Women's Basketball Season Ends in Patriot League Quarterfinals
March 5, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette women's basketball team saw its turn-around season come to a close on Saturday evening in the Patriot League Quarterfinals. The Leopards, who improved their win total by five from one season ago, fell at Lehigh by a score of 82-58.
Lafayette caps its 2010-11 season at 11-19. The Leopards posted the second-most wins in 13 seasons as well as the most home wins (7) since that campaign. Lehigh's 10th consecutive win improves its record to 21-9. Lafayette won at Stabler Arena on Jan. 22, erasing a 14-point second-half deficit to claim a 57-54 decision.
Senior co-captain LaKeisha Wright scored a team-best 16 points, including 12 in the second half. She was joined in double figures by senior co-captain Elizabeth Virgin and sophomore Samantha Jordan, who had 14 and 12, respectively. Junior Sarah McGorry tallied eight points, while senior co-captain Lauren Jackson and junior Melissa Downey each knocked down a three-pointer. Sophomore Ashley Springer rounded out the offense with two points
Wright and Virgin each ripped down a team-high eight rebounds, as the Leopards faced a 44-33 deficit on the boards. The two senior co-captains also led the way with three assists apiece.
Wright, a Second Team All-Patriot League honoree for the second-consecutive season, finishes her career with the most games played (121) and started (117) at Lafayette. Her 1,316 career points rank her at sixth all-time. She is also fourth in field goals made (517), 11th in free throws made (272), 13th in blocked shots (32), 14th in rebounds (556) and 20th in assists (206). She is one of only four players to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals and one of three players to lead the Leopards in scoring in three seasons.
Virgin played 120 games in Maroon and White, tying her at second place all-time. She scored 781 career points and grabbed 452 rebounds as a Leopard.
Jackson's three-pointer on Saturday was her 71st in her career, cementing her place in seventh all-time. She also ranks second all-time at 81 percent in her career at the charity stripe and seventh all-time at 29.1 percent from three-point range.
For the 2010-11 season, Jackson's 80.3 percent shooting at the free throw line ranks seventh all-time. She is also the all-time leader with an 85.7 percent success rate in the 2009-10 campaign. Freshman Danielle Fiacco, who earned Patriot League All-Rookie Team honors, ranks second in a single-season and third all-time at Lafayette with blocked 71 shots in 21 games prior to a season-ending injury. Sophomore Alicia Manning cracks the all-time top 10 with 33.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Saturday's game started as a back-and-forth affair, with the Leopards grabbing an early 14-13 advantage. A 6-0 run put Lehigh in control, and a 13-4 run capped the half with the Mountain Hawks holding a 40-26 edge. The deficit grew as large as 28 points in the second stanza as the Leopards' season came to an end with an 82-58 defeat.
Lehigh's Erica Prosser and Alexa Williams shared the game best with 17 points each. Williams completed a double-double with 10 rebounds for the Mountain Hawks. Courtney Dentler added 16 off the bench for the home team.
Lafayette has already announced its five-member Class of 2015. The accomplished quintet is slated to join nine returning players for the 2011-12 campaign.