Feb. 25, 2014
Lafayette hosts Colgate on Wednesday at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards enter the game in sixth place in the Patriot League at 7-9, holding a one-game lead over Boston University. The Raiders sit in ninth place with a 3-13 mark. Lafayette downed Colgate 90-75 in Hamilton, N.Y. earlier this season.
Last Time Out
The Leopards dropped their third consecutive game on Saturday night, as they fell to Lehigh, 73-59. Linnel Macklin led the Leopards with 11 points and four assists, while Kelly Loughney was the only other player in double figures with 10 points. Emily Homan was a point shy of a double-double finishing with nine points and 11 boards. Lafayette was outrebounded for just the sixth time this season in the loss.
Tomorrow night is Lafayette’s Think Pink Game, held in partnership with Easton Hospital, the Easton Regional Cancer Center and the Slate Belt Chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon, who are bringing their pink fire truck to Wednesday’s game.
Against the Raiders
The Leopards hold a 31-30 advantage in the all-time series, including a 90-75 victory in the first match-up this season.
The Raiders enter tonight’s contest averaging 62.0 points per game, while giving up a Patriot League-high 71.7 points per night. They shoot 36 percent from the field, including 32.1 percent from beyond the arc. On the boards, they are pulling down 38.4 rebounds per game. Carole Harris leads the Radier scoring effort with 12.5 points per game with Mariah Jones also averaging double digits with 10.4 points per contest. Missy Repoli leads the way from three, shooting just shy of 40 percent. Harris is the leading force on the boards pulling in 7.8 rebounds per game, Randyll Butler is second on the team and averaging 4.9 boards per night.
The Leopards are coached by Dianne Nolan in her fourth season. She has a career record of 560-489, including a 43-73 record at Lafayette. The Raiders are led by Nicci Hays Fort in her third season. She has a career 73-128 record, including a 25-63 mark at Colgate.
Across the Pond
Freshman Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby scored seven straight points for the Leopards at Lehigh on Saturday night, providing a much needed spark off the bench. The England native scored a career-high eight points off the bench, including six in the second half to help the Leopards push past the Raiders earlier this season. Ottewill-Soulsby is averaging 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game since the start of Patriot League play.
The Leopards close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon in Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette will celebrated senior day, honoring its four seniors, Madeline Fahan, Danielle Fiacco, Kristan Liddle and Kelly Loughney.