GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (16-13, 8-6 PL) vs. Lehigh (14-15, 6-8 PL)
Date: March 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass.
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Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: GoHolyCross.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 38-16
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 72, Lehigh 66, (Feb. 10, 2013; Bethlehem, Pa.)
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 OPEN UP 2013 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross will play in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday, March 7, when it will take on Lehigh at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders enter the contest as the No. 4 seed in the tournament with the Mountain Hawks holding the No. 5 seed. The winner of the Holy Cross-Lehigh game will take on the winner of the Army-Colgate game in the semifinals on Monday, March 11 at the higher seed. The Patriot League Championship game will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. and will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 55th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 38-16. In the last matchup between these teams on Feb. 10, Holy Cross ended a 10-game losing streak versus Lehigh as the Crusaders won the contest, 72-66 at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. Prior to that game, Lehigh defeated Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Jan. 12 by a score of 67-65. Lehigh has won the last five matchups at the Hart Center with the last Crusaders' victory on March 1, 2008, as Holy Cross won 62-55. Holy Cross won 26 of the first 27 matchups between these two squads from 1991-2001. The schools first met on Feb. 2, 1991 as the Crusaders won the contest, 75-55 at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 38-16
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 18-8
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 18-8
In Overtime Games: Holy Cross leads 2-1
Bill Gibbons vs. Lehigh: 38-16
Sue Troyan vs. Holy Cross: 15-26
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
CRUSADERS AIM FOR THEIR 12TH TOURNAMENT CROWN: Coming into this season, Holy Cross has the most Patriot League Tournament Championships in the conference's 22-year history with 11 total. However, the Crusaders have not reached the promised land since their 56-48 victory over American during the 2006-2007 season. Holy Cross has made it to a total of 16 championship games, most recently during the 2011-2012 season as it fell to Navy, 57-48 on March 10, 2012. The Crusaders' previous tournament titles came in 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993 and 1991. Over the past 15 years, Holy Cross has appeared in the championship game 11 times. The Crusaders have an overall record of 40-11 in Patriot League Tournament games.
THE SEEDINGS: This will be the third time the Crusaders have been the number four seed in the Patriot League Tournament. As the No. 4 seed, Holy Cross is 0-2 in its games with losses to Army (54-47) on March 7, 2012 and Bucknell (94-75) on March 5, 2004. Throughout the program's history in the Patriot League Tournament, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed 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 twice (3-2) and No. 6 once (0-1). Holy Cross enters this game with a 2-3 mark over its past five tournament games, including a 2-1 record last season as it defeated No. 4 Army (59-50) on March 1, 2012 and No. 1 American (67-52) on March 5, 2012. Holy Cross was seeded fourth in 2009, fifth in 2010, sixth in 2011 and fifth in 2012.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY VERSUS LEHIGH: Holy Cross and Lehigh have met eight times in the 22-year history of the Patriot League Tournament, with the Crusaders holding the 7-1 overall record. The Crusaders had won the first seven playoff matchups versus the Mountain Hawks, but Lehigh won for the first time on March 7, 2010, by a score of 73-57 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is 3-0 in quarterfinal games versus the Mountain Hawks. The two teams met in the Patriot League Championship once on March 8, 2001, with the Crusaders winning the contest, 94-68. Three of the 10 upperclassmen on the Crusaders have faced off against Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament. Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) averages the most points per game when playing Lehigh, with 13.2 points per game in nine contests over her career.
SMITH & LEPLEY NAMED TO ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Holy Cross women's basketball junior co-captain Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) and senior co-captain Amy Lepley have been selected to the first and second team All-Patriot League, respectively, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. In addition, Smith was also named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team, as selected by the league's sports information directors. The major award winners in the Patriot League were Army freshman guard Kelsey Minato, who took home both Player and Rookie of the Year accolades, Army senior guard Anna Simmers, who claimed Defensive Player of the Year, Army Head Coach Dave Magarity, who won Coach of the Year, and American junior guard Alexis Dobbs, who earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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. The 2013 first team All-Patriot League member currently is the top scorer in the conference with 14.7 points per game and is third in assists with 3.7. She has scored double digits in 26 of the 29 games this season, including four 20-plus point efforts versus UMass, Brown, Army and most recently American. She has also been HC's top scorer in 18 contests. Smith is ninth in the conference with 1.4 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, and is second with a .389 three-point percentage. She also has played the third most minutes in the conference at 35.9 and is second on the team with a .774 free-throw percentage (24 of 31). Smith's streak of at least one three-pointer made in 29 straight games ended versus Bucknell on 2/23. Versus Yale, Smith posted 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the season opening win, 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. Smith also scored 14 points and dished out nine helpers in the win at Lehigh (2/10). Against American (2/16), Smith scored a game-high 20 points and had six assists. 