Jan. 17, 2014
Lafayette welcomes American to Kirby Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Leopards are riding a two-game winning streak into the contest and are 2-3 in the Patriot League. The Eagles come in 11-5 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Last Time Out
The Leopards used a balanced attack to take out Loyola, 65-53, on Wednesday night to improve to 2-3 in the Patriot League and 8-8 overall. Lafayette had 12 players in the scoring column and shot a season-best 49.1 percent from the floor, powered by Emily Homan’s team-high 11 points. Kelly Loughney finished with nine points, while Jamie O'Hare grabbed a team-high six rebounds and eight points. Maddie Peabody and Madeline Fahan each scored seven points.
Against the Eagles
The Leopards and Eagles split last season’s contests, each winning on their home court. Lafayette edged American, 49-47, on College Hill on Feb. 2, 2013.
Senior guard Alexis Dobbs has been the offensive leader for American. She is averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game, while shooting 47.7% from the field and 43.4% from beyond the arc. Arron Zimmerman and Jen Dumiak have both started all 16 games for the Eagles. The duo combines to score 19.3 points per contest. In the paint, senior forward Sarah Kiely has made 15 starts and has pulled in a team-high 98 rebounds while swatting eight shots.
Dianne Nolan is in her fourth season at the helm of the Leopard program. She boasts a 555-484 career record, including a 38-68 mark on College Hill. Megan Gebbia leads the Eagles in her first season holding an 11-5 mark.
Senior Danielle Fiacco is quickly closing in on the Patriot League career blocked shots record, while increasing her Lafayette record. Fiacco needs just three blocks to pass Hope Foster’s (Bucknell ’08) 344 rejections for the most blocks in league history. The senior currently ranks sixth in the country with 3.6 blocks per game and is the nation’s active leader with 338 career blocks.
Senior Kelly Loughney had her best game in a Lafayette uniform during Saturday’s 68-63 win over Boston University. Loughney posted her first career double-double, finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds, both career bests. The senior scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in Wednesday night’s 65-53 win against Loyola.
Sharing the Rock
In Lafayette’s past three games, three different players have led the team in assists and all tied their career-highs in the category with six. Maddie Peabody handed out six at Bucknell, followed by Jamie O’Hare at BU and Brya Freeland dropped six dimes against Loyola.
Not So Liddle Production
Senior Kristan Liddle notched a season-high six points in Wednesday’s win over Loyola. The California native has started 11 of the Leopards 16 games this season averaging 1.1 points and 3.2 boards per contest.
Leopards Live Online
All of Lafayette's Patriot League contests will also be live online on the Patriot League Network. Visit new.livestream.com/lafayette for all the action.