The Lafayette women’s basketball team looks for a season sweep against Colgate on Wednesday evening in its final game inside Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards (11-16, 4-8) take on the Raiders (8-19, 2-10) for the second time this season at 7 p.m. Lafayette holds a 32-27 advantage over Colgate in its history and the Maroon and White took the last meeting on Jan. 30 in Hamilton, N.Y., 53-45. Lafayette has not swept the season series with Colgate since 2008.
SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE
Despite dropping its last two League contests, the Leopards still have a chance to host a Patriot League Tournament game if the stars align in their favor.
Lafayette will host a Patriot League Quarterfinal game if:
1. Lafayette beats Colgate (2/27) and American (3/2) 2. Lehigh loses to Navy (2/27) and Army (3/2) 3. American loses to Bucknell (2/27)
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
Lehigh proved to be too much for Lafayette on Saturday evening inside Stabler Arena as the Mountain Hawks got the victory, 60-40, to split the season series.
Junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco and sophomore co-captain Emily Homan were the two Leopards in double figures with 13 and 10, respectively. Sophomore point guard Maddie Peabody added seven for the Leopard offense. Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek led all scorers with 16 points, going 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Lafayette struggled putting the ball in the basket on Saturday evening as it shot just 15-for-65 from the floor (23.1%) and 1-for-17 from three-point range (5.9%), its worst of the season. In comparison, Lehigh made 19 of its 52 shot attempts from the field (36.5%) and went 20-of-24 from the free-throw line (83.3%).
The Leopards were outrebounded, 47-40, and gave up 21 points off their 21 turnovers. The Mountain Hawks gave the ball away 25 times, but Lafayette was only able to capitalize with five points off those giveaways.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
The Raiders come into Wednesday night’s Patriot League contest at 8-19 overall and 2-10 in the conference. Picked to finish tied for seventh in the preseason poll, Colgate currently stands alone in eighth place in the League. The Raiders enter the game losers of two of their last three, with losses to Lehigh and Navy. The Leopards took the first meeting, 53-45, in Hamilton, N.Y.
Senior guard Jhazmine Lynch leads the Raiders in scoring, averaging 8.7 points per game. The San Diego,Calif. native averages two assists and three rebounds per contest, while leading the Raiders in steals with 46 swipes.
Freshman forward Josie Stockill is third on the team in scoring (7.0 PPG) and leads Colgate in blocked shots (35). Sophomore Kelly Reid averages 5.1 points per game and a team-high 5.4 boards, but will be a game-time decision due to an ijury suffered in the team’s loss to Navy on Saturday.
The Raiders lead the Patriot League in three-point defense, holding teams to 26.4 percent from beyond the arc, and are tied for the league lead in free-throw percentage (71.9 percent).
ROAMING THE SIDELINE
Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan enters today’s matchup with a career record of 547-473 and a 30-57 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 64-106, with a 16-41 mark in Hamilton.
With her five rebounds in the game against Lehigh on Saturday evening, junior Danielle Fiacco moved into the 10th spot in the Lafayette record books for career rebounds with 621. Additionally, Fiacco became just the seventh player in Lafayette history to snag more than 200 rebounds in multiple seasons, currently sitting at 204 for the year. Fiacco grabbed 248 boards in 2011-12.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Leopards hold a 32-27 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 on Jan. 30 in Hamilton, N.Y., as well as the last game at the Kirby Sports Center between the two teams on Jan. 25, 2012. 12 of the most recent 14 encounters have been decided by fewer than 10 points and Lafayette has not swept the season series with the Raiders since 2008.