March 4, 2014

Smith & Scott Earn All-Patriot League Accolades

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) and sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) have been both selected to the 2013-2014 All-Patriot League teams in women's basketball, as voted on by the league's head coaches. Smith was named first team All-Patriot League for the third consecutive season, while Scott was voted to the second team for the first time in her career.

Smith has averaged 13.7 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest this season, while hitting 40.6 percent of her field goals (142 of 350) and 37.3 percent of her three-point attempts (81 of 217). She currently stands first in the Patriot League in assists and three-pointers made (2.8), second in steals (1.8), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.0), ninth in three-point percentage as well as in points per game. Smith has led the Crusaders in scoring in eight contests this season and has had 22 double-digit scoring games. This season, Smith became the Patriot League's all-time three-pointers made leader, as she currently has 341 in her career.

She is the only Holy Cross player ever to accumulate over 1,600 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in her career, as she currently has 1,604 points, 550 assists and 443 rebounds. Smith set a career-high with 31 points and set the Holy Cross single-game record for most points in a half with 27 in the win over Quinnipiac on Dec. 18. For that performance, she was named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week on Dec. 23. Smith has left her mark in the Holy Cross career record book, as she ranks first in school history in three-pointers made, fifth in both points and assists and ninth in steals. She has started in the second most games in school history at 122 and is one start shy of the Holy Cross record of 123 contests.

Scott has led the team with 16.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this year, while draining 48.6 percent of her shots from the field (177 of 364) and 66.9 percent of her free-throws (93 of 139). She currently ranks first in the Patriot League in total rebounding, while she is fourth in points per game and sixth in field goal percentage. Scott also has recorded a Patriot-League leading 15 double-doubles this season, as she had led the Crusaders in scoring in 13 games, while hauling in the most rebounds in 23 contests. Scott has had seven 20+ point scoring performances this season and 16 double-digit rebound games. She also set career game-highs this year with 27 points at Army (2/12), 16 rebounds on two occasions, and eight assists versus Colgate (2/5). She also was named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week on Dec. 2. For her career, Scott has accumulated 583 points, 436 rebounds and 114 assists, while connecting on 46.2 percent of her field goals (223 of 483).

Holy Cross (18-11, 10-8 Patriot League) returns to action on Thursday, March 6, when it travels to Bucknell in a quarterfinal round game of the Patriot League Tournament. The contest between the Crusaders and Bison is set for 7:00 p.m.

A complete list of the 2013-2014 All-Patriot League teams follows:

2013-14 Women's Basketball All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards

Player of the Year: Kelsey Minato, Army (So., G)
Defensive Player of the Year: Alix Membreno, Navy (Sr., G)
Rookie of the Year: Claire DeBoer, Bucknell (Fr., F)
Coach of the Year: Stefanie Pemper, Navy

First-Team All-Patriot League* 
Alexis Dobbs, American (Sr., G)
Jade Geif, Navy (Sr., F)
Kelsey Minato, Army (So., G)#
Kara Pollinger, Navy (Sr., G)
Shelby Romine, Bucknell (Sr., G)
Alex Smith, Holy Cross (Sr., G)
*Six players due to tie in voting
#Unanimous first team choice

Second-Team All-Patriot League
Audrey Dotson, Bucknell (Jr., F)
Jen Hazlett, Army (Sr., G/F)
Emily Homan, Lafayette (Jr., F)
Alix Membreno, Navy (Sr., G)
Raquel Scott, Holy Cross (So., F)

Third-Team All-Patriot League
Rashidat Agboola, Boston University (Sr., F)
Nai Brown, Loyola (Jr., G)
Jen Dumiak, American (Jr., G)
Kerry Kinek, Lehigh (So., F)
Arron Zimmerman, American (Jr., F)

All-Rookie*
Kayla Burton, Lehigh (Fr., G)
Claire DeBoer, Bucknell (Fr., F)
Danielle Failor, Army (Fr., F/C)
Sarah Hope, Boston University (Fr., G)
Megan McGurk, Bucknell (Fr., F)
Lisa Mirarchi, Loyola (Fr., G)
*Six players due to tie in voting