Lehigh looks to bounce back at home vs. Bucknell on Thursday

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s basketball team will host Bucknell Thursday in the first of two home games this week for the Mountain Hawks.

The Mountain Hawks are coming off of their first Patriot League loss of the season, while Bucknell dropped its first two league games of the season.

Lehigh has an overall record of 5-8, while Bucknell is 4-9.

Bucknell leads the all-time series 51-44. Lehigh and Bucknell have played eight times in the last two seasons.

The Mountain Hawks met three times in the 2021-22 season, where Lehigh lost all three times and saw their season come to an end in the Patriot League Tournament with a 56-53 loss and before that, five times in the 2021 COVID-shortened season.

The last time Lehigh got the best of Bucknell was on March 11, 2021 in the Patriot League semifinals, where the Mountain Hawks defeated the Bison 63-54, eventually defeating Boston University in the Patriot League Championship.

Thursday’s game will be a head-to-head battle between the league leaders in scoring and the last-place scoring offense in the league. Lehigh is leading the league in scoring, putting up 73.5 points per game. Bucknell is last in the league, averaging just 53.6 points per game.

The Bison’s two league losses have come against Holy Cross and Boston U. Lehigh has played Army, defeating the Black Knights 90-68 and falling to Colgate 69-59 on Jan 2.

Frannie Hottinger, who has had a spectacular season through 13 games, earned Patriot league honorable mention honors after averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds in the first two league games.

Hottinger continues to lead the league in scoring. The senior is averaging 20.8 points per game and is 16th in the nation in scoring and 19th in the nation in rebounding, grabbing 10.3 rebounds per game.

Bucknell’s Cecilia Collins is leading the Bison in scoring (13.3 points per game).

The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Tickets to Thursday’s game can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or at Stabler Arena Thursday afternoon prior to tip-off.

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Date: January 5, 2023
Opponent: Bucknell
Tip off: 6 p.m
Arena (Capacity):Stable Arena (6,000)
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s record: 5-8
Army’s record: 4-9
Series: 44-51

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