Lafayette Looks to Jump Out to 2-0 Start
Nov. 11, 2012
The Lafayette women’s basketball team tries to ride the momentum of a season-opening victory, taking on the Seton Hall Pirates inside Walsh Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The Leopards (1-0) are 3-6 all time against the Pirates (1-0), but will meet for the first time since 1993.
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
The Lafayette women’s basketball team opened its season with a win on Friday evening, turning the tides of a program that finished last season on a nine-game losing streak. The Leopards took care of the Ramblers from Loyola Chicago, 62-51.
Junior Danielle Fiacco led the way, recording a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Classmate Madeline Fahan tied her career-high with 16 points to lead Lafayette in scoring. The Leopards went 24-59 from the field (40.7%) and outrebounded Loyola, 45-42.
WE HAVE A PIRATE ON OUR TEAM?
Senior guard Brittany Morris scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds to lead Seton Hall to a 69-66 victory over NJIT in the season opener on Nov. 9. The Pirates led by as many as six points in the second half, but found themselves in a tie game with under a minute to play. Senior forward Alexandra Maseko and Morris iced the win by going 3-for-4 at the line down the stretch.
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.
O’Hare started at point guard in the season opener against Loyola, tallying eight points, three assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.
The starting frontcourt of Danielle Fiacco and Emily Homan is the first set of teammates in Lafayette history to each record 200 rebounds in a season. Fiacco and Homan are also the first Leopards’ tandem to each net 300 points in the same season since Vanessa Van De Venter ’08 (361 points) and Emily Garner ’09 (325) in the 2006-07 campaign. Last year, the duo accounted for more than 41 percent of the Leopards’ scoring and over 37 percent of the rebounding. The pair also ranked first and second in the Patriot League in blocked shots.
With Homan out game 1 with an injury, Fiacco dominated down low with 15 rebounda and 13 points.
UP OFF THE BENCH:
Junior Kelly Loughney made her Lafayette College debut on Friday evening, notching 12 rebounds and tallying eight points. Loughney started in place of the injured Emily Homan. Loughney, a transfer from NYU two seasons ago, had to sit out all of the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Junior Madeline Fahan tied her career high in points on Friday evening in the team’s season-opening win over Loyola Chicago, 62-51. Fahan dropped 16 points on 5-10 from the field, 2-2 from three-point range and 4-4 from the free-throw line.