Second-Half Shooting Woes Sink Women's Basketball Against Army
Feb. 8, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's basketball team entered the intermission deadlocked, 30-30, with visiting Army on Wednesday evening on College Hill. However, the Leopards managed just one field goal over a nearly 15-minute span after the break as the Black Knights pulled away to a 62-47 win.
Lafayette falls to 8-16 overall and 2-7 in the Patriot League. Army, now winners of three straight games, sweep the season series from the Leopards and improve to 12-12 on the season with a 6-3 league tally.
A pair of freshman, Brya Freeland and Emily Homan, led Lafayette offensively with 12 points apiece. Samantha Jordan added nine, Linnel Macklin tallied four and Danielle Fiacco and Ashley Springer picked up three points each. Madeline Fahan and Sarah McGorry capped the scoring with two points apiece. McGorry's two free throws in the second half moved her over the 500-point plateau for her career.
For the game, the Leopards shot 15-for-57 (26.3 percent) from the floor, 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range and 14-for-16 (87.5 percent) from the free throw line. Army went 17-for-54 (31.5 percent) from the field, 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from deep and 23-for-27 (85.2 percent) from the stripe.
Homan and Freeland also headed the effort on the board with eight and six rebounds, respectively. As a unit, the Leopards were outworked, 44-38, on the glass.
Army's Anna Simmers led all players with 20 points. Jen Hazlett contributed a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Army started the game on an 11-4 run before a Homan layup and a triple by Springer brought the Leopards within two at 11-9. Eight early points from Freeland - sparked by two three-pointers - kept the Leopards within reach of the Black Knights, who sank nine of their first 15 from the field (60 percent) to open up a 28-20 lead with 6:37 remaining in the half. The Lafayette defense clamped down at that point, forcing a pair of turnovers in the midst of consecutive buckets by Fahan, Homan and Jordan to cut the margin to 28-26 and force an Army timeout with 4:39 left until the intermission. A Macklin putback capped what amounted to an 11-2 run that tied the score heading into the intermission, 30-30. Army was held without a field goal for the final 6:56 of the frame, missing its final seven attempts from the floor to facilitate the Leopards' spurt.
The Leopards struggled offensively in the second half, connecting on just one field goal over the opening 14:59 of the period while Army opened up its largest lead of the contest at 51-38. A Homan bucket ended the drought and set the Leopards on a 9-3 run to cut the margin to 54-47. Army would not manage a field goal over the last 5:21 of the game, but the Black Knights continued to get to the free throw line and tack on points to close out a deceptive 62-47 decision.
Lafayette shot just 3-for-29 (10.3 percent) from the field in the final 20 minutes, unable to capitalize on a paltry 8-for-32 (25 percent) showing by the visitors in the second half.
The Leopards will remain on College Hill this Saturday for their annual Play 4Kay game to raise breast cancer awareness. Lafayette tips off with Bucknell at Kirby Sports Center at 3 p.m. with all of the action broadcast live on the Lafayette Sports Network and GoLeopards.com.