January 23, 2007

Women's Basketball Heads to Colgate

Jan. 23, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-14, 1-4 PL) vs. Colgate (2-18, 1-4 PL)
Date: January 24, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y..
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WCUW 91.3 FM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 33-3
Last Meeting: Colgate, 79-71 at Cotterell Court last season
Series Streak: Colgate - 1

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: This game will be the 37th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Colgate in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross leads the series 33-3. One of Colgate's three wins came when the two teams met last season (79-71) at Cotterell Court. The Raiders are 3-0 when hosting the Crusaders at Cotterell Court.

AMERICAN RECAP: Nicole Ryan scored 19 points to lead the American women's basketball team past Holy Cross 59-55 in conference action Saturday at the Bender Arena. At the start of the game, Holy Cross and American stayed within two points of each other until freshman forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) sunk a three and freshman guard Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) added two from the line to make it 14-11 at 10:10. The Crusaders continued on a 4-2 run to take a five point lead with just under eight minutes left in the first half (18-13). In the next few minutes Briana McFadden (Wheaton Md.) scored five points while Cushnie added three to keep the five point lead (26-21). With 1:28 left in the first half, American tied the game at 28 after a 7-2 run, but senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N. J.) scored two from the line to take the Crusaders into the break with the lead (30-28).

The Crusaders came out of the locker room to score 14-4 in the first five minutes of the second half. In the run, senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored six points, McFadden hit two three-pointers and Keil added two to take a 12 point lead (44-32). The Eagles came back with an 11-2 run to come within three points (46-43) and then made it a one-point game 48-47 at 6:29. The Eagles then went ahead by two after Ryan hit a three-pointer, but freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched it on the Crusaders next possession to push back into the lead (51-50). The game was tied up three times in the last 4:38 minutes of the game. American took a two-point lead twice (1:33 and 0:36) and Holy Cross could not put up another basket in the last minute of the game as the Eagles won, 59-55.

Three players from Holy Cross scored in double digits as McFadden led the team with a career-high 17 points. Foley had 14 points and six rebounds while Keil added 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. McLaughlin had a career-high nine rebounds while Cushnie scored a career-high five points.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will return home to host Lehigh Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.

LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: Three Crusaders reached double figures, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's basketball team dropped a 79-71 decision to Colgate Feb. 21, 2006 at Cotterell Court. Shannon Bush and Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) shared game-high honors with 18 points each and Jessica Conte added 15. Bush had 10 of her 18 in the first. Sarah Placek chipped in with nine points.

SCOUTING COLGATE: TheRaiders are 2-18 overall and 1-4 in the league after falling to Bucknell 74-48 last week. Junior guard Melanie Cargle leads Colgate with 11.4 ppg while junior guard Caitlin Gillard averages 9.9 ppg. Sophomore guard Gretchen Polinski leads the team in rebounding (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.

STEPPING UP: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a career-high 17 points against American (Jan. 20) and was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week (Jan. 22) for the third time this season. She had a career-high four steals and played 40 minutes for the Crusaders in the win against Navy (Jan. 16) and handed out a career-high fives assists against Bucknell (Jan. 13). McFadden has started in 17 games and averages 8.7 points per game. She is tied 10th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.60) and tied 10th in assists (2.30).

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 6.5 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.4 points. Keil has totaled 13 blocks so far this season and is ranked seventh all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (75). She recorded her seventh career double-double against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Keil scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points and now has 896 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 552 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.12) sixth in blocked shots (0.76), eighth in rebounding, and 20th in scoring.

PLAYING TIME: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has seen more action since league play began and played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18). In the past five games, Cushnie has played 67 minutes, grabbed six boards, scored eight points, handed out four assists and added a steal. Cushnie has a career-high five points against American (Jan. 20).

CAREER-HIGH SEASON: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20). 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 20 games. She averages 29.2 minutes of playing time per game and matched her career-high of 38 minutes on the floor at American (Jan. 20). McLaughlin is tied third on the team averaging 4.7 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 286.

THREE!: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) leads the team with a .389 three-point field goal percentage (44-113). She has started in 17 games and is third on the team with 10.5 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.32 three-point field goals made and ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage. 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 13.70 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.40) and fourth in field goal percentage (.387).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross is ranked second in the league with a .721 free throw percentage shooting 214 of 297 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging .881 from the line (59-67).

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 12.2 points per game and is tied third with 4.7 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 879 career points and 382 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 leads with a .520 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, 10th in blocked shots (0.55) and tied 17th in rebounding.

NCAA TALK: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks 19th nationallly in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is tied 48rd in three-point field goal percentage.

OUT FOR THE SEASON: 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 WCUW 91.3 FM 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.