Women's Basketball Meets BU At Cavalier Classic Dec. 28

Dec. 23, 2005

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The Teams:
Holy Cross (3-6, 0-0 Patriot League)
Boston University (6-3, 0-0 America East)
Date: December 28, 2005
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: University Hall (8,394)
Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Broadcast Information:
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Radio: None.
Series History: 11th Meeting; Holy Cross leads 8-2
Last Meeting:Holy Cross, 64-48 (1995-96 season)
Series Streak: Holy Cross - 7

Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Cl.	PPG	RPG
G      05  Laura Aloisi      5-9    So.	5.6	3.4
G      15  Shannon Bush      5-11   Sr.	11.4	3.0
G      33  Brittany Keil     6-2    Jr.	9.2	6.8
F      13  A. McLaughlin     6-2    So.	4.2 	3.5
C      52  Kaitlin Foley     6-4    Jr.	15.9	6.8

Wednesday's game will be the 11th all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Boston University in the 31 year history of varsity basketball at Holy Cross.

THE SERIES VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Holy Cross and Boston University have not played for 10 years, but the Crusaders lead the all-time series 8-2, and have won the last seven meetings between the two teams. The last time Boston University defeated Holy Cross was during the 1977-78 season when the Terriers crushed the Crusaders, 81-26 at the Hart Center. BU also defeated Holy Cross during the 1976-77 season (47-32) in Boston, giving the Terriers a two-game winning streak against the Crusaders at the time. Since than, HC has rattled off seven straight victories against the Terriers.

THE SERIES VS. VIRGINIA: Thursday's game would be just the second-ever meeting between Holy Cross and Virginia. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series, 1-0, after a 72-71 win over Holy Cross during the 1989-90 season.

THE SERIES VS. YALE: Thursday's game would be the eighth all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Yale. The Crusaders own a 4-3 series advantage, after winning four straight contests from 1983-1987. Yale won the last meeting between the two teams (64-51) at the UConn Tournament during the 1993-94 season.

THIS TIME OUT: Holy Cross is back in action this afternoon after a nine day lay-off for the holiday season. The Crusaders are most recently coming off an 81-54 loss to ninth-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 19. Holy Cross is on a two-game losing streak and has lost four of its last five contests. The Crusaders have yet to string together consecutive wins this season.

The Crusaders are 1-3 in December and 0-2 when playing on Wednesdays this season. They are 1-1 in in-season tournament games this year (72-41 loss to WKU and 91-66 win over Memphis at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic in Tempe, Ari., Dec. 2-3).

COMMON OPPONENTS: Both Holy Cross and Boston University have gone toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked Boston College and backyard opponent Northeastern this season. Both the Crusaders and Terriers were 1-1 in those match-ups. Holy Cross averaged 64.5 points per game to BU's 61.0 points per game, but the Terriers held BC and NU to just 56.0 points per game, while the Eagles and Huskies averaged 63.5 points per game against the Crusaders.

LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore guard Mel Thomas poured in a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers to lead the ninth-ranked Connecticut women's basketball team to an 81-54 non-conference win over Holy Cross in front of a crowd of 13,106 last Monday night at the Hartford Civic Center.

Junior center Kaitlin Foley led the Crusaders with 12 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Brittany Keil added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Shannon Bush chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Huskies jumped out to a 10-0 lead four minutes into the game until a Keil trey at the top of the key ended the Holy Cross dry spell at the 15:46 mark. Keil's three-ball sparked a 13-4 run to cut the lead to one (14-13) with 12:34 remaining. Holy Cross kept things close over the next three minutes and found themselves down by just one (18-17) with 9:52 left after a Foley basket inside, but UConn then went on a 22-6 run to close out the half with a 40-23 advantage.

Connecticut did not let up in the second half and pounded the ball inside, holding a 38-22 points in the paint advantage for the game. The Huskies' biggest lead of the night was 30 points (81-51) with 1:20 remaining. UConn shot 48 percent from the floor and held the Crusaders to just 32 percent, while out-rebounding Holy Cross 48-37. The Huskies also forced 23 Crusader miscues, scoring 25 points off of those turnovers.

Ann Strother recorded 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds while fellow senior Barbara Turner had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for UConn.

NEXT TIME OUT: The Crusaders will meet up with either Yale or tournament host Virginia in the second round of the Cavalier Classic tomorrow night. The consolation game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and the championship will be played at 7:00 p.m. 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.

