Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth

Jan. 14, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS: Television: None. Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre play-by-play; WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet Dartmouth Radio: Drew Galbraith and Meg Hancock play-by-play; WUVR 1490 AM, Hanover, N.H. Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 4-0. Last Meeting: Dartmouth 68, Holy Cross 44 (January 18, 2007; Hanover, N.H.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG F 10 Alyssa May 6-0 Fr. 4.1 3.3 F 14 Briana McFadden 5-10 So. 13.7 3.7 C 13 Ashley McLaughlin 6-1 Sr. 4.5 4.7 G 5 Laura Aloisi 5-9 Sr. 10.1 4.0 G 44 Bethany O'Dell 5-8 So. 11.3 4.1

THE SERIES WITH DARTMOUTH: This will be the fi fth meeting between the Crusaders and the Big Green on the hardwood. Dartmouth holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a perfect 2-0 record at the Hart Center. Last season, Holy Cross fell to the Big Green, 68-44, as Briana McFadden had seven points, four rebounds and one assist. Kathy Gruzynski scored seven points and grabbed two boards and a steal. Darmouth graduated last year's top scorer, Ashley Taylor, who scored 30 points and had six rebounds, four steals and an assist against the Crusaders.

SERIES QUICK FACTS Overall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dartmouth leads, 4-0 In Worcester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dartmouth, 2-0 At the Hart Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dartmouth, 2-0 Bill Gibbons vs. Dartmouth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2 Chris Wielgus vs. Holy Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0 Current Win Streak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dartmouth, four games

THE CRUSADERS VS. THE IVY LEAGUE: Holy Cross ends its competition this season against the Ivy League, hosting it's fi nale against Dartmouth tonight. The Crusaders are 1-1 versus the Ivy League this year, posting a 66-59 victory at Yale on Jan. 6 and falling to host Harvard, 80-56, on Dec. 18. The Ivy League outscoredHoly Cross 69.5 to 61.0 as sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) leads Holy Cross in scoring against the Ivy League, averaging 13.5 points per game. Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) each average 11.5 points.

GIBBONS RECORDS 450TH: Coach Bill Gibbons recorded another milestone in his 23 years as head coach of the women's basketball team as he earned 450th career victory with a 66-59 win over Yale on January 6. His current overall career record is 451-223 and had 183-42 in the Patriot League. Last season, Gibbons led his team to its 11th Patriot League tournament title, beating American 56-48, in the championship game. With the win, coach Gibbons led the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time. Holy Cross fell to Duke in the fi rst round of the NCAAs, 81-44, to end the 2006-2007 season. Currently coach Gibbons ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in victories for all sports. Gibbons has also led the women's basketball team to more victories than any other coach in Holy Cross history during his 22-tenure. He has won 20 or more game in 10 of his last 14 seasons. Gibbons is also ranked 28th on the active NCAA Division I win leaders. He has also been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year six times in his career. This past summer, Coach Gibbons was an assistant coach for Team U.S.A. at the 2007 Pan-American Games, helping the team won the gold medal.

ALOISI RACKS UP NEW CAREER-HIGHS: Laura Aloisi recorded a new career-high in points (22) and minutes played (43) in the Crusaders' Patriot League opener against Lafayette on January 12 as Holy Cross edged the Leopards, 77-70, in overtime. Aloisi also recorded a career-high nine rebounds in the Crusaders' 56-41 loss to St. Peter's on January 2.

CAMPBELL COMES THROUGH: Freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) continues to lead the Crusaders' success off the bench as she scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists and one steal. She also had a season-high 14 points in 24 minutes played against UNC-Asheville on December 29, including eight points in the second half. She led the team in blocks with fi ve and tied for the team high in assists with three. Campbell also grabbed six boards against the Bulldogs. Campbell leads the Crusaders in blocks with 11 in 14 appearances and is averaging 3.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 0.6 steals per game.

MAY MAKES WAVES: Freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) continues her success during her debut season, appearing in all 15 games and making nine starts this season. During her fi rst Patriot League game, May chipped in four rebounds, three points and three assists in a career high 36 minutes played. On the road against Yale, May had seven points, four rebounds and an assist. Versus St. Peter's on January 2, May had eight points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. Against UNC-Asheville in the consolation game of the State Farm Classic in Gainesville, May scored 11 points including 10 in the second half while recording fi ve rebounds, two blocks and a steal. In 14 appearnces, May is averaging 4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 0.6 steals per game.

