February 5, 2007

Women's Basketball Heads to Army Tuesday

Feb. 5, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-14, 4-4 PL) vs. Army (19-4, 6-2 PL)
Date: February 6, 2007
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Television: ESPNU
Series History: Holy Cross leads 27-10
Last Meeting: Army 62-49 January 10, 2007 at the Hart Center
Series Streak: Army - 4

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.

The Holy Cross women's basketball team is on their longest winning streak of the season after winning their third consecutive game Saturday against Lafayette at the Hart Center to improve to 4-4 in the league and 9-14 overall.

THIS TIME OUT: This game will be the 38th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Army in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross leads the series 27-10, but the Black Knights defeated Holy Cross 62-49 when they met earlier this season, Jan. 10 at the Hart Center.

LAFAYETTE RECAP: Freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) led the team with 24 points while freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a career-high 20 points to lead the women's basketball team past Lafayette in Patriot League play Saturday at Holy Cross' annual Winter Homecoming game at the Hart Center.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first few minutes of the game as O'Dell scored five points and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had four. Holy Cross followed up with an 11-6 run that included O'Dell scoring six more points (21-10) to give the Crusaders an 11 point lead at 10:11. Foley and Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) each scored four during a 13-3 streak to push the Crusaders ahead by 20 points at 3:52. Holy Cross went into the break with a 17 point lead (39-22).

At the half O'Dell led the Crusaders with 18 points shooting six of seven from the field including five of six from the three-point range. Holy Cross held Lafayette to 28.6 percent from the field in the first half.

Holy Cross scored 9-6 in the first few minutes of the second half to keep a 20 point advantage over Lafayette as McFadden scored five of the nine points for the Crusaders (48-28). Holy Cross followed up with a 19-7 streak to take a 31 point lead with 3:34 minutes left in the game. The Crusaders gained as much as a 32 points lead with 34 seconds life in the game and won the game by 32 points (77-45). O'Dell matched her career-high of 24 points while McFadden scored a career-high 20 points for the Crusaders. Foley added 12 points while Keil had 10 rebounds and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) handed out a career-high five assist. Holy Cross held Lafayette to just 29.1 percent from the field. Vanessa Van De Venter led the Leopards with 14 points.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will remain on the road as they travel to Bucknell Friday at 4:30 p.m.

LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Megan Evans scored 15 points and Jen Hansen added 14 to lead the Army women's basketball team past Holy Cross, 62-49 in Patriot League play January 10, 2007 at the Hart Center.

Army started off the game 6-0 in the first two minutes of play, but Holy Cross retaliated 4-0 to stay within two points (4-6). The Crusaders remained within four points of the Black Knights until senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) stole the ball tapping it to freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) who broke away and exchanged a quick pass with freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) to set up a lay up that knotted the game at 15. O'Dell followed up with a three to put the Crusaders ahead 18-15 with 6:09 minutes left in the half. The teams went back and forth for the next few minutes and tied again at 22 with 3:02 left, but Holy Cross went on a 9-4 streak to go into the break with a five point lead (31-26).

Army came out of the locker room and scored 11-6 to tie the game at 37 (16:09). The Black Knights took the lead as Jen Hansen sunk one from the three-point range (40-37). Holy Cross stayed strong matching Army on a nine point run to stay within two (49-47) with just over nine minutes left in the second half. The score remained 49-47 for the next five minutes until Army put up seven unanswered points (56-47) to take a nine point lead with 2:38 minutes left. In the last two minutes of the game Army went 4-1 to seal the win, 62-49.

Three players had ten or more points for Army as O'Dell was the only Crusader in double digits with a team-high 15 points.

SCOUTING ARMY: The Black Knights are 19-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference after defeating Colgate 65-48 last week. Junior guard Cara Enright leads the team with 15.5 ppg while sophomore forward Megan Evans leads with 6.5 rpg. Sophomore guard Alex McGuire is second on the team with 12.0 ppg.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.17 assists. Holy Cross also ranks third in three-points field goal percentage (.324) and third in field goal percentage (.402).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .736 free throw percentage shooting 265 of 360 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is second in the league averaging .871 from the line (74-85).

CAREER-HIGH: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched her career-high 24 points against Lafayette (Feb. 3). With 20 starts she is second on the team with 11.7 points per game. O'Dell sunk five three-pointers against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and leads the team with a .421 three-point field goal percentage (56-133). In the Patriot League she is second with 2.55 three-point field goals made, she ranks third in three-point field goal percentage and is eighth with 2.36 assists. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the third time Jan. 29.

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had 12 points and five rebounds in the Crusaders last win against Lafayette. She 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 930 career points and 397 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 .550 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, ninth in blocked shots (0.65) and 17th in rebounding.

PLAYING TIME: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has come off the bench to spark the team since league play began. She played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) and has totaled 112 minutes in the last eight games. Cushnie scored a career-high 12 points and a career-high four rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). In the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) she handed out a career-high three assists and two steals.

PLAYING THE PART: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored a career-high 20 points against Lafayette (Feb. 3) 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 20 games and averages 9.1 points per game. She tied eighth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.70), she is ranked ninth with a .345 three-point field goal percentage and is 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, and after having to sit out the first three games of this season after preseason knee surgery she is back in action and is putting up the numbers leading the team with 6.9 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.5 points. Keil had a season-high 10 boards in the win against Lafayette (Feb. 3). She 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 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 926 career points. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 578 career-rebounds. In the league senior Keil ranks in the top 20 in four different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.35) seventh in blocked shots (0.70), fifth in rebounding, and 20th in scoring.

300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebounds in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 302. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is tied third on the team averaging 4.7 rebounds per game. Keil 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 23 games. She averages 29.3 minutes of playing time per game and matched her career-high of 38 minutes on the floor at American (Jan. 20). Earlier this season McLaughlin grabbed her 200th career rebound against Rhode Island as she tied with Keil for a team-high five rebounds.

NCAA TALK: Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is tied 19th nationally in free throw percentage and freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 32nd 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.).

WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL

ON TELEVISION The women's squad will be featured on ESPNU tonight and again when they travel to Bucknell February 9 at 4:30 p.m.

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.