Fahan and Fiacco Guide Women's Basketball Past Saint Peter's, 59-50
Nov. 22, 2011
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Led by 16 points from Madeline Fahan and a 14-point, 13-rebound performance from Danielle Fiacco, the Lafayette women's basketball notched its first win of the season over host Saint Peter's, 59-50.
With the win, the Leopards improve to 1-3. Saint Peter's, which has already lost to fellow Patriot League squads Bucknell and Lehigh, drops to 0-3.
Fahan's 16 points were the team high and a personal career best. She shot 7-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 at the charity stripe. The sophomore complemented her scoring output with seven rebounds as the Leopards maintained a 47-35 advantage on the glass.
Fiacco, who also posted a double-double against Princeton on Nov. 14, added eight blocks to her 14 points and game-high 13 rips. Kristan Liddle set a pair of personal bests with six points and six rebounds - including four off of the offensive glass. Sarah McGorry and Ashley Springer each had five points, Emily Homan and Maddie Peabody tallied four apiece, Samantha Jordan came off the bench to net three and Melissa Downey rounded out the scoring with two points. Fahan and Peabody each doled out three assists.
As a team, Lafayette shot 44 percent (22-50) from the field, 0-for-7 from three-point range and 57.7 percent (15-26) from the free throw line. The Peahens shot 29 percent (20-69) from the floor, 27.8 percent (5-18) from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent (5-8) from the stripe.
The Leopards nearly controlled the action wire-to-wire, as a 4-2 Saint Peter's edge with just 3:30 gone was the only time that the home team would lead in the game. A 10-0 run gave Lafayette a 12-4 cushion and, after the Peahens trimmed the margin to two, a 5-0 spurt capped the half to send the Leopards into the locker room holding a 25-18 lead.
Lafayette has been hampered by slow starts to the second half through the first three games of the season, but in this game the Leopards were the aggressors out of the intermission as the lead grew as large as 19 points at 45-26 with 11:02 left to play. Saint Peter's would cut the deficit back to single digits, but never got closer than within six points of the Leopards, who held the Peahens off for a 59-50 triumph.
Saint Peter's Aziza May led all players with 17 points. Jesika Holmes tore down a team-best nine rebounds and had seven steals.
Lafayette returns to the court on Friday, Nov. 25 for the inaugural Thanksgiving Challenge. The Leopards host Wagner at 4 p.m., to be followed by Lehigh vs. Monmouth at 6 p.m. Day two of the Challenge will be held at Wagner on Sunday, Nov. 27 with Lafayette meeting Monmouth at 2 p.m. and Lehigh facing the host Seahawks at 4 p.m.
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