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Leopards Downed by Lehigh to Split Season Series

Feb. 23, 2013

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11-16, 4-8

  1 2 F
Lehigh 29 31 60
Lafayette 16 24 40

Box Score

14-13, 6-6

 Stat Comparison LC LEHIGH
 Points 40 60
 FG Made-Attempted 15-65 19-52
 FG Percentage 23.1 36.5
 3P Made/Attempted 1-17 2-9
 3P Percentage 5.9 22.2
 FT Made-Attempted 9-12 20-24
 FT Percentage 75.0 83.3
 Rebounds 40 47
 Turnovers 21 25

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Fiacco 13
 LU - Kinek 16
 LC - Peabody 7
 LU - Guman 9
 LC - Homan 3
 LU - Egan, Guman 3
 LC - Peabody 5
 LU - O'Reilly 2
 LC - Homan, Fiacco 1
 LU - Kinek, Peterson 2

EASTON, Pa. – Lehigh proved to be too much for the Lafayette women’s basketball team on Saturday evening inside Stabler Arena as the Mountain Hawks got the victory, 60-40, to split the season series.

Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco and sophomore co-captain Emily Homan were the two Leopards in double figures with 13 and 10, respectively. Sophomore point guard Maddie Peabody added seven for the Leopard offense. Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek led all scorers with 16 points, going 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Lafayette struggled putting the ball in the basket on Saturday evening as it shot just 15-for-65 from the floor (23.1%) and 1-for-17 from three-point range (5.9%), its worst of the season. In comparison, Lehigh made 19 of its 52 shot attempts from the field (36.5%) and went 20-of-24 from the free-throw line (83.3%).

The Leopards were outrebounded 47-40 and gave up 21 points off their 21 turnovers. The Mountain Hawks gave the ball away 25 times, but Lafayette was only able to capitalize with five points off those giveaways.

Kerry Kinek’s three-pointer at the 15:08 mark helped Lehigh jump out to an early 9-2 lead. Kinek was able to drive around Fiacco on the following possession to continue the 11-2 run, but a contribution off the bench from senior Alicia Manning stopped the run with a lay-up off the left block.

An old-fashioned three-point play from Lehigh’s Hilary Weaver pushed the lead to double-digits at 14-4 at the 12:57 mark. Buckets from Loughney and Freeland, coupled with a string of defensive stops got the game under control at the 10:05 mark with the Leopards within eight, 16-8.

Guman’s lay-up and free throw with 3:52 to play in the half pushed Lehigh’s lead back up to 11, 25-14. Peabody’s last-second heave was a tad along and the Mountain Hawks went into the halftime intermission with a 29-16 advantage.

Guman’s three with 17:52 on the clock extended the Mountain Hawk lead to 16, 34-18. After a Lafayette empty possession, Lindsay Hoskins’ free throws at the 16:56 mark opened the Lehigh lead to 20, 38-18.

Lafayette finally got its first field goal of the second half with 12:17 to play when Homan knocked in a turnaround jumper in the middle of the lane to bring the score to 45-21.

Peabody’s jumper with 6:51 remaining got the Lehigh lead back under 20 with the score, 48-29. However, free throws from Lehigh on the next possession put them back up 21, 50-29.

Lafayette’s comeback bid would end up falling short as its late shots refused to fall and Lehigh came away with the victory, 60-40.

With the win, Lehigh moves to 14-13 overall and 6-6 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fall to 11-16 and 4-8 in League play.

Next up for the Maroon and White is their final regular season home game of the season on Wednesday as they take on Colgate at 7 p.m. inside Kirby Sports Center.