January 14, 2005

Women's Basketball Travels to Colgate

Jan. 14, 2005

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This will be the 32nd all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Colgate in the 30 years of varsity basketball at HC. Holy Cross owns a 29-2 series advantage over Colgate, and is 15-2 when playing at Cotterell Court. Last year, the two teams split during the regular season as Colgate took the first game, 90-80 in New York on January 13, and the Crusaders came back to down the Raiders, 75-63 at the Hart Center almost a month later on February 10.

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2005
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Hamilton, N.Y.
Arena: Cotterell Court
Capacity: 3,100
Team Records:
Holy Cross 7-8 (2-0 Patriot League)
Colgate 4-11 (0-2 Patriot League)

SERIES HISTORY:
Holy Cross, 29-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 75-63 (Last season at Hart Center)
Streak: Holy Cross - 1

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
WTAG 580 AM- Dick Lutsk, play-by-play
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com

PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Sarah Placek, Jr., 5-3, 10.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G - #05 Laura Aloisi, Fr., 5-9, 3.4 ppg, 5.0 apg
G - #34 Maggie Fontana, Sr., 5-11, 7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
F - #33 Brittany Keil, So., 6-2, 9.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg
C - #00 Lisa Andrews, Sr., 6-3, 10.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg

RESERVES
G - #23 Jessica Conte, Jr., 5-7, 6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G - #11 Caitlin Agostinacchio, Sr., 5-9, 1.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg
G - #15 Shannon Bush, Jr., 5-11, 4.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
C - #31 Ashley Brennan-McBride, So., 6-5, 1.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg
F - #13 Ashley McLaughlin, Fr., 6-1, 4.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F - #52 Kaitlin Foley, So., 6-4, 3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: Holy Cross owns a 29-2 series advantage over Colgate, and is 15-2 when playing at Cotterell Court. Last year, the two teams split during the regular season as Colgate took the first game, 90-80 in New York on January 13, and the Crusaders came back to down the Raiders, 75-63 at the Hart Center almost a month later on February 10.

400 FOR GIBBONS: Already the winningest coach in Holy Cross basketball history, Bill Gibbons earned his 400th career victory as head coach of the Holy Cross women's basketball program Wednesday night at the Hart Center when the Crusaders topped Army, 70-53. Gibbons currently ranks 37th among active Division I women's basketball coaches by number of victories. Gibbons' 400 wins also makes him the second winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind former HC baseball coach Jack Barry, who ammassed 616 wins over the course of his 49-year career (616--150-6, 1921-1960). Gibbons' all-time record is 400-180 (.689), including the Crusaders' 7-8 mark this season.

CAREER DAY FOR GIBBONS: Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons earned his 400th career win Wednesday night in a 70-53 victory over Army. Gibbons is the winningest basketball coach (men's or women's) in the history of Holy Cross . The 20th year coach is also currently ranked 37th among active Division I women's basketball coaches by number of victories. Gibbons captured his 100th, 200th, and 400th career wins on his first try. It took the Worcester, Mass. native two games to notch his 300th win in 2000.

THIS TIME OUT: Holy Cross has won two straight games and is currently 7-8 (2-0 Patriot League) going into this afternoon's match-up with defending Patriot League champion Colgate. The Crusaders are 2-4 on the road this year and have a 1-2 record when they play during the day. HC is also 2-0 when playing on Saturdays this season and is 2-2 in January thus far. Colgate stands at 4-11 (0-2 Patriot League) and has lost six of its last seven games. The Raiders are most recently coming off a two point loss to Bucknell on Wednesday, which was also their second league game of the season.

LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders won their second straight game with a 70-53 decision over Army on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. The Crusaders raced out to a 17-6 lead in the early going, but the Black Knights went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 17. Holy Cross went into intermission with a 35-26 advantage, and held Army to just 36% from the field for the game. The Crusaders also forced 21 steals and 28 Army turnovers on their way to their second league win in as many games. Senior center Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) led the way for the Purple and White with a team-high 18 points. The 6-foot-3 Massachusetts native also grabbed five rebounds and had a steal. Sophomore Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to go along with seven points, four assists and two blocks. Freshman Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) recorded a game-high seven assists to up her season total to 61. Seniors Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) and Caitlin Agostinacchio (Bellmore, N.Y.) also played well. Fontana tallied nine points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Agostinacchio chipped in five points and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Sophomore center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had a good showing in the paint, scoring six points and adding two steals in 14 minutes of play.

NEXT TIME OUT: The Crusaders have a short break before heading to Navy and American next weekend for a 7:00 p.m. tip vs. the Midshipmen on January 21 and a 2:00 p.m. contest vs. the Eagles on January 23.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate comes into tonight's game 4-11 (0-2 Patriot League). The Raiders have lost six of their last seven, and took a tough two point loss to Bucknell on Wednesday. The Raiders are led by Patriot League Preseason Co-Player of the Year Emily Braseth (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.). The 5-11 senior forward leads the team in both scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). Not far behind Braseth is 5-8 senior guard Allison Lipinski (Garfield Heights, Ohio), who is putting up 14.5 ppg. Five-foot-six junior guard Megan Ballard (Atlanta, Ga.) leads the Raiders in steals with 42 so far this season, while 6-2 senior forward Leandra Fuller (Harrisburg, Pa.) is the team's leading shot blocker, having turned away 17 shots this season. Braseth scored a team-high 25 points at Bucknell on Wednesday night. Lipinski chipped in 11 for the Raiders, who outscored the Bison 33-30 in the second half.

