Posted: December 20, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Alex Ross set a new Lehigh school record with nine made 3-pointers as Lehigh cruised to a 78-45 win against Binghamton on Saturday at Stabler Arena. The Mountain Hawks shot 60 percent as a team from downtown as they made a season-high 15 3-pointers accounting for more than half the team’s offensive output.
With the win, the Mountain Hawks improve to 8-3 overall and 4-0 at Stabler Arena while the Bearcats fall to 4-7 on the year.
“I think it was nice to be back at home,” Lehigh head coach Sue Troyan said. “We talk a lot about protecting our home court and we take a lot of pride in that. We’re also just really comfortable here and I think that was a big reason for the good shooting.”
Three Lehigh players scored in double figures as Ross led the way with 29 points. Erica Prosser and Kristen Dalton each chipped in 12 points in the win, and 11 players put points on the board as Lehigh ran away with the lead down the stretch.
Ross was on fire from deep range all game as she went 9-for-11 from three-point land in the game. The junior guard scored 27 of her 29 points from behind the arc and she added three rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes. The 29 points is the most a Lehigh player has scored since Jenny Callan '06 put up 31 points against Colgate on Feb. 15, 2006. The previous record for 3-pointers made in a game was eight, by Sara Ellis '07 against Monmouth on Nov. 28, 2005.
“Both point guards were looking for her in transition and it seemed like it was out of her hands as soon as she got the ball,” Troyan said. “It was just one of those days where she was in the zone.”
Prosser and Claire Sullivan kept spreading the ball around to Ross and the rest of the Lehigh shooters, as they accounted for 15 of the team’s 21 assists. Sullivan paced the team with her 10 dimes, a season high for the senior guard. By the end of the game, the Brown and White only scored seven unassisted baskets as the ball movement was essential in the win.
“My teammates did a great job finding me today,” Ross said. “My coaches just told me to keep shooting and that’s what I did.”
Alexa Williams was a force on the glass for the Mountain Hawks as she led the way with nine rebounds, trailed closely by Haly Crites with eight boards. Lehigh controlled the glass all afternoon by outrebounding the Bearcats 43-32.
Erica Carter led the way for the Bearcats with 12 points on the day. The Lehigh defense put the clamps down on the Binghamton shooters for much of the game, holding them to just 25 percent overall from the field (14-56).
“It was definitely a pretty complete game today,” Troyan said. “I thought in terms of defensive effort and offensive execution we did a good job. There were some great individual performances today, but it was a great team effort more than anything.”
Lehigh will take some time off for the holidays this week as the team prepares for the Christmas City Classic on Dec. 29-30. The Mountain Hawks will take on North Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Monday following the 5 p.m. La Salle/Valparaiso game.
Buzzer beaters: Alex Ross moved her career total of 3-point field goals made to 157 with her school-record nine makes on Saturday. That total puts her one behind Carli Toliver '05 for second place on the school’s all-time list…The Mountain Hawks turned the ball over 23 times in the game, making their record 5-0 in games where they turn it over at least 20 times this season.
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