Lafayette Battles Bucknell in Key League Matchup
Feb. 15, 2013
The Lafayette women's basketball team looks to get back on track in Patriot League play on Saturday evening in Lewisburg, Pa. The Leopards (10-14, 3-6) take on Bucknell (13-11, 4-5) for the second time this season at 7 p.m. inside Sojka Pavilion. Lafayette dropped its sixth League game to Army on Wednesday night, 70-57, in West Point, N.Y. The Leopards hold a 36-34 advantage over the Bison in their history and dropped the last meeting on Jan. 19 at Kirby Sports Center, 50-49.
LEOPARDS' LAST TIME OUT
Despite a strong first half and multiple comeback efforts in the second stanza, Army proved to be too much for the Lafayette women's basketball on Wednesday evening inside Christl Arena as the Leopards fell, 70-57. Sophomore Maddie Peabody tallied a career-high 14 points in the loss.
Along with Peabody, junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco was the only other Leopard in double figures as she finished with 11 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan added nine points and six rebounds for the Lafayette attack. On the other side, Army's Anna Simmers and Kelsey Minato led the game in scoring with 23 and 20, respectively.
Lafayette connected on 21 of its 58 shots from the floor (36.2%) and went 6-for-21 from three-point range (28.6%). Additionally, the Leopards knocked down nine of their 16 free throws (56.3%). The Black Knights went 24-for-51 from the field (47.1%) and 2-for-7 from distance. Army dropped in 20 of its 24 attempts from the charity stripe (83.3%).
SCOUTING THE BISON
Bucknell enters Saturday after an improbable loss to Colgate, who hadn't earned a League victory in eight tries coming in the game, on Wednesday to push its record to 13-11 and 4-5 in the Patriot League. The Bison won five straight games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 and took a 9-6 record into conference play. In Patriot League play after losing to Army, they won their next four games over Colgate, Lehigh, Holy Cross and the Leopards. However, the Bison have dropped their last four coming into Saturday's contest, losing to American, Navy, Army and the Raiders. Bucknell's Shelby Romine leads the Bison in scoring, netting 14 points per game, second in the Patriot League. Audrey Dotson is right behind her, averaging 11.5 points per contest and sitting in the eighth spot in the League scoring standings. Lindsay Horbatuck is a force in the paint, ripping down a League-leading 10.3 boards per game to go along with her 7.5 scoring mark per contest.
Bucknell went 5-25 overall and 3-11 in the Patriot League last season. The Bison fell, 63-47, to Lehigh in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament to end their 2011-12 season.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today's matchup with a career record of 546-471 and a 29-55 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell is in his first season with the Bison, after compiling a 161-50 record at the University of Chicago for eight seasons. His career record currently sits at 174-61.
RUNNING OUT OF WINDEX
Lafayette and Bucknell have been among the league leaders in rebounding this season, working on the offensive and defensive boards. Bucknell leads the lead with 43.2 boards per game, while Lafayette is right behind them with 41.2 rebounds per contest. The Bison also lead the league in rebounding margin, outrebounding their opponents at a +7.3 clip.
Additionally, the Bison's Lindsay Horbatuck and Audrey Dotson are the League leaders in individual rebounding with 10.3 per contest for Horbatuck and 8.3 per night for Dotson. Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco and Emily Homan are third and eighth in the league standings, ripping down 8.0 and 7.0 boards per game.
The Bison are among the nation's best on the defensive end. Their .338 field goal percentage defense ranks 12th in the nation and tops in the Patriot League. In comparison, Lafayette is fourth in the league in that category, holding opponents to a .371 percentage.
FOUND A PEANUT
Sophomore guard Maddie Peabody has taken advantage of her increased minutes over the past few games with Brya Freeland out due to a back injury. Peabody notched career-highs in minutes with 28 each in the wins over Lehigh and Colgate and dropped a then-career-high nine points against the Mountain Hawks. Against Colgate, she set another career mark, this time in rebounds, as the 5'5" guard went in among the trees and ripped down six boards. Her jumper from the right elbow with 1:39 remaining helped seal the win over American on Feb. 2.
Peabody continues to come into her own as the second half of the Patriot League season moves along. She notched a new career-high with 10 points in the overtime loss to Navy on Saturday, also tallying a season-high four field goals, including two in final four minutes to send the game to an extra session. Peabody topped that mark yet again against Army as she tallied 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, both new career-high's.
Through the early part of the second half of the Patriot League schedule, the Leopards have come upon the hardest stretch of games on their 2012-13 schedule. After back-to-back games against League leaders, the Leopards went on the road against the number two team in the Patriot League, Army, on Wednesday, and they face the number four team in Bucknell on Saturday.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Lafayette holds a 36-34 advantage in the all-time series after splitting the two games a year ago and dropping the first meeting this season in Easton, 50-49. The Maroon and White hold a 21-13 edge when the two clubs convene in Easton and Bucknell holds the 21-12 advantage in Lewisburg.