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Team Effort Takes Down Terriers

Dec. 21, 2012

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  1 2 F
SFC-Brooklyn 25 38 63
Lafayette 33 33 66

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 Stat Comparison LC SFB
 Points 66 63
 FG Made-Attempted 24-60 22-62
 FG Percentage 40.0 35.5
 3P Made/Attempted 3-17 10-25
 3P Percentage 17.6 40.0
 FT Made-Attempted 15-28 9-16
 FT Percentage 53.6 56.3
 Rebounds 45 39
 Turnovers 12 14

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Fiacco 20
 SFB - Benedetti 28
 LC - Homan 12
 SFB - Benedetti 6
 LC - O'Hare, Macklin 4
 SFB - Fox 4
 LC - Macklin 2
 SFB - Benedetti 3
 LC - Fiacco 5
 SFB - Four Players 1

EASTON, Pa. – St. Francis Brooklyn gave the Lafayette women’s basketball team all it could handle, but in the end, the Leopards prevailed behind four players scoring in double figures, 66-63. A last-second heave from the right corner knocked off the outside of the rim to send the Leopards to their fourth win of the season.

Co-captains sophomore Emily Homan and Danielle Fiacco dominated the game from the low block. Homan tallied her second double-double of the season, pouring in 18 points and snagging 12 rebounds. On the other block, Fiacco scored a team-high 20 points and was one shy of her sixth double-double with nine boards. The junior also blocked five shots.

On the outside, freshman Jamie O’Hare got the start along with sophomores Brya Freeland Linnel Macklin as the Leopards coughed up just 12 turnovers, tying their lowest of the season. O’Hare and Freeland were excellent feeding the low block in secondary transition, as well as putting up stats of their own. O’Hare finished with 11 points and four apiece of rebounds and assists, while Freeland tallied 12 points with six boards and three helpers.

Lafayette (4-7) went 24-of-60 from the field (40.0%) as Fiacco (7-of-12) and Homan (9-of-12) were efficient from their post positions. Accordingly, the Leopards held a 38-22 advantage in the paint. On the perimeter, the squad made just three of its 17 attempts. St. Francis’ Sarah Benedetti racked up a game-high 28 points on 6-of-7 from three-point range to go along with four free throws.

The Leopards led from the opening tip to the final buzzer, but the majority of the contest was played within a 10-point margin. Three straight scoring possessions from Homan helped the Leopards jump out to an 11-0 lead to open the game. It wasn’t until the 13:34 mark in the first half that the Terriers finally got on the board with a jumper from Katie Fox.

Defensivley, Lafayette was especially solid in the early parts of the first half, sticking with a man-to-man system for most of the contest. The Leopards held St. Francis to six points with 8:09 left in the opening stanza.

Then, the Terriers’ Benedetti took over. She knocked down four-of-five threes to close the half and brought St. Francis within eight at 33-25 going into halftime.

The second half was played much differently than the first. A back-and-forth feel was evident as opposed to the streakiness of the first 20 minutes. A Jasmin Robinson layup brought St. Francis (2-8) within one (35-34) with 17:10 to play.

The Leopards countered, as Homan knocked in a jumper on the ensuing possession and then O’Hare dropped an important shot from the beyond the arc to push the lead to six at 40-34. Fiacco converted on the next two possessions and complete a 10-point run to make the score, 44-34, with 14:01 remaining.

St. Francis made multiple surges throughout the middle part of the half, but Lafayette responded in each instance and maintained a comfortable lead. Things got interesting, though, as the game moved under the two-minute mark.

Lafayette, which made just 15 of its 28 attempts from the free-throw line on the evening, missed some key shots from the charity stripe down the stretch and allowed the Terriers a chance at a last-second, game-tying heave.

The carom off Maddie Peabody’s missed free throw came to the Terriers as they moved up the court with less than 10 seconds remaining. Robinson found an open Eilidh Simpson on the right wing, but her three-point shot knocked off the rim as Lafayette survived, 66-63.

The Leopards travel to the Bronx, N.Y. on Dec. 29-30 to participate in the Fordham Holiday Tournament. Lafayette will take on the host Rams at 1 p.m. on Saturday and then face either Providence or Colorado State on Sunday at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.