February 1, 2007

Women Prepare to Face Lafayette Saturday

Feb. 1, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-14, 3-4 PL) vs. Lafayette (5-17, 3-4 PL)
Date: February 3, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 36-7
Series at the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 18-1
Last Meeting:Lafayette 61-58 Jan. 6 at the Kirby Sports Center
Series Streak: Lafayette- 2

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 44th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Lafayette in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross leads the series 36-7, but the Leopards defeated Holy Cross 61-58 when they met in the opening Patriot League game of the season, Jan. 6. The Crusaders are 18-1 when facing Lafayette at the Hart Center.

LEHIGH RECAP: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored a season-high 24 points and senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) recorded her eighth career double-double to lead the women's basketball team past Lehigh 75-61 in conference action Saturday at the Hart Center.

Holy Cross jumped out to a 10-6 lead with Foley scoring eight of the 10 points for the Crusaders. The Mountain Hawks followed up with eight unanswered points to gain a seven point lead (19-12) at 13:42. Lehigh continued to increase the lead to 11 after an 8-4 run (27-16). Holy Cross retaliated with an 11-4 run to decrease Lehigh's lead to four (33-29) with 4:32 remaining in the half. In the last three minutes the Mountain Hawks went on an 8-5 streak to go into the half with a seven point lead, 41-34.

The Crusaders came out of the locker room on fire as Foley scored seven points to knot the game at 41. Holy Cross went on an 8-0 run to take a six point advantage at 14:50. The Crusaders did not allow the Mountain Hawks to go ahead again as Holy Cross scored 14 unanswered points and gained the highest lead of the game (72-52) with 4:02 left in the game. In the run junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) scored six points. The Crusaders held on to win the game by 14 points (75-61).

Holy Cross shot 55.8 percent from the field making six from the three-point range and 11 from the line. Foley led the team with 24 points and had five rebounds. Keil scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for her eighth career double-double. Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 10 points and had a career-high six steals and seven assists while freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) had a career-high 12 points. Alex Ross led the Mountain Hawks with 15 points.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will be back on the road for its next three games. First they will face Army Tuesday at the Christl Arena at 5:00 p.m.

LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: Freshman Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) led the Holy Cross women's basketball team with a career-high 16 points while Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had 14, but it wasn't enough as Jessica Spicer scored a career-high 20 points to lead Lafayette over Holy Cross, 61-58, in their Patriot League opener at the Kirby Sports Center Jan. 6, 2007.

SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards are 5-17 overall and 3-4 in the league after defeating American 62-50 last week. Junior forward leads Lafayette with 11.5 ppg and has 5.0 rpg. Sophomore forward Emily Garner leads the team with 6.6 rpg and is second with 11.1 ppg while sophomore guard adds 10.8 ppg.

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.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.14 assists. Holy Cross also ranks second in three-points made (5.64) and fourth in field goal percentage (.399).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .728 free throw percentage shooting 238 of 327 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is first in the league averaging .875 from the line (70-80).

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was named Patriot League Player of the Week (Jan. 29) after scoring a season-high 24 points in the win against Lehigh (Jan. 27). She leads the team with 12.8 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 918 career points and 392 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 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 .544 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, seventh in blocked shots (0.68) and 17th in rebounding.

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). Cushnie scored a career-high 12 points and four career-rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). In the last seven games, she has played 94 minutes, grabbed 10 boards, scored 25 points, handed out nine assists and added two steals.

CAREER-HIGH POINTS: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 24 points against Colgate (Jan. 24). She has started in 19 games and is second on the team with 11.1 points per game. O'Dell leads the team with a .405 three-point field goal percentage (51-126). In the Patriot League she is second with 2.43 three-point field goals made and ranks sixth in three-point field goal percentage. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the third time Jan. 29.

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 19 games and averages 8.6 points per game. She ranks 11th in the league in three-point field goals made (1.64) and is tied 10th in assists (2.36).

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 6.7 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.7 points. Keil has totaled 14 blocks so far this season and is ranked seventh all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (76). She recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season against Lehigh (Jan. 27) when she scored 12 and had 10 rebounds. Her first double-double of the season came agaisnt 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 922 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 568 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.32) sixth in blocked shots (0.74), seventh in rebounding, and 19th in scoring.

PUSHING LIMITS: 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 22 games. She averages 29.5 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 297.

NCAA TALK: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is tied 19th nationallly in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is tied 34th in three-point field goal percentage and 37th in three-point field goals per game.

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.).