Posted: January 3, 2005
New York, NY – Sophomore Sara Ellis scored 19 points and senior Jessica DePalo added 16 as Lehigh began the New Year in good fashion by earning a 62-49 victory at Columbia on Monday night.
The road win improves the Mountain Hawks’ record to 8-3 on the season, while the Lions dropped to 6-5.
In the first half, a Sara Ellis three-point field goal gave the Mountain Hawks a quick three-nothing advantage, but Columbia quickly responded. The Lions built a six-point lead, and Columbia led for most of the first half despite poor shooting (29% for the half). In the final minutes of the stanza, Lehigh mounted a quick 8-0 run to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Jessica DePalo led Lehigh’s first-half efforts with ten points, while Ellis added eight, including two buckets from beyond the three-point arc. As a team, the Mountain Hawks shot the ball well, sinking 13-of-24 shots (54%).
In the second half, Lehigh struggled to score early, as the Mountain Hawks could not score for the first 4:52 of the frame. Fortunately, Lehigh’s defense held strong, holding the Lions to just two points during that time span.
Once the Mountain Hawks wrapped up that scoring drought, they began scoring in bunches. Lehigh ran out to a 15-point lead down the stretch thanks to some clutch free throw shooting, and won going away by 13 points.
Lehigh freshman Claire Sullivan scored a career high eight points – all in the second half – off the bench in the win. Sullivan also came away with three steals. Senior Mary Frances Hynoski added nine points and nine boards for the winners.
For the game, the Mountain Hawks shot 43%, but Lehigh was bolstered by shooting 15-of-17 (88.2%) from the free throw line.
Lehigh returns to action on Wednesday for its final tune-up before Patriot League play begins. The Mountain Hawks will host Marist at Stabler Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm, and tickets may be purchased through the Lehigh ticket office at (610) 7LU-GAME or on-line at lehighsports.com. Steve Lomangino will provide live radio coverage of the action on WLVR-FM (91.3) as well as lehighsports.com.