Lehigh rolls to victory over Bloomsburg

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s basketball team recorded a 97-54 victory over Bloomsburg Friday night at Stabler Arena.

The Mountain Hawks improved to 2-2.

It was the second straight game in which the Mountain Hawks scored at least 90 points after scoring 99 points against Minnesota.

“Our game plan was primarily to get us ready,” said the head coach Addie Micir. “We’ve shown in the past few games that we can do that and we wanted to come in here and show our home crowd that we can do that too.”

MacKenzie Kramer opened the scoring for Lehigh with two threes followed by a three Frannie Hottinger. The Mountain Hawks would not retreat from there.

Kramer and Hottinger both finished with 18 points. Lehigh let two other players graduate in double figures. Ella Stemmer scored 14 points in 14 minutes. Stemmer was just one of her career highlights. Fabienne Eggenschwiler was the other Mountain Hawk to finish in double digits. The junior had a career-high 10 points.

The Mountain Hawks were 16-of-23 from beyond the arc in Friday’s game, which was just a step behind a Patriot League and set a program record 17 3-pointers that Lehigh set against Loyola last season.

“We also wanted a great inside-out game,” said Micir. “We knew we had a size advantage. I thought even if we didn’t score early on the inside it opened up for Kenz and everyone else in the area and allowed us to have a flurry of threes.”

The Mountain Hawks shot 64.2% from the field and 69.6% from the three-point line.

Lehigh had many contributors Friday night when 49 of Lehigh’s 97 points came off the bench. Eleven different players scored for the Mountain Hawks.

“It’s really important,” Micir said. “We talk a lot about having a lot of depth and that’s our strength. So if we want to run and play fast, we need to have a lot of different people who are able to improve and willing to improve. We say that to everyone. Whether it’s this game, next, or another one later, when your number is called, be ready. I think a lot of our players did a good job today to be ready .”

Senior Anna Harvey also had an amazing night. The senior dished out a career-high 11 assists. Her previous career high was four.

Lauren Kirsch’s nine points was a team high for the Huskies.

Lehigh will travel to Drexel for a matchup against the Dragons on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on FloHoops.

“Staying discipline is a big thing,” said Stemmer. “Even if we’re not playing a big team that we’ve had in the past like South Dakota State or Minnesota, we still have to bring it up every day. We’ve talked about coming on days off, we don’t have that much energy, so we’re just going to try to hit the same intensity and level of energy every day.”

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