RECORD SETTERS: Briana McFadden tied the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game against UNC-Asheville on December 29, going 11-for-11 at the free throw line. She also tied the school record for consecutive free throws made in a single game with 11. In 15 starts, McFadden is averaging 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals per game. Laura Aloisi is on her way into the top 10 of career assists as she currently has 353, placing her ninth on the list.

ROAD TRIP WRAP-UP: Holy Cross returns back to the Hart Center after playing the last six games on the road, including competing in the State Farm Classic at Florida and notching a come-from-behind 79-60 victory against UNC-Asheville. During the time away from home, the Crusaders posted a 2-4 record, averaging 58.7 points and 38.0 rebounds per game. Holy Cross shot 34.5% from fi eld goal range, 31.2% from outside the arc, and 60.1% from the charity stripe.

HITTIN' THE THREES: Laura Aloisi, Bethany O'Dell and and Briana McFadden have wasted no time leading the Crusaders from the three-point line in the last two games. Aloisi is currently ranked fi rst in the Patriot League with a 46.6% three-point fi eld goal percentage. O'Dell is ranked third in the league with three-pointers made, averaging 2.13 per game. The Crusaders are ranked fi rst for both categories as a team, averging 6.06 three-pointers per game and shooting 35.0% from outside the arc. Versus Boston College, Aloisi went fi ve-for-seven from long range while O'Dell chipped in one three-pointer. Against Buffalo, Aloisi made three of her four attempts while O'Dell and McFadden each had two three-pointers against the Bulls. During the Crusaders 65-56 victory over URI, O'Dell hit four of 10 attempts, scoring all four in the fi rst half while McFadden hit three of her six attempts. Against Maine, O'Dell was 5-of-9 from behind the arc while McFadden scored three on fi ve long range attempts as the Crusaders went onto win 79-50. Aloisi leads Holy Cross in three pointers, shooting 46.6% from outside the arc (27-58).

ALOISI STEALS THE SHOW: With 38 steals on the season, Laura Aloisi tops the Patriot League, averaging 2.5 steals per game. In the Crusaders 66-59 win over Yale, Aloisi led the team in steals, grabbing seven. During the State Farm Classic, Aloisi led Holy Cross in both games, averaging 3.0 per game. Aloisi had a season-high fi ve steals against Quinnipiac on December 1. She recorded four during the Crusaders' 71-57 victory over Buffalo on November 27.

MCLAUGHLIN ON THE BOARDS: Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) leads Holy Cross with 71 rebounds on the season, averaging 4.7 per game. McLaughlin led the Crusaders with fi ve boards during a 80-56 loss to Harvard on Dec. 18. During the Crusaders' 79-60 victory over UNC-Asheville, McLaughlin grabbed seven boards. Against Boston College, McLaughlin led the Crusaders' 25 rebounds against the Eagles with four. During the Crusaders' 71-57 victory over Buffalo, she chipped in six of the team's 38 boards. McLaughlin had a season-high in the Crusaders' season-opener versus Vermont, grabbing eight boards. Overall, Holy Cross is averaging 35.1 boards per game this year.

SHE'S BAAAAACK: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) returns for her second season with the Crusaders. In 15 starts for Holy Cross, she is averaging 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. This season, O'Dell was named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Last year, O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and received Rookie of the Week honors six times. She also was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and Patriot League All-Rookie Team. During her debut season, O'Dell made 30 starts in 32 games while averaging 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists. and 1.2 steals per game. She also led the Patriot League in three-point fi eld goals with 87 on the season.

NEXT DESTINATION - PATRIOT LEAGUE: The Crusaders began this season's Patriot League action on January 12, defeating Lafayette, 77-70, in overtime in the league opener. The Crusaders continue their Patriot League play, traveling to Army (1/16), Bucknell (1/20), and Navy (1/23) before returning back to the Hart Center to face American on January 26. Holy Cross will host Colgate (1/30) before traveling to Lehigh (2/2) and Lafayette (2/9). The Crusaders host Army (2/13), Bucknell (2/16) and Navy (2/20) before hitting the road against American (2/23), and Colgate (2/27). Holy Cross will fi nish it's regular season Patriot League play at home, facing Lehigh on March 3.

