EASTON, Pa. –
The Lafayette women's basketball team recovered after a 16-10 opening quarter deficit to defeat Binghamton, 59-50, in the home opener on Sunday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center
to move to 2-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
The Leopards (2-0) shot just 17 percent in the first quarter before outscoring Binghamton (2-1) 12-6 in the second to head into the break tied at 22.
Midway through the second, Lafayette broke the Binghamton pressure defense and freshman Nicole Johnson
hit junior Tasha Vipond
for the easy deuce through the foul and converted the free throw to tie the game at 18 and shift momentum in Lafayette's favor.
A few possessions later, Vipond drove the baseline and converted a nifty reverse layup to tie it again at 22 to head into the half and sophomore Olivia Martino
made a strong defensive stand at the end of the period to keep the game tied at halftime.
Vipond finished the game with five points and a career-high 7 rebounds on the afternoon.
The Maroon and White came out of the half time locker room strong as sophomore Natalie Kucowski
opened the third quarter, finishing inside through contact and two possessions later, classmate Drew Freeland
knocked down one of her career-high four 3-pointers from the corner to take a 27-22 lead.
The Lafayette defense forced a miss at the other end and a transition feed from freshman Makaila Wilson
to Kucowski capped off an 11-0 run to close out the first half and carry into the second quarter.
Freeland led all scorers with 16 points, along with three steals, two rebounds and an assist, while Kucowski recorded her 11th
career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
After a first half in which Lafayette shot just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc, the Leopards came back to go 5-of-9 from deep in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, Binghamton started to make a comeback effort of its own with a 4-0 run to open the period before Lafayette forced a miss and senior Alex Cantwell
hit an open Freeland in transition for a big 3-pointer to stop the run take a seven-point advantage.
The Leopard defense forced Binghamton to shoot just 3-of-23 for 3-point territory and 29 percent from the field.
Martino tallied 12 points with two rebounds and two steals and Wilson had a hard-earned six points and eight rebounds with a block and two steals in the win.
The Leopards return to action on Nov. 17 when they travel to Wagner for a 1 p.m. tip-off before returning home on Nov. 20 to take on St. Peter's.
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