Dec. 7, 2012
The Lafayette women’s basketball team takes on a ranked team for the second time this season on Sunday afternoon as it matches up with the No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2). The Leopards (3-6) travel to Columbus, Ohio, their longest trip of the season, for a 1 p.m. tipoff from Value City Arena. Lafayette faces the Buckeyes for the first time in its history.
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
Despite playing St. Joseph’s to within eight points at the halftime break, the Lafayette women’s basketball team couldn’t withstand multiple second-half runs and fell, 69-43, on Wednesday evening in Philadelphia, Pa.
Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco recorded her fifth double-double of the season, dropping 11 points and snagging 13 rebounds. With those 13 boards, Fiacco surpassed 500 for her career and currently sits in 17th in school history with 506 career rebounds. Sophomore co-captain Emily Homan added eight points offensively, while junior Kelly Loughney notched six points and two steals.
The Leopards shot 16-of-48 from the floor (33.3%), but made just three of their 15 three-point attempts and were outscored 39-21 in the second half. The Hawks went 27-of-63 from the field (42.9 %) and committed just 12 turnovers compared to 28 for Lafayette.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State took care of Evansville on Dec. 1, 78-33, but is still looking to rebound from a 57-54 loss at No. 22 North Carolina as the Tar Heels snapped a four-game winning streak for the Buckeyes. OSU is a perfect 5-0 at home this season and both of its losses have come to nationally-ranked teams, as Ohio State fell to No. 5 Notre Dame, 57-51, in the Carrier Classic in its season opener.
Wade Trophy watch list member and Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Tayler Hill leads the Buckeyes in scoring at 19.9 points per game and has knocked down 20 of her 46 three-point attempts (43.5%). Ashley Adams is the top shot blocker (20) and rebounder (7.3) for Ohio State, while averaging 10.6 points per contest and Amber Stokes is the third Buckeye averaging in double figures at 10.2 points per game.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today’s matchup with a career record of 539-463 and a 22-47 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, Ohio State head coach Jim Foster is in his 11th season with the Buckeyes and 35th year overall. Foster holds a career record of 770-296 and is 164-15 at Ohio State.
BIG TEN, BIG CHALLENGE
Sunday’s game will mark the first time Lafayette has matched up with Ohio State in its history and the second of two Big Ten opponents it has faced this season, falling at the hands of Penn State on Nov. 18, 75-34. These two contests are just the third and fourth times Lafayette has faced Big Ten teams, the other two coming against Indiana, whom it split with in 1989 and 1990.
Under Jim Foster, Ohio State is an impressive 163-13 at home, putting together three home undefeated seasons, including last year’s 19-0 record at Value City Arena. Additionally, Lafayette has not won a game on the road yet this season and has dropped ten straight dating back to last season. Its last road win came on Jan. 14, a 49-45 victory at Bucknell.