Women's Basketball Travels To Boston College On Wednesday

Nov. 29, 2005

The Teams:
Holy Cross (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Boston College (5-1, 0-0 ACC)
Date: November 30, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Conte Forum (8,606), Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Talent: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play
Series History: Boston College leads 18-8
Last Meeting: #21 Boston College, 69-61 (Dec. 1, 2004 at Holy Cross)
Series Streak: Boston College - 7

Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Cl.	PPG	RPG
G      10  Sarah Placek      5-3    Sr.	7.3	2.3
G      05  Laura Aloisi      5-9    So.	6.3	4.0
G      33  Brittany Keil     6-2    Jr.	10.8	8.5
F      13  A. McLaughlin     6-2    So.	6.0 	5.0
C      52  Kaitlin Foley     6-4    Jr.	15.0	7.8

Tonight's game is the 27th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Boston College in the 31 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. The series began in 1979. Tonight's game will be the first time Holy Cross plays Boston College as an official member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

THE SERIES: Boston College owns an 18-8 series advantage over Holy Cross, including an 11-3 mark when playing in Chestnut Hill. The last time Holy Cross defeated Boston College was during the 1997-98 season when the Crusaders came out on top, 80-68. That game was also played at Conte Forum.

THE LAST MEETING: The last time these two teams met was just last season (Dec. 1, 2004), when the nationally ranked (#21) Eagles squeaked out a 69-61 win in Worcester. In that game, Brittany Keil had 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Jessica Conte added 11, going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe to lead the Crusaders. Laura Aloisi had a standout game with eight assists, seven points, four steals, and three boards for Holy Cross, which trailed by one at the half (30-29). Kathrin Ress tied teammate Brooke Queenan for game-high honors with 18 points apiece to lead BC. The since-graduated Jessalyn Deveny added 12 points for the nationally-ranked Eagles. Boston College outrebounded Holy Cross 36-25 and shot 48 percent from the floor, while Holy Cross hit 43 percent of its shots.

THIS TIME OUT: The Crusaders got back in the win column on Monday night, after defeating Saint Peter's College, 65-56, at the Hart Center. Tonight, they will try to make it two in a row when they face the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. The last time a Holy Cross team beat Boston College was eight years ago, during the 1997-98 season. BC has a seven game winning streak against HC and is 11-3 when playing the Crusaders at Conte Forum.

2004-05 #21 BC, 69-61 on Dec. 1, 2004 (Hart Center ~ Worcester, Mass.)
2003-04 BC, 90-43 on Dec. 3, 2003 (Conte Forum ~ Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
2002-03 #18 BC, 63-45 on Nov. 26, 2002 (Hart Center ~ Worcester, Mass.)

Boston College has outscored Holy Cross, 222-149 and has defeated HC by an average of 24.3 points over the last three meetings.

LAST TIME OUT: Junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) tied for game-high honors with 17 points to lead the Holy Cross women's basketball team to a 65-56 non-conference win over the Saint Peter's College on Monday night at the Hart Center.

Senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) added 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, while junior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) had a 10-point, seven-rebound night.

Saint Peter's held a 27-26 lead at the break after a back-and-forth first half, in which neither team led by more than five points. With 12:38 remaining in the game, Saint Peter's had what was its largest lead of the contest (41-37), but Holy Cross then rattled off 14 unanswered points to claim the lead for good. The Peahens made things interesting in the waning minutes, going on a 9-0 run of their own, but the Crusaders made eight free throws in the final 1:27 to distance themselves and preserve the win.

Holy Cross shot 42.3 percent from the floor for the game, while holding the Peahens to just 27.5 percent. Saint Peter's had a 50-34 rebound advantage, including 31 offensive boards to the Crusaders'13. Both teams committed less than 15 turnovers for the game (Holy Cross 12; Saint Peter's 14).

NEXT TIME OUT: The Crusaders travel to Tempe, Ari., for the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic at the Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State University where they will meet up with Western Kentucky on Friday, Dec. 2, and either 13th-ranked Arizona State or Memphis on Saturday, Dec. 3. Holy Cross has never played Western Kentucky or Memphis. The Crusaders have twice lost to Arizona State (2003-04 ASU, 81-56 at the Hart Center; 1995-96 ASU, 67-49 at the Northern Lights Invitational) in the 31 year history of the program.

