Leopards Lose Heartbreaker at Northwestern
Nov. 27, 2013
Evanston, Ill. – Northwestern went the length of the floor in the final seconds, drew a foul and knocked down a pair of free throws with a second to play to come away with a 66-64 win over Lafayette. The Leopards fought from down 16 in the first half to tie the game in the final stages.
Jamie O’Hare tied the game for the Leopards in the final minute. The sophomore hit a driving layup with 47 seconds to play. Out of the timeout, O’Hare stole the ball and buried a corner three to pull Lafayette within two, 64-62. Madeline Fahan came up with another steal for the Leopards on the ensuing inbounds.
After a Northwestern foul, Lafayette executed an out of bounds play to perfection, as Maddie Peabody found O’Hare all alone under the hoop for an easy two. Northwestern’s Nia Coffey then went the length of the floor to give steal the win for the Wildcats.
Lafayette dropped to 4-2, while Northwestern improved to 5-1 this season. The Leopards were led by O’Hare’s 22 points, including a career-high six triples. Danielle Fiacco finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double this season. Nia Coffey had a game-high and tied her career with 27 points to lead the Wildcats.
Northwestern opened the game on a 16-2 run over the first seven minutes, as the Leopards struggled from the floor shooting 1-for-10 out of the gate, but the Maroon and White responded with a rally of their own.
Lafayette went on a 14-2 run highlighted by a pair of threes from Kelly Loughney and O’Hare cut the lead to four, 22-18 at the five minute mark. Another three from O’Hare pushed the spurt to 17-2 and forced a Northwestern timeout, but the Wildcats closed the half on a 10-4 run to take a 32-25 lead into the break.
An Emily Homan sky hook and a three from the corner from Linnel Macklin sliced the lead to 34-30, but Northwestern answered with a three of its own on the next possession. Another bucket from Homan made it, 37-32 with 17:23 remaining in the second half.
O’Hare went coast-to-coast and dished to Homan on the block for an easy two. On the next Leopard possession, O’Hare buried a three from the corner to pull Lafayette within four, 41-37. A 9-2 run from the Wildcats pushed their lead to 50-41 with 12:18 to play.
The Northwestern rally went to 14-2, giving the Wildcats a 55-41 lead with under 11 minutes on the clock. A three-pointer from O’Hare trimmed the deficit to 55-44. Brya Freeland knocked down a corner three, but Northwestern answered with a three of its own. Lafayette trailed by ten, 58-48 with 7:16 on the clock.
Homan cleaned up a Fiacco miss and completed the three-point play to pull the Leopards to within seven, 58-51. Fiacco blocked a shot on the next Wildcat possession, but Lafayette was unable to convert on the other end. On Lafayette’s next possession, Homan was fouled and converted 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with 3:46 remaining.
Fiacco fed O’Hare on the wing, who knocked down a triple to pull Lafayette to within five, 60-55. A questionable blocking foul on Madeline Fahan gave Northwestern a 62-55 cushion with under two minutes to play. After exchanging baskets, O’Hare hit a driving layup with 47 seconds left, making the score, 64-59.
Out of the timeout, O’Hare stole the ball and knocked down another three from the corner. Peabody found O’Hare on an out of bounds play to tie the game at 64 with under ten seconds to play. Northwestern went the length of the floor and drew a foul with 1.7 seconds to play, and stole the win away from the Leopards.