Women's Basketball Hosts Patriot League Semifinal On Monday

Christine Ganser

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The Teams: Holy Cross (17-13, 8-6 PL) vs. Colgate (10-20, 3-11 PL)
Date: March 11, 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, 46-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 53, Colgate 51, (March 2, 2013; Hamilton, N.Y.)

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 HOST SEMIFINAL ROUND IN TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross will play in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Monday, March 11, when it will take on Colgate at the Hart Center, with the tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. The fourth-seeded Crusaders will host the semifinal round, as the No. 8 Raiders upset top-seeded Army on Thursday, March 7, by a score of 48-40. The winner of this contest will move onto the Patriot League Championship game versus the winner of the Bucknell-Navy. The championship game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Networkand take place at the higher seed, with the tipoff at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. 

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 51st meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders, with Holy Cross holding the 46-4 series lead in games dating back to 1991. Holy Cross won both contests against Colgate this season, most recently in a 53-51 comeback win on March 2 at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders defeated the Raiders, 71-61, in the first matchup of the 2012-2013 season back on Feb. 2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross comes into this game with a three-game winning streak over Colgate, with the Raiders' last victory on Jan. 28, 2012, by a score of 74-69 in Hamilton, N.Y. Colgate has never won a contest at the Hart Center, as the Crusaders are a perfect 25-0 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.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 46-4
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 25-0
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 25-0
In Overtime Games: None played
Bill Gibbons vs. Colgate: 46-4
Nicci Hays Fort vs. Holy Cross: 1-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games

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 41-11 in Patriot League Tournament games. 

THE SEEDINGS: This will be the 20th time Holy Cross has played in a semifinal contest in its 23 years in the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders are 16-3 all-time in semifinal matchups and are 4-1 in their last five semifinal contests. Holy Cross won the semifinal game a season ago, with a 67-52 triumph over American on March 5, 2012. 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 1-2 in its games with losses to Army (54-47) and Bucknell (94-75), and the lone win most recently versus Lehigh (64-59). 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 three times (1-2), No. 5 twice (3-2) and No. 6 once (0-1). Holy Cross enters this game with a 3-2 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 Colgate have met four times in the 22-year history of the Patriot League Tournament, with the Crusaders holding the 4-0 series lead. The last time these two teams squared off in the tournament was on March 9, 2005, as Holy Cross defeated Colgate in the championship contest, 79-70. Holy Cross is 1-0 versus Colgate in semifinal games. The teams have faced each other in the Patriot League Championship on two occasions. . Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) averages the most points per game when playing Lehigh, with 13.5 points per game in eight 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 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 fourth in assists with 3.7. She has scored double digits in 27 of the 30 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 19 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 2.9 three-pointers made per game, which ranks her first in the Patriot League, and is second with a .381 three-point percentage. She also has played the third most minutes in the conference at 36.0 and is second on the team with a .811 free-throw percentage (30 of 37). 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. This season, Smith has set career-highs in points (442), rebounds (123), three-pointers made (88; HC record), three pointers attempted (231; HC record), three-point percentage (.381) and blocks (5).

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 has jumped right back into the Holy Cross starting lineup and has performed well. Through 21 games this season, the 2013 second team All-Patriot League player ranks second on the team with 11.7 points per game and is first on HC with 5.2 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 1,197 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 1,187 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 28 games played, Malone is third on the team with 31.0 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 third 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). This season, Malone has set career-highs in assists (138) and rebounds (109).

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 7.3 points per game and is third on the squad with 4.7 rebounds per contest in 25.4 minutes of playing time. Her rebounds mark ranks 18th 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). This season, Ganser has set career-highs in points (296), assists (34), blocks (6), three-pointers made (19), three-pointers attempted (60) and field-goal percentage (.443).

HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has been a starter over the past 12 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 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 rejections in 11.7 minutes per game. Her blocks mark ranks seventh-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 23 games played this season, Parker is fifth on the squad with 5.9 points and is 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 4.1 points and 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 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 5.1 points and 1.7 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 25 of her 61 of her attempts from downtown (.410) and is shooting 39.3 percent from the field (35-89). Through 19 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 28 games this season and is averaging 2.3 points in 12.1 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 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 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 7.6 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. 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.