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 293-77 (.791) at the Hart Center, and is just seven home wins away from its 300th victory in the 30-year old building.

The program's 100th win at the Hart Center came on January 9, 1988 when the Crusaders defeated the University of New Hampshire, 86-67. It's 200th win at the Hart Center came on February 5, 1997 when the Crusaders defeated Army, 92-59.

Holy Cross has played 114 home games since then, winning 92 of them (.807). The Crusaders' best home single-season record since its 200th win was a 15-1 mark (.937) during the 1999-00 season. Last year, the Crusaders went 12-3 at the Hart Center.

Holy Cross has posted a record of 51-17 (.750) at home over the course of the last six seasons, including its 1-1 mark this season.

McLAUGHLIN BACK IN ACTION: Sophomore forward Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) saw her first action of the season Monday night after missing the first three games due to injury. McLaughlin started the game and made her presence felt in her 27 minutes of action, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds. The six-foot-two post player also added an assist and steal for the Crusaders.

LEAGUE LEADERS: A number of Crusaders are ranked in the top 3 among Patriot League leaders so far this season. Junior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) leads the league in free throw percentage (1.000 percent; 12-for-12), while senior guard Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.) ranks second in the league with 94.1 percent (16-for-17) accuracy, and sophomore guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) is third at a 90.9 (10-for-11) clip.

Keil also ranks second in rebounding (8.5 rebounds per game), while Aloisi leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.38) and ranks third overall in assists (4.75 assists per game). In addition, junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks third in the league in scoring (15.0 points per game).

Further, both Keil and Aloisi are tied for second in blocked shots (1.25 blocks per game), while Bush ranks second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio with a +2.33 (14 assists; six turnovers) ratio.

GETTING TO THE LINE: Holy Cross ranks first in the Patriot League in team free throw percentage, converting 81.5 percent of their foul shots. Coming into Monday's game against Saint Peter's, the Crusaders had been shooting an impressive 92.7 percent (51-of-55). The Purple and White had their worst shooting day from the charity stripe against the Peahens, only making just 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the line.

TOUGH `D': The Crusaders are also ranked first in the League in both field goal percentage defense and turnover margin. Through four games, Holy Cross is holding its opponents to 36.8 percent shooting from the field. In Monday's game against Saint Peter's, Holy Cross held the Peahens to a season-low 27.5 percent from the floor. In addition, the Crusaders have a +1.75 turnover margin, averaging 14.0 turnovers per game, while forcing 15.8 turnovers per game.

HEATHLY PROPORTIONS: As a team, Holy Cross ranks first in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.02), averaging 14.2 assists per game to its 14.0 turnovers per game. Guards Laura Aloisi and Shannon Bush are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Patriot League in assist-to-turnover ratio. Aloisi has a +2.38 ratio (19 assists to eight turnovers) and Bush has a +2.33 mark (14 assists to six turnovers).

KEIL STYLE: In addition to leading the league in free throw percentage (1.000 percent), Brittany Keil is also ranked second in the league in rebounding (8.5 rebounds per game), tied for second in blocked shots (1.25 blocks per game), tied for ninth in steals (1.50 steals per game) and 13th in scoring (10.8 points per game).

Keil has recorded two double-doubles through four games this season. She posted her first career double-double at Northeastern (16 points, 11 rebounds), and registered the second double-double of her career after an 11-point, 10-rebound performance against Dartmouth.

Keil currently leads the team in rebounding (8.5 rebounds per game) and is third on the team in scoring with a 10.8 points per game average.

Keil is also 12-for-12 (1.000 percent) from the free throw line this season. Last year, Maggie Fontana `05 set a new program record with 26 consecutive free throws (across five games).

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore point guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) is once again leading the team in assists (19 assists) and assists per game (4.75 apg) this season. The second year playmaker now has 138 career assists, after her rookie campaign in which she led the team and finished second in the Patriot League with 119 helpers.

Aloisi also leads the Patriot League in assist-to-turnover ratio, is tied for second in the conference in blocked shots (1.25 blocks per game) and ranks third in free throw percentage (10-for-11; 90.9 percent)

CENTER OF ATTENTION: Junior center Kaitlin Foley had another impressive night, tying for game-high honors with 17 points.

