March 7, 2008

Women's Basketball To Face Navy In League Quarterfinals

March 7, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS: Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access & Patriot League All-Access,www.goholycross.com. Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color; WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 35-4. Last Meeting: Holy Cross 56, Navy 53 (Feburary 20, 2008, Worcester, Mass.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG F 13 Ashley McLaughlin 6-1 Sr. 3.6 4.0 F 14 Briana McFadden 5-10 So. 13.8 3.9 C 30 Elizabeth Campbell 6-3 Fr. 6.3 4.3 G 5 Laura Aloisi 5-9 Sr. 9.1 3.7 G 44 Bethany O'Dell 5-8 So. 11.7 4.4

THE SERIES WITH NAVY: This will be the 40th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mids on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series with an impressive 35-4 overall record. The Crusaders have won the last 10 straight contests played between the schools as Navy has no defeated Holy Cross since January 23, 2004 when the Mids won at the Hart Center, 71-64. The schools have met six times in the Patriot League Tournament, with the Crusaders sweeping the all-time series, 6-0. Holy Cross' most recent tournament victory over the Mids was on March 5, 2005, when the Crusaders defeated Navy, 72-62, at the Hart Center. The schools fi rst met on January 18, 1992, with the Crusaders posting a 75-62 win over visiting Navy.

SERIES QUICK FACTS Overall Holy Cross leads, 35-4 Bill Gibbons vs. Navy 35-4 Tom Marryott vs. Holy Cross 1-10 Current Win Streak Holy Cross, 10 games In Overtime Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS SET FOR PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross will take on Navy in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Patriot League Tournament on Saturday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. The Crusaders are the second seed in the tournament, while the Mids are seeded seventh. The winner of this game will move on to face the winner of the Lehigh-Lafayette game on Sunday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. All quarterfinal and semifinal games are being held at Army in West Point, N.Y. The championship game on March 12 will be played on the campus of the higher seed.

THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross will be the No. 2 seed in the 2008 Patriot League Championship. This season marks the fourth time the Crusaders have finished the regular season as the second seed in the tournament. Throughout its' history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has finished the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament 11 times (8-3), third three times (1-2), and fourth seed twice (0-2). The Crusaders have never finished lower than fourth seed in their 18 years in the Patriot League. Holy Cross is the only team in the Patriot League that has never seeded lower than fourth for the tournament. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 4-8 in the Patriot League Tournament when it has been seeded lower than its opponent. Holy Cross has won the Patriot League championship as the third seed last season, defeating American, 56-48, at the Hart Center.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Holy Cross has an amazing 11 Patriot League Tournament titles in the league's 17 years of existence. During its 17 seasons in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has finished in first place 12 times. Head coach Bill Gibbons has the best all-time record in the Patriot League tournament, posting an a career record of 35-6 (.854). The Crusaders have also had eight players named the Patriot League Player of the Year. This list includes: Mary Helen Walker (90-91), Norinne Powers (91-92, 92-93), Laurie Carson (93-94), Lauren Maney (94-95, 95-96), Kathy Courtney (96-97), Amy O'Brien (97-98, 98-99), Anna Kinne (99-00) and Maggie Fontana (02-03). Holy Cross has also had two players named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year: Maggie Fontana (01-02) and Bethany O'Dell (06-07).

THE MIDS' REPORT: Facing Navy in the first round, Holy Cross holds a perfect 6-0 all-time record against the Mids in Patriot League tournament play. This marks the first time since the 2004-2005 season that the teams have met in the tournament and fourth time in 10 years. Holy Cross has played the Mids only once in the quarterfinals, three times in the semifinal round and just two times in the championship game.

TOURNEY RETURNS TO WEST POINT: For the fourth time in league history, Army's Christl Arena is the home of the Patriot League Tournament. Last time the Black Knights hosted the tournament was during the 2005-2006 season as Army defeated Holy Cross in the championship game, 69-68.

