Lehigh concludes non-league action with Tuesday matinee at George Washington

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Amid a two-game winning streak, Tuesday’s Lehigh women’s basketball team retires out of league and kicks off in a 1:30 p.m. matinee from the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, DC

Please note that on December 15, George Washington University announced that Tuesday’s matchup would be held without ticket fans due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in the GW university community.

The Mountain Hawks earn a dominant 42-point win over Delaware State on Saturday afternoon. Now the team turns its attention to the next feat: winning an away game.

Lehigh is going 0-2 this season and has played eight of his ten games at Stabler Arena so far. The last time the Mountain Hawks won a game away from home, they defeated Boston U. in the Patriot League Championship Game in March.

Without key starters Clair Steele and Frannie Hottinger against the Hornets, Lehigh still managed to pull off a great performance from second guard Mackenzie Kramer, who scored 20 points on a career-high six 3-pointers. She also added six rebounds and four assists and was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday. Ella Stemmer from the first year also finished in double digits and achieved a career high with 11 points.

Additionally, first-year forward Meghan O’Brien was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time after notching a career-high eight points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in her third straight start.

Lehigh had a whopping 29 assists on 32 field goals against Delaware State and is averaging nearly 19 assists per game this season, easily the highest in the Patriot League and ranking in the top 15 in the entire NCAA Division I.

Four Mountain Hawks are still averaging double goal totals this season, as Hottinger (16.8), Kramer (15.7), Emma Grothaus (12.9) and Megan Walker (10.5) have in their first 10 games of the season each made a significant contribution to the offensive.

Tuesday’s clash with GW will be a really solid test for the Patriot League game that begins December 30 against American at Stabler Arena.

In 11 games, George Washington has played in midfield with a 6-5 overall record. The Colonials clinched a 62-53 win over Howard on December 12 that followed back-to-back losses to Virginia and Georgetown.

GW’s main wins so far this season are American, Old Dominion and Quinnipiac.

Against the Bison at home last time out, four Colonials hit double digits, led by Kyara Frames and Taylor Webster’s 11 points with 10 each for Mayowa Taiwo and Faith Blethen. Taiwo also recorded 11 rebounds for a double-double while Sheslanie Laureano had four assists to lead the team.

Nya Lok leads the team with 9.8 points per game while Laureano is just behind with 8.3 points. Ty Moore is the team leader from the glass with 8.8 rebounds per game. Aurea Gingras has averaged 1.5 assists per game so far this year.

George Washington finished the 2020-21 season with an overall record of 9-14 and finished the Atlantic 10 game 5-9. The Colonials fell to Richmond in the second round of the A-10 tournament.

George Washington and Lehigh have met twice and shared the all-time series. The Mountain Hawks last won on November 13, 2019, 59-53.

On Tuesday, the two teams will meet for the first time in Washington, DC

The matchup will be streamed live on ESPN+ (subscription required) and free internet audio will be provided with Matt Markus at the play-by-play call. Pre-game coverage begins at 1:20 p.m

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Date: December 21, 2021
Opponent: George Washington Colonials
Tip: 1:30 p.m
Arena (capacity): Charles E Smith Center
Location: Washington, D.C
Lehigh’s record: 7-3, 0-0PL
GW’s record 6-5, 0-0 A10
Series history: Series tied, 1-1
Internet Audio: lehighsports.com/watch mit/
Matt Markus (PxP)
Pre-match coverage begins
at 1:20 p.m

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