Feb. 21, 2014
Lafayette renews its rivalry with Lehigh on Saturday night in Bethlehem. The Leopards enter the game at 13-13 overall and 7-8 in Patriot League play, while the Mountain Hawks hold an 11-14 record, including a 4-10 mark in league play.
Last Time Out
Emily Homan recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but the Leopards fell to Holy Cross 90-76 on Wednesday night. Linnel Macklin (17 points), Kelly Loughney (15 points) and Madeline Fahan (10 points) all finished in double figures for Lafayette. The Leopards cut the lead to five late in the second half, but the Crusaders were able to pull away to a 14-point win.
Against the Mountain Hawks
Lafayette leads the all-time series 43-41 against Lehigh. The Leopards knocked off Lehigh, 73-51, last month in Easton.
The Mountain Hawks have the league’s second highest scoring offense at 69.6 points per game entering tonight’s contest. Lehigh, however, has the ninth best scoring defense, allowing opponents to score 71.7 points per game. Sophomore Kerry Kinek, is one of two Mountain Hawks averaging in double figures, leads LU with 15.5 points per night to go along with a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game. She is also second on the squad in steals (34) and blocks (22). Junior Katie O’Reilly, the other Lehigh member averaging in double figures, nets 10.3 points per contest to go along with team-bests in steals (35) and free throws made/attempted (73-of-104). Sophomore Elizabeth Sharlow adds nine points per night to along with 5.6 boards per game.
The Leopards are coached by Dianne Nolan who is in the midst of her fourth season at the helm. She has a career record of 560-489, including a 43-73 record at Lafayette. The Crusaders are led by long-time head coach Sue Troyan who is in her 19th season on the sidelines at Lehigh. Troyan is 297-256 all-time with the Mountain Hawks.
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 Holy Cross connecting on 6-of-9 from the field and burying both of her three-point attempts en route to a 15-point night.
Emily Homan and Danielle Fiacco have combined for 10 double-doubles this season. Homan has secured five in the past nine games. The junior had a career-high 32 points and 13 rebounds at Holy Cross, 26 points and a career-best 16 boards at Colgate and 12 points and 11 rebounds in a blowout win over Bucknell. Fiacco collected her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards against Boston University and followed with another double-double in a win at Loyola (14 points and 14 rebounds).
The Leopards close out the regular season with a pair of games in Kirby Sports Center next week. The Maroon and White will host Colgate on Wednesday night, followed by Army for senior day on Saturday afternoon.