DYNAMIC DUO: Two members of the Holy Cross women's basketball program are wrapping up their collegiate careers this month. Team captains Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) are the two members of the 2008 senior class. Over the last four years, the senior class has helped the Crusaders record 68 victories to date, two Patriot League regular season championships, two Patriot League tournament titles, and two trips to the NCAA tournament.

TRIO GRABS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS: Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) has been named to the 2007-2008 All-Patriot League first team in women's basketball, as voted by the conference's head coaches. In addition, sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) was named to the Patriot League second team while freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team. McFadden averaged 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game on the year for the Crusaders, while shooting 36.6 percent from the floor (115 of 314), 36.9 from long range (48 of 130) and 80.9 percent from free throw range (123 of 152). She finished the regular season ranked first in the league in free throw percentage, second in scoring, sixth in three-point field goal percentage and sixth in three-point field goals made (1.66 per game). McFadden led Holy Cross in scoring 14 times in 29 games played this year, including eight of the 15 Patriot League contests. She tied the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game, going 11-for-11 from the free throw line against UNC Asheville on December 29. Her efforts in this game also tied the school record for consecutive free throws made in a single game with 11. This is McFadden's second All-League selections after being named to the All-Rookie Team last year. O'Dell averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 37.5 (112-299) percent from the floor, 39.2 percent (60-153) from long range, and 81.2 percent (56-69) from the charity stripe. She finished the regular season tied for second in the league for three-point field goals made (60), ranked third in the league in three-point field goal percentage and eighth in scoring. She led the Crusaders in scoring in seven games this season, including four league games. This is O'Dell's second straight year named to the second-team and third All-Patriot League honors after being named to the All-Rookie Team last season. Campbell finished her first season with the Crusaders appearing in 27 games and making eight starts. She averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 assists per game. She led Holy Cross in blocks during her debut season, finishing with 33. Campbell finished the season ranked fifth in blocked shots in the Patriot League. She recorded two double-doubles this season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against American on Feb. 23 and had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Bucknell on Feb. 16.

BOOK WORMS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) continues to climb the all-time career lists for Holy Cross as she grabbed the No. 7 spot in career assists, with 432 current career assists. Aloisi also is tied in the No. 7 slot on the all-time career steals list, with 208. She's just one shy of tying Amy O'Brien's (1995-1999) record of 209. Aloisi's current career assists lands her eighth on the all-time career Patriot League list, just six shy on the No. 7 spot. Sophomore guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) also set new records this season, tying the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game against UNC-Asheville on December 29, going 11-for-11 at the free throw line. She also tied the school record for consecutive free throws made in a single game with 11.

O'DELL NAMED PL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) has been named the Baden Patriot League Player of the Week, for competition from February 12-17. O'Dell led the Crusaders in scoring during both league contests last week as Holy Cross goes into this week's competition tied for first in the league. In Saturday's 73-67 victory over Bucknell, O'Dell scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Against the Bison, she made 3-of-4 attempts from long range and sank all six attempts from the free throw line, leading the Crusaders to hitting 20-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe. O'Dell paced the Crusaders with 17 points and three steals during their 56-54 loss to Army on Wednesday, February 13. On the week, O'Dell averaged 64.7% from the floor, 62.5% from long range, and 90.0% from the free throw line. She averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. O'Dell ranks second in scoring for Holy Cross, averaging 11.4 points per game and is ranked first on the team in rebounds, averaging 4.4 boards per game. This is the first career Patriot League Player of the Week for the sophomore standout and earns her seventh weekly award during her career after being named Patriot League Rookie of the Week six times last season. O'Dell honors notches the third week in a row the Crusaders have received Patriot League Player of the Week honors.

O'DELL GRABS NEW CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) recored a new career-high in steals as grabbed six during the Crusaders 56-53 Patriot League victory over Navy on February 20 at the Hart Center in Worcester. She also tied her career-high in rebounds as she grabbed eight boards against Colgate on February 27.

