Crusaders Set to Face Rhode Island Sunday

Dec. 14, 2006

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The Teams: Holy Cross (4-6, 0-0 PL) vs. Rhode Island (1-9, 0-0 Atlantic-10)
Date: December 17, 2006
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Ryan Center (3,600), Kingston, R.I.
Broadcast Information:
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Radio: WTAG 580 AM Series History: Holy Cross leads 4-2
Last Meeting: Rhode Island, 72-68 at the Hart Center
Series Streak: Rhode Island - 1

Pos.   No.  Name               	Ht.   Cl.
G      44   Bethany O'Dell	5-8   Fr.
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.

Today's game is the seventh all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Rhode Island in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THIS TIME OUT: Today's game is the seventh all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Rhode Island in the 32 seasons of varsity basketball at Holy Cross. Holy Cross has a 4-2 series advantage over URI. The Crusaders are 3-0 over the Rams when playing at the Ryan Center. Holy Cross and URI met last year when the Rams won 72-68.

LAST TIME OUT: The Crusaders are 4-6 overall after giving Maine its second loss of the season, 72-64, last week at the Hart Center. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored a career-high 22 points and added nine rebounds while Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) also scored a career-high 21 points to lead Holy Cross.

NEXT TIME OUT: Holy Cross will leave Dec. 26 for San Diego to play in the Surf N Slam Tournament. The Crusaders will play San Diego Dec. 28 and Oregon State or Texas Dec. 30.

SCOUTING URI: The Rams are 1-9 after losing four straight games, the last to Illinois, 73-48 (Nov.9). Junior guard Safi Mojidi leads URI with 11.7 points per game while sophomore forward Sierra Cooper leads the team with 4.9 rebounds per game.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS ATLANTIC-10: URI is one of two Atlantic-10 opponents on the Crusaders schedule this season. Holy Cross will also face Massachusetts in the first game of the new year, Jan. 3, 2007 at the Hart Center.

INJURY REPORT: Junior guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore guard Jessica Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) have both suffered recent knee injuries and will be out the remainder of the season.

LEADING THE TEAM: Senior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the team with 129 total points thus far this season averaging 12.9 points per game. Foley currently has 765 career points. The six-foot-two senior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) leads the team averaging 6.1 rebounds per game while Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) tallied 68 assists and 30 steals this season before hurting her knee in the game against Maine. Keil has 484 total career rebounds and Aloisi totals 315 career assists and 141 career steals.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) leads the league with 6.80 assists, a 1.31 assist/turnover ration and 3.00 steals. Senior Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) leads the league in free throw percentage (.872) and ranks in the top 10 in two other categories; scoring and field goal percentage.

HOLY CROSS IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with 15.00 assists and a .725 free throw percentage. The Crusaders are ranked second in three-points made (7.73) and third in three other categories, steals (9.80), turnover margin (-1.50) and assist/turnover ratio (0.71).

PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORABLE MENTION: Four Crusaders were named to the league's honorable mention list for performances last week. Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) averaged 16.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg and sank five 3-pointers, Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) netted 18 points, handed out 15 assists and had seven steals over two games, Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) recorded 33 points, nine rebounds and seven 3-pointers and Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had 13 points against Connecticut, going 3-for-5 from long range.

CAREER-HIGH DAY: In the Crusaders last game against non-conferecne opponent, Maine, Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored a career-high 22 points and had a season-high nine rebounds and two blocks in a season-high 35 minutes of play. Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 21 points, served a career-high four assists and two steals. Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) had a career-high five steals while freshman guard Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) had a career-high three steals. Sophomores Jessica Merrihue (Holtsville, N.Y.) and Kathy Gruzynski (Elk Grove, Ill.) each had their first block of the season as Merrihue played seven minutes to match her career-high.

800 CAREER-POINTS: Senior tri-captain Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored her 800th career point in the first half of the game against Maine (Dec. 7). Keil scored a career-high 22 points to end the game with 814 career points.

20-POINT CLUB: The Crusaders had two players score more than 20 points in their game against Maine as freshman Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) scored a career-high 22 points and Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) scored a career-high 21 points. The six-foot-four Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) totled 21 points at St. Peter's (Nov. 12) and 22 points against Harvard (Nov. 18). Junior Laura Aloisi (Nashua, NH) scored 20 points in the Crusaders first game of the season against Yale (Nov. 10). Foley holds a career-high of 27 points in a game while Aloisi has 21.

STELLER START: 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 seven games and is second on the team with 12.1 points per game. In the Patriot League she is second with 2.78 three-point field goals made and ranks sixth with a .439 three-point field goal percentage. McFadden has had seven starts and averages 7.5 points per game and is tied eighth in the league in three-point field goals made (1.60). Both O'Dell and McFadden have been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nov. 13 and 20 respectively.

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).

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. Fremeau is a 5-foot-10 guard who plays at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, NH and May is a 6-foot guard who plays at River Dell High School in Oradell, N.J.

GIBBONS ON FREMEAU AND MAY: "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."

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

"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.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Holy Cross leaves for San Diego Dec. 26 to play in the Surf N Slam Tournament. First they will face San Diego Dec. 28 and then Oregon State or Texas Dec. 30.