Leopards Drop Heartbreaker to Colgate
Feb. 11, 2009
Easton, Pa. - Jessica Spicer's layup with 17 seconds on the clock pulled the Leopards within one of Colgate's lead and Cristin Zavocki threw up a three-point attempt as time expired, but it fell just short as Lafayette ultimately dropped a 62-61 decision. Zavocki was one of three Leopards in double figures, led by Spicer's 17, but the team suffered its fifth straight loss and first to the Raiders in over two years.
Colgate led by as many as five with one minute to play, but Zavocki drained her fourth three of the night to make it 61-59. A Sami Kozlowski free throw made it 62-59 but Spicer's layup kept Lafayette (8-16, 2-7) in the game. Unfortunately, Zavocki's three-point attempt with one second on the clock missed its mark as Colgate (5-19, 1-8) escaped with the win, its first league victory since the 2006-07 season.
Emily Garner recorded her second double-double of the year with a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lafayette out-rebounded Colgate by a 37-34 margin and held a 26-12 advantage in the paint.
The Raiders scored eight unanswered points to take an early 8-2 lead. A three-point play by Garner at 12:32 cut the lead to two (12-10), and the Leopards took a 13-12 lead after a Zavocki three-point basket a minute later.
Colgate regained the lead and held a 23-14 advantage after a Tayler Wejnert three with 7:17 to play in the opening half. Wejnert finished with a team-high 16 points. Zavocki's three-pointer, her third of the half, with 10 seconds on the clock brought the Leopards within one (32-31), but a long jumper by Kozlowski as time expired gave the Raiders a 34-31 lead at the midway point.
A 7-0 Colgate run to open the second half upped the lead to 10 (41-31) but three-straight baskets by Garner made the score 41-37 with 13:24 to play. Those baskets were part of a 10-0 run by the Leopards that tied the game at 41 with 11:15 remaining.
Alexandra Serowoky handed the lead (47-46) back to Lafayette with a layup at 8:06. Neither team took more than a two-point advantage until Wejnert's three-pointer with 4:12 on the clock made it 54-50. The Raiders upped that lead to eight (61-53) with less than two minutes to play and while the Leopards cut that margin to one, they could not come all the way back.
The Leopards host Navy on Saturday at 1 p.m. The team will take part in the WBCA's Pink Zone that day to raise support for the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund.
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