Holy Cross Set To Take On Army In Patriot League Championship Game
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: No. 5 Holy Cross (20-11, 10-8 PL) vs. No. 2 Army (24-7, 14-4 PL)
Event: Patriot League Tournament Championship Game
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y.
Television: CBS Sports Network (PxP: Jason Knapp | Color: Chris Spatola)
Radio: Emmanuel Radio, 1230 AM, Worcester (PxP: Dick Lutsk) | Click here to listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: CBS Sports Gametracker | Click here to view
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 34-21
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 92, Army 85 (February 12, 2014; West Point, N.Y.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Sr.
G, 12, Lisa Mifsud, 5-7, So.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Sr.
F, 31, Raquel Scott, 6-0, So.
C, 40, Molly Hourigan, 6-4, So.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 34-21
At Holy Cross: Holy Cross leads, 17-9
At Army: Holy Cross leads, 16-11
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
First Meeting: At Holy Cross on Jan. 23, 1991 (HC, 67-57)
Last Holy Cross Win: At Army on Feb. 12, 2014 (92-85)
Last Army Win: At Holy Cross on Jan. 15, 2014 (70-57)
In Overtime Games: N/A
Bill Gibbons vs. Army: 34-21
Dave Magarity vs. Holy Cross: 11-6
SETTING THE STAGE: The Holy Cross women's basketball team will continue its run in the Patriot League Tournament with a championship game matchup at Army on Saturday, March 15 at Christl Arena for a 6:00 p.m. tipoff. The Crusaders are the fifth seed in the tournament, while the Black Knights are the second seed. This will be the 56th meeting between these two teams, with Holy Cross holding the 34-21 series advantage. The squads split their regular season matchups with Army winning the game, 70-57, in Worcester on Jan. 15 and Holy Cross claiming the 92-85 victory on Feb. 12 in West Point. The Crusaders are on a three-game winning streak in games played at Christl Arena and hold the 16-11 series lead in games played at West Point. This series dates back to Jan. 23, 1991, as Holy Cross earned the 67-57 victory at the Hart Center. The Crusaders won eight of the first 10 games of this series from 1991 to 1996 and also hold the longest winning streak of the series at nine games from 1997-2001.
LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders earned a spot in the championship game after defeating top-seeded Navy, 75-56 in Annapolis on March 10. Holy Cross was led by senior Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) who tied a career-high with 23 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. Sophomore Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) recorded her 17th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Holy Cross held the 18-6 lead early in the first half, before the Mids ended the stanza on a 22-9 run to go into the locker room with the 28-27 edge. Navy pushed its lead to 34-30 with 18:07 left in the second half, before Malone canned a pair of threes to ignite a run for Holy Cross. The Crusaders went on a 19-9 run to gain the 61-45 lead (7:03). They kept up the pressure with a 14-7 rally to earn the 75-52 advantage with 1:24 on the clock. The Mids scored the final four points of the game, but margin was too much to overcome, as Holy Cross claimed the convincing 75-56 victory. Holy Cross shot 50.9 percent from the field (29 of 57) and limited Navy to 33.8 percent shooting from the floor (22 of 65).
PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT NOTES
HOLY CROSS SET FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Holy Cross will play in its third consecutive Patriot League championship game and 18th overall when it takes on Army on Saturday. Over the 24-year history of the league, the Crusaders have appeared in the championship game 75 percent of the time, which ranks them second in the NCAA among Division I schools who have played in at least 10 conference championship games in their respective conferences (Stanford – 92.3 percent | Pac-12). Holy Cross also owns 11 Patriot League Championships, which is the most in conference history. The Crusaders' previous tournament titles came in 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993 and 1991.
THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 5 seed in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament. This marks the third time the Crusaders have been the fifth seed in the tournament, with the previous occasions coming in 2010 and 2012. In 2012, Holy Cross advanced to the conference title game, where it was defeated by third-seeded Navy, 57-48. 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 (2-3), No. 5 three times (5-2) and No. 6 once (0-1). Holy Cross enters this game with a 6-2 mark over its past eight tournament games including two straight Patriot League Championship appearances. The Crusaders were seeded fourth in 2009, fifth in 2010, sixth in 2011, fifth in 2012 and fourth in 2013. Holy Cross is 3-3 all-time versus No. 2 seeds in the tournament, with its last win coming in the 2000 championship game versus Bucknell (87-63).
