Feb. 28, 2006
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Holy Cross junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) and junior guard/forward Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) were named to the 2006 Patriot League All-Conference Team as announced by conference officials on Tuesday. Foley earned her first career award with her selection to the All-Patriot League First Team, while Keil's selection to the Second Team was her second career award (2004 All-Rookie Team).
A former Patriot League Player of the Week (Jan. 30) this season, Foley leads Holy Cross in points (406), points per game (15.0 points per game), blocks (29 blocks), field goal percentage (54.0 percent), minutes played (852 minutes) and minutes per game (31.6 minutes per game). She is second on the team in rebounding (6.0 rebounds per game), and is third on the team in steals (41 steals). The six-foot-four center, who only averaged 10.9 minutes and 3.1 points last season, has started all 27 games for the Crusaders this year. She ranks second in the Patriot League in both field goal percentage and blocks, fourth in scoring, sixth in free throw percentage (73.4 percent), eighth in rebounding and 10th in steals (1.52 steals per game).
In Patriot League contests, Foley is the League's leading scorer with 15.9 points per game and is second in field goal percentage (.542). She has reached double-digit scoring in all but three games this season and netted a season-high 27 against Army on Feb. 7. She also ranks second in the Patriot League in blocked shots (1.1) and sixth in free throw percentage (.734).
Foley has set and passed career-highs in points six times this season (18 at Northeastern; 19 vs. Western Kentucky; 20 vs. URI; 21 vs. Colgate; 23 at Lehigh; 27 vs. Army), and was named to the Wells Fargo/Arizona State Holiday Classic All Tournament Team in December.
In addition, Foley was recently named as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association Most Valuable Player this season.
A preseason all-league pick, Keil leads the team in rebounding this season (6.2 rebounds per game) and is seventh in the league in that same category. In addition, she is third on the team in scoring (10.1 points per game), fourth in the league in blocked shots (0.72 blocks per game), 10th in three-point field goal percentage and 12th in assists. She is a two-time ESPN The Magazine District I All-Academic selection and was also named the Holy Cross Club of Worcester Winter Homecoming Game Most Valuable Player following the Crusaders' Feb. 11 win over Bucknell.
Keil recorded six double-doubles this season, which leads the team and is second most in the Patriot League, and is shooting .376 from the field and .787 from the free throw line. A 2004 Patriot League All-Rookie Team selection, Keil was twice named to the Worcester Area College Basketball weekly honor roll.
The Crusaders are the second seed in this week's Patriot League Tournament and will take on seventh-seeded American in quarterfinal action at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is 2-0 against American this season and 10-1 against the Eagles in the all-time series.