Leopards Aim for First League Win
Jan. 18, 2013
The Lafayette women's basketball team looks for its first Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon. The Leopards (7-10, 0-2) take on the Bucknell Bison (10-7, 1-1) at 2 p.m. inside Kirby Sports Center as part of Scout Day. Lafayette is coming off a 63-43 defeat at the hands of Army in its Patriot League home opener on Wednesday evening in Easton. The Leopards are 36-33 against the Bison in their history and dropped the last meeting on Feb. 11, 2012 in Easton, 65-54.
LEOPARDS' LAST TIME OUT
An Army 16-0 run from 12:27 to 6:11 on the clock in the second stanza sealed the Leopards fate as the Lafayette women's basketball team lost to Army, 63-43 on Wednesday evening inside Kirby Sports Center.
Despite playing the Black Knights to within five at the break, the Leopards tallied just 17 points in the second half compared to Army's 32.
Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan and junior Madeline Fahan led the way for Lafayette, each notching 10 points for the game. Fahan went 4-for-5 from the floor off the bench and Homan snagged eight rebounds and four blocks. Army's freshman point guard Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. She was 3-for-7 from three-point range and converted on her two free-throw attempts.
The Leopards shot 17-for-59 (28.8%) from the field for the game and just 7-for-35 (20%) in the second half. In contrast, the Black Knights (13-4, 2-0) knocked down 22 of their 45 shots from the floor (48.9%) and 5-for-12 from beyond the arc (41.7%). One bright spot for Lafayette was in the turnover department, as it only coughed the ball up 12 times throughout the game.
SCOUTING THE BISON
Bucknell enters Saturday after a buzzer-beater win over Colgate on Wednesday to push its record to 10-7 and 1-1 in the Patriot League. The Bison won five straight games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 and took a 9-6 record into conference play. In their Patriot League opener, they fell to Army in West Point on Jan. 12, 68-60. Bucknell's Shelby Romine leads the Bison in scoring, netting 14.1 per game, third in the Patriot League. Audrey Dotson is right behind her, averaging 12.5 points per contest and sitting in the fourth spot in the League standings. Lindsay Horbatuck is a force in the paint, ripping down a League-leading 10.6 boards per game to go along with her 8.1 scoring mark per contest.
Bucknell went 5-25 overall and 3-11 in the Patriot League last season. The Bison fell, 63-47, to Lehigh in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament to end their 2011-12 season.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today's matchup with a career record of 543-467 and a 26-51 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell is in his first season with the Bison, after compiling a 161-50 record at the University of Chicago for eight seasons. Roussell's overall record currently sits at 171-57.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Lafayette holds a 36-33 advantage in the all-time series after splitting the two games a year ago. The Maroon and White hold a 21-12 edge when the two clubs convene in Easton and the Leopards have not swept the season series since the 2004-05 seasons, snapping an eight-game winning streak for the Bison on the all-time ledger.
Danielle Fiacco, the nation's third-most prolific shot blocker this season with 64 stuffs, became the first player in Patriot League history with over 100 blocks in a season in 2011-12. Fiacco's 112 rejections were both Lafayette and Patriot League single-season records, while her career tally of 247 stuffs is the Lafayette career mark and the third-highest total in League history. Fiacco also holds the Lafayette and Patriot League single-game record of 12 blocks, attained on Dec. 28, 2010 against Quinnipiac.
Fiacco recorded six blocks against Loyola Chicago to open the 2012-13 season and had an identical six stuffs against Seton Hall. Despite being held blockless against Villanova, Fiacco came up with another six-block performance against Penn State to put her over the 200 mark for her career. Following a three-block performance versus Army, she currently sits at 64 for the season and 247 for her career.
Additionally, sophomore Emily Homan joins Fiacco in the top 3 in the Patriot League for blocks this season, sitting third with 1.7 per contest. Against Army, Homan stuffed three shots to bring her season total to 26. The duo's contributions on the defensive end have made Lafayette the fourth-best team in the nation in the blocks category.