A Look Back at 40 Years of Women’s Basketball at Holy Cross

March 19th, 2014 by 

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The Holy Cross women’s basketball team upsets nationally ranked Maryland in their first NCAA victory ever in 1991. This photo ran in The Crusader, student newspaper, on March 22, 1991.

This year, the women’s basketball program at the College of the Holy Cross is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The March issue of Connections, an online publications of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, features key moments in the team’s history.

Head Coach Bill Gibbons’ said his favorite coaching moment was a 1991 game on that Hart Center floor, when the Crusaders upset nationally ranked University of Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“We went undefeated: Maryland was the sixth seed, we were the 11th seed [and] we upset them in the Hart Center in front of a sold-out house. We beat them 81-74 [and] the fans rushed the court after the game,” said Gibbons. “That was the first time — and remains the only time in the League’s 24 year history — that a Patriot League women’s basketball team has won an NCAA tournament game.”

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Cristal Steuer.

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