Nov. 15, 2007
ITHACA, N.Y. -
Despite a strong second half, the Lafayette women's basketball team dropped a 71-56 decision to Cornell on Thursday night in Ithaca, N.Y. Freshman LaKeisha scored a game-high 20 points while senior Vanessa Van De Venter also reached double figures with 18 points.
Lafayette (1-1) shot 42 percent from the field but could not overcome a hot-shooting Cornell team that shot nearly 50 percent and made eight three-pointers. In addition to leading both teams in scoring, Wright also pulled down a team-high seven boards, including four on the offensive end.
Van De Venter scored nine points in the opening half on 4-of-11 shooting to account for nearly half of the Leopards' offensive output. Cornell's Kayleen Fitzsimmons and Lauren Benson each drained two threes in the opening half for the Big Red to help give Cornell a 16-point edge at halftime.
The Big Red had led by as many as 18 (35-17) with 2:36 remaining but Lafayette would score four of the final six points in the half on two layups by Wright to head into the locker room down by 16.
Lafayette had a strong second-half as the team outscored Cornell 35-34. The Leopards had already doubled its first half point scoring output with nearly 10 minutes still to play in the final period. Lafayette's aggressive play on both ends of the court cut Cornell's lead to single digits (51-40) after a Van De Venter layup with 10:39 on the clock.
That lead shrank to just five after sophomore Brooke Niquette drained a jumper with nearly four minutes still to play. Cornell would extend its lead back to double figures (66-56) after two made free throws by Benson and the Big Red scored four unanswered points to close out the game and seal the 71-56 win.
The Leopards return home to host Mount St. Mary's on Saturday at 7 p.m.
* Sophomore Amanda Smith
made her first collegiate start at center.
* Junior Jessica Spicer
played a team-high 38 minutes, marking the second-straight game she has led the team in minutes played.