Jan. 21, 2014
The Leopards make the trip to Worcester, Mass. for Wednesday night’s game against Holy Cross. After winning two straight, the Leopards fell to American on Saturday to move to 2-4 in the Patriot League. Holy Cross sits at 3-3 in league play after starting 3-0.
Last Time Out
American downed Lafayette, 72-57, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League women’s basketball action. The Eagles used a 12-0 spurt in the first half to take a double-digit lead, and controlled the game the rest of the way. Jamie O'Hare paced the Leopards with a game-high 14 points, knocking down three three-pointers. Linnel Macklin finished with 13 points after missing a pair of games with a knee injury.
Against the Crusaders
The Crusaders have had Lafayette’s number of late, winning the last seven in the series, dating back to the 2009-10 season.
Scouting Holy Cross
Sophomore Raquel Scott powers the Crusader offense averaging a team-high 16.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Senior Alex Smith has started all 17 games and is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per contest. Smith has also knocked down a team-best 47 three-pointers this season. Junior Emily Parker and senior Brisje Malone both average double-figures scoring, chipping in 11.5 and 10.5 points per game. Lisa Mifsud is the fifth starter for Holy Cross, she averages 9.9 points per contest and is second on the team with 23 threes.
Dianne Nolan is in her fourth season at the helm of the Leopard program. She boasts a 555-485 career record, including a 38-68 mark on College Hill. Bill Gibbons holds a 49-8 record against the Leopards.
Lafayette returns to Kirby on Jan. 25 to renew its rivalry with Lehigh at 2 p.m. Next Wednesday the Leopards make the trip to Colgate for a 7 p.m. tip.
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 3.4 blocks per game and is the nation’s active leader with 342 career blocks.
In the Leopards last game against American, senior Madeline Fahan played in her 100th game for Lafayette. Seniors Kristan Liddle and Danielle Fiacco are also closing in on the century mark. They each have played in 98 and 97 games, respectively.
On the Mend
Junior Linnel Macklin had scored in double figures in five of her last eight games before twisting her knee in the final seconds at Bucknell. Macklin returned to the lineup on Saturday and scored 13 points off the bench. The Bowie, Md. native has drawn ten starts and is averaging 8.7 points per game this season.