Nov. 13, 2012
The Lafayette women’s basketball team tries to get back to its winning ways, hosting the Villanova Wildcats inside Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Leopards (1-1) are 1-3 all time against the Wildcats (1-1), but will meet them for the first time since 1989.
LEOPARDS’ LAST TIME OUT
In a game that featured nine Leopards in the scoring column, the Lafayette women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome Seton Hall, falling 60-54 on Sunday afternoon.
With an injured Emily Homan still nursing a sprained ankle, junior co-captain Danielle Fiacco and classmate Kelly Loughney controlled the boards, snagging 10 apiece. Fiacco led the Leopards in scoring as well with 13, completing her second double-double of the season. Additionally, Fiacco tabbed six blocks on the evening, piggy-backing off a six-block performance in the team’s season-opening win over Loyola Chicago on Friday evening.
Freshman Jamie O’Hare showed some signs of youth in her second game as a Leopard, tallying eight points, seven turnovers, three rebounds and a steal. Junior Madeline Fahan backed up her career-high performance on Friday with a seven point, seven rebound showing on Sunday in South Orange, N.J.
JUST DOWN THE TURNPIKE
The Villanova Wildcats come into Wednesday’s contest at 1-1, taking care of South Dakota State and falling to Minnesota to open the season. Both games were played in Minneapolis, Minn. as part of the Minnesota Tournament. The Wildcats are led by senior forward Laura Sweeney, averaging 16.5 points and four boards to lead the team in the early going. Other than Sweeney, though, the Wildcats are very balanced offensively, getting nine points per game apiece from freshman Caroline Coyer and junior Devon Kane. Senior guard Rachel Roberts is also in on the actions with 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest.
DOING THIS A LONG TIME
Between Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan and Villanova head man Harry Perretta are over 2,000 games of coaching experience. Coach Nolan is responsible for 537 wins as a head coach, while Perretta has 618 to his name.
EAST SIDE, STRONG SIDE
Wednesday’s game will mark the second straight Big East opponent for Lafayette, as it fell to Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. on Sunday afternoon, 60-54. Villanova, picked to finish 10th in the 15-team conference, will be a formiddable test for the Leopards as Seton Hall was picked 13th in the Big East Preseason Polls.
Junior Danielle Fiacco has been stellar to open her 2012-13 campaign. Recording 15 rebounds and 13 points in her opening game against Loyola Chicago, she backed it up with another double-double day of 13 points and 10 rebounds against Seton Hall. Fiacco has now tallied three consecutive double-doubles, dating back to the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal against American on Mar. 1.