Dec. 20, 2012
The Lafayette women's basketball team returns from finals week for a meeting with the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (2-7). The Leopards (3-7) return home after back-to-back road losses for a 7 p.m. tipoff from Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette is 6-2 against the Terriers in its history and won the last meeting on Dec. 21, 2011 in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., 46-33.
LEOPARDS' LAST TIME OUT
Making their longest trip of the season to Columbus, Ohio, the Lafayette women's basketball team could not bring home a victory, falling to No. 20 Ohio State on Dec. 9, 81-41.
Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco was just two rebounds shy of her sixth double-double of the season, recording eight boards to go along with her 10 points. The other members of the captaincy contingent for Lafayette, senior Alicia Manning and sophomore Emily Homan each added six points in the defeat.
Ohio State shot a scintillating 56.4 percent from the field, going 9-of-17 from three-point range (52.9 %). Taylor Hill led all scorers with 19, while Amber Stokes and Ashley Adams also finished in double figures with 15 and 10, respectively. On the other side, Lafayette made just 14-of-52 shots from the floor (26.9%) and knocked down four of its 12 three-point attempts (33.3%). On the bright side, the Leopards did make nine of their 11 shots from the charity stripe (81.8%).
NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN
The Terriers opened the season with wins over Army and Delaware State, but have since lost seven straight, including a 65-52 defeat at Stony Brook on Wednesday. Sarah Benedetti (11.0 points per game) and Eilidh Simpson (9.9) pace the team offensively, while Jaymee Veney leads the team on the glass with 6.1 boards per contest.
The Terriers shoot 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 38.6 percent overall. They also sink 72.0 percent of their attempts from from the charity stripe.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today's matchup with a career record of 539-464 and a 22-48 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, St. Francis Brooklyn head coach John Thurston is in his first season with the Terriers and first year overall with a record of 2-7.
Friday's game will mark the ninth time Lafayette has matched up with Saint Francis Brooklyn in its history and the last of three Northeast Conference opponents it faces this season, falling to Monmouth on Nov. 23 and defeating Wagner on Nov. 25, both as part of the Patriot League/NEC Thanksgiving Challenge. The Leopards are 27-30 all-time against NEC opponents, having played all teams in the conference except St. Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris in their history.
Lafayette's last meeting with the Terriers was a 46-33 defeat in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. on Dec. 21 of last season. The 33 points given up by the Leopards were the lowest scoring output for an opponent since Feb. 5, 1992, when they beat Holy Cross, 55-32.
BACK TO BUSINESS
Junior Madeline Fahan is expected to return to action in tonight's contest. Before suffering a knee injury in the Nov. 27 loss to Rider, she was averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Maroon and White.