Feb. 13, 2005
Bethlehem, Pa. - Four Lehigh players reached double-figures to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 73-63 upset victory over Holy Cross Sunday afternoon, snapping the Crusaders' ten-game winning streak, and denying them the ability to clinch the Patriot League regular season title. Lehigh has now won three straight and improves to 17-7 (9-2 Patriot League), while the Crusaders dip to 15-9 overall (10-1 Patriot League).
Holy Cross senior Lisa Andrews finished with a game-high 21 points, including the 1,000th of her career to lead the Crusaders. Andrews' milestone hoop came at the 14:27 mark in the first, making her the 21st player in Holy Cross women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
Lehigh started the second half on a 11-5 run, cutting HC's 36-26 halftime lead to four (41-37) with 15:12 remaining. The Mountain Hawks did not let down from there, fighting back to take their first lead since the 9:26 mark in the first on two DePalo free throws at the 11:43 mark. The two teams then traded the lead a handful of times until Lehigh went on a 15-3 run to end the game. Holy Cross was held almost seven minutes without a hoop down the stretch.
The Mountain Hawks opened the game strong, taking an 11-5 lead five minutes into the contest as the Crusaders struggled offensively, going 0-for their first five shots. HC did not get on the board until a Sarah Placek jumper 16:53 into the game, but the Crusaders began to heat up and went on a 16-4 run to take a 21-15 lead with 8:30 remaining. Holy Cross shot 50% (15-30) from the floor and held Lehigh to just 34% (11-32) in the first, outscoring the Mountain Hawks 31-15 in the final 14 minutes of the half.
Lehigh was led by Jessica DePalo's 20 points. Jenny Callan added 17, Sara Ellis had 14, and Mary Hynoski chipped in 10 for the Mountain Hawks.
Holy Cross returns home for a 2:00 p.m. match-up with Colgate on Saturday, February 19 at the Hart Center. The game will be televised on CSTV.