Laura Aloisi scored a career-high 22 points including four points in overtime as Holy Cross defeated Lafayette, 77-70, in both teams' Patriot League opener at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 7-8 (1-0, Patriot League) on the season while the Leopards drop to 8-8 (0-1, Patriot League). Lafayette jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with fi ve points scored by Vanessa Van De Venter three and a half minutes into the fi rst half. The Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to grab a short lead with fi ve points scored by Aloisi and a shot outside the arc by Bethany O'Dell. The lead tossed back and forth between the teams but the Crusaders grabbed a four-point cushion, 20-16, with10:34 left in to play in the first half. The Leopards crept within one and grabbed a fourpoint lead, led by a three-pointer by Cristin Zavocki with 7:35 on the clock. Holy Cross held onto a three-point lead going into the final seconds of the half but a three-pointer by Van De Venter tied the game, 32-32, going into the break. The Leopards scored first in the opening minutes of the second half but Holy Cross quickly evened the score, 37-37, with a three pointer by O'Dell. The Crusaders went on a 5-0 run to cushion themselves 47-42 over Lafayette with just under ten minutes left in regulation, led by freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) who scored three points. The lead change continued as both teams fought for the upper hand, but a layup by Aloisi with 40 seconds left in the game pushed the Patriot League action into overtime with the score locked, 65-65. Lafayette grabbed its only lead in overtime, 68-66, but the Crusaders' 11-2 run led by Briana McFadden with five points, sealing the league victory for Holy Cross. In addition to her 22 points, Aloisi also recorded a career-high 43 minutes played and chipped in three rebounds, four assists, and three steals. McFadden scored 19 points and had four rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal. O'Dell fi nished with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals. Van De Venter had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Leopards.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Holy Cross has an amazing 11 Patriot League Tournament titles in the league's 17 years of existence. During its 17 seasons in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has fi nished in fi rst place 11 times. The Crusaders have also had eight players named the Patriot League Player of the Year. This list includes: Mary Helen Walker (90-91), Norinne Powers (91-92, 92-93), Laurie Carson (93-94), Lauren Maney (94-95, 95-96), Kathy Courtney (96-97), Amy O'Brien (97-98, 98-99), Anna Kinne (99-00) and Maggie Fontana (02-03). Holy Cross has also had two players named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year: Maggie Fontana (01-02) and Bethany O'Dell (06-07).

THE BIG TIME: Holy Cross has made 11 NCAA appearances during Coach Gibbons' tenure including nine in the last 13 years. The Crusaders' most recent appearance came last season as they fell to Duke, 81-44, in the first round of the tournament.

TAKING IT TO THE HART: The Crusaders' hold an overall record of 311-87 and a 272-64 Division I record at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross lost its fi rst game at the Hart Recreation Center, 66-34, to Williams in 1975. The Crusaders have hosted the 1991 NCAA tournament, 13 Patriot League tournaments, two MAAC tournaments, and several invitationals during the 32 seasons played at the Hart Center.

ALOISI AND MCLAUGHLIN NAMED CAPTAINS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi and senior forward Ashley McLaughlin have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2007-2008 season. Both players are three-year letterwinners for the Crusaders, and will take over the leadership role from Brittany Keil, Ashley Brennan-McBride and Kaitlyn Foley who served as the captains during the 2006-2007 season.

CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2007-2008 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to fi nish in third place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 77 total points in the poll, trailing only first-place Bucknell (92 points) and second-place Army (83 points). Holy Cross received one fi rst-place vote in the poll, with the Bison earning 10 first-place votes and Army tallying four. Following the Crusaders in the poll were American (fourth, 62 points and one fi rst place vote), Lehigh (fifth, 46 points), Lafayette (sixth, 33 points), Navy (sixth, 33 points) and Colgate (eighth, 22 points).

NEXT UP FOR THE LADY `SADERS: Holy Cross travels to Army on Wednesday, January 16 for a game scheduled at 7:00 p.m.