Leopards Welcome Lehigh on Saturday Afternoon
Jan. 24, 2014
The Leopards welcome rival Lehigh to Kirby Sports Center on Saturday afternoon for the first of two meetings this season. Both squads come into the contest with 2-5 records in the Patriot League and sit tied for sixth place in the league standings.
Last time Out
Emily Homan's career night wasn't enough, as a late comeback bid from the Leopards came up short and Lafayette fell to Holy Cross, 75-68, in Patriot League play on Wednesday night. Homan finished with a career-best 32 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the loss.The Crusaders used a 16-4 run midway through the second half to push their way past the Leopards on Wednesday night. Madeline Fahan finished in double digits for Lafayette with ten points and five boards.
Against the Mountain Hawks
The Leopards hold a 42-41 advantage in the all-time series against Lehigh. The teams split last season's contests, each winning on their home court.
Sophomore forward Kerry Kinek leads the Patriot League in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game and shooting 47 percent from the field. Katie O'Reiley is the second Mountain Hawk in double figures, averaging 11.1 points per contest. Freshman guard Kayla Burton has dished out a team-high 51 assists and has been reliable from beyond the arc where she has made 34 threes, shooting at a 40 percent clip. The rookie is third on the team scoring 7.7 points per game. On the boards, Kinek has been a force, pulling in 125 rebounds, while registering 15 blocks on the defensive end. Lindsay Hoskins has started in 15 of her 17 appearances chipping in 5.1 points and 4.4 boards per game.
Dianne Nolan is in her fourth season at the helm of the Leopard program. She holds a 555-486 career record, including a 38 wins with the Leopards. Sue Troyan is in her 19th season at Lehigh, where she has accumulated a 295-254 record.
Emily Homan dominated inside the paint on Wednesday night against Holy Cross scoring a career-high 32 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field. The junior also grabbed 13 boards and two steals. Sophomore Jamie O'Hare also set a career-best with seven assists in the loss.
Senior Danielle Fiacco tied the Patriot League career blocks record on Wednesday night at Holy Cross. Fiacco needs a single block to pass Hope Foster (Bucknell '08) 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 344 career blocks.
In the Leopards 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 have played in 99 and 98 games, respectively.
Lafayette hits the road for its next two contests, visiting Colgate on Wednesday and Navy on Saturday night.