LEHIGH RECAP: Holy Cross co-captains junior Alex Smith and senior Amy Lepley scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to help lead the No. 4 seeded Crusaders to a 64-59 victory over No. 5 seeded Lehigh in the first round of the Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament at the Hart Center on Thursday evening. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 17-13 on the season, while the Mountain Hawks conclude their 2012-2013 season with a 14-16 mark overall. No. 4 Holy Cross will host No. 8 Colgate on Monday, March 11 in the Patriot League Semifinals at 7:00 p.m., after the Raiders upset No. 1 Army this evening by a score of 48-40. Both teams battled back and forth over the first four minutes of the contest as the score was knotted at 8-8 with 15:44 on the clock. Holy Cross, however, finally ignited its offense as it embarked on a 15-0 surge to grab the 23-8 lead with 9:41 left in the first half. Sophomore guard Ashley Cooper connected on a pair of treys during the run as Lepley scored five points for Holy Cross. The Crusaders kept the double-digit lead over the next four minutes, but Lehigh brought it to within eight points (27-19) at the 4:48 mark. Holy Cross freshman center Molly Hourigan scored a pair of layups to put the Crusaders on top by 12 (31-19), but Lehigh answered with five in a row to cut the deficit to 31-24 with 2:01 left in the first half. The Crusaders ended the stanza on a 4-2 run to head into the locker room on top, 35-26. After the intermission, Holy Cross kept up its intensity, as it pushed the lead to 41-30 over the first five minutes of action. The Mountain Hawks, however, rallied with a 5-0 run to trail 41-35, but HC countered with a pair of treys by Smith and Lepley to go on top by 12 points (47-35) with 10:39 on the clock. Lehigh went on a 9-2 run over the next four-plus minutes to cut the deficit to five points (49-44) with 6:26 left in regulation. The Crusaders would go back on top by double-digits, as they went on a 9-3 rally to gain the 58-47 advantage at the 2:49 mark. Lehigh would not go away easily, as it answered with a 7-0 run (58-54) to make the final minute of the contest interesting. However, the Crusaders would close out the last 60 seconds with a 6-of-8 performance from the free-throw line to claim the 64-59 triumph. Smith finished the contest with a team-best 16 points and also had four assists, while Lepley had 15 points, five rebounds and three helpers. Junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) had a great all-around game with nine points, a game-best six assists, and four caroms. Hourigan tallied eight points, while Cooper scored six. Freshman forward Raquel Scott tallied three points and hauled in a team-high eight boards. Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek led the Mountain Hawks with an 18 point and 10 rebound double-double (both game highs). Holy Cross connected on 18 of its shots 53 from the floor (34.0 percent), as Lehigh hit 36.8 percent of its shots from the field (21 of 57). The Crusaders canned 31.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc (7 of 22) as the Mountain Hawks were limited to only 3 of 22 from downtown (13.6 percent). Holy Cross went 21 of 27 from the free-throw line (77.8 percent), as Lehigh shot 82.4 percent from the charity stripe (14 of 17).

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.

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 11-1. Also, the Crusaders are 13-5 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 13-3.  

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 250 of Holy Cross' 460 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 fourth place with 3.7 helpers per contest. As a team, Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League and 41st 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 255 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 678 three-pointers attempted, trailing only O'Dell, who had 700. Smith ranks 10th in career assists with 397 and would move into ninth place with 18 more this season. She is currently fifth on the list with a .376 three-point percentage. Smith also broke a pair of HC single-season record in the Patriot League Quarterfinal versus Lehigh. She set the record with 88 three-pointers made and 231 three-pointers attempted in one season. She is currently third all-time in the Patriot League in three-pointers made, trailing Lehigh's Alex Ross, who had 286.

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 60.1 points per game and a field-goal percentage of 0.415. 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.

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 7:

Category          Rank     Player / Team                       Avg. / Pct.
Three-Pointers Made 14   Alex Smith 2.93
  88    Holy Cross 5.7
Three-Point Percentage         40   Alex Smith 38.1
  50   Holy Cross 33.5
Assists Per Game 41   Holy Cross 15.3
  50   Brisje Malone 4.9
Fewest Personal Fouls 55   Holy Cross 14.6
Field-Goal Percentage 77   Holy Cross 41.5
Assist-Turnover Ratio 96   Brisje Malone 1.5
  102   Holy Cross 0.85
Win-Loss Percentage 135   Holy Cross 56.7

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 0.741 when playing their games at home (351-123). 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 312-98 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 532-314 record as head coach (.629 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 RAIDERS: Colgate comes into this contest with a 10-20 overall record, as it finished in eighth place in the Patriot League with a 3-11 record. The Raiders are coming off an upset victory over Patriot League regular season champion Army, by a score of 48-40. This was the first eighth-seed quarterfinal upset, since Colgate defeated top-ranked Bucknell during the 2006-2007 season. After they started the Patriot League schedule 0-8, the Raiders finished with a 3-3 record, and have won four of their last seven contests. Senior guard Jhazmine Lynch leads the team with 9.6 points per game, while sophomore forward Kelly Reid ranks first on the squad with 5.2 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Lauryn Kobiela leads the Raiders with 3.5 assists per game.  Colgate head coach Nicci Hays Fort is in her second season at the helm of the Raiders and has an 18-41 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.