Nov. 28, 2013
Lafayette makes its second stop on the trip to Chicago to play Loyola this afternoon. The Leopards enter Friday’s contest with a 4-2 record, losing its past two, while the Ramblers carry a 2-4 record after falling to Minnesota on Tuesday night, 80-36.
Last time Out
The Leopards dropped their second straight game in heartbreaking fashion at Northwestern. Trailing by as many as 16 in the first half and 12 with under eight minutes to play in the game, Lafayette game storming back in the final minute. Jamie O'Hare scored seven points in the final minute to tie the game at 64, but Northwestern took the ball the length of the floor, got fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws with 1.7 seconds on the clock to steal a 66-64 win. O’Hare scored team-high 22 points, while Danielle Fiacco collected her second double-double this season with 10 points and 12 boards.
Scouting the Ramblers
Loyola is led by Taylor Johnson’s 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Johnson sat out the Ramblers last game against Minnesota after suffering an injury in a 89-79 win over Western Illinois. Tiana Karopoulos has started all six games and is averaging 11.7 boards per contest, but she played just three minutes against Minnesota before leaving the game with an injury. Troy Hambric averages 12.5 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Ayrealle Beavers has logged the most minutes for the Ramblers and has handed out a team best 39 assists in the first six games.
Sharing the Rock
Against Northwestern, Lafayette assisted on 22 of its 26 baskets, and nine of the 11 players who saw time collected at least one assist, led by Maddie Peabody’s team-high six dimes.
Loyola made the trip to Easton, Pa. last season for Lafayette’s season opener in Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards came away with a 62-51 win, powered by a Danielle Fiacco double-double.