EASTON, Pa. - Freshman point guard Jamie O'Hare scored a career-high 18 points as the Lafayette women's basketball team dropped the visiting Brown Bears, 56-32 on Saturday afternoon inside Kirby Sports Center. The 32 points allowed by the Leopards' defense are the lowest scoring output for an opponent since Feb. 5, 1992, when the Leopards stifled Holy Cross in a 55-32 win.
Along with O'Hare's breakout performance, junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco finally earned the double-double she's been so close to achieving over the past few games, recording 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan added 11 for the Leopards' attack.
A 37-17 first-half advantage paved the way for a simple 19-15 second stanza. Those 37 points are the second-most of any half this season, topped only by a 38-point opening 20 minutes against Pittsburgh (12/1). For the game, the Leopards (6-8) shot 21-of-60 from the field (35%) and 4-for-14 from the three-point arc (29%) with all four shots from distance coming off the hand of O'Hare. Brown's Lauren Clarke led the way for the Bears (5-7) with 11 points, while Sheila Dixon added nine.
A defensive struggle early on, sophomore Linnel Macklin was able to come up with a steal and slice through two defenders in transition at the 15:40 mark to give the Leopards the 6-4 lead. Another transition opportunity at the 12:53 mark led to a nifty feed from sophomore Maddie Peabody high to Fiacco for the layup and the 10-4 advantage.
Numerous driving layups from the Bears brought them to within one at 12-11, but junior Madeline Fahan drove around three defenders at the 10:39 mark and dropped an acrobatic finish to push the lead to three at 14-11. On the ensuing possession, freshman Jamie O'Hare found an open spot on the right wing and buried a three for the 17-11 lead.
The run did not stop there, though, as Lafayette scored six more before the next Brown basket at 7:34 on the clock to complete the 11-0 run. After three offensive rebounds at 4:03 left to play in the half, O'Hare drained another triple from the left corner to push the score to 30-14.
O'Hare finished the opening stanza already with a career-high 14 points on 5-11 shooting from the field (45.4%) and 4-5 (80%) from three-point range as the Leopards went into the locker room holding a 37-17 advantage. Lafayette recorded 13 assists on its 16 field goals in the first 20 minutes of play.
The second half began as an offensive struggle with the first points not coming until the 16:40 mark with a Fiacco layup to push the lead to 22 at 39-17. Fiacco's rebound at the 15:05 mark gave her the elusive double-double. The center from Brewster, N.Y. notched nine rebounds and double-digit points in her last three contests coming into Saturday's game.
A three-pointer from Brown's Elise Sharpe at the 11:16 mark ended a 3:32 scoring drought for the Bears and put the score at 43-22 in favor of the Maroon and White.
With 4:36 remaining in the game, O'Hare found an open Fahan on the low block with a beautifully dropped in over-the-top pass for a layup to push the score to 50-28. The Leopards continued to dominate play throughout the rest of the contest, ending it with a final of 56-32.
The Leopards return to the road on Wednesday to take on their second-straight Ivy League foe Columbia in New York, N.Y. at 7 p.m.
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