Freshman forward Lauren Manisalso scored in double figures for Holy Cross, notching 16 points with three steals and two blocks.
Quinci Mann led the Mountain Hawks with 23 points, shooting 8-for-15 on the day.
Gena Grundhoffer also had a strong game offensively for Lehigh, posting 20 points while shooting 7-for-9.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lehigh started strong out of the gate, outscoring Holy Cross 19-11 through the first quarter.
The Crusaders responded in the second period, posting 10-0 run to make it a three-point game with 4:01 remaining in the half.
The Mountain Hawks were able to maintain their lead and take a 39-30 lead into the locker room at the half.
Holy Cross and Lehigh battled back-and-forth throughout the third quarter, as the Mountain Hawks narrowly outscored the Crusaders 20-19.
Holy Cross cut the deficit to single digits early on in the fourth, but Lehigh posted 21 points in the final frame to secure the 80-64 final.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Byrne registered a new career-high with four three-point field goals, and tied her career-high in scoring with 18 points. She has scored in double digits in four of her last five games.
Holy Cross will return to action this Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the Crusaders travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army West Point at 7:00 p.m.
BE PART OF THE ACTION
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