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Homan Scores 32 in Loss at Holy Cross

Jan. 22, 2014

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12-6, 4-3

  1 2 F
Lafayette 34 34 68
Holy Cross 40 35 75

 Box Score | Box Score (PDF)  

8-10, 2-5

 Stat Comparison HC LC
 Points 75 68
 FG Made-Attempted 28-62 31-68
 FG Percentage 45.2 45.6
 3P Made/Attempted 11-22 2-10
 3P Percentage 50.0 20.0
 FT Made-Attempted 8-13 4-14
 FT Percentage 61.5 28.6
 Rebounds 32 47
 Turnovers 14 16

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Homan
 HC - Smith
 LC - Homan 13
 HC - Scott 12
 LC - O'Hare 7
 HC - Mifsud 6
 LC - Fahan, Homan 2
 HC - Hourigan 2
 LC - Fiacco 2
 HC - Mifsud, Sullivan 1

Worcester, Mass. – Emily Homan’s career night wasn’t enough, as a late comeback bid from the Leopards came up short and Lafayette fell to Holy Cross, 75-68, in Patriot League women’s basketball play. Homan finished with a career-best 32 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the loss.

The Crusaders used a 16-4 run midway through the second half to push their way past the Leopards on Wednesday night. Madeline Fahan finished in double digits for Lafayette with ten points and five boards. Holy Cross was led by a trio of players in double figures led by Alex Smith’s 22 points. The Leopards moved to 2-5 in the league, while the Crusaders improved to 4-3.

Homan and Fahan each scored four points in the first four minutes to give the Leopards an early 8-7 lead. Jamie O'Hare knocked down a three from the wing, followed by a steal and layup from Maddie Peabody to extend the lead to six, with 14:17 on the clock.

Lafayette increased its lead to eight, 17-9 at the under 12 media timeout. Holy Cross answered with a 10-5 spurt to pull within three, 22-19, with 9:11 to play in the first half. Homan continued to dominate in the paint as her 12th point of the night gave the Leopards a 24-19 edge.

A 9-2 run from the Crusaders gave them the lead, 28-26, with under six minutes to play. Holy Cross began to connect from distance, as back-to-back threes from Smith and Christine Ganser pushed the Crusader lead to six, 36-30, at the final media timeout of the half.

Holy Cross maintained its six-point advantage, leading 40-34 at the break. Homan led all scorers with 18 first half points and eight rebounds. The Crusaders knocked down six threes in the opening frame to build their six point lead.

The Crusaders hot shooting from beyond the arc continued at the start of the second half, as Smith knocked down a pair of threes to increase the Holy Cross advantage to 10, 45-35. Layups from Homan and Fahan trimmed the lead to eight, 47-39, at the 15:46 mark.

Danielle Fiacco finished on the low block to cut the Holy Cross advantage to six, 47-41, but another three from the Crusaders made it a nine-point game. Fiacco scored on the Leopards next possession and Homan’s three-point play sliced the Holy Cross edge to four, 50-46. Lafayette trailed 52-48 at the under 12 media timeout.

Another three from the Crusaders pushed their lead to seven, but Homan answered on the low block for the Leopards, making it a five-point game with ten minutes to play. Back-to-back buckets from Holy Cross increased its lead to nine, 59-50. Fiacco blocked her second shot of the night on the Crusaders next possession, tying the Patriot League career record with 344 blocks.

The Crusaders tenth three of the night gave them a 63-50 lead with seven and a half minutes to play. Homan answered again at the other end setting a new career-high with 28 points. After an offensive rebound for the Leopards, O’Hare found Fiacco on the block for an easy lay in, cutting the Holy Cross lead to 11, 68-57.

The Leopards cut the lead to single digits with under three minutes to play, as baskets by Homan and Fahan pulled Lafayette to within nine, 70-61. A three-point play from Raquel Scott pushed the Holy Cross lead back up to 12 with 1:35 on the clock and the Crusaders went on to defeat the Leopards, 75-68.

Lafayette hosts rival Lehigh on Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by a trip to Colgate on Jan. 29.