Head coach Dianne Nolan has Lafayette moving in the right direction into Sunday's Patriot League opener at two-time defending champion Navy.
Jan. 10, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lafayette kept the Patriot League's positive momentum going entering conference play this weekend with a 49-47 win at Columbia Wednesday evening.
Sophomore forward Emily Homan tied the game high with 16 points and added 13 rebounds for the double-double in 28 minutes off the bench to pace the Leopards. Normally a starter, Homan was forced to start the game on the bench after being hit with a ball and momentarily injured during warmups.
Linnel Macklin added 10 points, Brya Freeland chipped in six assists and Danielle Fiacco blocked five shots in the win.
The Leopards (7-8) hung close in the first half, trailing by six points on two separate occasions before trailing 29-27 at the intermission.
Lafayette scored the first six points of the second half with Fiacco, Freeland and Macklin tallying buckets. A Homan layup put Lafayette up 39-32 with 15:13 to play.
The Lions rallied back and took a 46-43 lead with under eight minutes to play, forcing Leopard coach Dianne Nolan to call timeout.
Homan's layup allowed Lafayette to regain the lead 47-46 with 3:19 to play, and Fiacco's jumper in the paint gave the Leopards a 49-47 advantage with less than two minutes left.
Columbia had four cracks at the basket in the final 1:53 but came up empty on each try, including a missed 3 at the buzzer.
Games resume Saturday with the start of Patriot League play. Holy Cross hosts Lehigh and Bucknell goes to Army, both at 1 p.m., while Colgate visits American at 2 p.m. Lafayette goes to Navy Sunday at noon.
Saturday's three contests will be available live and free on Patriot League All-Access, while Sunday's tilt in Annapolis, Md., will air live on CBS Sports Network. Bob Socci will have the call, with Chris Spatola providing the analysis.
Lafayette 49, at Columbia 47