Jan. 28, 2014
The Leopards enter Wednesday night's contest with a 3-5 mark in the Patriot League. They visit Colgate for the first of two meetings to finish the first half of conference play. The Raiders are 1-7 in the league and 5-14 overall.
Last time Out
Madeline Fahan and Emily Homan combined to score 38 points, as the Leopards beat Lehigh 73-51 on Saturday afternoon. Homan finished with a game-high 23 after scoring a career-high 32 in Lafayette's last game at Holy Cross. Fahan finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards. The Leopards led by as many as 29 in the game and went on to beat the Mountain Hawks, 73- 51, to improve to 3-5 in the Patriot League, while Lehigh dropped to 2-6. The Leopards grabbed a season-best 53 boards compared to Lehigh's 43 and shot 91.7 (22-24) percent from the free throw line.
Player of the Week
Emily Homan was dominant last week on her way to her second Patriot League Player of the Week honor of the season. The junior averaged 27.5 points and 9.0 boards per game as the Leopards split a pair of games during the span. On Wednesday night against Holy Cross Homan scored a career-high 32 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field. The junior also grabbed 13 boards and two steals. Against arch rival Lehigh, Homan led the Leopards with 23 points and collected five rebounds.
Senior Danielle Fiacco took over the top spot on the career blocks list in Patriot League history on Saturday afternoon. Fiacco passed Hope Foster (Bucknell '08) for the most blocks in league history. The senior currently ranks ninth in the country with 3.3 blocks per game and is the nation's active leader with 347 career blocks. The New York native is also climbing the Patriot League and Lafayette career rebounding lists. She currently ranks third in Lafayette history and has cracked the top 20 in league history with 775.
Fahan Taking Over
In the past two games, senior Madeline Fahan has averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The California native took over the first half of the game against Lehigh, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine boards, helping the Leopards build a 21-point halftime advantage.
Against the Raiders
The Leopards hold a 31-30 advantage in the all-time series against Colgate. Last season, the Leopards and Raiders split the season series, each winning on the road.
Colgate comes in with the second lowest scoring average in the Patriot League at 62.0 points per game. The Raiders are shooting a league-low 35.8 percent from the field, including 32.0 percent from beyond the arc. On the boards, the Raiders average just 38.5 rebounds per contest. Defensively, opponents are scoring an average of 71.4 points a night, while shooting a combined 42.2 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from three-point land. Carole Harris and Mariah Jones are the only Raiders averaging double digits at 11.9 and 10.8 points per game, respectively while starting all 19 contests. Lauryn Kobiela is third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.4 points per contest, while leading the Raiders in assists with 83.
Dianne Nolan leads the Leopards in her fourth season on College Hill. She boasts a career 556-486 record. Nicci Hays Fort coaches the Raiders in her third season. She holds a 71-122 career record, including 23-57 at Colgate.
Lafayette stays on the road this weekend, as the Leopards visit league-leader Navy on Saturday night.