January 17, 2007

Women's Basketball Travels to Dartmouth Thursday

Jan. 17, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-12, 1-3 PL) vs. Dartmouth (5-9, 0-1 Ivy League)
Date: January 18, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Dartmouth leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Dartmouth 74-63 last season at the Hart Center.
Series Streak: Dartmouth - 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.

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game is the fourth all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Dartmouth in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Dartmouth leads the series 3-0. Big Green defeated the Crusaders 74-63 last season at the Hart Center. This is the first time Holy Cross will travel to Hanover, N.H. to play Dartmouth.

NAVY RECAP: Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored 17 points and had five boards to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team past Navy, 49-39 for its first conference win of the season Tuesday night at the Hart Center. Navy took an early lead going 7-4 from the start, but Holy Cross retaliated with an 11-2 run to take a six point lead at 8:30 (15-9). The Crusaders had an 11 point advantage with just over three minutes to play in the first half after a 10-2 streak which included two three-pointers from freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and four points from Foley. Holy Cross went into the break with a nine point lead, 25-16.

Holy Cross came out of the locker room to go on an 8-4 run to increase the lead to 13 (33-20). The Crusaders kept the lead for the remainder of the game getting as high as a 14 point advantage at 12:49. Holy Cross did not allow the Mids to come any closer than seven points through the second half as they sealed the win by 10 points.

Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 11 points and had four assists while Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) added a career-high eight rebounds and McFadden had four assists. Carly Meyer led Navy with 10 points. NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will travel to Washington, D.C. to play American Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The Crusaders lead the series against the Eagles, 10-1 and are 4-1 when playing at Bender Arena.

LAST MEETING WITH DARTMOUTH: Ashley Taylor poured in a game-high 20 points and four other Big Green players reached double figures to lead the Dartmouth women's basketball team to a 74-63 non-conference win over Holy Cross on Nov. 22, 2005 at the Hart Center. Jessica Conte led the Crusaders with 16 points and added six rebounds and Kaitlin Foley put up 12 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Keil turned in her second career double-double with an 11-point, 10-rebound effort, while Laura Aloisi posted seven points, five assists and three boards for the Crusaders. Shannon Bush also contributed eight points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: Big Green is 5-9 after defeating UNH 79-67 Jan. 10. Senior forward Ashley Taylor leads the team with 17.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Sophomore guard Koren Schram is second on the team with 12.5 ppg while junior forward Sydney Scott leads the team with 7.9 rpg.

HC VS. IVY LEAGUE: This season the Crusaders are 2-0 against Ivy League opponents. Holy Cross defeated Yale 68-56 (Nov. 10) and Harvard 69-57 (Nov. 18).

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.

PLAYING TIME: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has seen more action since league play began as she has played a season-high nine minutes against Army (Jan. 10) and Bucknell (Jan. 13). In the past three games, Cushnie has played 25 minutes, grabbed three boards, handed out three assists and added a steal. Cushnie has a career-high four points against San Diego (Dec. 28).

STEPPING UP: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had a career-high four steals and played 40 minutes for the Crusaders in the win against Navy (Jan. 16). McFadden has started in 15 games and averages 8.3 points per game scoring a career-high 16 points vs. Lafayette (Jan. 6). and handing out a career-high fives assists against Bucknell (Jan. 13). She ranks 12th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.50) and 10th in assists (2.39). McFadden has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week two times this season, (Nov. 20 and Jan. 8).

CAREER-HIGH: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) matched her career-high eight rebounds in the win against Navy (Jan. 16). She also had a season-high 13 points to match her career-high against Bucknell (Jan.13). McLaughlin is one of two players who have started every game this season, Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is the only other to have started all 18 games. She averages 29.2 minutes of playing time per game and had a season and career-high of 38 minutes on the floor at Lafayette (1-6-07). McLaughlin is third on the team averaging 4.6 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. She currently has 275.

THREE: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) leads the team with a .404 three-point field goal percentage (42-104). She has started in 15 games and is second on the team with 11.3 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.47 three-point field goals made and ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage. O'Dell also ranks tenth in scoring. She scored a career-high 21 points against Maine (Dec. 7). O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the second time Dec. 18.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.18 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.29) and fourth in field goal percentage (.398).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross is ranked second in the league with a .724 free throw percentage shooting 191 of 265 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging 87.3 from the line (55-63). LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 12.4 points per game and is fourth with 4.4 rebounds per game. She played in her 100th career-game against Rhode Island Dec. 17 where she scored a team-high 16 points. Foley currently has 859 career points and 368 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 is second with a .512 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring (12.4), 12th in blocked shots (0.44) and 19th in rebounding.

TOP IN BOARDS AND BLOCKS: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) 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 6.2 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.1 points. Keil has totaled 11 blocks so far this season and is ranked seventh all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (73). Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 874 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 534 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in five different categories including fifth in defensive rebounds (5.00) sixth in blocked shots (0.73), ninth in rebounding (6.2), 14th in assists (2.07) and 20th in scoring.

NCAA TALK: As of Jan. 16, Holy Cross was ranked 40th in the nation in free throw percentage. Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks 26th nationallly in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 31st in three-point field goals per game and 43rd in three-point field goal percentage.

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)

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. 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.).

WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL

ON TELEVISION The women's squad will be featured on ESPNU when they play at Bucknell on February 9 in a 4:30 p.m. contest.

ON THE RADIO Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM Bob Fouracre 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.