Women's Basketball to Face Lafayette in League Quarterfinals

March 2, 2007

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PATRIOT LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (12-17, 7-7 PL) vs. Lafayette (7-21, 5-8 PL)
Date: March 3, 2007
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall, Annapolis, Md.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WCUW 91.3 FM
Series History: Holy Cross leads 37-7
Last Meeting: Holly Cross and Lafayette split in regular season play with the Leopards winning the first game, 61-58 (Jan. 6) and the Crusaders winning the second, 77-45 (Feb. 3).
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: Tonight's game will be the 45th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Lafayette in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The Crusaders have a 37-7 series advantage over the Leopards. Holy Cross and Lafayette split in regular season play with the Leopards winning the first game, 61-58 (Jan. 6) and the Crusaders winning the second, 77-45 (Feb. 3).

LEHIGH RECAP: Adrienne Blout and Alex Ross scored 12 points each to lead the Lehigh women's basketball team past Holy Cross, 52-43 in its last regular season game Feb. 24 at Stabler Arena.

Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with 11 points and five rebounds shooting five of eight from the field while Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) also scored 11 points, had six boards and two steals. Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) matched her career-high of nine points and freshman Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) added four assists.

Lehigh jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game, but freshman guard O'Dell came back hitting one from the long range and two from the line to tie it at five just minutes later. The Mountain Hawks then went on an 11-5 streak to take a six point lead (16-10) with just under 8:27 to go in the first half. Holy Cross retaliated with six unanswered points to tie it again at 16 (5:03). In the last few minutes of the first half Lehigh scored 8-5 to go into the break with a three point advantage (24-21).

Lehigh went 10-8 to keep the lead in the first five minutes of the second half (34-29) and followed up with eight unanswered points to go ahead by 13 points (42-29) at 11:21.Holy Cross outscored Lehigh in the next few minutes 8-4 to cut the lead to nine (46-37) with just under five minutes left in the second half. In the streak sophomore Gruzynski and freshman O'Dell each had three. The Mountain Hawks held on to the lead to win the game by nine, 52-43.

NEXT TIME OUT: The winner of tonight's game will go on to play the winner of the Army/Lehigh game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: 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 Feb. 3 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 five assists. Holy Cross held Lafayette to just 29.1 percent from the field. Vanessa Van De Venter led the Leopards with 14 points.

SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards finished the regular season 7-21 overall and 5-8 in the league. Junior forward Vanessa Van De Venter leads the team with 12.4 ppg while sophomore forward Emily Garner leads the team with 6.5 rpg and is second with 11.0 ppg. Lafayette lost its last regular season game against Army 70-57 last week.

IN THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders lead the Patriot League averaging 14.14 assists. Holy Cross is second in three-point field goals made (5.55) and also ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.399), scoring offense (57.8), three point field goal percentage defenst (.324), and assist-turnover ratio (0.75).

FROM THE LINE: Holy Cross leads the league with a .742 free throw percentage shooting 342 of 461 from the line. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is third in the league averaging .852 from the line (92-108).

1,000 CAREER-POINTS: Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was named tothe first team All-League last week for the second consecutive year. On Feb. 20, she became the 23rd Crusader in the history of Holy Cross women's basketball to score 1,000 career-points when she scored 23 points in against Colgate. She now totals 1,016 career-points. Foley recorded her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career when she scored 18 points and had 10 boards against American (Feb. 17). She grabbed her 400th career-rebound against Bucknell (Feb. 9) and currently has 430. Foley had 15 points against Navy (Feb. 13), 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 13.1 points per game and is third with 4.9 rebounds per game. Foley is ranked eighth all-time at Holy Cross with 75 career-blocks. She 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 third in the league in free throw percentage Foley leads the league with a .543 field goal percentage, ranks fifth in scoring, ninth in blocked shots (0.66) and 12th in offensive rebounds.

FROM THE LONG RANGE: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) was named to the second team All-League and was a 2006-07 Rookie-Team pick. O'Dell scored 11 points last time out against Lehigh (Feb. 24). She also scored 11 points and matched her season-high of seven rebounds against Colgate (Feb. 20), she matched her career-high 24 points against Navy (Feb. 13) and against Lafayette (Feb. 3). With 26 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 .407 three-point field goal percentage (72-177). O'Dell leads the Patriot League with 2.57 three-point field goals made, she ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage, is 10th with 2.39 assists and is 10th in scoring. O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the week for the sixth time Feb 26.

ALL-ROOKIE PICK: Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) was named to the 2006-07 Patriot League All-Rookie last week. McFadden scored 12 points against Colgate (Feb. 20) and 13 points against American (Feb. 17) 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 26 games and averages 9.1 points per game. She is seventh in the league with a .784 free throw percentage, ranks 10th with a .336 three-point field goal percentage and 11th in assists (2.28) and three-point field goals made (1.55).

REBOUNDING LEADER: Senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and is fifth on the team with 8.7 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 964 career points just 36 points away from 1,000. Keil grabbed her 500th career-rebound in the game against Oregon State (Dec. 30.) and currently totals 613 career-rebounds. In the league Keil ranks in the top 10 in three different categories including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.19), sixth in rebounding and seventh in blocked shots (0.69).

300 CAREER-REBOUNDS: Junior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) grabbed her 300th career-rebound in the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) and now totals 326. She had a career-high nine rebounds against American (Jan. 20) and she is fourth on the team averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. McLaughlin scored a season-high 13 points to match her career-high against Bucknell (Jan.13). She has started in 28 games averaging 28.8 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.) handed out a career-high six assists against Colgate (Feb. 20). She scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed a career-high four rebounds against Lehigh (Jan. 27). Cushnie played a season-high 23 minutes against Dartmouth (Jan. 18) and has totaled 219 minutes in the last 14 games. In the game against Lafayette (Feb. 3) she had a career-high of two steals.

CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore Kathy Gruzynski (Elk, Gorve, Ill.) matched her career-high of nine points last time out against Lehigh (Feb. 24). Gruzynski had a career-high seven rebounds against Lafayette (Jan. 6).

NCAA TALK: Freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is ranked 18th in three-point field goals per game and 22nd in three-point field goal percentage while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) is 32nd nationally in free throw percentage. Holy Cross ranks 37th 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)

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 WCUW 91.3 FM, 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.