Leopards Seek Fifth Straight Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 7, 2014
The Leopards play their second straight home game on Saturday afternoon, as they host Boston University. Lafayette comes in riding a four-game winning streak, taking down Lehigh, Colgate, Navy and Bucknell. The Terriers have dropped four of their last five with their only winning coming at home over Bucknell.
Last Time Out
Lafayette had five players in double figures on Wednesday night, as the Leopards won their fourth straight, 87-64, over Bucknell. Kelly Loughney and Madeline Fahan led the way with 16 points apiece. Emily Homan picked up her fourth double-double of the season and her third in five games, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The junior also tied her career-high with five blocked shots. The Leopards had at least five players in double figures for the first time since they had five in January 2009 versus Princeton. Jamie O'Hare (12 points) and Linnel Macklin (11 points) were the final Leopards with double figures.
Four In a Row
The Leopards have won a season-best four straight games by an average of 15.25 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. Lafayette continued its impressive run of play with a 87-64 win over Bucknell on Wednesday night.
Against the Terriers
The Leopards are 2-8 all-time against Boston University. The Leopards, however, took game one of the season series from the new conference rival 68-63 in Boston last month.
Scouting Boston U.
The Terriers sit towards the bottom of the Patriot League in scoring averaging just 61.1 points per game, while allowing 66.8 points per contest. Boston U is shooting 36.9 percent from the field, including 31.9 percent from beyond the arc. Senior Rashidat Agboola, who is averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, leads the Terrier offense. She is joined by Danielle Callahan as the only two players to start every game for the Terriers this season. Callahan is averaging 10.5 points on 40.3 percent shooting. She has also dished out a team-high 123 assists. Whitney Turner has appeared in all 24 contests shooting 45 percent from the field while grabbing 4.6 rebounds per night.
The Leopards are coached by Dianne Nolan in her fourth season. She has a career record of 559-486, including a 42-70 record at Lafayette. The Terriers are led by Kelly Greenberg in her 10th season. She holds a career 265-177 mark with Penn and Boston U.
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 was at it again against Bucknell tallying a team-best 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
In the past three games, Lafayette has used a balanced scoring attack. The Leopards have had at least three players in double figures in all three games. Lafayette had five players in double figures on Wednesday for the first time since January of 2009 against Princeton. Emily Homan has led the way, averaging 16.3 points per game during the span. Linnel Macklin (14.7 ppg), Madeline Fahan (13.0 ppg) and Kelly Loughney (10.7 ppg) are all averaging in double figures during the last three games.
Since the Leopards began using the starting five of Maddie Peabody, Linnel Macklin, Madeline Fahan, Emily Homan and Danielle Fiacco in the game against Lehigh, Lafayette is yet to lose. The Maroon and White have won the past four games by an average of more than 15 points.
The Maroon and White will take a pair of trips south to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. next week to take on Loyola on Wednesday and American on Saturday.
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