CAMPBELL COMES THROUGH: Freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) went from lead bench player to the fifth starter for the Crusaders, making eight straight league starts. Campbell is currently ranked fifth in blocks per game in the league, with 1.2 per game. She recorded her second career double-double as she scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against American on February 23. She led the team in scoring with 13 points during the Crusaders 56-53 victory over Navy on February 20. Against Bucknell on February 16, she recorded her first career double-doubles, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Campbell grabbed a career-high 11 boards against Lafayette on February 9 while chipping in nine points and one block. Campbell went 6-for-8 (75.0%) from field goal range, chipping in 13 points and leading Holy Cross in rebounds with seven and in assists with five during the Crusaders 62-46 loss to American on January 26. Campbell chipped in six points and three rebounds during the 48-46 victory over Bucknell on January 20. She had a career-high nine rebounds and 33 minutes played during the Crusaders 57-41 loss to Army on January 16. She tied her season-high 14 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals in 26 minutes played as Holy Cross toppped Dartmouth, 60-52. Campbell leads the Crusaders in blocks with 33 in 27 appearances and is averaging 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 0.9 assists and 0.8 steals per game.

IT'S ALL GRUZYNSKI: Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) has helped Holy Cross stay atop the league standings, being the the first bench player on the court and making the plays. Against Colgate, she led the team in scoring with 14 points, hitting a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. She also chipped in five rebounds and one block during the Crusaders 63-53 victory over Colgate. She netted a career-high 20 points versus American and added 10 points against Navy this week, averaging 15.0 points per game. She also went 11-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe for the week and grabbed 11 boards. Gruzynski has led Holy Cross in scoring during the last three games, averaging 13.6 points per game.

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!!!: Briana McFadden has been the Crusaders' offensive weapon all season, leading the team's scoring in 14 of 29 contests. In league play, McFadden leads Holy Cross in scoring seven of the 14 games played. She had a season-high against league opponents after scoring 21 points during a 53-51 victory against Lehigh on February 2. McFadden's scoring success hit a new high this year as she posted a career-high 28 points against UNC-Asheville on December 29 as Holy Cross won, 79-60.

SHE'S BAAAAACK: Sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) returns for her second season with the Crusaders. In 28 starts for Holy Cross, she is averaging 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. O'Dell led the Crusasders in scoring in their final Patriot League game of the regular season, scoring a season-high 21 points against Lehigh on March 1. During the game, she went 7-for-10 from the floor including a perfect 4-for-4 from long range while sinking three of four attempts from the charity stripe. O'Dell paced the Crusaders with 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists against Army on February 13. Agaisnt Lafayette on February 9, O'Dell tied the team-high scoring with 19 poitns. With one minute remaining in th league contest against Bucknell on January 20, O'Dell hit a shot outside the arc to tie the game, 46-46, and hit the final free throw of the Crusaders victory over the Bison. She chipped in eight points, five rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block during the 57-41 loss to Army on January 16. Against Dartmouth, O'Dell had a season-high six assists while scoring 13 points and grabbing three rebounds and one steal. In the Patriot League opener against Lafayette, O'Dell had 14 points, four rebounds, a season-high four steals and three assists. O'Dell scored a season-high 20 points and had six rebounds, two assist and one steal during the Crusadesr 65-56 victory over Rhode Island. This season, O'Dell was named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Last year, O'Dell was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and received Rookie of the Week honors six times. She also was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and Patriot League All-Rookie Team. During her debut season, O'Dell made 30 starts in 32 games while averaging 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists. and 1.2 steals per game. She also led the Patriot League in three-point field goals with 87 on the season.

CRUSADERS TAKE ON THE LEAGUE: Ranked second in the league with a 10-4 record, sophomore guards Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) picked up right where they left off last year leading the Crusaders against the league. Against league opponents, McFadden is averaging 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals while O'Dell is second in scoring (12.2) and rebounds (4.9) while averaging 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 14 contests. Returning to league play this season is senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and junior guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.), who both missed league play last year due to injuries. Starting in all 14 games, Aloisi is averaging 9.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Making their debut in the Patriot League are freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.), who have both appreaced in 12 league games so far this season. Making eight league starts, Campbell is averaging 8.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) has appeared in 12 Patriot League contests and made one start, averaging 6.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has made nine appearances in league play, averaging 3.3 points, and 2.3 rebounds. Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) has started in all 14 league contests, averaging 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 points per game.

