January 8, 2007

Women's Basketball Set to Host Army Wednesday Night

Jan. 8, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-10, 0-1 PL) vs. Army (14-2, 1-0 PL)
Date: January 10, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Television: WCTR-TV3
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 27-9
Last Meeting: Army, 69-68 in the Patriot League Championship
Series Streak: Army - 3

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.  Name               	Ht.   Cl.
G      44   Bethany O'Dell	5-8   Fr.
G      33   Brittany Keil	6-2   Sr.
G      14   Briana McFadden	5-10  Fr.
F      13  Ashley McLaughlin    6-1   Jr.
C      52   Kaitlin Foley	6-4   Sr.

Tonight's game is the 36th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Army in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game will be the 36th meeting between Holy Cross and Army. Holy Cross leads the series 27-9. Last year Army defeated Holy Cross three times, two in regular-season play (59-56 and 63-57) and in the Patriot League Championship 69-68. The Crusaders are 13-3 when playing the Black Knights at the Hart Center.

LAST TIME OUT: Freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the Holy Cross women's basketball team with a career-high 16 points while Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had 14, but it wasn't enough as Jessica Spicer scored a career-high 20 points to lead Lafayette over Holy Cross, 61-58, in their Patriot League opener at the Kirby Sports Center Saturday afternoon.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross stays home to play its third Patriot League game of the season against Bucknell, Jan. 13 at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross leads the series 31-8 winning the last three times they met the Bison.

SCOUTING ARMY: The reigning Patriot League Champions are 14-2 after defeating Colgate in their league opener Sat (69-58). Junior guard Cara Enright leads the team with 17.6 ppg and is second with 6.4 rpg. Sophomore guard Alex McGuire is second on the team with 12.4 ppg while six-foot-two sophomore forward leads the team with 6.7 rpg.

INJURY REPORT: Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) have both suffered knee injuries and will not play the remainder of the season.

HONORED TONIGHT: Senior guard and biology major, Brittany Keil from Sparta, N.J. was named the 2006 Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Keil is the fourth player in the history of Holy Cross women's basketball to receive this honor. Tonight head coach Bill Gibbons will present her with this award.

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league in free throw percentage (.740) shooting 165 of 223 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging 87.7 from the line (50-57).

TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: In addition to leading the league in free throw percentage, the Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.27 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.47) and third in field goal percentage (.405).

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 12.8 points per game and is tied third with 4.1 rebounds per game. She played her 100th career-game against Rhode Island Dec. 17 where she scored a team-high 16 points. Foley currently has 828 career points and 351 career rebounds. The six-foot-four center was selected to the preseason All-League team after being named to the 2005-06 All-League First Team. Foley scored a season-high 22 points vs. Harvard (Nov. 18) and had her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career when she scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds against St. Peter's (Nov. 12). Foley holds a career-high of 27 points in a game (2-7-06). In addition to leading the league in free throw percentage Foley ranks second with a .518 field goal percentage and is fifth in scoring (12.8).

MOVING UP: In the league senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) ranks in the top 20 in five different categories including third in defensive rebounds (5.25), tied seventh in blicked shots (0.67), ninth in rebounding (6.5), 14th in assists (2.08) and 20th in scoring. Keil was selected to the preseason All-League team, but had to sit out the first three games of this season after preseason knee surgery. Keil is back in action and is putting up the numbers leading the team with 6.5 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.3 points. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 848 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 512 career-rebounds.

ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) wasted no time in being major contributors to the team. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18. She has started in 12 games and is second on the team with 11.4 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.57 three-point field goals made and ranks sixth with a .414 three-point field goal percentage. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7). McFadden has started 12 games and averages 8.1 points per game scoring a career-high 16 points vs. Lafayette (Jan. 6). McFadden was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Jan. 8 and Nov. 20.

