Late Surge Guides Bucknell Past Women's Basketball
Feb. 11, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - For the second consecutive game, a scoring drought in the second half was the undoing of the Lafayette women's basketball team. On Saturday, it was Bucknell that rallied past the host Leopards, taking a 65-54 decision at Kirby Sports Center.
With the loss, Lafayette falls to 8-17 on the season and 2-8 in the Patriot League. Bucknell is now riding a two-game winning streak to move to 4-21 overall with a 2-8 league tally.
Emily Homan netted 24 points for the Leopards, shooting 8-for-10 from the field and 8-for-11 from the free throw line. She records the fourth 20-point effort of her freshman campaign and falls two points shy of career high attained in the Dec. 28 win over East Carolina. She also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
Danielle Fiacco also scored in double figures with 10 points on a 5-for-8 day from the floor. Fiacco blocked two shots to run her single-season total to 95, tying the Patriot League single-season mark shared by Fordham's Kelly Roche (1992-93) and Bucknell's Hope Foster (2005-06). Fiacco also owns the Lafayette career (166) and single-season records.
Brya Freeland added six points for the Leopards on a pair of three-pointers, while Madeline Fahan and Maddie Peabody notched four points apiece. Samantha Jordan, Linnel Macklin and Ashley Springer rounded out the Lafayette offense with two points each. As a unit, the Leopards shot 21-for-52 (40.4 percent) from the field, 2-for-10 (20 percent) from three-point range and 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) from the free throw line.
Bucknell's Shelby Romine led all players with 26 points, and Lindsay Horbatuck recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds. The Bison shot 23-for-55 (41.8 percent) from the floor, 4-for-7 (57.1 percent) from downtown and 15-for-17 (88.2 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Leopards were topped on the boards, 37-29, and committed 17 turnovers to Bucknell's 15. The Bison were just slightly more opportunistic with their opponent's miscues, holding a 16-15 edge in point off turnovers.
Bucknell got on the board first with a Romine three-pointer, but the Leopards responded with six straight from Homan to take a 6-3 lead and force an early Bison timeout just 3:03 into the contest. The run grew to 8-0 on a Fiacco layup as the Leopards held Bucknell over five minutes without a field goal. Lafayette was undeterred by the bucket and quickly began a 7-0 run, capped by a Freeland trey that gave the Leopards a 15-5 advantage and caused Bucknell Interim Head Coach Bill Broderick to take another timeout with 11:50 to go in the period.
The Lafayette lead grew as large as 14 points at 23-9 before the Bison went on their first run of the game. Bucknell posted eight straight points in just 58 seconds to cut the margin to 23-17 with 6:18 until the intermission. After Head Coach Dianne Nolan called a 30-second timeout, Homan stopped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play that extended the cushion back to nine points at 26-17. Bucknell would finish the half as the aggressors, trimming the lead down to four points at 33-29.
Homan led all players with 16 points and five rebounds over the first 20 minutes of action. The squads posted identical 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) marks from the floor in the period. The Leopards held a 16-14 rebounding edge and a 7-5 advantage in the turnover battle.
Bucknell rattled off the first five points of the second half to momentarily take a 34-33 lead, but Fahan knocked down a jumper on the ensuing Lafayette trip to reclaim the lead for the home team. The lead would change hands five more times in the next stretch of action, settling at 41-39 Bucknell on a Romine triple with 14:38 to play. The Bison run extended to 15-0 as the Leopards went 8:23 without a bucket to fall behind, 53-39, with 6:31 to go. Peabody's second-chance bucket was the start of five consecutive Leopards' points, but Romine, who notched 20 of her 26 points after halftime, hit another triple to extend the Bucknell lead to 56-44 with 5:30 to play. The Leopards would twice fight back to within eight points in the closing minutes, but the Bison remained solid at the line to close out a 65-54 victory.
The Leopards resume Patriot League play on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Holy Cross. Tip-off from Worcester, Mass. is scheduled for 7 p.m. Action returns to Kirby Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 18 at noon against historic rival Lehigh live on the Lafayette Sports Network. All of Lafayette's Patriot League games are available live on GoLeopards.com.