Holy Cross to Face Maine Thursday

Dec. 6, 2006

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The Teams: Holy Cross (3-6, 0-0 PL) vs. Maine (5-1, 0-0 America East)
Date: December 7, 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: WTAG 580 AM Series History: Holy Cross leads 5-3
Last Meeting: Maine 77-67 last season at the Civic Center
Series Streak: Maine - 1

Pos.  No.   Name               	Ht.   Cl.
G       5   Laura Aloisi    	5-9   Jr.
G      33   Brittany Keil	6-2   Sr.
G      14   Briana McFadden	5-10  Fr.
F      13   Ashley McLaughlin 	6-1   Jr.
C      52   Kaitlin Foley	6-4   Sr.
Tonight's game is the ninth all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Maine in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THIS TIME OUT: Tonight's game is the eighth all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Maine in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross has a 5-2 series advantage over Maine. The Crusaders are 3-0 over the Black Bears when playing at the Hart Center. The Crusaders and Black Bears last met in 2002 when Holy Cross won 75-74 at the LaSalle Tournament.

LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders are 3-6 overall after falling to Connecticut Monday. Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Andover, Mass.) scored 13 points each to help Holy Cross score the most points against Connecticut since scoring 76 in 1997. The Huskies shot 56.7 percent from the field while the Crusaders shot 43.1 percent.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will travel to Rhode Island Sunday at 2:00 p.m. This will be the seventh all-time the Crusaders will meet the Rams. Holy Cross met Rhode Island last season when URI defeated the Crusaders 72-68 at the Hart Center .

SCOUTING MAINE: The Black Bears are 5-1 and have not had a game since Nov. 29 when they defeated Dartmouth 72-61. Senior forward Bracey Barker leads Maine averaging 17.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Ashley Underwood is second on the team averaging 12.2 points per game while senior forward Katie Whittier averages 6.2 rebounds a game.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS AMERICA EAST: Holy Cross is 0-2 this season against America East Opponents. The Crusaders dropped to Vermont (67-53) and Albany (63-50) in Nov. These are the only three America East opponents that Holy Cross is scheduled to play this season.

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 121 total points thus far this season averaging 13.4 points per game. Foley currently has 475 career points. The six-foot-two senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) leads the team averaging 5.7 rebounds per game while Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) has tallied 60 assists and 25 steals this season to lead the Crusaders. Keil has 475 total career rebounds and Aloisi totals 307 career assists and 136 career steals.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) leads the league with 6.62 assists and 2.88 steals and is second with a 1.23 assist-turnover ratio. She is also in the league's top 10 in two other categories; scoring and defensive rebounds. Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the league in free throw percentage (.860) and ranks in the top 10 in two other categories; scoring and field goal percentage.

STELLER STARTS: Freshmen guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) and freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) have started their collegiate careers at Holy Cross with a bang. O'Dell has started in six games and is third on the team with 11.0 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 (2.57). McFadden has had seven starts and averages 7.9 points per game and is ranked eighth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.50). 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 ranks second in the Patriot League with a .705 free throw percentage. The Crusaders are also ranked third in two categories; steals (9.75) and assists ( 14.00).

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 of their games so far this season with junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) scoring 20 points in the Crusaders first game of the season against Yale and the six-foot-four 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. Foley currently leads the team with 13.4 points per game whie Keil has 9.2. Keil finished her junior season with an average 11.0 points per game and led the team in rebounds (6.2 rpg). Foley was the team's top scorer last year (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.

OFF THE COURT: 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: Holy Cross has an overall record of 302-80 at their home court, the Hart Center. This will be the last home game in December for the Crusaders. Holy Cross will be on the road for the rest of Dec. as they travel to Rhode Island on Sunday and head to San Diego Dec. 28-30 for the Surf N Slam Tournament where they will play San Diego and Oregon State or Texas.