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Women's Basketball Hosts Defending Champs to Open League Play

Alicia Manning

Jan. 7, 2012

 Date  Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m.
 Location  Easton, Pa. | Kirby Sports Center
 Tickets  Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office | (610) 330-5471 | E-Mail
 Television  Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
 Live Coverage   Watch | GameTracker | Twitter
 More Coverage  Lafayette Game Notes (PDF) | Navy Game Notes (PDF) | Lafayette Media Guide (PDF)

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's basketball team begins Patriot League play with a visit from defending league champion Navy. The 3 p.m. tipoff between the Leopards (6-9) and Midshipmen (7-7) from Kirby Sports Center will be broadcast live on the Lafayette Sports Network and

All 10 active players scored - led by a career-high nine points from Kristan Liddle - as the Leopards concluded their non-Patriot League schedule with a 53-45 triumph over visiting Columbia. After facing an early 18-9 deficit in the first half, Lafayette ripped off a 34-10 run spanning more than 15 minutes of game time en route to victory. Linnel Macklin also set a new personal best with six points off the bench, and Emily Homan pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds in addition to seven points.

The 7-7 Navy Midshipmen return six letterwinners and three starters from their 2010-11 Patriot League Championship team. Audrey Bauer leads the squad with 10.8 points per game while Jade Geif, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year and this season's Preseason Player of the Year, averages 10.4 points and a team-best 7.9 rebounds per contest. Most recently, the Mids hosted and defeated NJIT, 67-51, to end a four-game losing streak. Navy is 1-5 in games played away from Annapolis.

Navy holds a 36-20 advantage in a series that dates back to Feb. 16, 1980, though the Leopards own a 13-12 advantage when the teams convene at Kirby Sports Center. Each club won on its home court last season in a pair of outings decided by single figures. The home-and-home series has been split in each of the last two campaigns and, including Patriot League Tournament meetings, both teams have earned a win in the series in each of the last five seasons.

The first road game of the Leopards' Patriot League slate brings Lafayette to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Action from Christl Arena at West Point begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on The Black Knights are 6-9 entering their Patriot League opener at Bucknell (2-13) on Saturday evening.