Black Knights Pick Up Road Win Over Lafayette

EASTON, PA. – Firstie captain Alisa Fallon recorded her fourth 20-point game of the season to help push Army West Point Women’s Basketball (8-6, 3-2 ) to a 62-56 victory over Lafayette (7-7, 3-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center.

Fallon recorded a team-high 22 points while recording six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Lauren Lithgow was strong off the bench scoring 11 points with one assist and three steals. Sabria Hunter dished out a team-high of five assists and nine rebounds while contributing eight points.

From the start of the game, the teams went back-and-forth with eight lead changes in the first quarter. Hunter led the offense for the Cadets scoring four and dished out one assist. It was the offensive rebounds that also helped Army as the team scored eight of its points off second chances. The Black Knights took advantage of the Leopards turnovers scoring seven points off their mistakes to hold a 16-13 lead at the end of the quarter.

Army’s defense had trouble with Lafayette in the opening minutes of the second quarter letting the Leopards go on an 8-1 scoring run to trail 21-17 a the six-minute mark. Fallon rallied the Black Knights’ offense by hitting a pull up jump shot to cut Lafayette’s lead. Lithgow stepped up for Army scoring seven points in four minutes to help Army head into halftime with a 32-31 lead over Lafayette. Fallon finished with seven points in the quarter with one assist and one steal.

Army’s offense was strong from the start of the third quarter scoring five points in less than a minute to force Lafayette to take an early timeout at 7:57 (37-31). The Leopards fought back, getting within three points of the Black Knights, but Lithgow earned a trip to the charity stripe and sank two free throws to up Army’s lead. Fallon hit a jump shot in the final second of the quarter to extend the Cadets’ lead to 49-42 heading into the fourth quarter. Army executed on defense to score eight points off Lafayette’s turnovers.

Lafayette started the quarter hot cutting Army’s lead to 49-46 but Kate Murray closed the door on the Leopards’ momentum with a three-pointer. A few possessions later, the firstie hit a jump shot to make the score 54-47 in Army’s favor. With 5:28 on the clock, Murray found Fallon on the wing for three. Fallon netted the basket and drew contact for a four-point play. Army continued the offensive momentum to capture a 62-56 victory over Lafayette.

“It’s always great to win on the road. I thought our defensive adjustments kept Lafayette contained. We moved the ball really well on offense creating higher percentage looks. We must build on this win and bring that collective focus with us next week in Washington, D.C,” said head coach Missy Traversi.

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