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Balanced Attack Pushes Lafayette to Fourth Straight

Feb. 5, 2014

12-9, 7-4

  1 2 F
Bucknell 35 29 64
Lafayette 39 48 87

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12-10, 6-5

 Stat Comparison BU LC
 Points 64 87
 FG Made-Attempted 23-62 32-67
 FG Percentage 37.1 47.8
 3P Made/Attempted 2-7 10-19
 3P Percentage 28.6 52.6
 FT Made-Attempted 16-23 13-17
 FT Percentage 69.6 76.5
 Rebounds 37 43
 Turnovers 21 19

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Fahan
 BU- Romine
 LC - Homan 11
 BU- Dotson, Romine 5
 LC - O'Hare 5
 BU- Craig 3
 LC - Fahan, O'Hare 2
 BU- McGurk 4
 LC - Homan 5
 BU - Impellizeri, Swart 1

Easton, Pa. - Lafayette women's basketball had five players in double figures, as the Leopards won their fourth straight win, 87-64, over Bucknell. Kelly Loughney and Madeline Fahan led the way with 16 points apiece.

Lafayette improved to 6-5 in the Patriot League, while the Bison dropped to 7-4. Emily Homan picked up her fourth double-double of the season and her third in five games, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The junior also tied her career-high with five blocked shots.

The Leopards had at least five players in double figures for the first time since they had five in January 2009 versus Princeton. Jamie O'Hare (12 points) and Linnel Macklin (11 points) were the final Leopards with double figures.

Fahan and Macklin both connected from distance in the opening minutes to help Lafayette build a 10-6 lead at the 15:32 mark. A pair of free throws from Bucknell's Tyler Craig gave the Bison a 12-10 lead, but a three and a driving layup from O'Hare gave the Leopards a 17-14 advantage with 13 minutes to play in the first half.

Lafayette and Bucknell exchanged baskets as the Bison held a 22-20 lead with 8:09 left in the opening frame. A quick 9-0 spurt from the Leopards capped off by a Maddie Peabody triple forced Bucknell to burn a timeout at the seven-minute mark. Homan pushed the run to 11 straight with a put back layup out of the timeout to give the Leopards a 31-22 lead with 5:38 on the clock.

The Bison trimmed into the Lafayette's lead pulling to within four, 39-35, on a three from Megan McGurk with less than a minute to play in the half. A three from O'Hare at the buzzer went in and out and the Leopards went into the half with a 39-35 lead.

The Leopards opened the second half on a 7-0 run highlighted by another Macklin triple, to take a 46-35 lead and force a Bucknell timeout less than two minutes into the period. The Bison answered with a 6-3 spurt of their own to cut the lead to eight, 49-41 at the under-16 media timeout.

Shelby Romine made it a six-point game with a fast break layup, but the Leopards countered with five straight points. Loughney connected on a three and Lafayette led by 11, 56-45. Loughney continued to heat up as she scored seven of the Leopards nine points to push the advantage to 13, 60-47, with 12 minutes to play.

A third three-pointer from Macklin midway through the second half extended the Leopards lead to 14, 68-54. O'Hare and Loughney buried back-to-back threes to push the Lafayette edge to 18, 74-56, with seven minutes to play. The Leopards led by as many as 24 and went on to down the Bison 87-64.

Lafayette looks to continue its winning ways on Saturday afternoon when the Leopards host Boston University. Tip off from Kirby Sports Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.