Nov. 24, 2012
The Lafayette women’s basketball team aims to snap a four-game losing streak, traveling to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Wagner on Sunday afternoon for the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Challenge.Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. inside Stabler Arena. The Leopards (1-4) are 3-4 against the Seahawks (1-3) all time and won their last meeting last season, 66-55, in Kirby Sports Center as part of the Thanksgiving Challenge on Nov. 25, 2011.
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
With a lid on the basket all night for the Leopards’ offense, the Lafayette women’s basketball team fell to Monmouth, 62-43, on Friday evening in the first of two games as part of the Thanksgiving Challenge, pitting the Patriot League against the Northeast Conference.
Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan led Lafayette in scoring with 18 points and came up one rebound shy of her first double-double of the season with nine boards. Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco snagged 11 rebounds and added six points from the opposite block.
Lafayette struggled with its worst shooting half of the season to this point, going 4-for-28 in the opening stanza, a 14.3% mark. The Leopards did not score a field goal in the first half until the 9:13 mark. The Leopards turned it around a bit in the second half as they’ve done all season, shooting at a 33.3% clip, going 9-for-27 and playing the Hawks to a 26-26 tie.
Monmouth’s Alysha Womack, coming into the game averaging 22.3 points per game so far this season, did not disappoint. Womack finished the night with 20 points and eight assists, leading all scorers and passers. The Hawks’ Abigail Martin gave Lafayette fits down low, as her physical presence disrupted the Leopards’ low post game all evening. Martin notched 12 points and four rebounds for the game offensively as well.
INTERTOUCHDOWNCEPTION (Stats as of 11/22/12)
Sophomore Stephanie Blais scored a career-high 20 points and the Seahawks made eight three-pointers as the Wagner College women’s basketball team fell to Lehigh, 78-53, at Monmouth Friday afternoon.
Seniors Marie-Laurence Archambault and Chanez Robinson lead the Seahawks as each averages 12.0 points per game. Wagner has also gotten production from Blais who averages 10.3 ppg and is tied with Fournier for a team-best 5.0 rebounds per game. Archambault is shooting 45.0 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.
Wagner is shooting 38.1 percent as a team from the field and 32.2 percent from beyond the arc. Turnovers have been the downfall for the Seahawks, as they average 17.3 per game with 52 on the season.
TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT
Sunday afternoon’s contest is the last of four games played at Monmouth and Lehigh this weekend as part of the Thanksgiving Challenge. Lehigh defeated Wagner and the Leopards fell to Monmouth on Friday evening. On Sunday, the four teams travel to Bethlehem, Pa. as Lehigh and Monmouth battle at 2 p.m. and the Leopards will match up with Wagner at 4 p.m.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today’s matchup with a career record of 537-461 and a 20-45 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, Wagner head coach Lisa Cermignano is in her first season with the Seahawks. Cermignano was an assistant coach at Illinois and Vanderbilt before coming to the Seahwaks and is 1-3 so far this season.
Sunday’s game will mark the eighth time Lafayette has matched up with Wagner in its history and the second of three Northeast Conference opponents it will face this season, falling to Monmouth on Friday and taking on St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 21. The Leopards are 26-30 all-time against NEC opponents, having played all teams in the conference except St. Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris in their history.