December 2, 2006

Crusaders Set To Face Connecticut At DCU Center

Dec. 2, 2006

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-5, 0-0 PL) vs. Connecticut (4-0, 0-0 Big East)
Date: December 4, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: DCU Center (13,008), Worcester, Mass.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Talent: Bob Fouracre and Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Series History: Connecticut leads 14-2
Last Meeting: Connecticut 81-54 at the Hartford Civic Center
Series Streak: Connecticut - 13

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

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game is the 17th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Connecticut in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Connecticut has a 14-2 series advantage over Holy Cross. The Crusaders and Huskies are tied 2-2 when playing at the Hart Center. This is the second meeting at the DCU center. The last was in 2002 when Connecticut won 68-46. The Crusaders and Huskies met Dec. 19, 2005 when Connecticut won 81-54 at the Hartford Civic Center.

LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders are 3-5 overall after falling to Boston College Friday. Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) scored 10 points for the Crusaders while freshman Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) had nine points making three of seven from the three-point range. Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) added six points, grabbed five boards and had three steals.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross stays home to play Maine at the Hart Center Thursday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the eighth time the Crusaders will meet the Black Bears.

SCOUTING CONNECTICUT: The seventh ranked Huskies are 4-0 after defeating Purdue, 66-55 Thursday. Junior guard Mel Thomas leads the team averaging 15.0 points while Renee Montgomery averages 14.0 points per game.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS BIG EAST: Connecticut is the only team from the Big East Conference that Holy Cross has on their schedule this season.

TEAM LEADERS: Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 113 total points thus far this season averaging 14.1 points per game. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) leads the team averaging 6.0 rebounds per game while Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) has tallied 53 assists this year to lead the Crusaders.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) leads the league with 6.86 assists, is second with 2.86 steals and is fourth with a 1.17 assisst-turnover ratio. She also ranks in the top 10 in three other categories. Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the league in free throw percentage (.860) and ranks in the top 10 in three other categories. She is fourth in scoring (14.7), sixth in field goal percentage (.471) and tied tenth in offensive rebounds (2.14).

ROOKIE REVIEW: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) is third on the team with 10.9 points per game. In the Patriot League she ranks in the top 10 in two categories three-point field goal percentage (.429) and three-point field goals made (2.50). Freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) averages 7.3 points per game and is ranked sixth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.71). Both O'Dell and McFadden have been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nov. 13 and 20 respectively.

HOLY CROSS IN LEAGUE: Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with 14.86 assists and is ranked third with 9.80 steals.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) 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).

20-POINT CLUB: The Crusaders had a 20-point scorer in three games 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 points in a game while Aloisi has 21.

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.

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.

2005-2006 HONORS: Two players from the Holy Cross women's basketball team were named to the 2006 Patriot League All-Conference Team at the end of last season. Current senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) earned first team All-League and senior Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) was selected to the second team.

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 one more game at home after tonight before going on the road for the second half of Dec. Holy Cross has an overall record of 302-80 at the Hart Center.