Jan. 25, 2006
Edison, N.J. - Former Holy Cross women's basketball star Janet Hourihan '86 was one of 25 players named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 25th Anniversary Women's Basketball Team, as announced by MAAC officials this afternoon. Hourihan, who played from 1982-86, stands as Holy Cross' all-time leading rebounder (1,178 rebounds), holds the record for rebounds in a single season (350 rebounds in 1985), and ranks third on the all-time scoring list (1,909 points). Her 17.7 points per game average ranks second all-time. She was inducted into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1991.
Hourihan led the Crusaders to two-consecutive MAAC Tournament title games, claiming MVP honors in 1985 after leading Holy Cross to a 62-60 victory over Saint Peter's. She competed on Crusader teams which compiled an overall record of 81-27 during her four year career, including an EAIAW championship, a MAAC Championship, and a bid to the NCAA Tournament (1985), which was the program's first such invitation.
Hourihan is one of only five Crusaders (Togo Palazzi, Tommy Heinsohn, Chris Potter, and Kathy Courtney are the others) to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Hourihan was a Kodak District I All-American selection (1986), and was named the New England Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1985. Additionally, Hourihan was MAAC Player of the Year in 1985, a three-time First-Team All-MAAC selection (1984, 1985, and 1986) and a two-time MAAC All-Tournament selection (1984, 1986).
In honor of the conference's 25 years in existence, 25 players are represented on the silver anniversary squad. Ten members were named the 1980s team, 10 were named to the 1990s squad and five players rounded out the 2000-present team.
Fairfield University and Saint Peter's College led the way as each school had five players on the silver anniversary team, followed by Siena College with four. Manhattan College listed three players, while Canisius College and La Salle University each had two players honored. Rounding out the team were Fordham University, Holy Cross, Loyola College and Niagara University, all with one player represented.