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 20 games this season, the 2013 second team All-Patriot League player ranks second on the team with 11.5 points per game and is first on HC with 5.3 rebounds per contest. She also averages the third most assists with 2.9. In her first game of the season versus Bryant on Dec. 21, Lepley shot a perfect 7 of 7 from and field and 2 of 2 from the foul line for 16 total points. She also 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, she posted team-highs of 17 points and seven rebounds. She was also the leading scorer, with 17 points, in the victory over Lafayette. Against American, Lepley tied her career-high with seven assists. In the contest at Lafayette (2/20), Lepley scored a game and season-best 23 points (one shy of career-high) on 10 of 15 shooting for the game. In the game at Colgate (3/2) Lepley scored the game-winning layup with 1.5 seconds on the clock as she scored a team-best 14 points in the 53-51 win. In Patriot League games, Lepley ranks seventh in the conference in scoring 11.7 points, 14th with 5.1 rebounds and ninth in assists with 2.9. 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 1,182 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross, which ranks her 16th 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 1,171 career points, which puts her 17th 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-15 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 27 games played, Malone is third on the team with 30.7 minutes played per contest and averages 9.1 points, 4.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. She is the only player in the Patriot League to average at least 9.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Her assists mark ranks first in the conference, while her 1.7 steals per game is second in the league. Malone's 1.5 assist/turnover ratio is third best in the Patriot League. In the season-opener versus Yale, Malone tallied a career-best 23 points, while she also drilled the buzzer-beating bucket to lift Holy Cross over Central Connecticut, as she also had nine assists. Malone registered her second career double-double with an 11 point and 10 rebound effort in the win over Bucknell (2/23). 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 performed well all season in the plethora of roles she has been given. So far this year, she ranks fourth on the team with 7.6 points per game and is second on the squad with 4.8 rebounds per contest in 25.7 minutes of playing time. Her rebounds mark ranks 16th best in the Patriot League. Ganser has two 17-point games this season versus Harvard and most recently Fordham, with the latter being her second career double-double (10 rebounds). She also tallied 16 points and six boards in the come-from-behind win over UMass. She scored 15 points and hauled in six boards versus American (2/16). With her new role as the No. 3 position on the floor, Ganser has been a strong three-point shooter for the Crusaders. In Patriot League games only, Ganser is second the team with a 0.367 three-point percentage (11 of 30). 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.
HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has been a starter over the past 11 games and has shown she can be a strong presence in the paint for Holy Cross. In the 14 Patriot League contests this season, Hourigan has played an average of 15.1 minutes per game with 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. She made her first career start at American as she hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to go along with four points and two rejections. In the win over Colgate, Hourigan scored six points, grabbed five caroms and tied a career-best with a game-high three blocks. At Lafayette, Hourigan recorded eight points, six rebounds and tied a season-high with three blocks. She played her best game of the season versus Bucknell (2/23), as she had a career-best 16 points and team-highs of seven rebounds and three blocks. She tied her season-best with eight rebounds versus Colgate (3/2). Prior to conference play, she grabbed a game-best eight rebounds in only 11 minutes of action versus Bethune-Cookman, while she posted 10 points in the win over Dartmouth. Overall this season, Hourigan has tallied 3.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 rejections in 11.6 minutes per game. Her blocks mark ranks ninth-best in the Patriot League.
PARKER WORKING HARD IN THE POST: Sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has battled injuries all season, but has shown she can be a physical presence down low for Holy Cross. In 22 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 6.0 points and tied for fourth with 4.2 rebounds per contest. She is also ranked second on HC with 21 blocks on the season. In the season opener versus Yale, Parker scored a season-high 18 points, while she tallied nine points and season-best nine rebounds versus Manhattan and at Lehigh (2/10). She scored 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds versus American (2/16). Parker is coming off a solid freshman campaign in which she took home Patriot League All-Rookie team accolades in 2011-2012. In 32 games played a season ago, she averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while she also blocked a team-best 38 shots. Her points mark was third on the squad, while her rebound average was second.
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. So far this year, Scott has averaged 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. Her rebounds mark ranks 19th 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 games this season for Holy Cross.
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, the long-range sharpshooter has averaged 5.0 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest in 18.7 minutes per game. Her best game of her career came at Lehigh, as she scored a career-high 19 points and connected on six of seven from behind the arc. For the season, Cooper has drained 23 of her 57 of her attempts from downtown (.404) and is shooting 39.3 percent from the field (33-84). Through 18 games, Cooper is second on the team in three-pointers made and first in 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 13 points. In her first career start against American, Cooper posted seven points and three 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 has played in 27 games this season and is averaging 2.3 points in 12.5 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 4.3 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 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 7.9 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. Cole hauled in a team-best five rebounds at Navy and also had a game-high three steals. Sophomore forward Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) has averaged 7.0 minutes per contest 2.6 points and 1.2 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 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per contest. Senior guard Alexis Nicholas (Jamaica, N.Y.) has seen an average of 3.5 minutes of playing time this season and connected on her first collegiate three-pointer versus Brown.
