Posted: February 20, 2004
Bethlehem, PA - Games like this certainly make it easier on a coaching staff. The Mountain Hawks made just about everything they threw at the rim, shooting a Lehigh-record 70.2% from the field as they routed Army 83-53 Friday night at Stabler Arena. Lehigh improved to 10-14, 7-4 in the Patriot League as they maintained their grip on second place in the league standings. The team got production out of every player in the lineup, as eleven different players made baskets for the team.
In the first half, Lehigh came out smoking, shooting 15-of-22 from the field (68.2%) while holding Army to 13-31 (41.9%). The Black Knights kept it close though, as the half saw seven ties and seven lead changes before Lehigh closed the half on an 11-4 run. Lehigh’s guards shot particularly well, as Sara Ellis and Dawn Gorynski both made two-of-three from behind the arc as they combined for 14 first-half points, helping the Mountain Hawks to a 39-32 lead.
In the second half, the Mountain Hawks started to pour it on, firing on all cylinders as they doubled the score of the visiting Black Knights, outscoring them 44-21 in the final period. Army got back within nine at 56-47 on a basket by Shavonne Holden with 9:36 left, but then Lehigh pulled away, holding Army to only two field goals and six points the rest of the way.
Amazingly, Lehigh shot better in the second stanza, hitting 18-of-25 shots (72%). Reserve guard Emily Geosits punctuated the team’s offensive performance late in the game, hitting a three from the corner that hit the rim, bounced up and hit the top of the backboard twice, then dropped through the net.
For the game, Ellis led four Mountain Hawks in double figures with 18 points on the evening. Jessica DePalo chipped in with 16, and Gorynski had 10 points and 6 assists. Jana Ransom had a double-double, finishing the night with 10 points and ten rebounds. Katie Macfarlane led Army (13-11, 5-6) with a double-double of her own, scoring 15 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Lehigh will finish their home schedule on Sunday as archrival Lafayette comes to town. Game time is set for , and will be broadcast live on Service Electric TV-2. Audio coverage of the game can be heard on 91.3 WLVR, as well as on Lehigh’s website at www.lehighsports.com.