Leopards Drop PL Road Tilt at Army
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Lafayette women's basketball team battled for the full 40 minutes, but could not come out on top in a low scoring affair on the road Wednesday evening, falling to Army by a final score of 48-39.
The loss drops the Leopards to 8-14 overall with a 4-8 mark in the Patriot League. Army improves to 12-11 overall and to 5-7 in league play.
Baskets were hard to come by in the opening quarter, but the Leopards were able to take advantage of the Black Knights cold shooting, 2-for-15 (12%), to grab a 10-6 lead by the end of the opening 10 minutes. Freeland started the scoring for the Leopards off of a feed from Ptasinski near the eight minute mark. Army leaned on Madison Hovren, who was responsible for all six of the Black Knights' points in the period. Alex Cantwell nailed a jumper from the right elbow to put the Leopards up by four as the quarter came to a close.
The Black Knights started to find their offense in the second quarter, but the Leopards were able to keep pace and maintain their lead heading into the halftime break. Sammy Stipa opened the quarter with a trey, but Army answered with a 12-4 run that bookended the media timeout to take an 18-17 lead off of a three from Libby Tacka. Stipa answered immediately for the Leopards, rattling off five points as the quarter wound to a close to put Lafayette up 22-20 at the break.
Army came out firing to start the third quarter, opening the second half on a 10-2 run, forcing the Leopards into a timeout. Following the timeout the Maroon and White outscored Army 6-5 over the remaining 4:34, getting baskets from Stipa, Cantwell and Tasha Vipond. Vipond's basket brought the quarter to a close with the Leopards down by five, 35-30.
The fourth quarter began quietly as neither side recorded a point over the first three minutes. Tacka grabbed the first basket of the quarter for the Black Knights, but Alexis Santarelli added five points including a strong finish through a foul to send the Leopards into the media timeout within striking distance, trailing 39-35. Stipa pulled the Maroon and White within one, 39-38, following the break, but that was as close as the Leopards would get as Army pulled away down the stretch.
Army held the edge on the boards, 46-32. Lafayette outshot the Black Knights, hitting at a 32 percent clip compared to 28 percent from Army. Stipa led Lafayette with a season-high 13 points. Freeland and Santarelli each finished with six points apiece.
The Leopards are back on the road this Saturday, Feb.10 when they head to Loyola aiming for the season sweep of the Greyhounds.