STARTS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin is one of only two players who have started every game this season, Kaitlin Foley being the other. She averages 28.5 minutes of plyaing time per game. McLaughlin is tied third on the team averaging 4.1 rebounds per game. McLaughlin grabbed her 200th career rebound against Rhode Island as she tied with Keil for a team-high five rebounds to total 202 career-rebounds at the end of the game and currently has 255. The six-foot-one veteran scored a season-high 11 points against Harvard (Nov. 18) and had a season-high six rebounds against Albany (Nov. 26).

A LEADER LOST: Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) tallied 68 assists and 30 steals this season before hurting her knee in the game against Maine (Dec. 7). Aloisi had a career-high five steals against the Black Bears. She totals 315 career assists and 141 career steals. Aloisi leads the league with 6.80 assists, a 1.31 assist/turnover ration and 3.00 steals. Aloisi recorded two double-doubles before her injury scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in the win over Harvard (Nov. 18) and totaling 14 points and 10 assists in the game against Quinnipiac (Nov. 14). Aloisi scored a season-high 20 points in the Crusaders first game of the season against Yale (Nov. 10). She holds a career-high of 21 points in a game (3-4-06)

NCAA TALK: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) currently ranks 37th nationallly with a 87.0 free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is tied 33rd in three-point field goals per game (2.6).

KEIL AND FOLEY NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) were named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League team. Keil finished her junior season with an average 11.0 points per game and led the team in rebounds (6.2 rpg). Foley was the team's top scorer last year (14.9 ppg) and added 6.1 rebounds per game. Last season Foley earned first team All-League while Keil was selected to the second team.

HC SIGNS TWO TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, NH) and Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) will join the Holy Cross women's basketball program in the fall of 2007. Fremeau is a 5-foot-10 guard who plays at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, NH and May is a 6-foot guard who plays at River Dell High School in Oradell, N.J.

GIBBONS ON FREMEAU AND MAY: "We are thrilled to sign these two elite players in the early signing period. Both of them were heavily recruited and come from successful AAU programs. Whitney is an athletic two-three player who can score in many different ways and is a terrific rebounder for her size. Alyssa is as versatile a player as we have recruited. She can play any position from the one through the four spot and she is also a fierce defender. Most importantly, both these young ladies are tremendous student athletes who possess a dedicated work ethic and are excited to come to Holy Cross and help our program reach new heights!"

NEW ENGLAND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: The Holy Cross women's basketball team was acknowledged by The New England Basketball Hall of Fame in September as they announced a new award that recognizes New England college basketball programs, which encourage classroom achievement, athletic success, and post-graduate career success.

2005-06 CRUSADERS: The 2005-06 Crusaders posted an overall record of 16-14, including a 10-4 showing in Patriot League play, marking the 14th time the program has won 10 or more games in conference play while a member of the Patriot League.

OFF THE COURT: Five Crusaders were named to the 2006 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last season. Included on the list are last year seniors Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) and Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) as well as current seniors guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.), and sophomore forward Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.).

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Crusaders return to the Hart Center to play three straight games before going back on the road. After Army tonight, they face Bucknell Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and Navy on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).

WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL

ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will be broadcast on WCTR tonight (7:00 p.m.).The women's squad will also be featured on ESPNU when they play at Bucknell on February 9 in a 4:30 p.m. contest. WCTR-TV3 is available in more than 43 communities in Central Massachusetts and reaches more than 175,000 homes in the area.

ON THE RADIO: Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan will do the play-by-play.

ON THE INTERNET: Games that broadcast over WCUW 91.3 FM or WTAG 580 AM, can also be heard on www.sportsjuice.com. In addition, each game will be linked from the Holy Cross website.

THE HOLY CROSS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SHOW: Tune in to WCTR TV-3 Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. and Friday nights at 10:30 p.m. for the Holy Cross Women's Basketball Show with head coach Bill Gibbons. Each week, WCTR TV-3 sports director Kevin Shea will sit down with Gibbons and members of this year's coaching staff and team and talk about all things Holy Cross basketball, and the Crusaders quest for the 2006-2007 Patriot League Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.