TOURNAMENT HISTORY VERSUS ARMY: Holy Cross and Army have met seven times in the previous 23 years of the Patriot League Tournament, with Holy Cross holding the 5-2 series lead. The schools previously met in 1991, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012. The two teams have competed in the Patriot League championship game three times with Holy Cross winning the first two in 1991 (65-52) and 2003 (78-65), while Army claimed the most recent in 2006 (69-68). These championship game appearances are the only three in Army's program history. The Crusaders have won the last two tournament games versus the Black Knights, both in the quarterfinal round in 2010 (57-53) and 2012 (59-50). Holy Cross is 5-0 in tournament games played at Christl Arena versus other league opponents, while it is 0-1 versus Army at West Point.
PAIR EARN PATRIOT LEAGUE AWARDS: Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith and sophomore forward Raquel Scott were named first and second team All-Patriot League, respectively, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. This is the third consecutive year Smith has earned first team accolades, while this is the first time Scott was named to the All-League team. Smith also was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the second straight season, as voted on by the conference's sports information directors.
WELCOME TO THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: Holy Cross senior Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) scored the 1000th point of her career in the win over Lafayette on Feb. 19. She became the 30th player in program history to accomplish the feat and the 87th Patriot League student-athlete to earn the milestone.
AN ELITE GROUP: Senior Alex Smith is one of eight current Division I women's basketball players who have accumulated over 1,600 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in a career. Smith is also the only Holy Cross player ever to achieve those numbers as she has totaled 1,628 points, 566 assists and 453 rebounds as a Crusader.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH: Many current Crusader players are closing in on Holy Cross records or personal milestones. Senior Alex Smith is currently three assists shy of fourth place and six away from third place in school history, as she has 566 helpers in her career. In the last game at Navy, she set the school record for most games started (124) and most games played (126) in program history. Senior Brisje Malone ranks 23rd in Holy Cross history with 1,085 career points and is eight points away from moving into 23rd all-time. Malone also is now eighth in school history with 450 assists in her career and is 28 away from the seventh spot. Smith and Malone join Maggie Fontana as the only three players in program history to record over 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career. Sophomore Raquel Scott hauled in her 450th career rebound at Navy and has the third most on the team with 457 career caroms. Sophomore Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) recorded her 100th career block versus Boston University and stands 39 away from fourth place on Holy Cross' all-time list.
TWENTY WINS ACCOMPLISHED: With the win over Navy in the Patriot League semifinal round, the Crusaders won their 20th game of the season, which is the first time they have crossed the 20-win plateau since the 2004-05 team finished with a 20-11 record. Over the 40 years of Holy Cross women's basketball, the Crusaders have now won at least 20 contests in 21 seasons. Head coach Bill Gibbons has seventeen 20-win campaigns to his name over 29 seasons of piloting Holy Cross.
SCOUTING REPORT: Army comes into this contest as the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, as is holds a 24-7 overall record and finished the regular season at 14-4. The Black Knights are coming off a pair of wins in the Patriot League Tournament over No. 7 Boston University (49-45) and No. 3 American (68-55). Army ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak to earn the second seed in the tournament. The Black Knights are led by two-time defending Patriot League Player of the Year and unanimous first team All-Patriot League selection, sophomore Kelsey Minato, who leads the team with 21.5 points and 3.4 assists per game. In the last game versus Holy Cross, Minato scored a Patriot-League record 49 points and set an NCAA record after going 26 of 26 from the free throw line. Senior Jen Hazlett earned second team All-Patriot League honors, as she averaged 14.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest. Army is led by Dave Magarity, who is in his eighth season at the helm of the Black Knights (145-96). Prior to Army, Magarity was the head coach of the Marist men's team (1986-2004) and the St. Francis men's team (1978-1983).
