HAMILTON, N.Y. –
The Lafayette women's basketball team opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run before running out of clock against Colgate, falling 60-49 on Wednesday afternoon at Cotterell Court.
Entering the final frame down 54-30, the Leopards (6-8, 1-2 PL) came out aggressively as sophomore Natalie Kucowski
scored nine of her game-high 22 points in the quarter. She opened it up with a trip to the line, followed by junior Sydney Sabino
sinking a pair of technical free throws to spark the run.
From there, Lafayette got hot from deep as Kucowski and sophomore Drew Freeland
hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Colgate lead to 12.
Freeland's 3-ball was the 48th
of her Lafayette career, passing teammate Sarah Agnello
for sole possession of 18th
place on the program's all-time 3-point field goals chart.
The Maroon and White outscored Colgate 19-6 in the fourth quarter and Freeland was able to cut the deficit to single-digits when she made a spin move in transition and scored with 1:57 remaining.
There would not be enough time left to overcome the strong shooting performance of the Raiders.
After shooting just 17 percent in the opening frame, Colgate (6-7, 2-1 PL) came out scorching hot in the second period, shooting nearly 70 percent from the field to jump out to a 33-17 advantage at the break.
The Leopards could not find their rhythm all afternoon, making only three 3-pointers in the game and shooting just 30 percent from the floor in the first half.
To go along with Kucowski's 22 points, she was a rebound shy of a double-double with nine and added to her Patriot League leading blocks total with three in the game.
Freeland was also in double-digits with 10 points and two assists while senior Alex Cantwell
came off the bench to score seven with six boards and two assists.
Colgate's leading scorer, Rachel Thompson, paced the Raiders with a double-double and Nia Ahart was also in double-figures with 10 points.
Lafayette will return home on Saturday, hosting Bucknell on Alumni Day at Kirby Sports Center
. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
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