December 19, 2007

Crusaders Sign Two Players To National Letters Of Intent

Dec. 19, 2007

Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons announced that two student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Holy Cross and play for the Crusaders. Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.) and Marygrace Jay (Vienna, Va.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2008.

"We went back to familiar territory to get two quality student-athletes for the class of 2012," said Gibbons. "We were fortunate enough to get another Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year (Bethany O'Dell, 2005 & 2006) in Meredith Ward (2007). We also signed another student from Madison High School in Vienna, Va. (Christy Cushnie, 2006), Marygrace Jay."

Ward is a 5-foot-8 guard who plays at Westerly High School in Westerly, R.I. Following her junior season, Jay was named the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected to the 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Division, and 1st Team All-Class. Ward was also selected to the 1st Team All-State by the Providence Journal. Ward currently has 1,701 career points, breaking the 1,000 point mark during her sophomore year. Ward is currently the all-time leading scorer in both boys and girls' history at Westerly. Ward is also part of the National Honor Society for the second year in a row. Last year, Ward received the Holy Cross Book Prize award. She is also a member of the Rhode Island Breakers AAU Program.

Jay is a 6-foot-3 forward who plays at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va. A three-year varsity player, Jay was a member of the 2005-2006 Northern Region Semifinalist team and was named to the 2006 All Northern Region Tournament Team. Jay was on the 2006 Bulldog Bash Christmas All Tournament team and was named to the 2006-2007 Liberty District First Team All District. Last year, Jay was named to the Third Team All Northern Regional Tournament Team and Liberty District All Tournament Team All District. She is a two-year recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. In 2006, she participated in the AAU National Championships, placing 16th 16U Vogues and in 2007, she was the AAU Vogues captain. Jay is also a three-year member of the volleyball team, including two seasons on varsity.

"Both of the players fill our needs in this class. Meredith is a combo guard who led her team to a top-ten national finish. Marygrace brings a point presence who can score and rebound," said Gibbons. "Most importantly, they are two quality young ladies who we are very excited to have in our program."

The Crusaders, 4-6, overall, travel to the University of Florida December 28-29 to participate in the State Farm Classic.