COLGATE RECAP: Holy Cross senior co-captain Amy Lepley hit a game-winning layup with 1.5 seconds on the clock to lift the Crusaders to a 53-51 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders conclude the regular season at 16-13 overall and 8-6 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders fall to 9-20 on the season and 3-11 overall. Holy Cross will now face Lehigh in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League tournament on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center. Holy Cross jumped right of the gate with a 7-0 run over the first three minutes of action as Lepley scored four points during the rally. Colgate, however, responded with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 9-9 with 13:08 on the clock. The Raiders kept up the pace and went on an 11-2 run over the next 1:50 to gain the 20-11 lead. The Crusaders rallied back with five straight points to cut the deficit to 20-16 (8:06), but a three-pointer by Colgate's Catherine Lewis put the Raiders back up by seven (23-16). Colgate kept the seven-point lead with 4:13 on the clock, before junior guard Alex Smith drilled a three to make the score 25-21. The Raiders would outscore the Crusaders 5-4 over the final four minutes of action as they went into the locker room on top 30-25. Colgate jumped ahead with six straight points to begin the second half to lead the Crusaders 36-25 with 17:22 on the clock – its largest lead of the game. Holy Cross was able to counter with a three-pointer by sophomore Ashley Cooper and a layup by junior Christine Ganser to cut the deficit to six points (36-30) with 15:15 left in the half. The Raiders kept the six point lead (40-34) with 13:22 before the Crusaders used layups by sophomore Emily Parker and Lepley to trail by two (40-38) at the 12:31 mark. The Raiders scored four straight over the next two minutes to lead 44-38 (10:01), but Holy Cross rallied and answered with an 8-0 run to grab its first lead since 13:31 of the first half. The Crusaders held the 45-44 lead with 7:30 left in the second half. Over the next five minutes, the two teams tied the score twice and exchanged the lead three times as the score was knotted at 49-49 with 2:12 on the clock. After two scoreless possessions by both teams, Holy Cross freshman center Molly Hourigan hit a layup with 28 seconds left to go ahead 51-49. Colgate guard Jhazmine Lynch scored on the other end with 13 seconds left in the game setting the stage for Lepley's heroics. Lepley led the Crusaders with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and pair of steals, while Smith scored 12 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Hourigan scored six points and also had eight boards for Holy Cross as Parker had six points as well. Lynch led Colgate with a game-high 25 points.
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 10-1. Also, the Crusaders are 12-5 when they score 60 points or more this season and 5-0 when they score 70 or more. Lastly, when the Crusaders enter the second half with the lead, they have an overall record of 12-3.
HELP ME HELP YOU: Last season, Holy Cross was ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League in assists and that largely had to do with junior guards Alex Smith and Brisje Malone. In 2012-2013, the pair has combined for 240 of Holy Cross' 444 assists with an average of 8.3 per game. Malone is first in the Patriot League with 4.9 assists per game, while Smith is in third place with 3.7 helpers per contest. As a team, Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League and 43rd in the nation with 15.3 assists per contest.
"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 253 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 668 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 393 and would move into ninth place with 22 more this season. She is currently fourth on the list with a .379 three-point percentage. Smith is also closing in on a pair of single-season Holy Cross records. She needs two more three-pointers made to break the record of 87 three-pointers made set by Bethany O'Dell in 2006-2007. Smith is also nine three-point attempts away from breaking her own record of 229 set in 2011-2012.
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 60.0 points per game and a field-goal percentage of 0.417. From long range, the Crusaders also are in the upper echelon in the conference as they are second with a 0.335 three-point percentage and an average 5.7 three-pointers per game. 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 American on Feb. 16, the Crusaders shot a blistering 62.7 percent from the field as they connected on 32 of their 51 shots in the game.
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.
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 seven statistical categories. In addition, Alex Smith and Brisje Malone are in the top 150 in the nation in several individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on March 3:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Three-Pointers Made||13||Alex Smith||2.97|
|Three-Point Percentage||27||Alex Smith||38.9|
|Assists Per Game||43||Holy Cross||15.3|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||51||Holy Cross||14.4|
|Field-Goal Percentage||67||Holy Cross||41.7|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||101||Brisje Malone||1.48|
|Win-Loss Percentage||139||Holy Cross||55.2|
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 (350-123). 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 311-98 at the Hart Center.
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 531-314 record as head coach (.628 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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh comes into this contest with a 14-15 overall record and is 6-8 in the Patriot League. After losing to the Crusaders on Feb. 10, the Mountain Hawks won four contests in a row over American (71-55), Colgate (62-40), Bucknell (49-37) and Lafayette (60-40). However, Lehigh has dropped its last two games to the top seeds in the tournament, Navy (49-34) and most recently Army (62-52). Lehigh freshman forward Kerry Kinek was recently named to the first team All-Patriot League, as she leads the team with 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Katie O'Reilly is second on the team with 8.0 points per game, while junior guard Hilary Weaver leads Lehigh with 3.2 assists per contest. Lehigh head coach Sue Troyan enters her 18th season at the helm of the Mountain Hawks and has an overall record of 286-237. During her stint at Lehigh, she has guided the team to three Patriot League Championships and a trio of NCAA tournament berths.