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Women's Basketball Set for Patriot League Quarterfinal at BU

Holy Cross Athletics   03-10-2019
Holy Cross (17-12, 9-9) at Boston University (15-13, 11-7)
Date / Time: March 11, 2019 / 7 p.m.
Location: Boston, Mass.
Arena: Case Gym (1,800)
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Series: Holy Cross leads, 17-6
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 64, BU 61 (2/16/19)
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The fifth-seeded Holy Cross women’s basketball team begins its postseason journey with a Patriot League quarterfinal matchup at No. 4-seed Boston University on Monday, March 11. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Things to Know About the Crusaders (17-12, 9-9):

  • Holy Cross ended its regular season with a close overtime loss to Lehigh on March 6, falling 79-74 to the Mountain Hawks.
  • Junior Lauren Manis led the Crusaders with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Avery LaBarbera had 22 points and seven rebounds.
  • Manis has recorded 20 double-doubles this season. She ranks eighth nationally and sits in third place in single-season program history in that category.
  • The Crusaders enter the postseason with a 6-3 record in the second half of Patriot League play.
  • Holy Cross has already earned its most wins in a season since the 2013-14 season, when the Crusaders went 20-12 overall.
  • During the 2018 postseason, the Crusaders won a first-round matchup, 66-47, over Colgate at home before falling in a quarterfinal at Bucknell, 67-53.
  • In three career postseason games, Manis has averaged 13.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game.
  • LaBarbera earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors on Friday, along with a spot on the third and All-Rookie teams; Manis was named to the All-Patriot League first team for the second straight year.

Things to Know About the Terriers (15-13, 11-7):

  • BU fell at home to Loyola (Md.) to round out the regular season in a 59-55 final on March 6.
  • Three Terriers were in double figures: Nia Irving (13 points), Lauren Spearman (11 points) and Katie Nelson (10 points).
  • Payton Hauck leads BU with an average of 12.3 points per game, earning All-Patriot League second team honors on Friday. The Terriers’ second-leading scorer, Nia Irving (11.7 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game) was named to the third team, along with Katie Nelson (9.9 points per game).
  • BU head coach Marisa Mosely was named Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Terriers to their first winning season in five years.
  • This is the first time BU has hosted a Patriot League quarterfinal in program history.
  • During the 2018 postseason, the Terriers were eliminated in the first round by Lafayette.

Last Time They Met:

  • Holy Cross owns a 2-0 record over BU during the 2018-19 season, taking two tight matchups in the Turnpike Trophy.
  • The Crusaders last played at Case Gym on February 16, holding off a late BU push to earn a 64-61 win.
  • Four Crusaders reached double figures in the win. Junior Madalyn Smith was named the Turnpike Trophy MVP after posting a team-high 12 points; junior Megan Swords (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Manis (11 points, 11 rebounds) each had a double-double. Freshman Oluchi Ezemma recorded 10 points for Holy Cross.
  • For BU, Hauck led all scorers with 18 points; Riley Childs had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Naiyah Thompson had 14 points and eight rebounds.
  • The Crusaders earned a 75-69 win over BU in Worcester on January 19.

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