Nov. 14, 2014
Easton, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s basketball team took down the Delaware Blue Hens, 63-52, in the squad’s season opener on Friday night inside Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards were led by Emily Homan and Jamie O’Hare with 16 points apiece.
Lafayette (1-0) got contributions from everyone as all nine players scored in the contest. Sophomore Ashley Lutz led the team with eight rebounds, while freshman Sammy Stipa and O’Hare each handed out three assists in the win. The Blue Hens (0-1) were led by a pair of double-doubles by Alecia Bell (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Joy Caracciolo (10 points, 15 rebounds).
After a slow start from both teams, O’Hare knocked down a three-pointer from the wing and was fouled with less than seven minutes to play in the first half. The junior completed the four-point play from the free throw line to give the Leopards an 18-10 advantage. On the next possession Annette Snow buried another three to push the Lafayette lead to 21-12.
Stipa found O’Hare down the floor for an easy layup, giving the Leopards a 10-point lead, 23-13 at the five-minute mark. The teams exchanged baskets over the final minutes, as Lafayette took a 27-17 lead into the half.
The Blue Hens opened the second half on 6-2 run to trim the Leopard advantage to six. The Leopards answered, as O’Hare converted a driving layup and made the free throw to push the lead up to 11, 34-23, with 16 minutes to play.
Erika Brown cut the Lafayette lead to six, 44-38, with a pair from the free throw line with seven minutes left. The Leopards answered on the other end, as Stipa buried a three, followed by a bucket from Ottewill-Soulsby, to push the edge back to nine, 49-40.
Delaware used the free throw line to get back into the game, knocking down four straight to make it a five-point game with five minutes to play. A pull-up jumper from Peaboby bumped the lead back to 51-44.
With 3:15 to go Homan hit three of four from the line to push the lead up to nine, 54-45, with 3:15 to go. Ptasinski tipped an offensive rebound to Homan for an easy lay-in, followed by a three from the corner from O’Hare to move the lead back to double digits, 59-47, at the two-minute mark. The Leopards were able to maintain the lead and closed out the game, 63-52.
Delaware held a 60-35 advantage on the boards, but the Leopards controlled the basketball committing just 10 turnovers, while forcing 19. Lafayette also spread the ball around handing out 12 assists in the win.
The Leopards are back in action on Wednesday night in the team’s first road test of the season at Columbia. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m.