Dec. 4, 2013
The Leopards close out their longest road trip of the season against NJIT. Lafayette enters Thursday’s game 5-2 overall, while the Highlanders enter at 2-7.
Last time Out
Lafayette snapped its two game losing skid against Loyola Chicago, 66-55. Linnel Macklin and Emily Homan led the way with 12 points apiece, while Danielle Fiacco was a rebound shy of her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 11 points and nine boards. Macklin came up big for the Leopards in the final minutes of the game, scoring a driving layup with two minutes to play, followed by a three-pointer from the wing to push the Lafayette lead to eight, 59-51. The Maroon and White sealed the game away at the free throw line and improved to 5-2 on the season.
Scouting the Highlanders
The Highlanders are led by Shakia Robinson, who averages 10 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Alyssa Albanese has logged the most minutes for NJIT, averaging just under 31 per game, while scoring 8.6 points and dishing out a team-high 3.7 assists per contest. Martin Matejcikova and Alana Dudley have combined to hit 23 three pointers this season, and Uju Nwankwo averages 8.3 points and 8.4 boards per game.
Tonight’s game marks the fourth all-time meeting between the programs, and the first since the 2008-09 season. Lafayette has won the past two meetings after dropping the first matchup in 2006.
The Leopards are closing out a five-game road swing, where Lafayette has 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 finish the trip tonight at NJIT. Lafayette returns home on Dec. 8th, when the Leoaprds host Stony Brook.
Lafayette has been dominant on the boards so far this season. The Leopards are 5-1 when they outrebound their opponents, with the only loss coming against Northwestern, 66-64, in heartbreaking fashion. The Maroon and White are averaging 46.3 rebounds per game and hold a +7.7 rebounding margin.