November 16, 2005

Women's Basketball Signs Four Student-Athletes For 2006-07

Nov. 16, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross women's basketball head coach Bill Gibbons announced today that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Holy Cross in the fall of 2006. Tayana Carper of Shrewsbury High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., Christy Cushnie of James Madison High School in Vienna, Va., Briana McFadden of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md., and Bethany O'Dell of Lincoln High School in Lincoln, R.I., will all be donning the purple and white next season.

"This was a critical recruiting year for us and we are thrilled to have signed these four outstanding student-athletes," said Gibbons. "Bethany, Briana, Christy and Tayana are all terrific young ladies who have the potential to really help our basketball program. Most importantly, they are all first-class, quality people who fit in very well with our basketball family here. We are looking forward to welcoming them next September and are expecting big things from this group."

Carper is a six-foot forward and will serve as team captain for the Colonials this season. The local product from Shrewsbury, Mass., was named to the Telegram & Gazette Division I all-star and Mid-Wach A League all-star teams, as well as earning team most valuable player honors, as she led Shrewsbury to the district championship and Massachusetts state semi-finals a year ago.

Carper is also a two-time league all-star and Telegram & Gazette Division I all-star on the Shrewsbury track team. Last year, she finished second in the 4 x 400 relay in District E and qualified to compete in the state meet. As a sophomore, Carper placed first in the high jump at the Central Massachusetts competition and placed sixth in the state meet and seventh in New England.

The two-time National Honor Society member has played AAU basketball for Team Massachusetts for the past four years.

Cushnie is entering her fourth year on the varsity squad at James Madison basketball team and is expected to start for the third straight season. Last year, she was named first team all-district and second team all-region, while leading the team in scoring with a 15.0 points per game average. Cushnie earned second team all-district honors as a sophomore while leading James Madison to the district championship. For her efforts, she was also an all-Metro honorable mention (Washington, D.C.).

The five-foot-nine guard has also played two seasons for the Fairfax Stars AAU team, which finished ninth in the Junior Nationals last year.

In addition, Cushnie is a three-year letterwinner on the James Madison tennis team and was named first team all-region and all-district last season. She was ranked eighth in the state in singles play her sophomore year.

McFadden is coming off a junior campaign in which she helped Good Counsel to a national ranking of 15 and rank of fifth in the East, according to USA Today. The five-foot-10 McFadden is a versatile guard who averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season. She finished her junior campaign as the team's second leading scorer for the second consecutive year, and led the team in both three-point field goal (40.0 percent) and free throw (80.0 percent) percent.

McFadden, who was named first team all-Maryland Gazette, first team all-Montgomery County, first team all-Metro Examiner, second team all-WCAC, and all-Metro honorable mention (Washington, D.C.) last year, will serve as team captain for Good Counsel this season.

Overall, she is a two-time all-Maryland Gazette selection, a two-time all-Montgomery County selection, a two-time all-Metro Examiner selection, and a two-time all-WCAC selection.

In addition, McFadden averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists this past summer, while leading her AAU team (Maryland Sports X-treme) to the sweet sixteen round of the Junior Nationals.

O'Dell is coming off a junior campaign in which she averaged 24.0 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, 7.0 assists per game and 5.0 steals per game, while leading Lincoln to a 21-6 record and its first-ever Division 2 state championship.

A three-time all-state, three-time all-league, and three-time all-division selection, the five-foot-nine O'Dell has already set a new all-time scoring record at Lincoln High School.

She has averaged a double-double each year of her high school career (22.0 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game) and is a three-time Street and Smith magazine honorable mention All-America.

The Crusaders open up the 2005-2006 regular season this weekend when they travel to Northeastern on Friday, Nov. 18 for a 7:00 p.m. match-up with the Huskies and then take on Massachusetts in Amherst at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Holy Cross' home opener is on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when it hosts defending Ivy League Champion, Dartmouth at 6:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.

HOLY CROSS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
Name              Pos.  Ht.   Hometown / High School
Tayana Carper     F     6-0   Shrewsbury, Mass. / Shrewsbury
Christy Cushnie   G     5-9   Vienna, Va. / James Madison
Briana McFadden   G     5-10  Wheaton, Md. / Good Counsel
Bethany O'Dell    G     5-8   Lincoln, R.I. / Lincoln