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Lafayette Hosts Dukes in 2015-16 Home Opener

Nov. 19, 2015



 Duquesne (1-1) at Lafayette (0-2)
 Date  Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, 7 p.m.
 Location  Easton, Pa. | Kirby Sports Center
 Tickets  Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office
 Game Notes  Lafayette Get Acrobat Reader
 Live Streaming  Patriot League Network
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Social Media  Twitter


FRIDAY’S MATCHUP
Lafayette hosts an opponent inside Kirby Sports Center for the first time this season when Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne comes to town for a 7 p.m. matchup. This is the only home contest for the Maroon and White in the season’s first five games.

LAFAYETTE IN HOME OPENERS
The Leopards are 29-14 lifetime in home openers, including wins in each of the last three seasons. Lafayette topped Delaware 63-52 last fall, Rider 67-62 in 2013-14 and Loyola Chicago 62-51 in 2012-13.

LAST TIME OUT
Lafayette’s offense struggled to get in rhythm throughout Tuesday night’s 54-37 loss at Penn, scoring seven or fewer points in three of the game’s four quarters. The Leopards shot 31.9 percent from the floor, and they were out-rebounded by a 38-26 margin.

Sophomore Anna Ptasinski put together a strong performance in the defeat, totaling 12 points, one shy of a career-high, and accounting for both of Lafayette’s 3-point baskets. Freshman Angela Ribarich also notched five blocks in 16 minutes off the bench without committing a foul.

LAST SERIES MEETING
Lafayette Head Coach Emeritus Pat Fisher was in the 18th of her 21 seasons in charge during the only prior meeting between the Leopards and Dukes on Dec. 29, 1997 at the Florida Atlantic Invitational.
    
While that matchup did not go in Lafayette’s favor, with Duquesne coming away with a 97-71 victory, the 1997-98 season remains notable today, as it marks the last time the Leopards finished with a winning record (15-13) in women’s basketball.

MILESTONES IN REACH FOR O’HARE
Jamie O’Hare currently ranks third in program history with 139 3-pointers, 29 shy of Kara Stetler’s record of 168. O’Hare drilled 61 attempts from long range in 2014-15, finishing one short of Stetler’s single-season record of 62 in 2005-06. The senior Staten Island, N.Y., native also has an opportunity to become the 18th Lafayette player to reach 1,000 points for her career. She is up to 807 points, having poured in 362 during her junior campaign.
        
O’Hare, who has 279 assists for her career, is additionally three helpers away from tying Maureen McKenna ’83 for 10th all-time in program history. She passed Maddie Peabody ’15 (273) and Jessica Spicer ’09 (274) in the all-time rankings with her seven-assist output against Delaware last Friday.

LOOKING BACK
Lafayette went 14-17 last season, matching its win total from the year prior, and finished eighth in the Patriot League standings with a 6-12 mark. Duquesne, meanwhile, finished third in the Atlantic 10 with a 12-4 mark, and has qualified for the WNIT postseason tournament in each of the last seven seasons. The Dukes finished 2014-15 with an overall record of 23-11.

HOME COOKING
Lafayette’s 14-17 record last season was aided significantly by a 10-4 mark in games played at Kirby Sports Center. That was the most home wins for the program since the 1992-93 squad won 11 of 13 contests in Easton. The Leopards were victorious in their first five home games in 2014-15, including all four non-conference matchups.

PTASINSKI OUT STRONG
Sophomore guard Anna Ptasinski was just beginning to hit her stride last season, making her first four collegiate starts and scoring in double figures in two of those appearances, before her campaign was halted by a season-ending injury. Ptasinski has picked up where she left off in Lafayette’s first two games this fall, scoring 11 points in the opener against Delaware and pouring in a team-high 12 at Penn. She was 4 of 7 from the floor and committed only one turnover in 29 minutes.

GRENTZ AMONG THE NCAA WIN LEADERS
Lafayette head coach Theresa Grentz is currently tied for 29th all-time in wins among NCAA coaches with 671 victories to her credit. With Lafayette’s first triumph in 2015-16, she will pass former North Dakota State coach Amy Ruley and sit alone in 29th place.
    
Among active head coaches, Grentz ranks 17th in all-time wins. When only Division I coaches are taken into account, she is 12th among active coaches and 20th all-time. Grentz is one of 54 NCAA coaches to have reached 600 victories, having done so with an 80-68 win over Auburn on Dec. 29, 2002 while at Illinois.

REJECTED
Freshman center Angela Ribarich made an impact for Lafayette in her second-career collegiate game, registering five blocks while also notching her first two field goals at Penn on Tuesday. She becomes the first Leopard freshman to block five or more shots in a game since Emily Homan ’15 also had five rejections against Lehigh on Feb. 18, 2012.
        
LEOPARDS AGAINST THE A-10
Lafayette is scheduled to play three Atlantic 10 squads this year, with a road game at Fordham on Nov. 24 and a neutral-site contest against Richmond on Dec. 28 following tonight’s matchup with Duquesne.
        
The Leopards are 14-39 against teams currently playing in the A-10. They will be searching for their first-ever victory over Duquesne and Richmond, while Fordham holds a 12-5 advantage in the all-time series.

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