Jan. 4, 2014
Lafayette returns to Kirby Sports Center for the first time since Dec. 8 to take on Navy at 2 p.m. The Leopards enter the contest on a four-game losing streak, falling to Stony Brook, St. Francis Brooklyn, California and Army. The Mids have won their last two contests against Huntington and in their Patriot League opener against Loyola, 67-44.
Last time Out
Army’s Jen Hazlet (22 points) and Kelsey Minato (21 points) teamed up to score 43 of its team’s 66 points, as they downed Lafayette, 66-49 in the squad’s Patriot League opener. The Leopards dropped to 0-1 in league play and 6-6 overall, while Army improved to 1-0 in the league and 9-3 overall. Emily Homan paced Lafayette with 13 points and five boards, while Linnel Macklin scored 11 points in the loss. Army scored 32 points from the free throw line, shooting 32-of-36 from the charity stripe. The Maroon and White were outrebounded for just the third time this season, 36-29.
Against the Mids
Lafayette took Navy to overtime twice last season, but the Mids were able to escape with victories on both occassions. In the second matchup of the season last campaign, Navy was able to come from behind on College Hill and defeat the Leopards, 60-52. In the Patriot League Quarterfinals, Lafayette had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but the game-winning shot came up short. The Mids went on to beat the Leopards, 59-55, on their way to the Patriot League title.
Navy is led by a trio of seniors, Kara Pollinger, Jade Geif, Audrey Bauer and junior Chloe Stapleton. Pollinger leads the Mids in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per contest, while leading the team with 34 triples. Geif grabs a team-high 8.5 boards and 11.3 points per game. Bauer and Stapleton each average 10.2 points per game. Alix Membreno has started all 12 games for the Mids and has a team-best 49 assists.
Dianne Nolan is in the midst of her fourth season at the helm of the Leopards, holding a 36-66 mark at Lafayette. Stefanie Pemper is in her sixth season with the Mids and has led Navy to the past three Patriot League titles. She holds a 101-70 mark at Navy.
On the Mend
The Leopards second leading scorer and strongest threat from the outside, Jamie O'Hare has missed the last two games with an ankle injury she suffered at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 20. The Maroon and White are 0-2 with O’Hare on the sidelines, falling to No. 22/23 California, 77-60, and Army, 66-49, in their Patriot League opener. O’Hare was averaging 10.9 points per game in ten games this season, while knocking down a team-high 18 threes.