March 6, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Top-seeded American used a strong second half to take down the Leopards in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday night.
Junior Jamie O’Hare led the Leopards with 19 points, while seniors Emily Homan and Linnel Macklin each chipped in 12 points in the loss. Sophomore Ashley Lutz secured a game-high 13 rebounds, while senior Maddie Peabody finished with five points in her final game.
O’Hare scored five of Lafayette’s first seven points, as the Leopards opened a 7-4 lead four minutes into the game. American put together a 17-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 21-13 advantage at 11:14 mark.
An O’Hare triple with 9:25 trimmed the deficit to 22-16. After an American, Lafayette scored the next four points to cut the lead to 25-20 with seven minutes left in the opening half. Macklin’s pull-up jumper pulled Lafayette to within two with five minutes remaining in the first half.
A 9-2 run from the Eagles increased the margin to seven, but a bucket from Homan in the final minutes made it a five-point game, 34-29, at the half.
American scored the first five points of the second half to stretch the deficit to 10, 39-29. After a Lafayette basket, the Eagles countered with 10 straight points to open up a 17-point advantage at the 16-minute mark.
Homan ended the scoring drought for the Leopards with 13:25 on the clock to cut the American lead to 21. Back-to-back threes from Macklin made it a 19-point game with 10 minutes to play. The Eagles continued to control the game pushing the spread to 25 before a bucket from O’Hare stopped the run.
O’Hare scored three straight points for the Leopards to chip into the margin with six minutes to play. The Eagles maintained their advantage and knocked out the Leopards in the quarterfinals.
Lafayette ends the 2014-15 campaign with a 14-17 mark, including a 6-12 record in the Patriot League.