American Downs Women's Basketball, 80-54
Jan. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A season-high 32 turnovers proved to be the downfall of the Lafayette women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon at first-place American. Emily Homan and Danielle Fiacco both reached double figures for the Leopards in an 80-47 decision.
With the loss, the Leopards reach the halfway point of the Patriot League season at 2-5 in the league and 8-14 overall. American improves to 15-6 on the season with a perfect 7-0 league tally.
Homan posted a trio of team highs with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Fiacco also neared a double-double with 10 points and eight boards. She also sent back three shots, increasing her career total to 159. Fiacco's next block will tie the Lafayette career record of 160 blocks held by Lenora Johnson '81. Her 88 rejections to 2011-12 - already a Lafayette single-season record - slot her at fifth in Patriot League annals.
Samantha Jordan added seven points off the bench, while Madeline Fahan and Alicia Manning each scored six. Maddie Peabody had five points, including the Leopards' lone three-pointer, and Ashley Springer tallied four. Melissa Downey and Linnel Macklin rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. Peabody set a new career high with four of the Leopards' 13 assists.
Lafayette held a commanding 47-29 advantage on the boards, though the Maroon and White held just a 13-12 edge in second-chance points. The Leopards' 32 turnovers - compared to just five miscues by the Eagles - led to 38 American points.
The Eagles jumped out in front early, taking a 12-4 lead courtesy of a quick 10-0 run. Lafayette would chisel the lead back down to six in the period, but would not recover from American's ensuing 10-0 run. The Leopards trailed at the half, 41-24, and never came closer than 15 points in the second frame. The deficit grew as large as 32 points in an eventual 80-54 defeat.
Lisa Strack led four Eagles scoring in double figures with a game-high 18 points. Alexis Dobbs scored 16, Sarah Kiely added 13 and Tori Halvorsen netted 12 for American. Ebony Edwards grabbed a team-best seven rebounds and Jen Dumiak led all players with nine assists.
The Patriot League schedule turns over this Saturday, Feb. 4 with the Leopards traveling to Annapolis to meet defending champion Navy at 7 p.m. Lafayette returns to Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for a 7 p.m. showdown with Army.