-signup'.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 6-14 in 2012-2013 and is 0-6 in Patriot League games. The Raiders have lost seven games in a row dating back to a 57-33 loss to Charlotte on Jan. 6. Colgate's last win came on Jan. 3, as it defeated NJIT, 72-36. The Raiders have played all of the Patriot League teams, except for Holy Cross, as their closest games have been a 53-51 loss to Bucknell (Jan. 16) and a 51-48 loss to Army (Jan. 23). Colgate does boast a 5-4 record in games played at Cotterel Court, but is 1-10 on the road this season. The Raiders are led by senior guard Jhazmine Lynch, who ranks first on the team with 8.3 points. Sophomore forward Kelly Reid is first with 5.8 rebounds per contest as junior guard Lauren Kobiela leads the team in assists with 3.2 per game. Colgate head coach Nicci Hays Fort is in her second season at the helm of the Raiders and has a 14-36 record. Prior to her stint at Colgate, Hays Fort most recently served as the associate head coach at DePaul University, and also as head coach at Barry University and Merchant Marine Academy.