Foley recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at UMass ten days ago. Through four games this season, Foley is averaging team-best 15.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

In the season-opener at Northeastern on Friday, Foley had career-highs in points (18), rebounds (then, nine), and minutes played (33). After backing up All-League performer and since-graduated Lisa Andrews the past three seasons, Foley has come into her own, and is currently averaging almost five times as many points and rebounds than her career averages coming into the season (3.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg).

The six-foot-four center is shooting .440 percent (22-for-50) from the floor and .842 percent (16-for-19) from the free throw line.

BUSH HEATS UP: Senior guard Shannon Bush turned in another fine all-around performance with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 24 minutes of action on Monday night against Saint Peter's. Her 12.3 points per game average is second best on the team. She is also averaging 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

Bush scored a career-high 20 points in the second game of the season at UMass. The five-foot-11 shooting guard was 6-for-14 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

SHARPSHOOTER: Senior guard Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) went 3-for-6 from behind the arc Monday night against Saint Peter's, on her way to nine points. Conte scored perhaps the most important hoop of the night, when she nailed a three-ball to cut the Saint Peter's lead to one (41-40) with just over 11 minutes remaining. Conte's three-ball then triggered what would be a 14-0 Crusader run, which essentially gave Holy Cross the lead for good.

Conte has reached double-figures in three out of four games this season and has scored 10 or more points in consecutive games after pumping in a team-high 16 points off the bench last Tuesday night against Dartmouth.

Conte is currently fourth on the team with a 9.3 points per game average and fourth on the team with 4.5 rebounds per game.

GRUZ GETS HER FEET WET: Freshman forward Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) continues to contribute in the paint for the Crusaders. The six-foot-two post player scored four points and grabbed two rebounds in eight minutes of action against Saint Peter's on Monday night. Gruzynski was coming off a career day against Dartmouth in which she scored five points and added her first block in nine minutes of action.

Just ten days ago at UMass, Gruzynski grabbed a career-high five rebounds in nine minutes of action.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Sarah Placek came into the season with 810 career points and she is now just 161 points away from being the program's 22nd 1,000 point scorer. Should Placek reach the 1,000 point plateau, it would mark the third consecutive season a Holy Cross women's basketball player joined the 1,000 point club (Lisa Andrews in 2004-05, Maggie Fontana in 2003-04). Placek would also be the sixth Holy Cross player in the last four years (Andrews in 2004-05, Fontana in 2003-04, and Katie O'Keefe, Jeanette Paukert and Amanda Abraham in 2001-02) to score 1,000 career points.

Placek needs to average 7.0 points per game this year to reach the 1,000 point mark in the regular season. She is currently averaging 7.3 points per game.

In her three years in a Holy Cross uniform, the five-foot-three guard has never finished a season with an average below 8.5 points per game. Her sophomore season, she averaged a career-best 10.5 points per game. Placek's career high in a single game is 23 points (Dec. 7, 2004 at Rhode Island).

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Boston College comes into tonight's game after capturing the 2005 New Hampshire Wildcat Invitational crown with an 85-58 victory over New Hampshire Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham. The Eagles are 5-1 this season, with their other wins coming against North Texas, Vermont, Richmond and Drexel. Their only loss has come at the hands of #6 Connecticut (60-46) on Nov. 17.

On Sunday against UNH, Kindyll Dorsey (Manchester, N.H.) poured in 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting, including an impressive 8-for-11 from behind the three-point arc. Dorsey's eight trifectas were good to set a new Boston College record for most three-pointers made in a single game. In addition, BC's 12 team three-pointers were also a single game record.

The Eagles enjoyed a 46-21 lead at intermission, putting up the most first-half points of the year. Winning the boards, 21-7, Boston College shot a sizzling 69.2% in the first 20 minutes. Dorsey netted 20 points in the first half, surpassing her previous career high of 11 points with 20 more minutes yet to play.

Brooke Queenan (West Chester, Pa.) earned MVP honors following her 14 point performance against the Wildcats. Freshman Brittanny Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) tossed in a career-high 10 points. Kathrin Ress (Salorno, Italy) collected 10 rebounds in the win.

