Offensive woes continue as Mountain Hawks fall to Bucknell

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Lehigh women’s basketball team struggled first-half and overall when they won the 64:53 64:53 win at Stabler Arena on Wednesday night. The Mountain Hawks (10-5, 2-2 PL) drop their second game in a row and drop to a 0.500 record in the first four Patriot League competitions of the season.

“They are (Bucknell) one of the better defensive teams in the league and it wouldn’t be easy against them,” said head coach Sue Troyan. “I didn’t think we showed a lot of toughness, we came out in a big game in the first half.

“We didn’t have an answer for what they did on offense tonight. I thought our defense kept us in the game in the first half when we didn’t shoot and they didn’t take many shots either. We were in the second half we a little better, but we just have to find our way around. Without Frannie (Hottinger) we have a lot of people who adapt to different roles. We definitely miss their offensive presence on the floor. “

The first quarter was tough for Lehigh, who didn’t score until the 3:50 mark on the first frame, a layup by Jamie Behar that reduced Bucknell’s lead to 6-2. A 6-2 run from that point was crowned by a 3-pointer from Mackenzie Kramer who equalized the game at 8-8, but the bison went on to score six points in a row to lead 14-8 after 10 minutes of play .

The Mountain Hawks shot just 23.1 percent for the quarter, of which 33.3 percent (2-for-6) was from below. Bucknell failed to make a 3 in four attempts, instead shooting a total of 37.5 percent (6-for-16) off the floor.

Emma Grothaus started in the second quarter with a quick break-layup 9:01 before the end and reduced the bison lead to four points. Bucknell then scored seven straight leads, 21-10, and four of the next six points to bring a 25-12 lead into the locker room. The Bison outperformed Lehigh with 11-4 in the frame as the Mountain Hawks shot just 18.2 percent (2-for-11) out of the field and 0-for-7 out of depth.

Lehigh was unable to get anywhere near single digits at the start of the third quarter. He was up to 16 points behind, getting as close as 11 points three times before getting close to nine at 1:35. While the Mountain Hawks beat Bucknell in the third quarter with 20:18, they were still behind them in the last frame with 43:32.

Bucknell held the lead from the start in the fourth quarter, opening the verse with a 13-point lead and leading to the media timeout with 4:25 before the start of the game with 14 points. The bison reached a 16-point cushion with 2:25 remaining, and Lehigh took the last four points of the competition before falling 56-45.

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– Lehigh Women’s Basketball (@LehighWBB) Jan 13, 2022 Kramer finished on a team high of 16 points with four Treys, while Megan Walker scored nine points with 10 rebounds and two steals. Grothaus had 13 boards with six points, three steals, and two blocks.

Bucknell was led by Taylor O’Brien with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Cecelia Collins had 16 points and Carly Krsul had 15.

Lehigh shot just 30.8 percent (16-for-52) out of the field and 21.4 percent (6-for-28) out of the bow. The bison was ahead in points from losing the ball (17-3), points in the color (34-18) and bank points (17-9). The Mountain Hawks flipped the ball 15 times while forcing 11 from Bucknell.

“I think it’s been a bit of all three lately, confidence, attitude and execution,” Troyan said of the team’s offensive lately. “We have played against some pretty good teams and the attack has been strong so we need to be confident about what we are doing and how we are doing it.”

The Mountain Hawks never led but drew the game in the first quarter.

Lehigh plans to do a two-game skid on Saturday which will be visited by Loyola, Md. In Baltimore at 2 p.m. and streamed live on ESPN + (subscription required).

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