If you think 27 years might dampen a coach’s passion for their basketball team you would be wrong when it comes to Bill Gibbons, coach of the Women’s Basketball Team at Holy Cross. My family and I love to attend College sports games around Massachusetts and we had the pleasure of attending 2 Women’s Basketball Holy Cross games in the last couple of months. We not only were we impressed by the play of the Crusaders we were often entertained by the intensity of long time coach Bill Gibbons.
If you visit Bill Gibbons profile page you can see quite an impressive history with the Holy Cross basketball team which played competitively with both teams at the games we attended. The first game was against Harvard that was played in Cambridge. They won 73-68 in a game that I honestly was going to be a blowout since Harvard came out early with a strong lead.
Our kids love both basketball and Holy Cross ever since when we brought them over to see the football games featuring Dominic Randolph a couple of years ago. They were quietly cheering for the Crusaders at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion and could not believe how red Bill Gibbons face was getting as the game went back and forth. When the Crusaders came back into town we took them over to the Boston College game which started out well but was one where the Crusaders could not hold on. The reality was that they played quite impressively though given that these were out of league games.
The team has 10 games left before the Patriot League Quarterfinals. They all are in their conference so they can make a significant improvement in their record. Given Bill Gibbons record of about 19 wins per season the team will have to run the table to beat the average since they only have 11 wins.
They are playing Bucknell tomorrow at 1:00pm tomorrow and are a great way of experiencing college basketball at a pretty reasonable price, especially for a family with kids ticket prices at $6. This another example of Worcester Area Sports events that are pretty reasonable for families.