Women's Basketball Takes Down Colgate
Feb. 26, 2014
The Leopards improved to 14-14 overall and 8-9 in Patriot League play and Colgate dropped to 3-14 in league play. Jamie O'Hare knocked down four threes on her way to 14 points, while Linnel Macklin also scored 12 in the win. Maddie Peabody was the final Leopard in double figures with 10 points. Freshman Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby made the most of her first career start tying her career-high with eight points, while setting a new career best with 10 boards.
Macklin scored eight of Lafayette's first 13 points to help the Leopards build a 13-6 lead at the 15:32 mark of the first half. Lafayette increased its advantage to 22-8, at the under-12 media timeout. Peabody went coast-to-coast for the lay in plus the foul to push Leopards ahead 29-13 midway through the opening period.
Back-to-back buckets from Ottewill-Soulsby and Brya Freeland forced a Colgate timeout, as the Maroon and White opened up a 17-point edge, 35-18, with 7:52 left in the first half. After a 6-2 spurt from the Raiders, Macklin took a pass from O'Hare, finished the layup and completed the three-point play to stretch the lead to 40-24 at the four-minute mark.
The Colgate run increase to 14-6 to end the half, as the Raiders trimmed the deficit to 43-34. The Leopards shot 50 percent in the first half to build their nine-point halftime lead and outrebounded Colgate 27-15 in the opening frame.
Colgate scored the first six points of the second half to pull within three of the Leopards, 43-40, and force a Lafayette timeout a minute and a half into the period. Out of the timeout, Madeline Fahan buried a baseline jumper.
With the Leopards ahead 45-43, Lafayette scored six of the next nine to take a 51-46 lead at the 14:14 mark. O'Hare connected from the top of the key to push the lead to eight, 54-46. Fahan knocked down another shot from just inside the arc as the Leopards led 58-49 midway through the second half.
Peabody drove down the lane with the shot clock winding down and finished at the basket to put the Leopards ahead 12, 61-49. Fahan fed Homan in the post for two and the Leopards led 63-49 with eight minutes to play. A jump shot from Homan followed by a three from O'Hare increased the lead to 18 with six minutes left in the game.
Colgate used a 14-5 run over the next four minutes to pull to within 10 at the 1:33 mark. Fiacco's put back with 1:10 left increased the lead to 12, 75-63. A three from the corner from O'Hare with under a minute to play put the game away.
Lafayette closes out the regular season at home against Army on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Leopards will honor their four seniors prior to the game.