NEXT TIME OUT: The winner of the Holy Cross versus Army matchup will earn the Patriot League's automatic bid into the NCAA women's basketball tournament, which begins on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23. The selection show for the tournament field will be on Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
HOLY CROSS PLAYER NOTES
RAQ-ING UP THE REBOUNDS: Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott has been a key reason for the Crusaders' success this season with her dominant play in the paint. Scott currently leads the squad with 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds, while shooting at a 49.6 percent clip from the field (197 of 397). Scott has led Holy Cross in rebounding in 25 of the 31 games this season and leads the squad and also the Patriot League with 17 double-doubles. She tallied her 17th and 16th double-doubles of the season in the tournament wins over Navy (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Bucknell (27 points, 11 rebounds). In the regular-season finale at Boston University, Scott recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-best 15 rebounds. In the win over Loyola, Scott totaled nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds, while at Navy she posted 15 points and eight caroms. She recorded her 14th double-double of the season at Lafayette with team-highs of 25 points and 10 boards, while she registered her 13th and 12th double-doubles of the year versus Lehigh (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Army (career-high 27 points, 11 rebounds). She also tied the Holy Cross single-game record of 13 free throws converted versus the Black Knights. In the win over Colgate, Scott poured in 15 points and a career-best eight assists, while at Loyola she posted her 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-best 12 caroms. In the three games prior to Loyola, she recorded double-doubles versus Navy (10 points, 11 rebounds), Lafayette (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Lehigh (23 points, 16 rebounds). She also played well versus Army (15 points, five rebounds, three steals), Colgate (16 points, career-best 16 rebounds), American (15 points, 10 rebounds), Boston University (career-best 24 points, 10 rebounds), Boston College (16 points, 10 rebounds), Fordham (21 points, eight rebounds), Massachusetts (21 points, 12 rebounds), Manhattan (15 points, 13 rebounds), Northeastern (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Dartmouth (22 points, seven rebounds, five assists). On Dec. 2, Scott was named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week, in helping the Crusaders to a pair of victories over UMass and Manhattan. For her performance against Dartmouth, Scott was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week (11/11).
SMITH PLAYS WELL AT THE POINT: Senior guard Alex Smith has been a key player to this year's team at the point guard position. She is the only player on the roster to start in all 31 games and currently averages 13.5 points, 5.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest. Smith also has a .407 shooting percentage (151 of 371) and has drilled 87 of 225 from behind the arc (38.7 percent). Smith tallied 11 points and four assists in the win over Navy, while she recorded her second career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 12 assists in the win over Bucknell. In the regular-season finale at Boston University, she had 14 points and six assists and crossed over the 1,600 point plateau. Smith totaled 12 points and six assists in the win over Loyola, while she had 15 points and five helpers versus Lehigh and 23 points and five rebounds in the win over Army. At Bucknell, she totaled 12 points and five helpers, while in the win over Colgate, she canned a trio of three-pointers en route to an 11 point performance. Versus American, Smith recorded 15 points and a contest-high seven assists while also scoring her 1,500th point. She also played well versus Loyola (17 points, five rebounds), Navy (11 points, six assists), Lafayette (22 points, five assists), Lehigh (19 points, six rebounds, five assists), Army (19 points, six rebounds), Bucknell (17 points, seven assists), Quinnipiac (career-best 31 points – set Holy Cross record for most points (27) in one half), Northeastern (15 points, eight assists), Manhattan (13 points, eight assists), UMass (23 points, five three-pointers made), Bryant (19 points, five rebounds, five steals) and UMass Lowell (17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals). This season she was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week (Dec. 23) and the GoHolyCross.com Player of the Week (Feb. 17).
MIFSUD WITH INCREASED ROLE IN BACKCOURT: Crusader sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) has played a significant role in the backcourt this season for Holy Cross. She has started in 28 of the 31 games this year and is currently averaging 10.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest. Mifsud has also drained 30.2 percent of her shots from behind the arc (39 of 129), which is second on the team. In the two tournament games, she has totaled 11 points and five assists at Navy and 14 points and five assists at Bucknell. She scored 20 points in the win over Lafayette, while she led the team at Bucknell with 16 point and five assists. In the win over Colgate, she posted 12 points and four assists, while at Loyola, Mifsud scored 10 points and went five of six from the charity stripe. She scored a team-high 12 points versus Navy, while in the win over Lafayette, she recorded 19 points and a team-best six assists, as she was five of eight shooting from behind the arc. She also played well versus Lehigh (15 points, seven assists), Army (12 points, six assists), Bucknell (career-high 23 points), Colgate (10 points), American (nine points, three assists), Boston College (11 points), Fordham (11 points, four assists), Manhattan (11 points, three three-pointers), UMass Lowell (15 points, seven assists, five rebounds) and Dartmouth (12 points, four helpers).
MALONE PUTTING UP GREAT NUMBERS: Senior guard Brisje Malone has had a great season for the Crusaders thus far and currently averages 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest. She also ranks second on the team with 1.7 steals per game. In the win over Navy in the semifinals, Malone tied a career-high with 23 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. At Boston University, Malone tallied 16 points and five rebounds, while in the win over Loyola, she posted a game-best 18 points and six assists. At Navy, she totaled 15 points, five rebounds and four assists, while in the win at Lafayette, Malone became the 30th player in Holy Cross history to eclipse the 1,000 career point milestone, as she totaled 15 points and six assists. In the win over Lehigh, she tallied 16 points and five assists, while at Bucknell, she totaled 15 points, four assists and four steals, while moving into 10th place in HC history in career helpers. In the win over Colgate, Malone tallied nine points, three assists and a trio of swipes, while at Loyola, she made the start and posted eight points and five rebounds. Malone also played well versus Colgate (12 points, five assists), American (seven points, nine rebounds), Boston University (19 points, five rebounds, five assists), St. Louis (11 points, eight rebounds, game-winning basket), Quinnipiac (15 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds; second double-double of season), Northeastern (14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists), Manhattan (11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, five steals) and UMass Lowell (16 points, 12 rebounds; third career double-double). She was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week (12/30).
