Feb. 18, 2014
Lafayette hosts Holy Cross as Patriot League play continues on Wednesday night. The Leopards come into the game 7-7 in league play, a game behind the 8-6 Crusaders. The Maroon and White have dropped two of their last three after winning four straight.
Last Time Out
Emily Homan and Jamie O'Hare finished in double figures, but the Leopards fell to American 72-61 on Saturday afternoon. Homan had a team-high 14 points followed by O'Hare’s 13. Danielle Fiacco grabbed 14 boards for the second consecutive game and chipped in with seven points. Lafayette trimmed the American lead to seven with under four minutes to play, but the Eagles were able to hold off the Leopards comeback bid.
Against the Crusaders
The Crusaders defeated Lafayette earlier this season, 72-57, in Worcester, Mass.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders come into tonight’s contest with the highest scoring offense in the league at 70.9 points per game, while allowing 66.7 points per contest. Holy Cross is also shooting a conference-best 42.9 from the field, including 34.6-percent from beyond the arc. The Crusaders feature five players averaging in double figures in scoring including Sophomore Raquel Scott who is averaging team-bests in points (16.1 ppg) and rebounds (9.2). Senior Alex Smith is the lone Holy Cross player to start in every contest. Smith chips in with 14.1 points per night to go along with a team-high 127 assists. Junior Emily Parker (11.3 ppg on 54.2 percent shooting), sophomore Lisa Mifsud (10.5 ppg), and senior Brisje Malone (10.0 ppg, 4.5 apg) are the other Crusaders averaging double figures in points per game.
The Leopards are coached by Dianne Nolan in her fourth season. She has a career record of 560-487, including a 43-71 record at Lafayette. The Crusaders are led by long-time head coach Bill Gibbons who is in his 29th season as the headman at Holy Cross. Gibbons holds a 49-7 edge against the Leopards.
1000 Point Club
Emily Homan became the 16th member of the 1,000 point club on Saturday afternoon at American. The junior forward is averaging 12.1 point per game in her career and completed the feat in her 83rd game. Homan is 23 points from passing Alicia Yapsuga for the 15 spot on the career scoring list, while her 12.1 points per contest currently ranks ninth. Senior center Danielle Fiacco is on pace to be the 17th member of the club, she needs 26 points to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
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 359 career blocks. Fiacco’s 361 swats are tied 20th on the all-time NCAA Division I career list.The New York native is also climbing the Patriot League and Lafayette career rebounding lists. At Loyola Fiacco took over the top spot on Lafayette’s all-time list.
Leopards Live Online
All of Lafayette’s Patriot League contests will be available live online on the Patriot League Network.
Around the Patriot League
Navy sits in the top spot in the Patriot League with a 12-2 mark; American is in second at 11-3, a half game ahead of Army who sits at 10-3 in the league. Bucknell’s 8-6 mark has them in fourth, tied with Holy Cross who also is 8-6. Lafayette is a game behind the Crusaders and Bison at 7-7. Boston is one game back of the Leopards at 6-8 while Lehigh trails the Terriers by two games. Loyola (2-12) and Colgate (1-13) sit at the bottom of the league standings. The entire league is in action Wednesday night as Army takes on Colgate, Lehigh travels to Navy, Loyola faces Bucknell, and Boston U. squares off against American.
The Leopards make the short trip to Bethlehem on Saturday night to renew their rivalry with Lehigh at 7:30 p.m. Lafayette will close the regular season with a pair of home games next week.