THE FIRST NAVY RECAP: Briana McFadden led the Holy Cross women's basketball team in scoring for the 11th time this season as the Crusaders defeated Navy, 62-51, in a Patriot League contest. Holy Cross started out strong, going on a 13-2 run, led by Bethany O'Dell scoring on a three-pointer and a field goal shot for five points and McFadden who had a shot from outside the arc and two shots from the charity stripe for five points. The Mids jumped back into the game, getting with six of the Crusaders, 21-15, with 7:29 left in the first half as Whitney Davidson hit a three-pointer and a shot from field goal range. Navy continued to stay paced with the Crusaders, cutting its deficit to five with a score of 29-24 at the 2:21 mark in the first half. Holy Cross held the Mids to two points to finish up the half and McFadden had four points, giving the Crusaders a nine-point cushion, 35-26. Holy Cross maintained its offensive aggression, holding Navy to six points during the first 12 minutes of the game. The Crusaders scored 19 points in that time with Whitney Fremeau scoring five points McFadden and O'Dell scoring four each. The Crusaders continued their stride as Jessica Pearson went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to close out the scoring, 62-51. McFadden led the scoring for Holy Cross with 14 points while chipping in two assists, one block and one rebound. Fremeau posted a new career-high seven points and tied her career-high 15 minutes played had two rebounds and one assist. O'Dell chipped in 12 points, three boards and two assists. The Crusaders had a season-high 91.3% from the charity stripe, hitting 21 of 23 attempts.

THE SECOND NAVY RECAP: Elizabeth Campbell scored a team-high 13 points as Holy Cross defeated Navy, 56-53, in Patriot League action tonight. Navy broke away from a 6-6 tie in the opening minutes, going on a 14-4 run as Cassie Consedine scored five points and Whitney Davidson chipped in four points. With 10:41 left in the half, the Mids' led 20-10. The Crusaders shook up Navy's offense, holding the Mids scoreless for almost eight and a half minutes and grabbing its second lead of the game, 23-20. The Holy Cross 13-0 run was scored six different Holy Cross players, each chipping in a layup. The Crusaders held onto a 25-23 lead in the final minute of the half but a three-pointer by Emily Cordle with 44 second left in the half lifted Navy to a 26-25 halftime lead. Battling for the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, Holy Cross took the upper hand, grabbing a six-point cushion (38-32) as Bethany O'Dell sank a shot from long range. Tied 49-49 with 2:25 left in the game, Kathy Gruzynski hit a layup to put Holy Cross ahead by two points. The Mids' Angela Myers answered back with a shot outside the arc, lifting Navy to a 52-51 lead with 48 seconds winding down on the clock. Campbell took back the lead and secured the victory, scoring a layup with 26 second left to play, assisted by Gruzynski. In addition to her 13 points, Campbell tied her career-high in blocks with five while grabbing four and one assist. O'Dell paced the Crusaders with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists while Briana McFadden chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block.

BRI AND THE FREE'S: Sophomore guard Briana McFadden is ranked first in the league from the charity stripe, posting a 81.1% from free throw range. McFadden's efforts this season landed her in the Holy Cross record books as tied the school record for best free throw percentage in a single game against UNC-Asheville on December 29, going 11-for-11 at the free throw line. McFadden also went a perfect 10-for-10 on December 1 during the Crusaders contest against Quinnipiac. McFadden has also proven to be dangerous at the line in Patriot League play, hitting all seven attempts against Navy on January 23 and going six-for-six against Lehigh on February 2. Against the league, she has sank 45-of-58 attempts from free throw range (77.6%).

