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Leopards Look to Ride Momentum Against St. Joe's

Dec. 3, 2012

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Lafayette vs. St. Joseph's
Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 7 p.m.
Michael J. Hagan '85 ArenaBuy Tickets
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The Lafayette women's basketball team looks to ride the momentum of a 68-65 upset win over Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon into Wednesday evening's matchup with the St. Joseph's Hawks (4-2). The Leopards (2-5) travel to Philadelphia, Pa. for a 7 p.m. tipoff from Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena. The Leopards trail the overall series with the Hawks, 0-6, and lost last year's meeting, 65-57, in Easton.


Sophomore Linnel Macklin's shot from distance with 26 seconds remaining sealed Lafayette's third win of the season, a 68-65 upset of Pittsburgh. The Panthers came into the game with a 5-1 record, but the Leopards held the lead from the opening tip to the final buzzer for the victory.

Junior Kelly Loughney was the story for the Maroon and White as she recorded a career-high 18 points and added eight rebounds and a block. Sophomore Linnel Macklin also racked up a career-high 15 points and four steals, while classmate Brya Freeland added 11 points and four assists with no turnovers to control the offense.

The 68 points by the Leopards was their highest scoring output of the season as they shot 23-of-50 from the floor, a 46 percent clip, and 10-of-20 (50%) from the three-point arc. Macklin went 4-for-7 from distance, while Freeland was 3-for-8, freshman Jamie O'Hare went 2-for-4 and Loughney added the first three of her career.


After dropping their season-opener to Princeton, junior Erin Shields hit a shot at the buzzer as the Hawks defeated Drexel on the road and then knocked off No. 5 Maryland at home on Nov. 17. Since, St. Joe's suffered a 41-point loss to Syracuse and has won its last two contests over Hofstra and St. Francis (Pa.). The Hawks are shooting 35.3 percent from the field and 28.3 percent from three-point range. They are an excellent free-throw shooting squad, knocking down 55-of-76 attempts for a 72.4 percentage.

Senior forward Chatilla van Grinsven leads the Hawks in scoring at 12.3 points per contest and is just shy of averaging a double-double, adding 9.8 rebounds per contest, a team-high as well. Van Grinsven also leads the squad in blocks with 11 on the season so far. On the perimeter, Shields leads the guard unit, averaging 9.5 points per contest. She has recorded a team-high 11 threes this season and 28.9 percent from beyond the arc. 


Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today's matchup with a career record of 539-462 and a 22-46 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, St. Joseph's head coach Cindy Griffin is in her 12th season with the Hawks and 15th year overall. Griffin holds a career record of 252-182 and is 204-149 at St. Joe's.


Wednesday's game will mark the first of two Atlantic 10 opponents Lafayette faces this season, the other being Fordham in the Fordham Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. Lafayette is 16-42 all-time against the current 16-member Atlantic 10 conference, but has never faced Dayton, Charlotte, Xavier, Butler, St. Louis or Massachusetts in its history.


Sophomore Linnel Macklin put together one of the greatest games of her early career against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Macklin recorded career-highs in points (15), field goals (5), three-point field goals (4), assists (2), steals (4) and minutes (35) in the 68-65 victory. Her three-pointer from the top of the key with 26 seconds remaining sealed the upset victory.

Macklin is averaging 5.6 points per game this season, but has scored her season-highs of eight and 15 in her last two contests against Rider and Pittsburgh, respectively. She has started every game for the Maroon and White this season.


Junior Kelly Loughney made her Lafayette College debut in the season-opener against Loyola Chicago, notching 12 rebounds and tallying eight points. Loughney started in place of the injured Emily Homan. A transfer from NYU two seasons ago, Loughney had to sit out all of the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Starting in place of Homan again at Seton Hall, she snagged 10 rebounds and dropped six points, while also contributing two assists and two blocks.

Even with Homan returning to the lineup against Villanova, Loughney still played 17 minutes, recording two assists, one rebound and one steal. She saw 14 minutes of action at Penn State, recording two points and a rebound and played just nine minutes in the loss to Monmouth, recording a rebound, a block and a steal. Loughney was solid in the win over Wagner, tallying nine points, three boards, two steals and two blocks. She dropped six points, three rebounds and a block against Rider.

Loughney had her best scoring performance of her career against Pittsburgh on Saturday, tallying 18 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes of action. She also nailed the first three-pointer of her Lafayette career while being fouled in the 68-65 victory.