Women's Hoops Closes Season in Patriot League Quarterfinals at Army
March 2, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. (www.lafayette.edu) - Cara Enright, the Patriot League Player of the Year, scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half to lead Army to a 74-55 win over Lafayette in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday night at Christl Arena.
The Leopards conclude their season with an 8-20 record, the most victories for the program since posting an identical record in the 1998-99 campaign.
Senior Kristin Doherty led Lafayette with 14 points, while sophomore forwards Brittany Purr and Vanessa Van De Venter netted 11 and 10, respectively. Purr finished one rebound short of her fourth career double-double and second in as many games against the Black Knights, following a 15-point, 11-rebound performance on Feb. 21.
Enright, the third sophomore in league history to be named Player of the Year, made all six of her field goal attempts in the first half, including four three-pointers. Consecutive triples pushed an early 10-6 lead to 16-6 and started a 19-5 run over the next six minutes.
Army led by as many as 24 (44-20) before the Leopards closed the gap, scoring the next 11 points. Doherty did most of the damage, sinking three straight triples to bring Lafayette within 44-31. Enright threw in a 25-footer at the buzzer to end the run and give the Black Knights a 47-31 halftime advantage.
A three-pointer by Kara Stetler, two free throws by Katie Kokolus and another three by Jessica Spicer helped Lafayette reduce the deficit to 51-39 just under five minutes into the second half. Army responded with the next nine points, and Lafayette never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Army scorched the net in the first half, shooting 61.5 percent (16-of-26) before falling off to finish at 48 percent for the game. The Leopards made half of their field goals (10-of-20) in the opening 20 minutes and ended the night at 40 percent.
Lindsay Myers scored four points to close her career with 966, and holds the fourth spot in Lafayette's record book in assists, steals and blocks. Doherty finishes with 893 points, including a school-record 125 three-pointers, and scored 32 in the last two contests. Kokolus, who scored 13 in the Leopards' 73-66 Senior Day win over American on Saturday, made her third start of the season and netted two points.
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