Women's Basketball Set to Host Rivalry Game
Feb. 17, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's basketball team "welcomes" historic rival Lehigh to Kirby Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. Action between the Leopards (8-18, 2-9 Patriot League) and Mountain Hawks (13-12, 6-5 Patriot League) is set for noon and will be broadcast live on the Lafayette Sports Network and GoLeopards.com.
The Leopards cut an 18-point second-half deficit down to just six points with six minutes to go at Holy Cross on Wednesday but were unable to complete the comeback in a 61-52 decision. Danielle Fiacco (17 pts., 11 rebs.) and Emily Homan (13 pts., 10 rebs.) each recorded a double-double in the game, while Fiacco also broke the Patriot League single-season blocks record.
The starting frontcourt of Danielle Fiacco and Emily Homan has accounted for more than 42 percent of the Leopards' scoring and over 36 percent of the rebounding in the 2011-12 campaign. The Lafayette post combo has twice recorded double-doubles in the same outing: Jan. 14 at Bucknell and Feb. 15 at Holy Cross. The pair, which has scored more than half of the Leopards' points in seven games this season, also ranks first and second in the Patriot League in blocked shots.
A 62-56 loss to visiting Bucknell on Wednesday marked the third consecutive loss for Lehigh, which enters the weekend at 13-12 overall and 6-5 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost four of their last five outings overall, with second-half comebacks at Navy (W, 50-46) and Holy Cross (W, 75-73) preventing a six-game skid.
Alexa Williams, the Patriot League's leading rebounder, paces Lehigh with 12.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest. Fellow senior Emily Gratch joins Williams in double figures with 11.8 points per game.
Lafayette owns a 41-39 lead in an all-time series that dates back to Feb. 4, 1975 - the 16th game played by the Leopards as a varsity program. Lafayette is 23-13 against its historic rival at Kirby Sports Center, though the Mountain Hawks have claimed the last three meetings in Easton. Including Patriot League Tournament play, both teams have notched a win in the series in four of the last six campaigns.
The Leopards travel to Hamilton, N.Y. on Wednesday eyeing a season sweep of Colgate. Lafayette downed the Raiders, 66-58, in Easton on Jan. 25. The Leopards have not swept a Patriot League foe since taking two from both Colgate and Lehigh in the 2007-08 season.
Action returns to Kirby Sports Center next Saturday, Feb. 25 for the final home game of the 2011-12 regular season. First-place American visits College Hill for a 3 p.m. contest that will be broadcast live on the Lafayette Sports Network and GoLeopards.com. Seniors Melissa Downey, Sarah McGorry and Alexandra Serowoky will be honored prior to the game.
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