Fiacco Nets Double-Double in Loss to Princeton
Nov. 14, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - A career night from Danielle Fiacco came in a losing effort as the Lafayette women's basketball fell to Princeton, 87-47, at Kirby Sports Center on Monday evening. Fiacco posted a career-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Leopards.
With the loss, the Leopards fall to 0-2 on the young season. Princeton, the two-time defending champion of the Ivy League, improves to 2-0.
Fiacco's double-double was the third of her career and her first of 2011-12. The Leopards' 6-7 center was also instrumental in limiting Princeton's First Team All-Ivy center Devona Allgood to six points on 3-for-13 shooting.
Also netting double figures for Lafayette were freshmen Brya Freeland and Emily Homan, who racked up 10 points apiece. Ashley Springer added four points, Maddie Peabody scored three in her collegiate debut and Melissa Downey and Sarah McGorry rounded out the scoring with two points each.
As a team, the Leopards shot 30.5 percent (18-59) from the field, 15.4 percent (2-13) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the free throw line. Princeton shot 46.2 percent (30-65) from the floor, 44.4 percent (8-18) from downtown and 70.4 percent (19-27) from the stripe.
Fiacco was also the Leopards' leader on the boards, hauling in a game-best 10 rebounds. Homan and McGorry each grabbed five as Lafayette was outworked on the glass, 45-35.
Lafayette was hampered by 27 turnovers, which turned into 36 Princeton points, while forcing 16 Tigers' miscues.
The Leopards battled to an early 9-8 lead through the first six minutes of the contest, but the Tigers responded with their first run of the evening - a 14-2 spurt that gave the visitors a 22-11 advantage at the midway point of the half. Lafayette would briefly trim the lead to seven points at 22-15, but Princeton finished the period on a 16-3 run to head into the locker room with a comfortable 38-18 cushion.
The second half was more of the same as the Tigers lead grew as large as 43 points en route to an 87-47 final.
Princeton was led by All-Ivy standout Niveen Rasheed, who scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and also ripped down seven rebounds. Nicole Hung scored 11 for the Tigers, and Lauren Edwards and Alex Rodgers each had 10.
The Leopards follow-up tonight's meeting against a 2010-11 NCAA Tournament team with a trip to Syracuse, which advanced to the WNIT Quarterfinals last season. Action from the Carrier Dome tips off at 7 p.m. and will feature live audio coverage on GoLeopards.com with Dan Mowdy and Drew Kingsley on the call.
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