Four Mountain Hawks Record Double Figures in Patriot League Win vs. Army

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -The Lehigh women’s basketball team won its second straight game and opened Patriot League play with a 90-68 victory over Army West Point Friday afternoon at Stabler Arena.

Lehigh is now 5-7 (1-0 PL), while Army is 2-9 (0-1 PL).

The Mountain Hawks got off to a fast start, shooting 58.6% from the field in the first half. They finished the game, shooting 53.6%, and they were 50.0% from beyond the arc.

Lehigh held Army to 27-of-66 from the floor. The Black Knights shot 25% from three.

“We started preparing what they were going to do to us both offensively and defensively a couple of days ago, and I think we really executed on that, and it got them out of a rhythm really early on in the game,” said senior wing Frannie Hottinger.

It was a total team effort, as nine different Mountain Hawks recorded at least one point. Hottinger recorded her sixth double-double of the year, scoring a game-high of 22 points and grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds. Mackenzie Kramer had 18, Kaylee Van Eps notched 13, and Jamie Behar followed with 11.

Anna Harvey had a game-high of six assists to go along with eight points.

At the half, Lehigh held a 52-31 lead.

Lily Fandre gave the Mountain Hawks their biggest lead of the game when she converted a layup plus a free throw just nine seconds into the second half.

The third quarter would be the only quarter that Army would outscore Lehigh. The Black Knights had 20 points, while Lehigh had 13. A Kamryn Hall layup with 1:08 left in the third quarter cut Army’s deficit to 13, but Mackenzie Kramer would score two straight free throws with just 0.1 seconds left in the third quarter to put Lehigh back up 15.

Hall led Army with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Mountain Hawks once again controlled the final frame to hold onto their second straight win.

Army only had one player that averaged double figures coming into Friday’s game. Sabria Hunter was averaging 13.8 points and 12.3 rebounds for the season but was held to just five points and five rebounds.

“It played really well to our game plan,” said head coach Addie Micir. “I was really proud of the level of focus that we had coming into it. We knew they had a big physical post presence, and we did a good job at taking her away, and we wanted to be there on the catch, and we did. I couldn’t be more proud of our girls.”

Coming into Friday’s game, both teams had 36 wins against each other. The Mountain Hawks got the tie-breaker tonight to hold a 37-36 lead in the all-time series.

Lehigh led things on the glass and the paint as well finishing with 38 rebounds and 44 points in the paint.

The Mountain Hawks will travel to Hamilton, NY, to take on Colgate on Monday. The game, which was originally scheduled for 6 pm, is now set to tip-off at 4 pm, with streaming coverage on ESPN+.

“One day at a time,” Micir said. “One day at a time. Just keep going. We have a lot of talent, and we have a lot of depth, and we’re going to utilize that throughout the season.”

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