Second-Half Comeback Not Enough to Lead Women's Basketball to Win

Go Leopards! Emily Garned tied for the team lead with 13 points.
Emily Garned tied for the team lead with 13 points.

Nov. 25, 2008

Box Score

EMMITSBURG, Md. - In a game that came down to the final minute, the Lafayette women's basketball team could not pull off a come-from-behind win and fell 58-54 to Mount St. Mary's. The Leopards were within three of the lead with seven seconds to play but Mount St. Mary's Brianna Gauthier's free throw with 6.8 on the clock handed the Leopards their fourth straight loss.

LaKeisha Wright's two free throws with seven seconds on the clock brought Lafayette with three (57-54) but the Leopards could not pull any closer. Lafayette (0-4), which had two players in double figures, shot over 42 percent from the field while holding the Mount to a 37 percent effort. Emily Garner and Wright led the team with 13 points apiece. Seven of Garner's points came from the free throw line as the Leopards shot a season-best 69.6 percent from the free throw line.

The Leopards opened with a 5-0 run but Mount St. Mary's countered with seven-straight of its own. Amanda Smith's basket at 10:13 kept Lafayette within three (12-9) and Elizabeth Virgin made it a one-point game with a layup with over eight minutes on the clock. Two consecutive threes by Gauthier upped her team's lead to four (18-14). Gauthier would go on to finish with a game-high 15 points, including 12 from three-point range.

At the four-minute mark in the half, a three-point play by Wright made it 20-17. Back-to-back three-pointers sparked a 10-2 Mount St. Mary's run to end the half and make it 30-21.

Like in the first half, Lafayette opened the second period on a 5-0 run and Cristin Zavocki's second three of the half made it 33-29 with. Garner connected on six free throws in a span of three minutes and a Mount St. Mary's foul at 10:57 sent Melissa Downey to the line. The freshman gave the Leopards their first lead (37-35) since the opening minutes of the game.



Mount St. Mary's, which was kept off the scoreboard for more than eight minutes, regained the lead (40-39) on a Lauren Howell three at 9:15. Jessica Spicer drained a three at 4:25 and Virgin's layup 30 seconds later gave a one-point edge (52-51) back to the Leopards. Four straight points by Mount St. Mary's marked the game's seventh and final lead change as the team led 55-52 with 1:15 on the clock.

The Leopards open their home season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against University of Texas-Pan American.

Postgame Notes:
- Lafayette has started the season 0-4 for the first time since 2003-04 with three of those four losses on the road.
- Lafayette's 44.4 percent showing from three-point range was a season-high. Cristin Zavocki led the team with a 3-for-7 showing from beyond the arc.

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