Leopards Open League Play at Army
Jan. 1, 2014
Thursday’s Patriot League opener against Army at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. has been moved up to 1 p.m. due to the impending snow storm.
The Leopards open Patriot League play on the road in West Point, N.Y. against Army. Lafayette is on a three-game skid that includes losses to Stony Brook, St. Francis Brooklyn and California. Army enters league play with an 8-3 mark, with its only losses to St. Francis, Penn and Ohio State.
Last Time Out
Lafayette fell to No. 23/22 California in Berkeley, Calif. on Sunday afternoon. The Leopards held their own in the first half, leading a majority of the session, before an 8-0 run from the Bears gave Cal a 30-27 lead at the break. Danielle Fiacco scored 13 points, grabbed eight boards and swatted a season-high six shots in the loss. Linnel Macklin knocked down three triples on her way to 13 points. Emily Homan was the final Leopard in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds.
Scouting the Black Knights
Army is led Kelsey Minato’s 19.2 points per game. Jen Hazlett is the only other player averaging double figures, tallying 11.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Olivia Schretzman is averaging a team-high 7.5 boards per game and is scoring 8.8 points per game. Aimee Oertner leads the team with 20 blocks. She is also averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 boards per contest.
Dianne Nolan is in the midst of her fourth season at the helm of the Leopards, holding a 36-65 mark at Lafayette. Dave Magarity is in his eight season in charge of the Black Knights. He holds a 121-89 mark at West Point.
Army has won five straight games against Lafayette. The Leopards last win came on Jan. 26, 2011, a 54-42 on College Hill.
Around the Patriot League
Heading into Thursday’s Patriot League openers, Army, Holy Cross and Navy all sit tied for first place with an 8-3 record. American and Lehigh are tied for the fourth spot with 7-4 marks. Lafayette is all alone in sixth place at 6-5. Bucknell comes into league play with a 5-5 record, while BU (5-8), Colgate (4-7) and Loyola (3-8) round out the bottom three.