The Eagles were picked to finish fifth in this season's ACC preseason poll, behind perennial powers Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and NC State. In addition, Queenan was chosen by Street & Smith as a preseason honorable mention All-America. Queenan was also recently named to the 2005 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament team, in which the Eagles advanced to the semifinal round.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS THE ACC: Aside from Boston College the only other ACC team Holy Cross is scheduled to face this season is Duke (Jan. 16 at the Hart Center). But the Crusaders could also possibly meet up with Virginia in the second round of the Cavalier Classic (Dec. 29).

Duke received 30 of the 40 first place votes on its way to being picked to finish first in the ACC this year, while Virginia was chosen eighth. For the second straight season, the Blue Devil's Monique Currie was selected as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Duke is currently ranked second in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

Holy Cross has an all-time record of 2-9 (.181) against ACC competition. HC is 10-27* (.270) against ACC teams under Bill Gibbons.

CRUSADERS PICKED TO REPEAT: Holy Cross was recently picked first in the Patriot League preseason poll for the second consecutive season. The Crusaders received 94 total votes, inlcuding 11 first place nods. Holy Cross is coming off its 16th 20-win season under the direction of head coach Bill Gibbons and its 10th Patriot League Tournament Title.

KEIL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Junior guard/forward Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Keil returns to the Holy Cross line-up as the team's top scorer (9.6 ppg) and rebounder (5.3 rpg). She is also the team's top three-point (.420 percent) and free throw (.810 percent) shooter from a year ago.

WELCOME TO WORCESTER: Morgan Valley is in her first season as assistant coach on the Holy Cross staff. Valley graduated from Connecticut in May and won three national titles with the Huskies under head coach Geno Auriemma.

2005-06 CAPTAINS: Senior guards Shannon Bush (Doylestown, Pa.), Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) and Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.), have been named team captains for the 2005-06 season.

SIXTEEN 20-WIN SEASONS: The Holy Cross women's basketball program has totaled 18 twenty-win seasons its 31 years of existence, and has amassed 16 twenty-win seasons while a NCAA Divsion I member. The past 16 twenty-win seasons have also come under the direction of head coach Bill Gibbons. Gibbons has led the Crusaders to more victories than any other coach in Holy Cross history during his 20-year tenure. He has won 20 or more games in 10 of the last 11 seasons and in 16 seasons overall.

400-CLUB: Bill Gibbons currently ranks 34th on the list of winningest active Division I coaches (by percent) and 36th by number of wins, according to the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Record Book. He is the winningest head basketball coach in Holy Cross history and is the second-winningest coach - of any sport - in school history, behind former baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960.

HEAD COACH Bill Gibbons: Bill Gibbons is in his 21st season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program. He has led the Crusaders to 10 Patriot League Championships in the last 15 years and has also led the team to 12 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT) in his 20 years as head coach. With sixteen 20-win seasons under his belt, Gibbons has cemented himself and the women's basketball program as one of the best in the Northeast.

The sixth coach of the women's program at Holy Cross, Gibbons has enjoyed the longest tenure in this position. He has led Holy Cross women's basketball to more victories than any other coach, and is the winningest coach in Holy Cross basketball history. With his 358th victory, he surpassed George Blaney, who had the most wins (357) in the Crusader men's basketball program, and now with more than 400 wins under his belt, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind former baseball coach Jack Barry. In 2003, Gibbons was inducted into the New England College Basketball Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island. He currently ranks 34th on the list of winningest active Division I coaches (by percent) and 36th by number of wins, according to the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Record Book.

During Gibbons' 20-year reign, three players have earned Patriot League Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honors: Amy O'Brien `98, Kathy Courtney `97 and Ann Lambiotte `91, and four players have earned Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors: Lambiotte (1991), Courtney (1997), O'Brien (1998, 1999) and Lisa Andrews (2005). His teams have consistently ranked among the best at Holy Cross for overall team GPA, while maintaining their success on the court as well. Last season, Holy Cross was one of just three schools in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field with a graduation rate of 100 percent. The Crusader program has produced four Academic All-Americans and more than 10 Academic All-District picks.

2004-2005 HONORS: Four players from the Holy Cross women's basketball team were named to the 2005 Patriot League All-Conference Team at the end of last season. Since graduated seniors Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) and Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) earned First Team All-League accolades, and current sophomores Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) were selected to the All-Rookie Team.

