Women's Basketball Heads to Loyola
The Holy Cross women’s basketball team returns to action after a week of rest to take on Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, February 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Things to Know About the Crusaders (12-9, 4-6):
- Holy Cross emerged victorious in an overtime thriller on February 2 over Lafayette, pulling out a 56-53 win.
- Junior Lauren Manis had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders, and hit the go-ahead basket in overtime to ensure the Holy Cross victory. Freshman Avery LaBarbera had 10 points and eight rebounds, while junior Megan Swords had eight points and nine rebounds.
- Though Holy Cross shot a season-low 26.1 percent from the field, the Crusaders also limited their mistakes and matched a season low in turnovers, committing just eight in the game.
- The Crusaders remain one of the top rebounding teams in the league, averaging 39.5 boards per league contest.
- Manis was named the Worcester-Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Player of the Week on Tuesday, February 5 for the sixth time this season after posting two double-doubles on the week.
Things to Know About the Greyhounds (3-18, 2-8):
- The Greyhounds hosted Army on February 2, rolling to a 70-51 victory over the Black Knights.
- Jumping out to an early 21-8 lead, Loyola snapped a three-game losing streak behind the efforts of four players who reached double figures: Hannah Niles (17 points), Stephanie Karcz (16 points, nine steals), Taleah Dixon (15 points) and Delaney Connolly (11 points, nine rebounds).
- Loyola’s only other conference win came on January 20 against Lafayette, a 62-50 result.
- Isabella Therien leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.3 points per game.
- Karcz is one of the top defensive players in the league, ranking fourth in the nation in steals per game (4.42). She is averaging 10.6 boards per conference game, second-most in the Patriot League.
Last Time They Met:
- Holy Cross hosted Loyola on January 12, cruising to a 78-60 victory over the Greyhounds.
- The Crusaders led by as much as 32 points, 70-38, in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross also shot a season-best 61.6 percent from the field and had 33 total assists.
- Four were in double figures for Holy Cross: Manis (20 points, 14 rebounds), Swords (14 points), freshman Oluchi Ezemma (10 points) and LaBarbera (10 points). Junior Madalyn Smith, who had seven assists in the game, also hit a half-court buzzer-beater to close out the first quarter.
- Three scored double-digit points for Loyola: Therien (16 points), Alexis Gray (15 points) and Bri Betz-White (11 points, six steals).
Season and single-game tickets to see the Crusaders are on sale now. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see the best collegiate basketball in Central Massachusetts! Tickets for Holy Cross basketball can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/tickets or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.