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Leopards Hold On for Win Over Colgate

Jan. 30, 2013

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9-12, 2-4

  1 2 F
Colgate 19 26 45
Lafayette 32 21 53

Box Score

6-14, 0-6

 Stat Comparison LC GATE
 Points 53 45
 FG Made-Attempted 17-61 18-57
 FG Percentage 27.9 31.6
 3P Made/Attempted 3-15 3-16
 3P Percentage 20.0 18.8
 FT Made-Attempted 16-24 6-11
 FT Percentage 66.7 54.5
 Rebounds 49 40
 Turnovers 11 17

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - O'Hare 15
 GATE - Kobiela, Reid 8
 LC - Fiacco, Liddle, Macklin 7
 GATE - Repoli 9
 LC - O'Hare, Peabody 2
 GATE - Kobiela, Lynch 3
 LC - Macklin 4
 GATE - Five Players 1
 LC - Fiacco 3
 GATE - Stockill, Harris 1

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Despite shooting 4-for-25 (16%) in the second half from the field, the Lafayette women’s basketball team took care of the ball and held on for its second Patriot League win of the season, a 53-45 victory over Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. Lafayette’s 11 turnovers were their second-fewest of the season and least since Jan. 5 (10 vs. Brown).

Two Leopards scored in double figures as freshman Jamie O’Hare notched a game-high 15 points and junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco added 10. Junior Kristan Liddle tied a career high in rebounds with seven on the night. For Colgate, Lauryn Kobiela and Kelly Reid led the team with eight points, while Missy Repoli snagged nine rebounds.

Lafayette knocked down 17-of-61 shots from the field (27.9%) and just 3-for-15 from three-point range (20%). On the other side, the Raiders were 18-for-57 from the floor (31.6%) and only 3-for-16 from beyond the arc (18.8%). The Leopards held a 49-40 rebounding advantage and also held a 15-5 edge in second-chance points.

A defensive struggle for the majority of the opening minutes, both teams had their troubles getting the ball in the basket. Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan scored twice for the Leopards in the first four minutes and Lafayette took a 4-3 lead into the opening media timeout with 15:34 on the clock.

A three from Colgate’s Missy Repoli with 13:55 left gave the Raiders the lead, 8-6. However, on the ensuing possession, senior Ashley Springer was able to knock down two free throws to tie the game up at eight apiece.

With 12:10 to play in the half, junior Kelly Loughney drove to the basket and forced the defense to converge into the middle. Instead of forcing up a tough shot, she kicked it out to a wide-open Linnel Macklin in the corner, who knocked down the triple to give Lafayette the 13-8 lead and force a timeout from Colgate head coach Nicci Hays Fort.

The Leopards opened up an eight-point lead minutes later at 18-10, but the Raiders scored the next seven to cut the lead to one at the 6:47 mark. On the following possession, though, O’Hare slashed down the right side of the lane and finished the layup to put the Leopards back up by three at 20-17 with 6:31 to go in the half.

A steal and coast-to-coast layup with 3:30 remaining from sophomore Maddie Peabody pushed Lafayette’s lead to eight again, 25-17. Macklin’s running jumper from the foul line, coupled with Fiacco’s turnaround from the left block with under a minute to play sent the Leopards to the locker room with the 13-point lead, 32-19.

The second half began much as the first did, with both teams struggling to score. The first points of the second stanza did not come until the 16:18 mark, as Colgate’s Kobiela beat her defender down the left side and finished off the drive with a lay-in to make the score, 32-21.

Kobiela’s steal and layup with 10:28 to play cut the Leopards’ lead to eight at 37-29, forcing a timeout from head coach Dianne Nolan. That lead would hang between eight and ten points until Loughney found Macklin down low with eight minutes to play to put Lafayette up by 11, 42-31.

Colgate cut the lead to seven around the five-minute mark and that score held until Homan’s free throw with 2:52 to play gave the Leopards the eight-point lead, 44-36. Kelly Reid’s two free throws and Lulu Brase’s jumper with two minutes left pulled Colgate to within four, 44-40.

On the following possession, O’Hare found an open spot on the left wing and knocked down the shot from distance to put the Maroon and White up by seven. However, Reid was able to find an opening inside for the Raiders to push the score to 47-42 with 1:21 remaining.

O’Hare and Macklin both hit two free throws with 26.9 and 12.4 seconds remaining, respectively, to ice the game and seal the second Patriot League victory for the Leopards, 53-45. Lafayette moves to 9-12 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League, while Colgate falls to 6-14 and 0-6 in conference play.

Next up for Lafayette is a matchup with American on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Kirby Sports Center.