Andrews, who was also voted as the 2005 Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player, was named the 2005 Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The six-foot-three center started all 31 games for the Crusaders last season and led the team in points (396), points per game (12.8), field goal percent (.471), field goals made (162) and blocks (55). She tied for first in rebounds (168) and was second on the team in rebounds per game (5.4). Andrews also shot .727 percent from the free throw line, which was third-best on the HC squad.

In addition, Fontana was named the Samantha Vellaccio Award winner, which is presented annually to the varsity women's basketball player who best exemplifies the mission of Holy Cross both on and off the court. Fontana finished her career with 1,556 points (sixth all-time at Holy Cross, 10th all-time in Patriot League), 767 rebounds (fourth all-time at Holy Cross, 11th all-time PL), 420 assists (seventh all-time at Holy Cross, eighth all-time PL) and 251 steals (third all-time at Holy Cross, 10th all-time PL). She is one of only five players in Holy Cross women's basketball history to collect more than 1,500 points and 750 rebounds in their career.

Further, seven players on the team were named to the 2005 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last season. Since-graduated senior Caitlin Agostinacchio (Bellmore, N.Y.) and current junior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) were among just four women's basketball players throughout the League to earn 4.0 grade point averages during the Spring semester. Andrews, Fontana, Jessica Conte, Kaitlin Foley and Sarah Placek were the other Crusaders who earned all-academic league accolades.

HC SIGNS FOUR TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Head coach Bill Gibbons announced this week that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Holy Cross in the fall of 2006. Tayana Carper (Shrewsbury, Mass.) of Shrewsbury High School, Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) of James Madison High School, Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) of Good Counsel High School, and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) of Lincoln High School, will all be donning the purple and white next season.

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.

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

Cushnie 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 last year. She 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.

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 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 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.

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. The three-time all-state, all-league, and all-division selection 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.

ON TELEVISION: WCTR-TV3 will broadcast the January 16 game against Duke and the January 24 game against Colgate live from the Hart Center this season. Available in more than 20 communities in Central Massachusetts, WCTR-TV3 reaches more than 129,000 homes in the area.

ON THE RADIO: Tonight's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM. Dick Lutsk will call all of the play-by-play action.

ON THE INTERNET: Tonight's game can also be heard on www.sportsjuice.com. The webcast of tonight's HC/BC game, and any other information on Holy Cross basketball or the 26 other varsity sports at HC is also available through the Holy Cross Athletics website at: www.goholycross.com.

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 2005-2006 Patriot League Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

INFORMATION AND CREDENTIALS: Media personnel wishing to cover Holy Cross home games should contact Brianne Mallaghan in the Holy Cross Athletic Media Relations Office at 508-792-2780 or via email at bmallagh@holycross.edu at least one week in advance. Working press and photo passes will be left at the will-call window located near the main entrance of the Hart Recreation Center.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews with Head Coach Bill Gibbons, his staff and Holy Cross players can be set up by contacting Brianne Mallaghan in the Holy Cross Athletic Media Relations Office at (508) 793-2780 or via email at bmallagh@holycross.edu. Arrangements for interviews should be made atleast 24 hours in advance. Coach Gibbons is generally available each weekday morning during the season, as well as before and after practices. Player interviews will be arranged subject to the individual student-athlete's academic responsibilities.

PRESS SERVICES: Game notes and programs are available in the press room one hour before each game. Halftime and final statistics and a running play-by-play will be available about 15 minutes following the game.

POSTGAME PROCEDURES: The Holy Cross women's basketball locker room is closed to the media. Members of the media should submit player interview requests to Brianne Mallaghan, the Holy Cross women's basketball contact, by the five-minute mark of the second half. Players and Coaches will be available for postgame interviews following a 10-minute cooling off period after the game.

RADIO AND TRANSMITTING: Holy Cross has installed phone lines which can be rented by a visiting radio station. The cost for rental is $75.00 for commercial stations and $50.00 for student stations.

HOLY CROSS ON THE INTERNET: For the most updated information on the Crusaders, check out the Holy Cross website. The site contains statistics for every Crusader basketball game, as well as cumulative stats, rosters, schedules, weekly notes and photo archives. Log on to www.goholycross.com.