(Notre Dame, Ind.) Francesca McCarthy, the daughter of Joseph and Mary McCarthy, has signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Holy Cross College with the women's basketball program.
McCarthy, a 5'9'' forward from Terre Haute, Ind., was a member of the North Vigo High School basketball program where she earned numerous awards. Francesca won the Gold Medal Award, Rebounding Award, and Free Throw Award with the Patriots. She also won the 2010 3-point contest and was selected to the All Wabash Valley team.
College athletics runs in the family. McCarthy is one of four cousins to compete at the collegiate level including Alison Bales who was a Duke University women's basketball player and drafted #9 by the Indiana Fever in the 2007 WNBA draft.
McCarthy, a FS the Magazine all-star, will play a big role for the Saints in the 2010-11 season. "Francesca will bring a lot of passion and leadership to our young team," said Head Coach Matt Hunsberger. "She also possesses an amazing work ethic that is very contagious. Fran's the type of player that will do whatever she is asked and will be a great teammate for the rest of the girls. We are blessed to have her as a part of our program."
While attending Holy Cross, Francesca will be working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. McCarthy has earned numerous awards for her play on the court, but she is also an outstanding student and a member of the National Honor Society.