Ellis' career night leads Lehigh past Monmouth
Posted: November 28, 2005
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh junior Sara Ellis buried a career-best eight three pointers and tied a career high with 26 points as the Mountain Hawks snapped a two game losing streak with a 64-45 win over Monmouth Monday night at Stabler Arena. The Brown and White connected on a season-best 12 three pointers and out-rebounded the Hawks by a 46-23 margin as Lehigh improves to 2-3 on the season. The loss drops Monmouth to 1-3 on the year.
The first half started as a back and forth affair before Lehigh pulled away in the final four minutes on the strength of its three-point shooting. The Mountain Hawks canned six of ten shots from beyond the arc and connected on 50 percent of its field goal opportunities overall as the Mountain Hawks took a 32-26 lead into halftime. Ellis poured in 14 points in the opening half including four three point goals, while classmate Emily Geosits added eight points and two treys for the Mountain Hawks.
The Mountain Hawks were able to pull away in the second half as the defense held Monmouth to 26 percent shooting and the offense connected on six more three-point buckets, as Lehigh led by as many as 22 points after halftime. Junior Adrienne Blount recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down a career high 14 rebounds. Senior Jenny Callan added 13 boards for the Mountain Hawks including eight on the offensive glass.
Sophomore point guard Claire Sullivan chipped in with four points, six rebounds and a game high eight assists, while Geosits finished with 11 points for the Mountain Hawks.
Nyaimah Ware led Monmouth with 10 points on the evening. The Hawks shot 35 percent from the field and connected on 3-of-16 three pointers.
The Mountain Hawks will return to the court on Saturday when they head west to Tucson, Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl Classic. Lehigh will take on the host Wildcats at 5:30 EST from the McKale Center. The game will be broadcast on 91.3 FM WLVR as well as online at lehighsports.com with streaming provided by Yahoo! Sports.