Stumped by the Stags
Nov. 18, 2009
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The chances were there but the Lafayette women's basketball squad could not get its shots to fall as the Leopards suffered a 52-29 setback to Fairfield on Wednesday night in Connecticut.
Lafayette (1-2) actually took more shots than Fairfield (2-0) with its 60-55 edge, but shot just 18 percent from the field while the Stags came through on 34.5 percent of their shots. Fairfield also held a definitive edge in rebounds, 55-35.
Downey sank a three at 18:30 for an early 3-2 Lafayette lead, but a 7-2 Fairfield run put the Leopards in a 9-5 hole, one from which Lafayette would not come back.
However, the Leopard defense kept the Stags off the scoreboard for more than three minutes, and it remained a four-point game with less than 11 minutes to play in the opening half.
Pina broke that drought, however, with a three-pointer at 10:30, to extend Fairfield's run and make it a 14-5 Stags advantage.
The Leopards' offense continued to struggle to get shots to fall and Fairfield's lead increased to double digits on two Stephanie Geehan free throws. The Stags and upped their lead to 18 (29-11) after a Pina three-point play and, thanks in part to a Lafayette scoring drought that lasted the final 6:38 of the half, took a 31-11 lead into the locker room.
Fairfield opened the second half much like it did the first, as a 7-2 run over the first six minutes made it a 38-14 score.
The Leopards did manage to put more points on the board in the second half with 18, but the hole was too big to overcome and the Stags maintained a 20-plus point lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Leopards wrap-up their stretch of road games on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Bryant.
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