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O'Hare, Macklin Lead Leopards Past Columbia

Nov. 15, 2013

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  1 2 F
Columbia 43 40 83
Lafayette 49 46 95

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 Stat Comparison LC CU
 Points 95 83
 FG Made-Attempted 29-67 30-59
 FG Percentage 43.3 50.8
 3P Made/Attempted 9-25 9-17
 3P Percentage 36.0 52.9
 FT Made-Attempted 28-39 14-20
 FT Percentage 71.8 70.0
 Rebounds 44 36
 Turnovers 13 20

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - O'Hare
 CU - Binder
 LC - Fiacco 11
 CU - Oliver, Tachibana, Binder, Gallagher, Mbionwu 5
 LC - Peabody 5
 CU - Ward 7
 LC - Fiacco 2
 CU - Tachibana 3
 LC - Fiacco 2
 CU - Oliver 1

Easton, Pa.- Career nights from Jamie O’Hare, Linnel Macklin and Kelly Loughney powered the Leopards to a 95-83 win over visiting Columbia inside Kirby Sports Center on Friday night. O’Hare and Macklin finished with 24 and 16 respectively, while Loughney knocked down a career-best four threes in the win.

Lafayette moved to 3-0, as coach Dianne Nolan earned her 550th career victory, and the Leopards scored more than 90 points for the first time since 1998. Danielle Fiacco was the fourth Leopard in double figures, as the senior posted her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Leopards got off to a fast start with Loughney and Brya Freeland knocking down a pair of threes in the first two minutes to give the Leopards a 7-2 advantage.

Trailing 24-16, a 9-0 run from the Leopards with back-to-back three-point plays from Macklin, followed by Loughney’s second three of the night, gave Lafayette a 25-24 lead and forced a Columbia timeout midway through the half.

Columbia tied the game at 32, but another Loughney three gave the Leopards a 35-32 advantage with five minutes to play in the opening frame. Lafayette maintained the cushion and went into the break with a 49-44 lead.

Macklin led the Maroon and White with 12 first half points, and Loughney tied her career high with three triples in the opening frame. Carolyn Binder and Miwa Tachibana paced the Lions in the first half with 16 and 11 points respectively.

A 10-4 run at the start of the second half pushed Columbia ahead, 54-53, with 16 minutes to play, before Lafayette went on an 11-2 run. Maddie Peabody found a wide open Annette Snow, who knocked down a 15-foot jumper from the baseline, and then another dish from Peabody to Homan led to an easy transition layup to regain the lead, 57-54.

The spurt was highlighted by a O’Hare drive and three-pointer from the corner and opened up a 64-56 advantage for Lafayette. Columbia came storming, by scoring six of the next eight to cut the lead to 66-62. A great look inside by O’Hare to Loughney pushed the edge to 68-62 with 11 minutes to play.

Binder connected again for the Lions to pull Columbia to within three, but Macklin answered at the other end with a 15-foot jumper, followed by a block by Fiacco. Macklin knocked down a pair from the line with eight and a half minutes to play to increase the Leopard lead to seven, 72-65.

Out of the under eight media timeout, Loughney hit her career-high fourth three-pointer of the game to give the Leopards a 10-point cushion 75-65. After a pair of free throws from Fiacco, Tachibana drilled a three from the wing to stop the Leopard run. Lafayette answered on the next possession, as O’Hare fed Fiacco for an easy two.

O’Hare drove down the lane with the shot clock expiring, hit a circus shot, got fouled and completed the three-point play, forcing Columbia to burn a timeout, trailing by 14, 82-68, with under six minutes to play.

The Leopards maintained a double-digit advantage over the final six minutes to win their third straight contest to open the season. Lafayette travels to Pittsburgh on Sunday with the opening tip set for 1 p.m.