Dec. 28, 2013
The Leopards close out their non-league schedule against No. 22 California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Lafayette is is looking to break its two-game losing streak after falling to St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 20. Cal saw its six-game losing streak snapped against No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 22.
Last time Out
Lafayette dropped its second game in a row at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec 20, 74-52. Jamie O'Hare led the Leopards with 11 points, knocking down three triples before leaving the game with an injury. Emily Homan hit 5-out-of-6 from the charity stripe and finished with 11 points. Madeline Fahan was the final Leopard in double figures with 10 points and a team-high three steals off the bench.
Scouting the Bears
Cal is led by Reshanda Gray’s 15.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Afure Jemerigbe is second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per contest, while Brittany Boyd is the final Bear in double figures tallying 10.4 points per game. Courtney Range pulls down a team-high 9.4 rebounds and 6.7 points per contest.
Dianne Nolan is in the midst of her fourth season at the helm of the Leopards, holding a 36-64 mark at Lafayette. Lindsay Gottlieb is in her second season in charge of the Bears, in her first season she led Cal to the final four.
This afternoon’s game marks the first meeting between the two programs.
The Leopards closed out a five-game road swing, where Lafayette traveled over 2,300 miles, that started at Pitt on Nov. 17 and continued at Villanova on the 24th.The Leopards took on Northwestern and Loyola Chicago over Thanksgivng and finished with a trip to NJIT on Dec. 8. Lafayette hits the road again for a three-game road trip that began at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 20. The Maroon and White make the trip across the country to California to close out the year on the 29th, before opening Patriot League play at Army on Jan. 2.
Senior Danielle Fiacco continues to increase her record for career blocks at Lafayette, while closing in on the top spot in Patriot League history. Fiacco needs just 29 blocks to pass Hope Foster of Bucknell for the most blocks in league history. The senior currently ranks eighth in the country with 3.20 blocks per game and is the nation’s active leader with 316 career blocks. Junior Emily Homan also ranks among the top four in Lafayette history with 114 career blocks. The duo has combined for 46 blocks this season.