Women's Basketball Aims to Even League Mark Against Holy Cross
Jan. 17, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's basketball team looks to even its 2011-12 Patriot League record against visiting Holy Cross. The Leopards (7-11, 1-2) and Crusaders (10-8, 1-2) tip it off from Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Lafayette Sports Network and GoLeopards.com.
Danielle Fiacco blocked five shots to break the Lafayette single-season record as the women's basketball team earned its first Patriot League win of the season at Bucknell, 49-45. Fiacco and Emily Homan both posted double-doubles in the victory, and Linnel Macklin added a career-high nine points off the bench.
Fiacco and Homan are the top rebounding duo in the Patriot League, combining for an average of 15 boards per team game. The Leopards' starting frontcourt also ranks third among teammates in scoring with 21.9 points per contest. Holy Cross' Amy Lepley and Alex Smith (25.9 ppg) and Army's Jen Hazlett and Anna Simmers (25.1 ppg) are the only pairs of teammates contributing more points that Fiacco and Homan.
Holy Cross played a rare non-league game in the midst of Patriot League action on Monday evening, winning at Brown to improve to 10-8. The Crusaders, who are 1-2 in league play, had four starters score in double figures in the 81-74 triumph in Providence. Meredith Ward led the way with 16 points, while Amy Lepley - the club's season leader with 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest - tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists against the Bears.
The Crusaders are the league's highest scoring team with 63.7 points per game but have also ceded the most points at 65.8 points per outing. Holy Cross has drained an average of 5.4 three-pointers on 16.2 attempts per game for a 33.2 percent clip from beyond the arc - the second-best percentage in the Patriot League.
The Leopards renew their historic rivalry with Lehigh on Saturday, making the short trip to Stabler Arena for a 7 p.m. showdown. The contest, which will be available on GoLeopards.com via Patriot League All-Access, is the 80th encounter between the two programs.
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