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Mountain Hawks host Crusaders in first place on NGWSD Friday

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — On short notice with a day off, Lehigh’s women’s basketball contest with Holy Cross was pushed back one day to Friday night due to forecast weather, hosting the Crusaders at Stabler Arena for On National Girls’ and Women’s Day in Sports at 6 p.m., Lehigh alumnus and current WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert ’86 will be the guest coach.

Wednesday night was a tough pill to swallow, as the Lehigh women’s basketball team struggled against Army West Point, dropping 13 points and seeing their three-game winning streak snapped by the Black Knights.

Despite losing to Army at Christl Arena, second-year guard Mackenzie Kramer stepped up and put up another solid performance, scoring a team-high 21 points with a trio of triples, while senior guard Megan Walker scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. She has also recorded one steal, which she has counted at least one in each of her 19 games played this season.

Lehigh managed to shoot just 34.8 percent (23 for 66) from the field and 21.4 percent (6 for 28) from long range in the loss to Army, despite just eight turnovers as a team.

The Mountain Hawks have been a very solid team on their home turf this season, going 10-2 in such games, including a 9-2 record at Stabler Arena. Victories over Boston U. and Navy gave Lehigh two straight wins at home. Lehigh is averaging 77.0 points per game at home this season, also giving up 60.1 points in those games. On the road, the Mountain Hawks have the thin edge, 65.9-65.1.

Holy Cross has been on a streak lately, winning five games in a row and occupying first place in the Patriot League. The Crusaders’ last loss came at the United States on January 12, losing 52-39.

Since then, Holy Cross has been led by senior guard Avery LaBarbera, who was recently named Patriot League Player of the Week for the second time this season. She’s recorded an astonishing 10 straight double-doubles as she heads to the Patriot League Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

In a win over AU on Wednesday, LaBarbera led the way with team highs in points (17) and rebounds (12). Janelle Allen added 10 points with six boards, while Oluchi Ezemma scored nine points and added 10 rebounds.

Holy Cross shot 41.5% (22 for 53) from the field against the Eagles, as well as 29.4% (5 for 17) from beyond the arc and 85.7% (6 for 7) free. throwing line. Crusaders kept AU to just 26.7% (16 to 60) from the ground and 20% (4 to 20) at long range.

Speaking of LaBarbera’s double-double streak, she currently has the third-longest active streak of consecutive double-doubles in NCAA Division I, behind only DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow and NA National Player prospect. year Aliyah Boston of South Carolina.

A win over the Mountain Hawks would give Holy Cross its first six-game winning streak since the 2008-09 season.
Historically, Holy Cross has the all-time advantage over Lehigh, 47-28 with a 39-24 advantage in Patriot League play.

The Mountain Hawks enjoyed their three-game winning streak against the Crusaders on Jan. 8 after a 64-53 loss. Lehigh has won five of the last eight matchups since Jan. 9, 2019.

Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ (subscription required) with Matt Markus on the play-by-play call.

Kids ages 5-12 can get a free ticket before Friday night’s game by visiting LehighTickets.com. The first 100 kids in attendance will receive a free bottle of Lehigh water.

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Dated: January 28, 2022
Opponent: Holy Cross Crusaders
Trick : 6 p.m.
Arena (Ability): Stables Arena (5,600)
Site: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s record: 13-6, 5-3PL
Register of Holy Cross: 13-6, 7-1PL
Series history: St. Croix leads, 47-28
TV: ESPN+ (Matt Markus)