The Lafayette women’s basketball team hits the road again on Wednesday evening, looking to carry the momentum of its first Patriot League win over archrival Lehigh. The Leopards (8-12, 1-4) take on Colgate (6-13, 0-5) for the first time this season at 7 p.m. inside Reid Athletic Center. Lafayette took care of the Mountain Hawks, 68-52, on Saturday afternoon in Easton. The Leopards are 31-27 against the Raiders in their history and dropped the last meeting on Feb. 22, 2012 in Hamilton, N.Y., 69-60.
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco tallied 17 points to lead four Leopards with double-figure scoring as Lafayette picked up its first League win over archrival Lehigh on Saturday afternoon, 68-52. Classmate Kelly Loughney netted 16 for the Leopards, while sophomore co-captain Emily Homan and classmate Linnel Macklin added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore Maddie Peabody also added a career-high nine points for the Maroon and White.
The 68 points put up by the Lafayette offense tied for its highest scoring output of the season (68 vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 1). The Leopards went 24-of-53 from the floor (45.3%) and knocked down 16 of their 20 free throw attempts (80%). The Maroon and White dominated on the glass, notching a 47-29 rebounding advantage for the game.
Fiacco’s game-high 17 points were poured in on 8-for-13 shooting from the field (61.5%), while adding six rebounds and five blocks. Peabody knocked down all six of her free throw attempts on the game to earn her nine-point total. The Mountain Hawks were led by Becky Guman’s 3-for-5 shooting day from three-point range, as she totaled 13 points.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate is 0-5 in the Patriot League this season, but the Raiders have lost those five games by an average of 7.6 points and did not suffer a league loss by more than nine points until Navy downed them by 16 over the weekend, 59-43, in Hamilton.
Five of Colgate’s six wins this season have been recorded on its home floor. The Raiders lead the Patriot League in free-throw percentage, knocking down charity-stripe shots at a 72.9 percent clip. Colgate is also first in the league in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 25.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Jhazmine Lynch leads the Raiders in scoring at 8.6 points per game, while Missy Repoli is right behind her at 7.6 points per contest. Additionally, Kelly Reid leads the team on the glass with 5.8 boards per game.
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today’s matchup with a career record of 544-469 and a 27-53 mark in her third year at Lafayette. On the other side, Colgate head coach Nicci Hays Fort is in her second season with the Raiders and sixth overall, holding a career record of 62-100 and has gone 14-35 in Hamilton.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Leopards hold a 31-27 lead in an all-time series that dates back to a Lafayette victory in Hamilton on Dec. 4, 1976. The Leopards won the last meeting at Kirby Sports Center, but has dropped the last three at Cotterell Court. 11 of the most recent 13 encounters have been decided by fewer than 10 points.
NOT SO LIDDLE PRODUCTION
Junior Kristan Liddle made her first start of the season and fourth start of her career against Bucknell on Jan. 19. The forward came up with a season-high seven points in the first half on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. She also ripped down six rebounds and added two steals, an assist and a block.
Liddle followed up that performance on Jan. 23 at Holy Cross with career-highs in rebounds (7) and steals (3). Continuing the trend, the Irvine, Calif. native notched a career-high seven assists in the win over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.
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