HITTIN' THE THREES: Senior guard Laura Aloisi, sophomore guard Bethany O'Dell and and sophomore guard Briana McFadden continue to lead the Crusaders from the three-point line this season. O'Dell is currently ranked third in the Patriot League with a 39.2% three-point field goal percentage, followed by Aloisi (37.3%) who is ranked fourth, and McFadden who is ranked sixth with a 36.9%. O'Dell is ranked second in the league with three-pointers made, averaging 2.07 per game. The Crusaders are ranked first for both categories as a team, averging 5.93 three-pointers per game and shooting 34.5% from outside the arc. O'Dell led the Crusaders from outside the arc against Lehigh on March 1, sinking all four attempts from long range. Holy Cross went 7-for-14 in the first half against Colgate on February 27, as O'Dell hit three-of-five shots from long range while McFadden sank two-of-three attempts. The Crusaders went 5-for-10 from long range against Bucknell on February 16, as O'Dell sank 3-for-3 and McFadden went 2-fo-3 from long range in the first half. Against Army on February 13, McFadden hit four of seven attempts while O'Dell and Aloisi each scored two three-pointer a piece. During the Crusaders 59-37 league victory over Colgate, McFadden went 4-for-7, shooting 57.1% from long range. Against Navy on January 23, Aloisi went 2-for-2 from long range while O'Dell was 2-for-4. McFadden also chipped in one three-pointer for the Crusaders against the Mids. During the Crusaders 62-46 loss to American, McFadden scored nine point from long range (3-for-5). Versus Dartmouth on January 14, McFadden (3-for-5) and O'Dell (3-for-4) each tallied nine points from outside while Aloisi chipped in one three pointer. Against Lafayette, Aloisi converted four of nine attempts from outside the arc while O'Dell went 2-for-2 from three point range. Versus Boston College, Aloisi went five-for-seven from long range while O'Dell chipped in one three-pointer. Against Buffalo, Aloisi made three of her four attempts while O'Dell and McFadden each had two three-pointers against the Bulls. During the Crusaders 65-56 victory over URI, O'Dell hit four of 10 attempts, scoring all four in the first half while McFadden hit three of her six attempts. Against Maine, O'Dell was 5-of-9 from behind the arc while McFadden scored three on five long range attempts as the Crusaders went onto win 79-50.

ALOISI STEALS THE SHOW: With 67 steals on the season, senior guard Laura Aloisi is currently ranked tops the Patriot League, averaging 2.31 steals per game. She led the team in steals with three against Lehigh on March 1 and grabbed four as Holy Cross defeated Navy, 56-53, on February 20. She recorded four against Colgate on Jaunary 30 and had a team-high four steals during the Crusaders 62-51 victory over Navy on January 23. During a 77-70 overtime victory against Lafayette, Aloisi added three to her season count. In the Crusaders 66-59 win over Yale on January 6, Aloisi led the team in steals, grabbing seven. During the State Farm Classic, Aloisi led Holy Cross in both games, averaging 3.0 per game. Aloisi had a season-high five steals against Quinnipiac on December 1. She recorded four during the Crusaders' 71-57 victory over Buffalo on November 27.

CARPER AND GRUZYNSKI STEP UP: Junior forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) and sophomore forward Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each had new career-highs as they filled in for freshman center Elizabeth Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) who were out during the Crusaders game against Colgate on January 30. Carper scored a new career-high 14 points and had six rebounds, two blocks and an assist. Carper's work off the bench against the Raiders scored 14 of the 20 points the bench chipped in during the league victory. Gruzynski grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, six steals and three assists while chipping in four points.

ALOISI RECEIVES LEAGUE HONORS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) has been named the Baden Patriot League Player of the Week, for competition from February 4-10. Aloisi tied the team-high in scoring with 19 points as the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 60-48, in Patriot league action. During Saturday's road victory, Aloisi scored 12 of her 19 points during a 24-12 run by the Crusaders to clinch the victory, keeping Holy Cross tied for first in the Patriot League standings. In addition to her 19 points, Aloisi had five assists, four rebounds and three steals while making three-of-six attempts from long range and four-of-five from the charity stripe.

