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Women's Hoops Continues League Play at Loyola

Feb. 11, 2014

Game Notes
Lafayette at Loyola
Wednesday Feb. 12 | 5 p.m. ET
Reitz Arena
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Game Notes

Opening Tip
Lafayette takes on Loyola on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. The Leopards beat the Greyhounds 65-53 on Jan. 15 in Easton. Lafayette enters the game 6-6 in league play, while Loyola holds a 2-10 mark.

Last time Out
Danielle Fiacco’s double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) was not enough as Boston University snapped Lafayette’s four-game winning streak with a 61-59 victory over the Maroon and White on Saturday afternoon. The Leopards were led by Brya Freeland’s season-high 13 points. Madeline Fahan, Emily Homan and Linnel Macklin each scored nine points in the loss. Lafayette had a chance in the final 20 seconds to tie or take the lead, but Macklin’s three with three seconds to play was off the mark and the Terriers held on for a two-point win.

Against the Greyhounds
The Leopards are 2-3 all-time against Loyola Maryland. Lafayette defeated the Greyhounds 65-53 in their meeting last month in Easton.

Scouting Loyola
The Greyhounds enter the game with a 5-18 overall record and a 2-10 mark in conference play. Loyola ranks last in the League in scoring, averaging 54.3 points per contest, while opponents are averaging 63.1 points per game. The Greyhounds are led by junior Nai Brown who comes in with a team-best 15.5 points per contest as well 5.1 rebounds per game. Senior Nneka Offodile is the lone Loyola player to start in every game this season. She chips in 4.9 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds per contest as well as a team-high 24 blocks. Junior Kara Marshall averages 13.5 ppg as well as a team-best 5.8 boards per game but has missed the last 13 games for the Greyhounds.

Coaching Matchup
The Leopards are coached by Dianne Nolan, who is in her fourth season. She currently holds a career mark of 559-487, including a 42-71 record at Lafayette. Loyola is led by ninth year head coach Joe Logan. The all-time winningest coach in Greyhounds history has a career record of 126-141.

1000 Point Club
Emily Homan and Danielle Fiacco are closing in on their 1,000 point as Leopards. Homan has 982 career points, while Fiacco has scored 953 points during her time on College Hill.

Breaking Records
Senior Danielle Fiacco took over the top spot on the career blocks list in Patriot League history against Lehigh earlier this season. Fiacco passed Hope Foster (Bucknell ’08) for the most blocks in league history. The senior currently ranks 11th in the country with 3.14 blocks per game and is the nation’s active leader with 352 career blocks.  Fiacco’s 355 swats are tied 24th on the all-time NCAA Division I career list.The New York native is also climbing the Patriot League and Lafayette career rebounding lists. She currently ranks second in Lafayette history and has cracked the top 20 in league history with 800 boards. Fiacco needs 14 rebounds to become Lafayette’s all-time leader.

Looking Ahead
The Maroon and White will travel toWashington, D.C. to take on American on Saturday. Followed by a home game against Holy Cross on Feb. 19. The Leopards final regular season road contest is slated for Feb. 22 at rival Lehigh.

Leopards Live Online
All of Lafayette’s Patriot League contests will be available live online on the Patriot League Network.