Lehigh continues series with Navy Wednesday at Stabler Arena

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s basketball team continued its winning streak Saturday afternoon after a 72-61 win at the Loyola Maryland, ending a two-game losing streak all season. On Wednesday, the Mountain Hawks (11-5, 3-2 PL) meet Navy (5-11, 2-4 PL) for the first time in two years at Stabler Arena.

Four Lehigh players finished in double figures against the Greyhounds, led by 15 points for sophomore Mackenzie Kramer and sophomore Ella Stemmer. Emma Grothaus finished with 12 points while Megan Walker had 10.

The Mountain Hawks were just two 3-pointers away from tying the program and Patriot League record for 3-pointers made in a game of 14 against Loyola. They shot 44.4 percent (24 to 54) from field and 40 percent (14 to 35) from beyond the arc to win. Lehigh finished the game with points for second chances (7-5), points from quick breaks (11-4) and bank points (26-22) while beating Loyola from afar to just 23.5 percent (4-to- 17) held .

Lehigh remains one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country this season, and as a program ranks sixth in 3-point attempts attempted (476), seventh in 3-points made (158), and seventh in 3-pointers -Points per game ( 9.9). The Mountain Hawks are also the 11th best free-throw shooting team in the nation with 78.0 percent.

Individually, Kramer ranks fifth in NCAA DI in 3-pointer matches (52), sixth in 3-pointer matches per game (3.25), and 13th in 3-pointer attempts (126) .

Navy has struggled so far this season but has boasted senior Jennifer Coleman as arguably the best player in the Patriot League.

The Midshipmen are 2-4 in league play this year, most recently in a loss to undefeated Boston University on Saturday. Navy’s two victories were on January 5 at Bucknell and January 12 at Colgate. Navy is 3-3 from home overall so far this season.

Coleman played for Navy against the Terriers and had a game- and career-high 32 points on 13 field goals with four assists and two steals, and also tucked into 16 rebounds. She also had 23 points with 10 boards and five assists at Colgate and was named Patriot League Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday. Sydne Watts also impressed against Boston U. with 20 points and six rebounds.

Navy shot 40.9 percent (27 to 66) from field and 35.3 percent (6 to 17) from downtown in the 11-point loss.

Coleman is advancing the Midshipmen in points per game (23.5) and rebounds per game (10.6) this season. She also has team-best scores in assists (4.6) and steals (3.0).

Watts has also developed strongly, averaging 9.0 points per game and 3.8 boards in 16 appearances. She averages 11.0 ppg in six league competitions and makes starts in all of them.

Wednesday marks the 66th all-time meeting between Lehigh and Navy as the two schools face off for the first time since the 2019-20 season.

The Mids have a 33-32 all-time advantage over the Mountain Hawks, while Lehigh leads 30-28 in Patriot League competitions.

Lehigh has won the last four meetings, including five of the last six against Navy. The Midshipmen’s last win at Stabler Arena was on January 18, 2017. Since then, Lehigh has won three straight home games.

Wednesday night’s game will stream live on ESPN+ (subscription required) with Corey Spector on play-by-play call. Tickets can be purchased online at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME.

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Date: January 19, 2022
Opponent: Midshipmen of the Navy
Tip: 6 p.m
Arena (capacity): Staller Arena (5,600)
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s record: 11-5, 3-2PL
Navy records 5-11, 2-4PL
Series history: Navy leads, 33-32
TV: ESPN+ (Corey Spector)

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