The Lafayette women's basketball team heads to the road, still looking for its first Patriot League win on Wednesday evening. The Leopards (7-11, 0-3) take on the Holy Cross Crusaders (8-10, 0-3) at 7 p.m. inside Hart Recreation Center. Lafayette is coming off a 50-49 defeat at the hands of Bucknell on Saturday afternoon in Easton. The Leopards are 8-47 against the Crusaders in their history and dropped the last meeting on Feb. 15, 2012 in Worcester, Mass., 61-52.
LEOPARDS' LAST TIME OUT
Despite shooting 7-for-35 in the first half, the Leopards battled back in the second only to fall to the Bison of Bucknell, 50-49, in Kirby Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. Trailing by as many as 15 in the second half, the Leopards fought back in the final ten minutes to come as close as two with less than a minute to play.
Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco led the Leopards with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field to go along with six blocks and three rebounds. Classmate Kristan Liddle poured in a season-high seven points on 3-for-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan also chipped in nine points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Leopards shot 18-for-65 (27.7%) from the field including 4-of-14 (28.6%) from beyond the arc. The Bison shot 19-for-58 (32.8%) from the floor and 3-for-8 (37.5) from the three point line. Lafayette fought hard on the glass against the best rebounding team in the Patriot League, grabbing 46 boards, but the Bison were still able to outrebound the Leopards with 48 caroms.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross (8-10, 0-3) dropped to 0-3 to open the Patriot League season with a 67-62 loss to American on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. The Crusaders held a 29-26 lead at the half, but American used a 31-23 second stanza to send Holy Cross to 8-10 in its 2012-13 campaign. Alex Smith posted a team-best 18 points in the game with four rebounds and four assists and Amy Lepley registered 16 points and four boards. Molly Hourigan finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
Holy Cross leads the Patriot League in scoring and field goal percentage this season, putting up 61.4 points per contest on 41.5 percent shooting from the floor. The Crusaders also lead the league in assists with 15.2 helpers per game. Smith leads the conference with 14.6 ppg and three made treys a game, shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc, second in the League behind Army's Kelsey Minato. Brisje Malone has added 9.1 ppg with a Patriot League-best 4.3 apg.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today's matchup with a career record of 543-468 and a 26-52 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, Holy Cross head man Bill Gibbons is in his 28th season with the Crusaders, holding an overall record of 523-311.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Holy Cross holds an 8-47 advantage in the all-time series after sweeping both games a year ago. The Crusaders have won 12 of the last 13 meetings overall 20 of the most recent 21 encoutners in Worcester, Mass.
NOT SO LIDDLE PRODUCTION
Junior Kristan Liddle made her first start of the season and fourth start of her career against Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. The forward came up with a season-high seven points in the first half on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. She also ripped down six rebounds and added two steals, an assist and a block.
HISTORY AT THE HELM
In its first 18 games of the 2012-13 season, the Leopards have faced a multitude of iconic head coaches. Lafayette has faced seven coaches with 25+ years of coaching experience in Harry Perretta (35, Villanova), Jim Foster (35, Ohio State), Agnes Berenato (29, Pittsburgh), Stephanie Gaitley (27, Fordham), John Thurston (26, St. Francis Brooklyn), Jean Marie Burr (25, Brown) and Bill Gibbons (27, Holy Cross).
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