Cold shooting plagues Mountain Hawks
Posted: December 1, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio – The Mountain Hawks held Ohio to its lowest number of points scored so far this season, but cold shooting did not help the Mountain Hawks on Friday night as the Bobcats defeated Lehigh 57-40 at the Convocation Center. Sophomore Melissa Rich sank a team-high 16 points, while senior Adrienne Blount pulled down 11 rebounds. Lehigh now falls to 2-5 on the season, while Ohio improves to 4-0.
After a back-and-forth affair for the first five minutes of the game, both teams went on a scoring drought for four minutes before Blount sank two of her four first half free throws at the 7:31 mark to give Lehigh a 14-8 lead. With 51 seconds remaining, Ohio’s Jennifer Bushby brought the Bobcats within two points off a lay-up to make the score 22-20 in favor of the Mountain Hawks. Bushby would then steal the ball at midcourt several seconds later and tie the game at 22 with 38 seconds in the half as the two teams entered the half knotted at 22.
Blount led all scorers with nine points, while she and classmate Sara Ellis pulled down a first half-high five rebounds. Sophomore Haly Crites provided the Mountain Hawks with defense in the paint, blocking one shot while making it tough for Ohio’s Domenica Silva and Alana Trotter to get off their shots.
Sophomores provided the Mountain Hawks with most of their second half points as Rich and Crites scored Lehigh’s first 14 points. Rich reeled off seven straight points, while Crites had three, and Rich would go on to score four more points.
Ohio’s Rachel Frederick recorded the game’s only double-double as she sank a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Frederick was 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line. Lauren Kohl chipped in with 13 points, while Jennifer Bushby netted ten.
The Mountain Hawks conclude their trip to Ohio on Sunday afternoon when they face the Zips of Akron. Game time is set for 2:00 pm and live audio will be broadcast online worldwide at lehighsports.com with streaming provided by Yahoo! Sports. WLVR-FM will also carry the broadcast in the Lehigh Valley.