Women's Basketball Edged at Long Island, 64-59
Nov. 17, 2010
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - After winning an overtime thriller in Sunday's season opener, the Lafayette women's basketball team found itself playing down to the wire again. This time, however, the visiting Leopards were edged by Long Island by a score of 64-59.
The loss evens out the Leopards' record at 1-1. Long Island, the preseason favorite in the Northeast Conference, moves to 2-0.
Senior co-captain LaKeisha Wright led the Maroon and White with 10 points and 11 rebbounds. Fellow senior co-captain Lauren Jackson and sophomore Samantha Jordan added 10 points apiece to split the team high with Wright. Jordan also hauled in nine rebounds. Freshman Danielle Fiacco neared a double-double as well with nine points and nine boards.
As a team, the Leopards shot 33.3% (24-72) from the field, 28.6% (2-7) from three-point range and 70% (7-10) from the free throw line. Lafayette had the advantage on the glass, 46-43, and committed 16 turnovers to the Blackbirds' 21.
Long Island notched the first four points of the contest, but a 7-0 Lafayette run followed to give the Leopards an early 7-4 edge. The Maroon and White held a one- or two-possession lead for much of the frame, until the home team pulled even at 24-24 with 4:29 left until intermission. The Leopards finished the half strong, as two buckets from Fahan capped an 8-1 spurt that sent Lafayette into the locker room with its largest lead of the game at 32-25.
Jackson had 10 points over the first 20 minutes of action, including a pair of three-pointers, to lead all players. As a team, the Leopards shot 41.2% (14-34) from the floor, 28.7% (2-7) from beyond the arc and converted both of their free throws attempts. Long Island held the edge on the boards, 21-18, though Lafayette took better advantage of its glasswork with seven second-chance points to six from the home team. The Leopards turned 15 Blackbird turnovers into 10 points, while Long Island managed six points off of 10 Lafayette miscues.
The two teams traded baskets to open the second half, as the Leopards' halftime cushion of seven points held up to a 44-37 edge midway through the period. Lafayette led by as many as nine points in the frame, but 14-4 Blackbirds run gave the home team its first lead of the half at 51-50 at the 4:37 mark. The game stayed within a possession over the next stretch, until a five-point spurt from the home team staked them a 61-59 edge with 38 seconds to play. The Leopards - fouling intentionally to preserve time - got the misses from the stripe that they needed, but Long Island collected a pair of offensive boards to maintain possession. Lafayette's final possession saw Wright miss a well-contested three-pointer that would have tied the game, and the Blackbirds tacked on some late insurance to claim a 64-59 victory. Long Island's Chelsi Johnson led all players with 19 points, and Ashley Palmer contributed eight points and 13 rebounds for the Blackbirds.
The Leopards are back in action on Saturday, making their longest road trip of the season to face another preseason conference favorite, Liberty. The Flames, ranked No. 21 in most recent CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25, are 1-2 in the young 2010-11 campaign.