Women's Basketball to Host Colgate Tuesday

Feb. 19, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-16, 6-6 PL) vs. Colgate (5-22, 4-8 PL)
Date: February 20, 2007
Time: 7:00 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 34-3
Last Meeting: Holy Cross topped Colgate, 75-59, Jan. 24 in Hamilton, N.Y.
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 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 38th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Colgate in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The Crusaders have a 34-3 series advantage over the Raiders. Holy Cross topped Colgate (75-59) in their first meeting of the season, Jan. 24. The Crusaders are 17-0 when playing the Raiders at the Hart Center.

AMERICAN RECAP: Senior forward Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) recorded her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career as the Holy Cross women's basketball team defeated American 61-54 to break a third place tie in conference play Saturday at the Hart Center.

The Crusaders started the game strong gaining a 10 point lead just 5:38 into the first half (14-4) after Foley scored six points and freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) added five. The Crusaders held the Eagles at four points for the next five minutes. Holy Cross then went on a 13-3 run to increase the lead to 20 (27-7) at 6:52. During the run, freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored five and O'Dell hit one from the long range. The Crusaders gained as much as a 22 point lead (6:18) before going into the break with a 14 point advantage (36-22).

At halftime O'Dell led Holy Cross with 11 points shooting four of nine from the field, sinking three from the three-point range. American was held to nine of 26 from the field.

Foley scored the first six points of the second half for the Crusaders while McFadden scored the next five. Holy Cross did not allow American to come any closer than 12 points until 4:18 left in the second half. The Eagles went on an 11-0 run to make it 53-46 with less than three minutes to go, but Holy Cross held on to win by seven (61-54).

The Crusaders held the Eagles to just 33.3 percent from the field. Foley led Holy Cross with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals while O'Dell had 14 points and five assists, and McFadden added 13 points.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross goes on the road for their last regular season game against Lehigh Saturday at 7:00 p.m. LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: Freshman guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team past Colgate, 75-59 in Patriot League action Jan. 24 at Cotterell Court.

Colgate scored first, and went 9-7 in the first five minutes of the game to take the early lead. The Crusaders tied it up at nine and then again at 11 before O'Dell scored the next eight points for Holy Cross to take a six point advantage with under 12 minutes left in the first half (19-13). Holy Cross continued on a 6-2 run to take a 10 point lead (25-15) with just under eight minutes left in the half. During the run Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and O'Dell each sunk one from the three-point range. The Crusaders went into halftime with a 14 point lead (37-23) after Keil scored six and O'Dell and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) each added three.

At the break O'Dell led the Crusaders with 16 points while Keil had nine points and four rebounds. Holy Cross 55.6 percent from the three point range shooting five of nine.

The Raiders came out of the locker room to scored 9-5 in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Crusaders stayed on top with a 10 point margin (42-32). Holy Cross went on an 11-6 streak in the next five minutes as McFadden scored five and Foley added four to give the Crusaders a 15 point lead. Holy Cross got as high as a 23 point lead with less than five minutes left in the game and held on to win by 16.

Foley scored 15 points had five rebounds and matched her career-high of three blocks while Keil scored 14, had six boards and three steals. Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) had a career-high five steals and added five rebounds. O'Dell led the team with 24 points shooting nine of 10 from the field and five of six from the three-point range. Holy Cross shot 13 of 28 from the field making 10 from the three-point range. Melanie Cargle led Colgate with 20 points and six rebounds.

SCOUTING COLGATE: The Raiders are 5-22 overall and 4-8 in the conference after falling to Bucknell, 64-32 Saturday. Junior guard Melanie Cargle leads the team with 12.1 ppg, but will not play. Junior forward Caitlin Gillard is second on the team with 9.7 ppg and averages 6.0 rpg while sophomore guard Gretchen Polinski leads the team with 6.6 rpg and adds 7.7 ppg.

IN THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.26 assists. Holy Cross is second in three-point field goals made (5.70) and also ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.399), rebounding defense (35.5), scoring offense (58.0), and assist-turnover ratio (0.74).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .744 free throw percentage shooting 311 of 418 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is second in the league averaging .857 from the line (84-98).

18 POINTS TO REACH 1,000: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) recorded her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career when she scored 18 points and had 10 boards against American (2-17-07). She is now 18 points away from becoming the 23rd Crusader to score 1,000 career-points in the history of Holy Cross women's basketball. She grabbed her 400th career-rebound against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and currently has 420. Foley had 15 points against Navy (2-13-07), 13 points against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and 12 points and five rebounds against Lafayette (Feb. 3). 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 third with 4.9 rebounds per game. Foley played in her 100th career-game against Rhode Island (Dec. 17) where she scored a team-high 16 points. 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 ranking second in the league in free throw percentage Foley leads the league with a .541 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, 10th in blocked shots (0.59) and 13th in offensive rebounds.

FROM THE LONG RANGE: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) matched her career-high 24 points against Navy (Feb. 13) and against Lafayette (Feb. 3). With 24 starts as a rookie she is second on the team with 11.8 points per game. O'Dell sunk six three-pointers against Navy (Feb. 13) and five against Lafayette (Feb. 3). She leads the team with a .412 three-point field goal percentage (68-165). O'Dell leads the Patriot League with 2.62 three-point field goals made, she ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage, is seventh with 2.50 assists and is 10th in scoring. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the fifth time Feb 19.

REBOUNDING LEADER: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) is leading the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 9.2 points. Keil had a season-high 10 boards in the win against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and she scored 15 points and had eight boards against Navy (Feb. 13). Keil has totaled 18 blocks so far this season and is fifth all-time in career blocks at Holy Cross (80). 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 900th career-point against Colgate (Jan. 24) where she scored 14 points. Earlier this season she scored her 800th career point against Maine (Dec. 7) where she scored a career-high 22 points. Keil now totals 958 career points just 42 points away from 1,000. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 605 career-rebounds. In the league Keil ranks in the top 10 in three different categories including fourth in rebounding and defensive rebounds (5.33) and sixth in blocked shots (0.75).

GETTING THE POINT: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) scored 13 points last time out against American (2-17-07) and 15 against Navy (Feb. 13). She 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 24 games and averages 9.2 points per game. She is sixth in the league with a .782 free throw percentage, ranks ninth in assist (2.41) and 10th with a .331 three-point field goal percentage.

300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebounds in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 321. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is fourth on the team averaging 4.7 rebounds per game. McLaughlin scored a season-high 13 points to match her career-high against Bucknell (Jan.13). She has started in 26 games averaging 28.9 minutes 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.

STEPPING UP: Freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) has come off the bench to spark the team scoring a career-high 12 points and a career-high four rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). She played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) and has totaled 181 minutes in the last 12 games. In the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) Cushnie handed out a career-high three assists and two steals.

NCAA TALK: Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 22nd in three-point field goal percentage and is 24th in three-point field goals per game while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is tied 27th nationally in free throw percentage. Holy Cross ranks 28th in free throw 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

PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT The 2007 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy, March 3-4. All eight teams journey to Annapolis for quarterfinal and semifinal contests.

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