Aug. 28, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., have announced the 2006-2007 Holy Cross women's basketball schedule, which includes two tournaments, 10 home games, and a game at the DCU Center in Downtown Worcester. The Crusaders will also play five games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season - Boston College (Sweet 16), Connecticut (Elite Eight), Dartmouth, and Army (twice).
"We're excited about this year's schedule," Gibbons said. "We've added two games, and we're playing in two terrific tournaments on opposite coasts. I think the Patriot League will be the most competitive, top to bottom, that it's ever been, and we're setting our sights on getting back to the top."
Holy Cross opens the season at home with a contest against Yale on November 10, then plays six straight road games at St. Peter's (Nov. 12), Quinnipiac (Nov. 14), the University of Vermont Tournament (Nov. 17-18, featuring East Carolina, Harvard and Vermont), Buffalo (Nov. 24) and Albany (Nov. 26). The Crusaders return home to take on Boston College (Dec. 1), and will then play host to Connecticut (Dec. 4) at the DCU Center. Following a home game with Maine (Dec. 7), Holy Cross returns to the road for a date at Rhode Island (Dec. 17). The calendar year concludes with a trip to the University of San Diego Tournament (Dec. 28-30), which includes Oregon State, San Diego and Texas.
The Crusaders will start the new year back in Worcester with a match-up against Massachusetts (Jan. 3), before they begin Patriot League play at Lafayette on January 6. Following a difficult three-game home stand against defending Patriot League Champion Army (Jan. 9), Bucknell (Jan. 13), and Navy (Jan. 16), the Crusaders will play their final non-conference game of the season in New Hampshire at Ivy League power Dartmouth (Jan. 18). Holy Cross then hits the road for games at American (Jan. 20) and Colgate (Jan. 23), before hosting Lehigh (Jan. 27) and Lafayette (Feb. 3). The Crusaders are faced with another challenging set of road games when they visit Army (Feb. 6), Bucknell (Feb. 10) and Navy (Feb. 13), in a span of seven days before they host American (Feb. 17) and Colgate (Feb. 20) in their final two home games of the year. The regular season finale will be at Lehigh on February 24.
The 2007 Patriot League Tournament begins with quarterfinal and semifinal round action on March 3 and 4 at Navy's Alumni Hall. The tournament championship game will take place on March 7, at the home of the highest remaining seed.
Last season, Holy Cross finished the year with an overall mark of 16-14 (10-4 Patriot League). The Crusaders fell to Army, 69-68, in the Patriot League Championship game, denying them their 10th postseason appearance in the last 12 years.