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Leopards Look for First League Win at Bucknell

Jan. 7, 2014

Game Notes
Lafayette at Bucknell
Wednesday Jan. 8 | 5 p.m. ET
Sojka Pavilion
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Game Notes

Opening Tip
Lafayette searches for its first win of the Patriot League season when it visits Bucknell on Wednesday evening. The Leopards enter the contest 0-2 in league play and under .500 (6-7) for the first time this season. The Bison split their first two games in the league, falling to American, 77-40, before beating Colgate, 88-72.

Last time Out
Navy was able to hold off Lafayette’s comeback bid in the second half and improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fell to 0-2 in the league and below .500 for the first time this season (6-7 overall). Linnel Macklin and Madeline Fahan powered the Leopards scoring 12 and 10 points respectively. The Mids outrebounded the Leopards, 43-32, including a 14-11 edge on the offensive glass. Navy also knocked down 44.4 percent of its field goals compared to Lafayette’s 32.1 percent. Kara Pollinger led four Mids in double figures with 15 points including three triples. Jade Geif was a force inside for Navy finishing with a double-double, 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Against the Bison
The Leopards and the Bison split last season’s games with each team winning contests on the road. Bucknell beat Lafayette on College Hill, 50-49, an the Maroon and White returned the favor in overtime in Lewisburg, 66-61. Lafayette holds a 37-34 advantage in the all-time series.

Scouting Bucknell
Junior Audrey Dotson leads three Bison in double figures scoring a team-high 16.6 points per game, while grabbing 7.3 boards. Senior Shelby Romine averages 13.0 points per contest and leads the team in assists (52) and steals (17). Freshman Claire DeBoer is the final Bucknell player in double figures, scoring 10 points per game. DeBoer was recently named Patriot League Rookie of the Week after leading the Bison in scoring and rebounding in their first two league games. Another freshman, Megan McGurk has knocked down a team-best 13 three-pointers.

Coaching Matchup
Dianne Nolan is in the midst of her fourth season at the helm of the Leopards, holding a 36-67 mark at Lafayette. Aaron Roussell is in his second season in charge of the Bison. He led Bucknell to a 15-16 record in his first season.

Macklin Heating Up
Junior Linnel Macklin has scored in double figures in five of the Leopards last seven games to increase her average from 7.0 points to 8.5 points per game. The junior scored a career-high 16 points against Columbia earlier in the season.

Block Party
Senior Danielle Fiacco continues to increase her record for career blocks at Lafayette, while closing in on the top spot in Patriot League history. Fiacco needs just 15 blocks to pass Hope Foster of Bucknell for the most blocks in league history. The senior currently ranks sixth in the country with 3.5 blocks per game and is the nation’s active leader with 330 career blocks. Junior Emily Homan also ranks among the top four in Lafayette history with 116 career blocks. The duo has combined for 63 blocks this season.

Making it Snow?
Sophomore Annette Snow scored a career-high nine points in Lafayette’s loss to Navy on Sunday afternoon. Snow knocked down three triples to give the Leopards a boost off the bench. The New Jersey native also grabbed four boards, a block, steal and an assist in 22 minutes.

Leopards Live Online
All of Lafayette’s Patriot League contests will also be live online on the Patriot League Network.