Feb. 4, 2014
The Leopards welcome the Bucknell Bison to Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday night. Lafayette led a majority of the game, the first time the two teams played earlier this season, but the Bison came away with a 75-72 victory. The Leopards enter the contest, 5-5 in the Patriot League, while Bucknell sits at 7-3 in league play.
Last Time Out
Emily Homan’s bucket with six seconds left gave Lafayette a 70-69 win over Patriot League leading Navy on Saturday night. The Leopards moved to 5-5 in league play and became the first Patriot League team to defeat Navy this season. With the Leopards leading by a point, Navy’s Jade Geif hit a turnaround jumper with 18 ticks on the clock to give the Mids a one-point lead. On Lafayette’s final possession, Kelly Loughney fed Homan in the post, who turned and scored to propel the Leopards to the one-point win. Loughney finished with a team-high 16 points, knocking down three triples for Lafayette. Madeline Fahan and Homan were the other Leopards in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Three in a Row
The Leopards have won three straight games by an average of 12.6 points per game. The streak began with a dominating 73-51 win over rival Lehigh, followed by back-to-back road wins over Colgate and Patriot League leading Navy.
Homan Heating Up
Emily Homan has been dominant of late as she picked up her second Patriot League Player of the Week honor of the season on Jan. 27. The junior averaged 27.5 points and nine boards per game as the Leopards split a pair of games during the span. Against Holy Cross, Homan scored a career-high 32 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field. At Colgate, she led the team with a game-high 26 points and career-best 16 rebounds. In the upset win over Navy, Homan scored the go ahead basket with six seconds to play to lift Lafayette to a 70-69 win.
Against the Bison
The Leopards hold a 37-34 all-time record against the Bison dating back to 1977. Lafayette looks to split the season series after falling 75-72 in Lewisburg on Jan. 8.
The Bison offense is led by Audrey Dotson, who is averaging a team high 17.1 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting, while pulling in 7.6 rebounds per contest. Shelby Romine serves as Bucknell’s three-point specialist as she shoots 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. Claire DeBoer is the third Bison averaging double digits with 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds points per game. Megan McGurk has started all 20 games, racking up 43 assists and 6.1 points per contest.
Dianne Nolan is in the midst of her fourth season on College Hill. She has accumulated a career record of 558-486 over 37 years, including a 41-70 mark with the Leopards. Aaron Roussell leads the Bison in his second season. The 2001 Iowa grad holds a 188-74 career mark.
Senior Kelly Loughney had her best game in a Lafayette uniform during the Leopards’ 68-63 win over Boston University. Loughney posted her first career double-double, finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds, both career bests. The New Jersey native came up big at Navy, scoring a team-high 16 points off the bench including three triples. The senior is averaging 6.2 points per contest in league play.
Across the Pond
Freshman Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby scored a career high eight points off the bench including six in the second half to help the Leopards push past the Raiders last Wednesday night. The England native contributed six points in the win at Navy on Saturday.
The Maroon and White remain at home on Feb. 8 against Boston University, before a pair of trips south to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. next week to take on Loyola on Wednesday and American on Saturday.