MCLAUGHLIN ON THE BOARDS: Senior forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) ranks third in boards for Holy Cross with 4.0 rebounds per game. McLaughlin led the Crusaders with seven during their 56-54 loss to Army on February 13. She chipped in four boards to the 33 Holy Cross tallied against Army on January 16. McLaughlin tied her career-high nine boards as Holy Cross defeated Dartmouth, 60-52. During the Crusaders' 79-60 victory over UNC-Asheville, McLaughlin grabbed seven boards. Against Boston College, McLaughlin led the Crusaders' 25 rebounds against the Eagles with four. During the Crusaders' 71-57 victory over Buffalo, she chipped in six of the team's 38 boards. McLaughlin had a season-high in the Crusaders' season-opener versus Vermont, grabbing eight boards. Overall, Holy Cross is averaging 35.4 boards per game this year.

MAY MAKES WAVES: Freshman guard Alyssa May (Oradell, N.J.) continues her success as the Crusaders' rookie starter, making 14 starts in 26 appearances. Agaisnt Bucknell, May tied a team-high six rebounds and had nine points, one assist and one block. During her fi rst Patriot League game at the Hart Center versus Lafayette, May chipped in four rebounds, three points and three assists in a career-high 36 minutes played.On the road against Yale, May had seven points, four rebounds and an assist. Versus St. Peter's on January 2, May had eight points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. Against UNC-Asheville in the consolation game of the State Farm Classic in Gainesville, May scored 11 points including 10 in the second half while recording five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. In 28 appearnces and 14 starts, May is averaging 3.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

GIBBONS RECORDS 450TH: Coach Bill Gibbons recorded another milestone during his 23 years as head coach of the women's basketball team at Holy Cross as he earned 450th career victory with a 66-59 win over Yale on January 6. His current overall career record is 461-227 and had 192-46 in the Patriot League. Last season, Gibbons led his team to its 11th Patriot League tournament title, beating American 56-48, in the championship game. With the win, coach Gibbons led the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time. Holy Cross fell to Duke in the first round of the NCAAs, 81-44, to end the 2006-2007 season. Currently coach Gibbons ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in victories for all sports. Gibbons has also led the women's basketball team to more victories than any other coach in Holy Cross history during his 22-tenure. He has won 20 or more game in 10 of his last 14 seasons. Gibbons is also ranked 28th on the active NCAA Division I win leaders. He has also been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year six times in his career. This past summer, Coach Gibbons was an assistant coach for Team U.S.A. at the 2007 Pan-American Games, helping the team won the gold medal.

THE BIG TIME: Holy Cross has made 11 NCAA appearances during Coach Gibbons' tenure including nine in the last 13 years. The Crusaders' most recent appearance came last season as they fell to Duke, 81-44, in the first round of the tournament.

TAKING IT TO THE HART: The Crusaders' hold an overall record of 313-88 and a 274-65 Division I record at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross lost its first game at the Hart Recreation Center, 66-34, to Williams in 1975. The Crusaders have hosted the 1991 NCAA tourna ment, 13 Patriot League tournaments, two MAAC tournaments, and several invitationals during the 32 seasons played at the Hart Center.

ALOISI AND MCLAUGHLIN NAMED CAPTAINS: Senior guard Laura Aloisi and senior forward Ashley McLaughlin have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2007-2008 season. Both players are three-year letterwinners for the Crusaders, and will take over the leadership role from Brittany Keil, Ashley Brennan-McBride and Kaitlyn Foley who served as the captains during the 2006-2007 season.

CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2007-2008 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in third place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 77 total points in the poll, trailing only first-place Bucknell (92 points) and second-place Army (83 points). Holy Cross received one first-place vote in the poll, with the Bison earning 10 first-place votes and Army tallying four. Following the Crusaders in the poll were American (fourth, 62 points and one first place vote), Lehigh (fifth, 46 points), Lafayette (sixth, 33 points), Navy (sixth, 33 points) and Colgate (eighth, 22 points).