INJURY REPORT: Sophomore guard Laura Aloisi has been suffering from plantar fascitis and has not praticed for over two weeks. The five-foot-nine Aloisi saw limited time against Rhode Island and was sidelined with the injury for the UConn game. She is questionable for tonight's game.

FAMILIAR FACE: Boston University head coach Kelly Greenberg is in her second season with the Terriers, but is no stranger to the Holy Cross program. Greenberg spent seven seasons with the Crusaders, including four seasons as associate head coach under Bill Gibbons. During Greenberg's time at Holy Cross, the Crusaders made four trips to the NCAA tournament and captured six Patriot League titles.

This season, Greenberg reached the 100 win mark after BU's 73-46 win over Northeastern. She has averaged over 16 wins per season during her first six years as a head coach (five seasons at Penn) and has a career winning percentage better than .500.

FOLEY POSTS ANOTHER CAREER HIGH: Junior center Kaitlin Foley hit for another career-high when she pumped in a team-high and career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor against URI on Dec. 7. 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 (15.9 points per game) and is third in the Patriot League in that same category. She has averaged 16.6 points per game over her last six outings (12 at UConn; 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 leads the conference in field goal percentage (54.8 percent), is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (78.4 percent) and sixth in the league in blocks (0.78 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.

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.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Junior Brittany Keil scored the 500th point of her career last time out against UConn (she currently has 502 career points), and senior Shannon Bush is one point away from her 500th career point. Senior Jessica Conte will be playing in her 100th career game today and senior Sarah Placek is expected to hit the 100 career game mark on Thursday.

LIGHTS OUT: Holy Cross set a number of season records with their 91 point outing against Memphis earlier this season. 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 has reached double figures in the last three games and is just shy of averaging 10 points a game this season. At UConn, Keil totaled 11 points, five rebounds and three assists after a 13-point, five-rebound night against URI and a 16-point, 12-rebound outing 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 seventh 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 STEPS UP: Senior guard Shannon Bush is second on the team in scoring this season with an 11.4 points per game average. The five-foot-11 Bush recorded 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals at UConn. She 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 nine 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 (2.44 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 five free throw shooters in the League are Holy Cross Crusaders. Senior guard Shannon Bush ranks third in the league in free throw percentage (86.2 percent; 25-for-29), Brittany Keil is fourth (79.2 percent; 19-for-24) and Katilin Foley is fifth (78.4 percent; 29-for-37). As a team, Holy Cross ranks fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (69.0 percent; 116-for-168).

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 (27.3 percent) and blocks (2.89 bpg), and third in steals (10.00 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 122 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 7.6 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 TERRIERS: Boston University comes into tonight's game after a 66-49 loss to #25 Boston College ten days ago in Chestnut Hill. The Terriers, who were picked second in the America East preseason poll, are 6-3 on the season coming into the Cavalier Classic.

The Terriers are led by five-foot-nine junior guard Katie Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.), who is averaging a team-best 11.9 points per game, despite playing in just seven games and making only four starts. Sophomore guard Cheri Raffo (Asbury, N.J.) is second on the team in scoring with an 11.6 points per game average. The five-foot-nine Raffo is also pulling down 3.4 boards per game. Six-foot-three sophomore forward Kasey Devine (North Kingstown, R.I.) is leading the team in rebouding with 8.3 rebounds per game. She is also averaging 8.3 points per game, which is fifth best on the Terrier squad. Five-foot-nine senior guard Rachel Vanderwal (Stoney Creek, Ontario) is third on the team in scoring with a 9.8 points per game average and second on the team in rebounding with a 6.9 rebounds per game average.

Raffo (Dec. 12) and Vanderwal (Nov. 28) have been named America East Players of the Week this season, while Meinhardt was a preseason all-conference selection.

Freshman forward Jesyka-Burks Wiley (Kansas City, Mo.) was named the America East Rookie of the Week last week after scoring a team-high 11 points and four rebounds in the Terriers' loss to No. 25 Boston College on last Sunday. Burks-Wiley is averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this season. She is shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, including a 45.5 clip from behind the arc.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS AMERICA EAST: Tonight's game is the first of Holy Cross' two contests this season against an America East opponent. Holy Cross is scheduled to play Maine on Jan. 2. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 46-17 (.730) against America East competition. Bill Gibbons is 34-10 (.773) in his 21-year career against the America East.

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 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.

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 INTERNET: Any 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.

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.