Lehigh Soars to Victory over Yale in Final Non-League Game
Army West Point
12/30/2022 | 2:00 PM
Dec 30 (Fri) / 2:00 PM
Army West Point
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a close one down the stretch, but it was Lehigh women’s basketball who came out on top Wednesday night in its last non-league game of the regular season, defeating Yale 70-63.
“I thought we had individual moments that we were locked in and ready to play, and that led to a collective and overall 40 minutes of team basketball,” said head coach Addie Micir. ” We needed to do it on the defensive end and just make it tough for them, which we did, and it was awesome. “
The Mountain Hawks improved to 4-7, while Yale dropped to 6-7.
This was Lehigh’s second straight victory over Yale. The Mountain Hawks last played the Bulldogs in 2008, where they came up with a win in overtime.
Frannie Hottinger was one rebound away from recording her sixth double-double of the season. She had a team high of 21 points and nine rebounds. Mackenzie Kramer finished with 18 points, and Jamie Behar scored a season-high 14 points.
Anna Harvey led the team with four assists.
Lehigh controlled the game for almost 40 minutes, holding a lead for 32:41. At the half, Lehigh led 31-25. A Kramer three-pointer put the Mountain Hawks up 13 with 8:26 left in the game, giving Lehigh its largest lead of the game, but Yale started to rally back.
An Elles van der Maas three-pointer cut Lehigh’s lead to 63-62. Hottinger responded with a basket and a free throw to put Lehigh back up by four. While the Bulldogs would try to get the lead, the Mountain Hawks were relentless, only letting Yale score one more point in the final three minutes.
“I think we just stayed confident, and we believed that we could,” Micir said. “They hit a couple of threes. There was a stretch there where they went 7-of-7 from three, and we said keep doing what you’re doing – get a hand in their face. Misses will come, but we have to get the rebound, and in those moments we got those rebounds, and it gave us some boosted energy.”
The Mountain Hawks shot 45.3% from the field while Yale shot 35.4%. Lehigh was 8-of-20 from beyond the arc. Behar had four of those eight three-pointers.
Yale’s leading scorer was first-year Kiley Capstraw with 22, followed by Jenna Clark, who finished with 17.
The Mountain Hawks kick off Patriot League play against Army West Point at Stabler Arena on Friday, Dec. 30 at 2 pm
“The win first is awesome, and then obviously, this time of the year is a big time for family, so we’re excited for our players to go get a little bit of a breather, and then we come back ready to go for league play,” Micir said.
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