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Rick Smith

Women's Basketball

Lafayette Welcomes Bucknell on Alumni Day

Leopards look to defend home court before a two-game road swing

OPENING TIP
- The Leopards welcome back their players of the past, hosting Alumni Day on Saturday while taking on Patriot League favorite Bucknell.
 
- Last time out, sophomore Natalie Kucowski was a rebound shy of a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds to go along with three rejections. She is the Patriot League leader in blocks and blocks per game.
 
- Sophomore Drew Freeland connected on a 3-pointer against Colgate to surpass teammate Sarah Agnello on the all-time Lafayette 3-point field goals list. She is now in sole possession of 18th place with 48 in her career, two shy of teammate Olivia Martino.
 
- The Maroon and White hit the road for a pair of contests at Army and at Loyola. The trip to Army will be the second consecutive "Youth Day" that the Leopards will play in on the road and host their own when they return to Kirby on Jan. 23.
 
SCOUTING BUCKNELL
Selected as the conference's preseason favorite, the Bison are coming off a win at Army on Wednesday and sit with a 2-1 record in the Patriot League.
 
Bucknell features a top-10 leading scorer in the conference in Kaitlyn Slagus who averages 12.3 ppg and 7.6 rpg.
 
The Bison are the league's highest scoring team, averaging 70.6 ppg and shoot it a league-best 44 percent from the field.
 
Four of Bucknell's five starters score in double-figures per game and the fifth is in the top-10 in the conference in assists per game.
 
In his seventh season, Bucknell is led by head coach Aaron Roussell.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
The matchup dates back to the 1976-77 season with the Bucknell holding a 43-38 advantage overall. 
 
LAST MEETING
Bucknell took care of business on the road last season to complete the season sweep.
 
Both Natalie Kucowski and Alexis Santarelli scored in double-figures.
 
Kate Walker led the way for Bucknell with 21 points while Kyi English added 12. The Bison shot it over 50 percent from the field.
 
The Leopards were able to hold Slagus to just six points on 2-of-7 shooting.
 
A LONG-DISTANCE BATTLE
Against Holy Cross, sophomore Olivia Martino hit a career-high five 3-pointers, scoring 17 points. She joined Brya Freeland '15 on the all-time 3-pointers list in 16th place. Next in the ranks is April Shippee '99 who hit 55 in her career.
 
Against Colgate, classmate Drew Freeland knocked down a 3-pointer to break the tie with teammate Sarah Agnello. Freeland is now close behind with 48 3-balls in her career, while Agnello has 47 in 19th.
 
EFFICIENCY TOO
Along with climbing the 3-point field goals chart, Freeland and Martino would rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the all-time 3-point field goal percentage list. Freeland is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc in her career and Martino is a 37 percent career shooter from deep.
 
STARTERS SCORING
For the first time in just over 10 years, Lafayette featured all five of its starters in double-figures against Holy Cross. Along with Martino's career game from beyond the arc, sophomore Natalie Kucowski tallied a double-double, Freeland scored 13, freshman Nicole Johnson had a career-high 11 points, going 8-of-10 from the line, and classmate Makaila Wilson had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
 
WINNING THE TIP
Sophomore Natalie Kucowski has done the honors in the circle each game this season and has won 11-of-14 tip-offs on the season.
 
FREE AND EASY
The Leopards have shot 20-plus free throws six times already in 2018-19 compared to just one game last season. Against Delaware, Lafayette shot 29 free throws, making 22 in the game. It was the most free throws a Lafayette team attempted and made since Feb. 8, 2017 when the Leopards were 23-of-32 from the line in a win over Holy Cross.
 
Against the Crusaders this season, the Leopards took 24 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, going 18-of-25 in the game.
 
GETTING OVER THE HUMP
The Leopards hold a 5-1 record when scoring at least 60 points this season compared to their 1-7 mark when scoring under 60 points. Lafayette is also 2-0 when scoring over 70 points, doing so once in regulation and once in overtime this season.
 
 
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