November 29, 2006

Crusaders Back at Hart Center Friday

Nov. 29, 2006

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-4, 0-0 PL) vs. Boston College (5-2, 0-0 ACC)
Date: December 1, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WCUW 91.3 FM
Series History: Boston College leads 19-8
Last Meeting: Boston College, 67-53 (Nov. 20, 2005 at Conte Forum)
Series Streak: Boston College - 8

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.    Name               Ht.   Cl.
G       5    Laura Aloisi    	5-9   Jr.
G      44    Bethany O'Dell	5-9   Fr.
G      33    Brittany Keil      6-2   Sr.
G      13    Ashley McLaughlin 	6-1   Jr.
C      52    Kaitlin Foley	6-4   Sr.

BRIEF REVIEW: The Holy Cross women's basketball squad is back home after six straight road games. The Crusaders are 3-4 overall after falling to Albany on Sunday. The team won their previous two games against Harvard and Buffalo after losing three in a row to St. Peter's, Quinnipiac, and Vermont.

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.

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game is the 28th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Boston College in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Boston College has a 19-8 series advantage over Holy Cross. Five of the Crusaders eight wins were at the Hart Center. The Crusaders and Eagles last met Nov. 30, 2005 when Boston College won 67-53 at the Conte Forum. Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) led Holy Cross with 14 points and six rebounds. Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) had seven points and three assists. The last time Holy Cross faced Boston College at the Hart Center (2004) the Eagles won 69-61.

LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders are 3-4 overall after falling to Albany 63-50. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored 12 points each. Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) added 11 points, seven assists and tied her season-high of five steals.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross stays home to play Connecticut at the DCU Center Monday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the 17th time the Crusaders will meet the Huskies.

SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles are 5-2 after senior forward Kathrin Ress notched her seventh career double-double, 26 points and 12 rebounds, to lead the Eagles past Fairfield 64-58 Tuesday. Their two losses came against Vermont and Ohio State. Ress leads Boston College averaging 18.4 points per game while senior guard Kindyll Dorsey averages 12.1.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS ACC: Boston College is the only team from the Atlantic Coast Conference that Holy Cross has on their schedule this season.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) leads the league with 6.86 assists and 2.86 steals and is third with a 1.17 assisst-turnover ratio. Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) ranks in the top 10 in four categories which include second in free throw percentage (.860) and fifth in scoring (14.7). As a team Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with 14.86 assists and ranks second with 9.57 steals.

ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is third on the team with 11.2 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second in three-point field goals made (2.50). O'Dell ranks sixth in the league with a .429 field goal percentage. Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) averages eight points per game and is ranked eighth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.71).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) recorded her second career double-double while Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had her fifth. Most recently Aloisi scored 11 points and had 10 assists in the win over Harvard for her second career double-double. Aloisi had her first career double-double when she scored 14 points and had 10 assists in the game against Quinnipiac (Nov. 14) while Foley had her first of the season and fifth career double-double when she scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds against St. Peter's (Nov. 12).

KEIL BACK IN THE GAME: Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) watched the first three games of the season from the bench after preseason surgery, but she is back and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. Last year Keil had 318 points, 181 rebounds and 70 assists.

20-POINT CLUB: The Crusaders had a 20-point scorer in three games so far this season with junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) scoring 20 points in the Crusaders first game of the season against Yale and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) totaling 21 points at St. Peter's and 22 points against Harvard. Foley holds a career-high 27 (2/7/06) points in a game while Aloisi has 21 (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.

"We are thrilled to sign these two elite players in the early signing period," head coach Bill Gibbons said. "Both of them were heavily recruited and come from successful AAU programs."

Fremeau is a 5-foot-10 guard who plays at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, NH. Following her junior season Fremeau was selected to the First Team Class L New Hampshire All-State and the First Team Union Leader All-State. As a junior she average 17.7 points per game and is on track to break 1,000 career points. At the completion of Fremeau's sophomore year she was selected to the Second Team Class L New Hampshire All-State. She has been a starter on the varsity basketball team for four years and has also been a part of the track team for three years. In addition, Fremeau played for the New England Crusaders for four summers. In the classroom Fremeau maintains a 3.82 grade point average and is ranked 16th in a class of 513. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and World Language National Honor Society.

"Whitney is an athletic two-three player who can score in many different ways and is a terrific rebounder for her size," Gibbons said.

May is a 6-foot guard who plays at River Dell High School in Oradell, N.J. May led her team to the State Group 2 Finals and was named Most Valuable Player. She averages 20.4 points and 10 rebounds per game and finished her junior year with 1,492 career points. May was named North Jersey Player of the Year and Madison Square Garden Tri-State Player of the Week. Following her junior year May was selected to the Second Team All-State. She has been selected to the First Team All-League the past three years and to the First Team All-County the past two years. May is also a four year letter winner in volleyball and was a member of the track team her freshman and sophomore years. Academically, May is in the top five percent of her class holding a 4.0 average. She is a member of the National, Math and Spanish Honor Societies.

"Alyssa is as versatile a player as we have recruited," said Gibbons. "She can play any position from the one through the four spot and she is also a fierce defender."

"Most importantly, both these young ladies are tremendous student athletes who possess a dedicated work ethic and are excited to come to Holy Cross and help our program reach new heights!" Gibbons said.

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.

KEIL AND FOLEY NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) and senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) were named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League team. Keil finished her junior season with an average 11.0 points per game and led the team in rebounds (6.2 rpg). Foley returns as the team's top scorer (14.9 ppg) and added 6.1 rebounds per game.

IN THE CLASSROOM: 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.).

NCAA TALK: At the end of the 2005-06 season center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) was ranked 39th nationallly with a 52.8 field goal percentage. Holy Cross tied 47th with 15.5 assists and ranked 50th with 10.4 steals.

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: The Crusaders will play three games at home, Boston College, Connecticut and Maine, after being on the raod for six straight games. Holy Cross has an overall record of 302-80 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders will head back on the road for the second half of Dec. as they play Rhode Island (Dec. 17) before traveling to San Diego for the Surf N Slam Tournament Dec. 28-30.