Bethlehem, Pa. (November 19, 2013) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team suffered a 95-67 defeat on the road at Lehigh on Tuesday night at Stabler Arena. Mount senior guard Sydney Henderson netted 19 points to lead the offense.
The Mount (1-4) never led as Lehigh (3-1) led wire-to-wire, turning a 43-33 halftime advantage into a 28-point victory. In the loss, Jacqueline Brewer recorded eight points, while Jenn Carney chipped in with seven.
Mount St. Mary's struggled finding it shooting touch on the night, finishing 30 percent from the field on 24-of-80 shooting. It was the first time this season the Mount has shot below 35 percent on field goals.
Despite being outrebounded by a 53-43 margin for the game, the Mount led 23-18 on offensive rebounds, its highest total for offensive boards during the 2013-14 campaign. Kayla Grossett grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Mount, with three coming on the offensive end. Mount St. Mary's also forced a season-high 21 turnovers, scoring 15 points off turnovers.
In the opening three minutes of action, the Mount dug itself an 8-2 hole with Kerry Kinek, who led Lehigh with 18 points, accounting for six of the Mountain Hawks' first eight points. Katie O'Reilly and Elizabeth Sharlow also scored in double-figures with 17 and 15, respectively. Sharlow finished with a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Later in the half with Lehigh in the lead, 14-6, Henderson drained a three-pointer followed by a layup to bring the visitors within three points of the homestanding Mountain Hawks at 14-11 with 13:50 to go before halftime.
An 11-4 run by Lehigh broke the game open with the Mountain Hawks seizing a 25-15 lead. Lehigh's advantage stayed between 10-15 points in the final eight minutes of the half until a three-pointer by Carney trimmed the Mount's deficit to 42-33 with 1:04 on the first-half clock.
The Mount was able to force 11 turnovers by the Mountain Hawks in the opening 20 minutes, which led to 12 points on the other end in the first half.
After Ashley Christie's layup to begin the second half, Lehigh went on a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to stretch its lead out to 56-39.
The Mount's comeback attempts were answered by a barrage of baskets on the other end as the Mountain Hawks shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half on 16-of-28 shooting.
The Mountaineers cut Lehigh's lead down to 15 on four occasions, the last on Henderson's layup with 10:24 to play, but that was as close as the Mount would get to the Mountain Hawks the rest of the game.
Lehigh outscored the Mount, 17-9, over the final five minutes of action to put the game away.
The Mount plays its next game versus Campbell at home at Knott Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon.
NOTE: The all-time series with Lehigh is now tied at 4-4.