HOURIGAN PLAYS BIG DOWN LOW: Holy Cross sophomore center Molly Hourigan has played well this season for Holy Cross and is averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks through 31 games played and has started in the last 17 contests. Over the past 12 games, Hourigan has compiled 44 blocked shots and currently ranks second in the Patriot League. In the two tournament games, Hourigan recorded 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks at Navy, while she posted 10 points, seven caroms and a pair of blocked shots at Bucknell. At Boston University, she totaled 10 points and seven rebounds, while she tallied four points, six rebounds and four blocked shots versus Loyola. In the win over Lafayette, she posted 10 points and five caroms, while versus Lehigh she totaled six points, six rebounds and seven blocked shots. At Army, Hourigan tallied nine points, 10 rebounds and a career-best eight blocked shots, while in the win against Colgate, she totaled nine points, a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks. In the win over Loyola, Hourigan had her best game in a Crusader uniform as the sophomore notched her first career double-double with 16 points (ties career-best) and a career-high 10 rebounds. Hourigan also played well versus Navy (seven points, nine rebounds, five blocks), Lehigh (12 points, five blocks), Army (six blocks), Iowa State (10 points, five rebounds), Boston College (seven rebounds), Northeastern (eight rebounds), UMass Lowell (10 points and five rebounds) and Dartmouth (seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks).
GANSER AND SULLIVAN ADD FRONTCOURT DEPTH: Senior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) and junior forward Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) have added depth to the frontcourt this season for the Crusaders. Ganser has started in three games and is averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game. In the win over Colgate, she hauled in six boards, while versus American, she totaled a season-best nine points to go along with four rebounds. She earned her first start of the season versus Navy and scored eight points, while in the win over Lafayette, she totaled five points and five rebounds. Sullivan is averaging 2.4 points and 0.7 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per game. She scored a season-best seven points at UMass Lowell, while she has tallied six points in a pair of games versus Bucknell and Lafayette.
OFF THE BENCH: Holy Cross has used a trio of guards off the bench this season to give it the ability to have many different lineups. Senior Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) has played in 30 games this season with five starts. She is averaging 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game this season. Second-year players Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) and Jenn Walsh (Dallas, Texas) also have seen action this season off the bench. Gillespie has played in 30 games this season and averages 1.8 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. She tallied a career-best 16 points on five of six shooting from behind the arc in the win over Army. Walsh has seen action in seven contests this season. Holy Cross freshmen Jenn Dynis (St Louis, Mo.) and Madelyn Ganser (Needham, Mass.) have also helped the Crusaders off the bench this season. Ganser, the sister of senior forward Christine, has played in 25 games and averages 1.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game. She posted four points and tied a career-high with four rebounds versus Army, while she had three points and four rebounds against Bucknell. Ganser scored a career-best five points at Manhattan. Dynis has appeared in 21 games, with one start at UMass Lowell and averages 1.6 points per game. Versus the Riverhawks, she recorded a career-best 11 points and five rebounds.
HOLY CROSS HAPPENINGS
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE: The Holy Cross offense has been a big part of its success this season. The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League in scoring offense (70.9), assists per game (18.4) and field goal percentage (43.5), while third in three-point percentage (34.0) and fourth in scoring margin (+4.9). Holy Cross has scored 70 or more points in 19 games this season which is the most since the 2001-02 team scored 70 or more in 22 contests. The Crusaders have also tallied 90 or more points on three occasions this year, which ties them with the 2001-02 squad, who also scored 90+ in three games. Holy Cross also has five players on the team (Raquel Scott, Alex Smith, Emily Parker, Lisa Mifsud and Brisje Malone), who all average double-digit points. The closest team in the Patriot League, Navy, has three players on its roster who average double-digit points per game. Last year, the Crusaders ranked first in the Patriot League in points per game (59.9), field goal percentage (.414) and second in the conference in three-pointers per game (5.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.332).