HOLY CROSS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross started off conference play 2-0 after a 70-53 win over Army on Wednesday and a 66-61 win over Bucknell last week. Twentieth-year head coach Bill Gibbons has compiled a 155-29 record in Patriot League play, including HC's two wins this year. Gibbons also has six Patriot League Coach of the Year awards and has led his teams to 10 regular season titles and nine championship titles.

HC TOPS FROM LONG RANGE: The Crusaders rank first (all games) in 3-point field goal pct. as a team, shooting .374 (82 for 219) from behind the arc. Sophomore Brittany Keil, and junior Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) currently occupy the top two spots in 3-point field goal pct. among Patriot League players. Keil is ranked first in the League, shooting an impressive 51% (18 for 35), followed by the second-place Conte at 41.9%. Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) is ranked 7th (36.5%).

AGOSTINACCHIO SHOOTING 1.000%: Senior guard Caitlin Agostinacchio is a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc so far this season. Agostinacchio has appeared in 13 games and is averaging 6.8 minutes. She has 25 total points thus far, which is more than double her total points from the entire season last year.

FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: Sophomore Brittany Keil has made 23 of 25 free throw attempts on the season, giving her an impressive 92.0 FT%. Keil's only two misses came during Wednesday night's game vs. Army (1-for-2) and a 2-for-3 performance in the very first game of the season against Providence. Senior center Lisa Andrews is also having a fine season from the line, converting 33 of 41 foul shots, for an 80.5 FT%. As a team, the Crusaders rank first among Patriot League schools (all games) with a 73.5% free throw percentage and second among PL schools (conference games only) with a 77% free throw percentage. Through 15 games, Crusader players have made good on 166 of 226 attempts.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are 4-0 when outrebounding their opponents, and only 3-8 when their opponents win the battle of the boards. The Crusaders have outrebounded their last two opponents (both wins), after being outrebounded the previous eight games, dating back to November 27.

RECORDS TO WATCH: Senior guard Maggie Fontana is steadily climbing the all-time Patriot League charts in a number of categories. The 5-foot-11 Illinois native is currently ranked 11th in assists (383), 20th in points (1,353) and 21st in rebounds (665). Lisa Andrews is currently ranked 4th in all-time blocked shots (170) and is only four away from taking the third slot.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Seniors Lisa Andrews and Maggie Fontana are the only two HC players who have recorded double-doubles this season. Andrews went for 12 points and 10 boards in a 64-56 win at Siena on December 9 and Fontana tallied 10 points and 10 boards in a one-point loss to UAB on November 26.

ALOISI, ANDREWS HONORED: Freshman guard Laura Aloisi earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors (Nov. 29) just one week after senior center Lisa Andrews was named PL Player of the Week (Nov. 22). Aloisi was recognized for her performances in the Iona (six assists, three steals), UAB (career-high 14 points), and UMass games (career-high 11 assists). Andrews tallied 19 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal vs. Buffalo two days after a 12-point, five rebounds, two steals and a block in the home opener against Providence.

PATRIOT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON CSTV: The February 19 game featuring Holy Cross and Colgate, which will be played at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., is the only Patriot League regular season women's game slated for CSTV. College Sports Television will also broadcast the March 3 PL Quarterfinals and the March 9 PL Championship game.

HOLY CROSS PICKED TO WIN PATRIOT LEAGUE CROWN: Ten-time Patriot League regular-season champion Holy Cross was picked to win the 2004-2005 Patriot League regular-season title in a pre-season vote of the League's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders tied last season's regular season champion Colgate with five first place votes, but amassed 84 total points, edging the Raiders by two (coaches and SIDs were not allowed to vote for their own team). American finished third with 72 points, followed by Lehigh (68), Bucknell (55), Army (36), Navy (27), and Lafayette (19). In other voting, Colgate senior Emily Braseth and Lehigh senior Jessica DePalo were chosen as the Pre-Season Co-Players of the Year. They are joined on the Pre-Season All-League team by Holy Cross senior guard Maggie Fontana, Bucknell sophomore guard Lindsey Hollobaugh, and American senior forward Chanel Hunt . Braseth and DePalo were first-team all-stars last season, while Fontana, and Hunt were second-team picks. Hollobaugh earned PL Rookie of the Year honors.

2003-2004 HONORS:Joining Fontana on the All-Patriot League Second Team was center Lisa Andrews. Andrews led the League in blocks (69), and was ranked 21st in the country with 2.5 blocks per game. She also finished the season ranked 28th in the country in field goal pct. (.541). Brittany Keil also earned League accolades last season. The 6-foot-2 guard was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team after a strong freshman campaign. Keil played in all 28 Crusader games, and started 15. She averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg, to go along with 28 steals and 21 blocks.

2004-05 CAPTAINS:Seniors Caitlin Agostinacchio, Lisa Andrews, and Maggie Fontana are the 2004-2005 Holy Cross captains. Agostinacchio, who also plays volleyball for HC, recorded 396 kills this season, giving her 1,063 for her career, which is a school-best. She also tallied 250 digs (908 career). Andrews averaged 14.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, and 2.5 bpg last season, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors. Her 2.5 blocks per game was good for 21st nationally. She was also ranked 28th in the nation in field goal percentage (.541). Fontana also earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors last year. She finished last season ranked in the PL Top 10 in seven different categories, and also scored her 1,000th career point against Furman on December 29.