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Women's Basketball Game Day: Holy Cross

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Lady Wildcats return from the holiday break with a .500 record (5-5) to Richard V. Moore Gymnasium, looking to garner the longest win streak since the 2009-10 season, when B-CU logged five straight in the mid-season winter months. The Lady Wildcats challenge College of the Holy Cross (5-5) in 2012's final contest.

About the Holy Cross Crusaders

Holy Cross comes to Daytona Beach at 5-6, on the second leg of their road swing into the Sunshine state and has proven to be a very similar team to the Lady Wildcats to this point in the season. The Crusaders opened up the Florida trip on Friday with an 81-50 loss to Florida.

The Crusaders are a very balanced team, but spread the ball around and consistently hit shots as well as any team B-CU has faced this season, ranking in the upper tier of the Patriot League in most offensive categories.

Much like the Lady Wildcats, Holy Cross tends to keep the scores down (averaging 60.1 PPG), but pick their shots, hitting .416 as a team with eight players shooting over 40 percent. The Crusaders will look to take advantage of their height advantage, boasting seven players on the roster 6-0 or taller, with short range shots highlighting the attack. The biggest challenge in facing them is their ball and scoring distribution, averaging 15.5 assist per game and six players averaging over 6.5 points.

Despite their height, the Crusaders are not prone to collecting blocks, with just 2.2 per game this year. On the defensive end, HC averages 7.7 steals per game, as compared to B-CU's 12.6 per outing.

Junior guard Alex Smith tops the team in scoring average, putting up 14.9 points per game at a 41.7 percent clip. She's the primary long range shooter, hitting 34 three-pointers on the season with 39 percent shooting. The scoring x-factor is the addition of senior forward Amy Lepley, who sat the first nine games with injury, who is 9-for-12 in her first two games, but with 10 turnovers along the way.

With an even distribution, the Crusaders get after boards as a team. Christine Ganser leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game, in addition to 8.8 points. Emily Parker and Raquel Scott also chip in 5.5 and 5.6 boards per game, with the 6-2 Parker leading the team with 10 blocks.

About the Lady Wildcats

Bethune-Cookman is on a three-game winning streak, the first since last February, riding on a good balance between the inside and outside attacks. B-CU has started to settle into a rotation as the end of non-conference play draws close.

Chastity René Taylor continues her role as the scoring frontrunner for the Lady Wildcats, averaging 13.6 PPG, averaging 2.1 three-pointers per contest. On the other side of the coin, Amanda Hairston logs 11.5 points per game in the post, continuing her strong return in her first fully healthy season since an ACL injury as a freshman.

Hairston also leads the team on the glass, with 7.0 rebounds per game in addition to a team-high 18 blocks. Working in tandem with her physical presence, Hairston's shooting focus has been a great asset in the early season for B-CU, as she ranks seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage (60.2 percent).

What is truly giving the Lady Wildcats a lift is the emergence of steady support for the team leaders, with Hatter Classic All-Tournament Teamer Terrenisha Hollis averaging 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while leading the team with 2.3 steals on average. She has a streak rolling of four straight games with double figures.

Also making a rise is freshman point guard Deja Gibson, with three straight starts, and taking over as the team leader in assists (17), while shooting 55.2 percent from the floor. Jasmine Evans has been a steady sixth player with 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Back in the mix off of a three-game injury, Sharnese Neal remains steady, logging 5.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

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This game will not be streamed on CatEye Network, but streamed WBB games will be coming in the New Year.

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