March 5, 2016
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Maia Hood poured in a career-high 27 points on Saturday afternoon, and Jamie O’Hare registered a 15-assist total which was only three off the program record. A 22-8 deficit in the third quarter, though, did Lafayette in, with the Leopards falling 80-68 to Colgate in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament.
That third quarter turned a 38-35 lead for the Maroon and White into a 57-46 deficit, and the Raiders increased their advantage to as large as 17 points in the fourth quarter. They advance to play top-seeded Army West Point in the quarterfinals on Monday.
Hood shattered her old career-best of 18 points, going 8-for-11 from the floor and sinking all nine of her free throw attempts. O’Hare, meanwhile, moved into second place all-time in assists with today’s performance. She passed Heidi Caruso ’94 late in the first quarter and ends her collegiate career with 412 helpers overall.
Lafayette came out hot in the opening 10 minutes, hitting 9-of-17 shots to take a 21-17 lead into the second quarter. The score was only that close because of a banked in 3-pointer from Colgate guard Katie Curtis from just inside half court at the buzzer.
The Leopards maintained advantage lead throughout the second. The margin was as high as seven at 29-22 after an O’Hare layup with 6:26 on the clock, and they were still up three heading into the intermission.
The Raiders (7-22) started the third quarter on an 8-0 run to take a lead which they would not relinquish. A 3-pointer from Anna Ptasinski briefly stopped the bleeding, but Colgate, aided by 11 offensive rebounds in the frame, had its lead up to double figures by the 3:22 mark.
Lafayette menace Josie Stockill had only three points and two rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, logging just seven minutes in the half due to foul trouble. She came through after the break, however, ending the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Raider attack. The Leopards, meanwhile, battled severe foul trouble as a team in the second half, as five players were stuck with four fouls late in the third quarter.
Ptasinski and Hood combined for 25 of Lafayette’s 30 points after halftime. Ptasinski’s 15 points for the game marked a new career-high, with the sophomore guard shooting 3-for-5 from long distance and 4-for-6 overall.
With today’s defeat, the Maroon and White end the 2015-16 season with a 6-23 record.
O’Hare came up one assist shy of the Patriot League Tournament record of 16 set back on March 6, 1992 by Army’s Kim Kawamoto. Lafayette’s program record of 18 helpers was established by Ellen Fitzkee ’81 on Feb. 17, 1979. O’Hare added 10 points today to end her collegiate career with 1,209 overall.
Hood’s 27 points were the most for a Lafayette player since Emily Homan ’15 netted 29 on Dec. 2, 2014. She also ends her season having made 17-consecutive free throw attempts.
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby filled up the stat sheet for the Leopards over 32 minutes of action, totaling five points, nine rebounds, three steals and a career-high five blocks. She now has 57 rejections during her time on College Hill, moving her into a tie with Mary Prokapus ’86 for fifth-place in program history.
Colgate outrebounded Lafayette by a 52-39 margin and had a 28-14 advantage in second-chance points.