WHAT'S TRENDING?: Holy Cross has done well this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game, as its record is 16-3 in those contests. When the Crusaders hold teams under 70 points, they are 17-4, while they are 18-2 in games where they hold the halftime lead. In games played on Wednesdays, Holy Cross is 9-1.
HELP ME HELP YOU: Holy Cross' impressive season is a testament to its unselfish style of play on the offensive end of the floor. As of March 6, the Crusaders are ranked eighth in the nation with 18.3 assists per game (currently 18.4). Holy Cross has had over 20 assists in 11 contests this season with a season-best 28 versus Dartmouth and 27 in the Patriot League quarterfinals at Bucknell. The Crusaders have also had assists on 69 percent of their field goals on the year. As of the March 6 rankings, Alex Smith and Brisje Malone rank in the top-100 in the nation in assists per game. Smith ranks 43rd in the country and first in the Patriot League with 5.3 helpers per game, while Malone is 88th in the nation with and third in the conference with 4.5 assists per contest (currently 4.6). Last season, Holy Cross ranked first in the Patriot League and 34th in the nation with 15.5 assists per contest.
MILESTONE WIN FOR GIBBONS: Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons won his 550th career game on Feb. 19, 2014 at Lafayette. Gibbons, the winningest coach in program and Patriot League history, came into the season ranked 43rd all-time in Division I history with 533 victories. Prior to the season, he was also ranked the 37th active winningest coach by victories across all three Divisions and the 20th for Division I. His overall record currently stands at 553-326 (.629), while he is 288-106 (.732) in Patriot League contests.
SMITH AND GANSER NAMED 2013-2014 CAPTAINS: This season, the Crusaders will have two senior captains. Forward Christine Ganser and guard Alex Smith will lead the Crusaders during the 2013-2014 campaign. Smith was co-captain with graduate Amy Lepley during the 2012-2013 season.
CRUSADERS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish fourth in the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 112 points. Navy was tabbed to finish first in the poll after receiving 157 points and 14 first-place votes. Army was picked second in the poll with 133 points and three first-place votes, while new conference member Boston University finished in third place with 128 points and three first-place votes. After the Crusaders at fourth, Lehigh was picked fifth with 97 points and American was tabbed sixth with 87 points. Bucknell (seventh, 62 points), new league member Loyola (Md.) (eighth, 54 points), Lafayette (ninth, 37 points) and Colgate (10th, 33 points) round out the 10 teams in the Patriot League. Navy senior forward Jade Geif was named Preseason Player of the Year. Kelsey Minato of Army, Rashidat Agboola of BU, Kerry Kinek of Lehigh, Alex Smith of Holy Cross and Geif were all named to the Preseason All-League team.
SMITH NOMINATED FOR PAIR OF AWARDS: Alex Smith was nominated for both the Senior CLASS Award for Division I women's basketball and the Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team. The Senior CLASS Award recognizes NCAA student-athletes who have notable achievements in four area of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. A total of 84 women's basketball players from all levels of collegiate play were listed as nominees for the Allstate Good Works Team. More information about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.wbca.org. For more information about the Senior CLASS award, go to www.seniorclassaward.com/womensbasketball.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: This season, the Crusaders are ranked in the Top-75 in the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories. In addition, Alex Smith, Raquel Scott, Brisje Malone and Molly Hourigan are all ranked in the Top-75 in seven individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on March 9:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Value|
|Assists Per Game||8||Holy Cross||18.3|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||20||Holy Cross||1.25|
|Blocks Per Game||30||Molly Hourigan||2.37|
|Three-Pointers Per Game||32||Alex Smith||2.80|
|Rebounds Per Game||48||Raquel Scott||9.6|
|Field Goal Percentage||55||Holy Cross||43.3|
|Three-Point Percentage||61||Alex Smith||38.2|
HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross boasts a very strong record when playing at the Hart Center. In now their 40th season, the Crusaders have an all-time record winning percentage of .738 when playing their games at home (361-128). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better .758 winning percentage with a record of 322-103 at the Hart Center.
CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com' or "www.PatriotLeague.org".
ON THE RADIO: Seven of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th 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'. 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 five games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had five appearances last season, while appearing seven times in 2011-2012. Holy Cross was on television five times in 2010-11 and six times in 2009-10. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013-2014 season:
Jan. 2 vs. Boston University: Charter TV3
Jan. 18 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable Network
Feb. 19 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Feb. 26 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Mar. 15 at Army (Patriot League Championship Game): CBS Sports Network
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".
ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Updates on Holy Cross basketball can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks: