December 15, 2005

Women's Basketball Readies For #9 Connecticut Monday Night

Dec. 15, 2005

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams:
Holy Cross (3-5, 0-0 Patriot League)
#9 Connecticut (7-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Date: December 19, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Location: Hartford, Conn.
Broadcast Information:
Internet: www.sportsjuice.com
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Talent: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color
Series History: 16th Meeting; Connecticut leads 13-2
Last Meeting:#8 Connecticut, 75-36 (Dec. 5, 2004)
Series Streak: Connecticut - 12

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Cl.	PPG	RPG
G      10  Sarah Placek      5-3    Sr.	7.5	2.3
G      05  Laura Aloisi      5-9    So.	5.6	3.4
G      33  Brittany Keil     6-2    Jr.	9.0	7.0
F      13  A. McLaughlin     6-2    So.	4.6 	3.8
C      52  Kaitlin Foley     6-4    Jr.	16.4	6.9

Monday's game is the 16th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Connecticut in the 31 year history of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THE SERIES: Connecitcut leads the all-time series 13-2, and has won the last 12 meetings between the two teams. UConn has been ranked in the Top 10 nationally and has averaged 73.0 ppg, defeating Holy Cross by an average of 32 points per game over the last three contests. The last time Holy Cross defeated UConn was during the 1986-87 season when the Crusaders came away with a 65-49 win at the Hart Center. Holy Cross also defeated UConn during the 1983-84 season (89-57 at the Hart Center), giving the Crusaders a two-game winning streak against the Huskies at the time.

THIS TIME OUT: Holy Cross is coming off its most disappointing loss of the season, after URI overcame a 15-point deficit to win, 72-68. The Crusaders had a 14 point lead with 17:01 to go in the game, but could not stop the URI comeback. The Crusaders have been idle for 12 days due to final exam scheduling.

UConn is coming off a 72-56 rout over Villanova last week after losing its first game of the season to #7 North Carolina (74-54) on Dec. 5. The Huskies are 5-1 at home this seaon, including a 1-1 mark at the Hartford Civic Center. The Huskies are averaging 72.8 points per game and have outscored their opponents by an average of 19.4 points per game so far this season.

LAST TIME OUT: Safi Mojidi poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team to a 72-68 non-conference win over Holy Cross last Wednesday night at the Hart Center.

Junior center Kaitlin Foley scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead Holy Cross. Senior guard Shannon Bush added 17 points on a 7-for-15 night from the field, while junior guard Brittany Keil chipped in with 13 points and five boards.

The Crusaders went into the break with a 37-26 advantage after going on a 21-4 run midway through the half, giving them a 35-20 lead with 3:35 remaining. The two teams traded baskets in the early going and Rhode Island took its biggest lead of the half (16-12) with 12:11 to go, but the Crusaders came out of the ensuing time out on fire and held the Rams to just five baskets the rest of the way, building what would be an 11-point lead at the intermission. Five different Crusader players scored during the run. Holy Cross shot an impressive 57 percent from the floor in the first half, with Foley collecting 12 of her 20 points on the night.

The Crusaders were up by as many as 14 points (42-28) with 17:01 remaining after an Ashley McLaughlin free throw. But Rhode Island stormed back and cut the lead to three (51-49) with 9:39 to go after a Mojidi trey from the wing, capping a 23-7 run of its own. Less than two minutes later, the Rams tied the game at 55-55 following two Mojidi free throws. Holy Cross was able to get back on top by as much as five (62-57) with 5:28 left, but Rhode Island continued to chip away at the lead and eventually claimed the lead for good with 1:56 on the clock after a Tanja Rhodes drive to the hoop.

Holy Cross shot 44 percent for the game, while the Rams made 45 percent of their attempts. The Crusaders outrebounded URI, 38-34, but committed 25 turnovers.

NEXT TIME OUT: The Crusaders are on the road again Dec. 28-29 when they play two games at the University of Virginia in the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va. Following the Cavalier Classic, Holy Cross finishes up its four-game road trip at Maine on Jan. 2. The match-up with the Black Bears is scheduled to be played at the Portland Civic Center at 2:00 p.m., not on the Orono campus.

FOLEY POSTS ANOTHER CAREER HIGH: Junior center Kaitlin Foley hit for another career-high last Wednesday when she pumped in a team-high and career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Foley has set and surpassed career highs in points three times this season (18 at Northeastern, 19 vs. Western Kentucky, 20 vs. URI).

Foley leads the team in scoring (16.4 points per game) and is second in the Patriot League in that same category. She has averaged 17.6 points per game over her last five outings (20 vs. URI; 18 vs. Memphis; 19 vs. WKU; 14 at Boston College; 17 vs. Saint Peter's), and has scored in double figures in every game so far this season.

Additionally, Foley is second in the conference in field goal percentage (55.3 percent), fourth in the league in free throw percentage (81.8 percent) and fifth in the league in blocks (0.75 blocks per game).

Foley recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at UMass earlier this season. The six-foot-four center is shooting 55.3 percent (52-for-94) from the floor and 81.8 percent (27-for-33) from the free throw line.

THE LAST MEETING BETWEEN HC AND UCONN: Ann Strother, Charde Houston, and Barbara Turner all reached double-figures to lead nationally-ranked Connecticut to a 75-36 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 5, 2004 in front of a crowd of 16,294 at the Hartford Civic Center.

Connecticut opened the scoring at the 19:03 mark when Turner (12 points) hit a basket underneath. About three minutes later, Holy Cross cut the lead to one (4-3) after a Lisa Andrews bucket, but the Huskies then went on a 21-0 run and never looked back. The Crusaders struggled offensively all afternoon, only scoring their second basket after more than 13 minutes of play. Connecticut went into the break up 36-10 after holding Holy Cross to just 16.0% shooting in the first stanza and forcing 15 Crusader turnovers. The Crusaders responded in the second-half, scoring 26 points, but the UConn defense was too much, forcing 27 Holy Cross turnovers in the game. Holy Cross was held to 27.8 percent shooting on the afternoon, to Connecticut's 51 percent.

Sarah Placek led all HC scorers with 11 points, going 3-for-6 from long range. Andrews added nine points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Brittany Keil led the team with six boards. Keil, the Crusaders' leading scorer, found herself in foul trouble early, and was held scoreless in limited playing time. Strother finished with 16, and Houston had 14 for the Huskies.

NUMBERS VERSUS UCONN: The Huskies have been ranked in the Top 10 nationally and have averaged 73.0 points per game, defeating Holy Cross by an average of 32 points per game over the last three contests.

2004-05 #8 UConn, 75-36 on Dec. 5, 2004 (Hartford Civic Center ~ Hartford, Conn.)
2003-04 #1 UConn, 76-42 on Nov. 30, 2003 (Hartford Civic Center ~ Hartford, Conn.)
2002-03 #2 UConn, 68-46 on Dec. 5, 2002 (Worcester Centrum ~ Worcester, Mass.)

QUICK HITTERS: Kaitlin Foley had a career-high 20 points, played a career-high 38 minutes and tied for career highs in assists and steals vs. URI ... Jessica Conte had a season-high seven rebounds and five steals vs. URI ... Brittany Keil pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and tied season-highs with 16 points and five assists against Memphis ... Sarah Placek scored a season-high 14 points against Memphis ... Laura Aloisi had a season-high three steals to go along with six points, six rebounds and six assists against Memphis ... Jessica Pearson shot 1.000 percent from the floor against Memphis and scored a career-high nine points (3-for-3), inlcuding two triples in a career-high 12 minutes of action ... Jessica Merrihue scored the first points of her career against Memphis after draining a long ball in six minutes of action ... Ashley McLaughlin had season-highs in points (seven) and assists (two), and tied a career-high with three steals against Memphis ... Holy Cross is 0-3 when allowing 70-79 points ... The Crusaders are 1-5 when forcing less than 20 turnovers.

LIGHTS OUT: Holy Cross set a number of season records with their 91 point outing against Memphis two weeks ago. The Purple and White had an 18 point lead at halftime (previous best was a two point lead at the half against Northeastern), and scored a season-high 49 points in one half (previous high was 39 points against Saint Peter's). They also forced a season-high 27 turnovers, giving them a 2-0 record when forcing 20+ miscues (previous high was 21 against Northeastern).

Additionally, the Crusaders shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the first time this season in their 25 point win over the Tigers. Last year's championship team beat three teams by 25 points or more (31 point win at Navy, 73-48; 43 point win over Iona, 89-46; 31 point win over Buffalo, 73-42).

FOLEY EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Junior center Kaitlin Foley earned a spot on the Wells Fargo/Arizona State Holiday Classic All Tournament Team after her performances that weekend, in which she averaged 18.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .739 (17-for-23) from the floor.

In the first round against Western Kentucky, Foley pumped in a team-high and a then-career high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, surpassing her previous career high of 18 points set earlier this season at Northeastern. Then in the consolation game, the Albany native scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in 26 minutes of action in Holy Cross' 91-66 blowout win over Memphis.

KEIL BACK ON TRACK: Junior guard Brittany Keil had a 13-point, five-rebound night against URI, after coming off her third double-double of the season (16 points, 12 rebounds) against Memphis at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic. Keil appears to have shot her way out of a two game slump, in which she went 0-for-11 from the field (0-6 vs. WKU; 0-5 at BC) prior to the Memphis game. Before her 16 point outing against the Tigers, Keil had been 4-for-22 in the previous three games.

Keil recorded three double-doubles in the first seven games of the season, a feat only one other player in the Patriot League (Jenny Callan from Lehigh has six) accomplished this year. In addition to her 16 points and 12 boards against Memphis, 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.

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore point guard Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) is once again leading the team in assists (34 assists) and assists per game (4.25 apg) this season. The second year playmaker now has 153 career assists, after her rookie campaign in which she led the team and finished second in the Patriot League with 119 helpers.

Aloisi currently leads the Patriot League in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.62; 34 assists, 21 turnovers), ranks third in assists (4.25 apg) and sixth in blocked shots (0.62 bpg). In addition, the New Hampshire native is an impressive .923 percent (12-for-13) from the free throw line.

BUSH HEATS UP: Senior guard Shannon Bush is second on the team in scoring this season with an 11.6 points per game average. The five-foot-11 Bush totaled 17 points against URI, had 14 points at BC, and turned in fine all-around performance with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 24 minutes of action against Saint Peter's. She is also averaging 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 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.) had a perfect shooting night at Boston College, going 3-for-3 from the floor, including a 2-for-2 night from behind the arc and a 1-for-1 showing at the free throw line for nine points, after a 3-for-6 night (nine points) against Saint Peter's. Conte scored perhaps the most important hoop of the night against the Peahens, 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 scored nine or more points in four out of eight games this season. She is currently fourth on the team in scoring (7.8 points per game) and third on the team in rebounding (4.3 rebounds per game). Additionally, she ranks second in the league in steals (2.38 spg).

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 three rebounds in a career-high 11 minutes of action against Memphis at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic. Gruzynski scored a career-high five points against Dartmouth in nine minutes of action earlier this season, and pulled down a career-high five rebounds in nine minutes of action at UMass.

STREAK ENDS: Brittany Keil was 12-for-12 (1.000 percent) from the free throw line going into the Memphis game, but made just 6-of-9 foul shots against the Tigers, ending her bid to reach Maggie Fontana `05, who set a program record with 26 consecutive free throws (across five games). For the season, Keil is now 19-for-23 from the line (82.6 percent), which is third best in the Patriot League.

GETTING TO THE LINE: Three of the top four free throw shooters in the League are Holy Cross Crusaders. Senior guard Shannon Bush ranks second in the league in free throw percentage (86.2 percent; 25-for-29), Brittany Keil is third (82.6 percent; 19-for-23) and Kaitlin Foley is fourth (81.8 percent; 27-for-33). As a team, Holy Cross ranks third in the conference in free throw percentage (70.4 percent; 112-for-159).

TOUGH `D': The Crusaders are ranked in the top 3 in the Patriot League in a number of defensive categories this season. They are ranked second in the League in both three-point field goal percentage defense (27.4 percent) and blocks (3.00 bpg), and third in both field goal percent defense (40.0 percent) and steals (10.12 spg). Against Memphis, Holy Cross held the Tiger's to 34.3 percent from the floor, and against Saint Peter's, Holy Cross held the Peahens to a season-low 27.5 percent from the floor.

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 293-78 (.789) 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 posted a record of 51-18 (.739) at home over the course of the last six seasons, including its 1-2 mark this season.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Sarah Placek came into the season with 810 career points and she is now just 130 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 7.5 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 HUSKIES: Connecticut comes into tonight's game after a 72-56 win at Villanova on Dec. 8. The Huskies are currently ranked ninth in the country with a 7-1 overall record. Their 1-0 conference mark puts them in a first place tie with Rutgers in the Big East standings.

UConn opened the season on a six game winning streak (Marist 71-45, Indiana State 86-43, Boston College 60-46, #25 Oklahoma 82-62, at Cleveland State, Hartford 72-47), before suffering a 77-54 loss to then-sixth ranked North Carolina at the Hartford Civic Center. The Huskies are 5-1 at home, including a 1-1 mark at the Civic Center.

The Huskies are led by senior Ann Strother, who leads the team with a 15.6 points per game average. The six-foot-three swing player also leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.3 boards per game. Five-foot-nine sophomore guard Mel Thomas is second on the team in scoring with a 13.3 points per game average, followed by sophomore forward Charde Houston (10.8 points per game).

Senior forward Barbara Turner is averaging 8.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while freshman guard Renee Montgomery leads the team in both assists (26 assists) and steals (15 steals) and is chipping in with 6.1 points per game.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS THE BIG EAST: Monday's game is Holy Cross' first and only contest of the season against a Big East opponent. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 16-32 (.346) against Big East competition. Bill Gibbons is 12-27 (.325) in his 21-year career against the Big East.

*NOTE: Holy Cross is 1-0 against Cincinnati, 0-2 against DePaul and 1-0 against Marquette in its history, but those four games are not included in HC's 16-32 all-time record against Big East competition because Cincinnati, DePaul and Marquette were not Big East teams when those four games were played.

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.

WHERE TO FIND HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL
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: Monday's game will be broadcast on WTAG 580 AM. Bob Fouracre will call all of the play-by-play action and Jeremy Lechan will serve as the color commentator.

On the Internet: Monday's game can also be heard on www.sportsjuice.com. The webcast of tonight's HC/UConn 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.

MEDIA POLICIES
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.