Lafayette Opens Season vs. Loyola Chicago
Nov. 8, 2012
The Lafayette women’s basketball team opens up its 2012-13 season inside Kirby Sports Center, taking on the Loyola Chicago Ramblers. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. The Leopards (0-0) and Ramblers (0-0) will meet for the first time ever.
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
The Leopards took first-place American to the brink for the second time in five days to close out the 2011-12 season. Lafayette fell in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal, 59-54.
Danielle Fiacco posted her 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. Emily Homan matched Fiacco with 12 points to split the team high in scoring. Melissa Downey ’12 added seven points in her final collegiate game as well as a team-high four assists, and Linnel Macklin scored five. Sarah McGorry ’12 capped her career with four points, and Ashley Springer also netted four. Maddie Peabody and Samantha Jordan each tallied three, and Brya Freeland and Madeline Fahan scored two points apiece. As a team, the Leopards shot 19-for-47 (40.4 percent) from the floor, 1-for-5 (20 percent) from three-point range and 15-for-19 (78.9 percent) from the free throw line. American was 21-for-51 (41.2 percent) from the field, 5-for-16 (31.3 percent) from downtown and 12-for-18 (66.7 percent) from the stripe. Patriot League Player of the Year Lisa Strack led all players with 19 points. Fellow First Team All-Patriot League performer Alexis Dobbs added 17 for the Eagles. Lafayette held a 37-27 advantage on the glass en route to a 12-5 margin in second-chance points. American won the turnover battle, 20-14.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Emily Homan was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year following the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, as voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Homan led all freshmen in points, rebounds, blocked shots and free throw percentage during league play. She averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while hauling in a league-best 3.9 offensive boards per game during the 14-game Patriot League slate. Homan joined Christel Rocha ’01 as Lafayette’s two Rookies of the Year in 22 seasons of Patriot League basketball.
BORN A RAMBLIN’ MAN
Loyola Chicago ended its 2011-12 season with an overall record of 13-17, falling to Wright State in the Horizon League quarterfinals. The Ramblers return three double-digit scorers in senior guards Patrice King and Monica Albano and sophomore forward Simone Law. Law led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman last season notching 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. King averaged 11.8 points per game last season, while Albano added 11.2 per game for the Ramblers’ offense.
Dubbed by ESPN.com as one of “the great New York City point guards,” freshman point guard Jamie O’Hare leads an incoming class of four on College Hill. Joining O’Hare are forwards Jazmin Hayes and Annette Snow and guard Morgan Miller. Hayes hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, while Snow is from Manalapan, N.J. and Miller calls Cranford, N.J. home. Hayes was ranked 80th among high school forwards by ESPN.com and averaged six points and 5.1 rebounds her junior season. Snow scored 1,043 points in her high school career averaging 14.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game her senior season at Blair Academy. Miller was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Cranford High School. She scored 1,081 points in her high school career. O’Hare averaged 17.9 points per game during her senior season at Moore Catholic in Staten Island, N.Y. She was the 2012 New York Post All-Staten Island Player of the Year.
ROOKIE VS. VETERAN
Head Coach Dianne Nolan comes into the matchup with an overall coaching record of 528-435, while opposing head man Eric Simpson, has just 91 games under his belt with an overall record of 40-51, all with the Ramblers.