Bethlehem, Pa. (November 29, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's led for the majority of the game, but Lehigh pushed past the Mount late in the fourth quarter to escape with a 75-71 victory on Wednesday night at Stabler Arena.
With the game tied at 68-68 with under two minutes remaining, Camryn Buhr gave Lehigh a two-point advantage on a layup at the 1:38 mark. The Mount responded on the other end as Daly Sullivan knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the tilt off a feed from Ashlee White to give the Mount a 71-70 advantage.
Bernadette Devaney answered Sullivan's three with one of her own on the ensuing possession to put Lehigh back in front, 73-71, with 1:13 remaining. After a Mountaineer turnover gave the ball back to Lehigh, Katrice Dickson forced a tough contested shot in the lane, but the Mount turned the ball over again after coming down with the rebound, giving the ball back to Lehigh.
With under 30 seconds remaining and trailing by a pair, the Mount still had five fouls to give before Lehigh entered into the bonus. The fifth foul sent Devaney to the line, where she knocked down both free throws to push the Lehigh advantage to 75-71.
The Mount's final attempts in the last 10 seconds went unanswered, as Lehigh went on for the 75-71 victory.
Kayla Agentowicz led the way for the Mount with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 4-for-6 mark from downtown, as the sophomore posted her third straight 20-plus point performance. Sullivan also drilled four three-pointers in the contest for a career-high 14 points, while Juliette Lawless and Katrice Dickson netted 12 points apiece.
For Lehigh, Devaney and Quinci Mann each poured in 20 points as the duo made six three-pointers apiece, combining for a 12-for-17 mark from long range in the contest. Gena Grundhoffer was the other Mountain Hawk in double figures, scoring 12 points in the tilt.
The Mountaineers shot 42.6 percent (26-61) from the floor and 45.8 percent from downtown (11-24), while Lehigh shot 50 percent (29-58) from the field and 56.5 percent (13-23) from deep. The Mount held the lead for over 31 minutes in the contest.
With the victory, Lehigh improved to 5-3 on the year, while the Mount dropped to 0-6.
Dickson was in a groove to start the contest, scoring 10 points in the opening five minutes of play to give the Mount a 12-11 lead at the first media timeout. The Mountaineers registered five straight coming out of the timeout on a three from Sullivan and another bucket from Dickson to push the advantage to 17-11 late in the period.
Lehigh held the Mount off the board in the final three-plus minutes of the quarter and trimmed the deficit to 17-13 in the process. Dickson went 5-of-6 from the floor and scored all 12 of her points in the quarter to lead the way.
After maintaining their slim lead through the first part of the second quarter, the Mountaineers scored six straight midway through the frame to open their largest lead of the contest, 32-21. Lehigh answered with a 14-6 run over the final five minutes of the half to close the Mount advantage to 38-35 at the break.
With the Mountaineers holding a three-point advantage to start the second half, Agentowicz helped them double up the lead, 45-39, with the team's first seven points of the quarter.
A 10-3 run for the Mountain Hawks over the ensuing four minutes, capped off by Mann's three-pointer, gave them their first lead since early in the first period, 49-48. The Mount was able to outscore Lehigh in the final four-plus minutes to re-take the lead going into the fourth.
Five straight Mountain Hawk points to open the fourth gave them a four-point advantage, but the Mount answered with an 8-0 run, which included a pair of three-pointer from Agentowicz, to regain a 63-59 advantage.
The lead changed hands six more times over the next five minutes before Devaney's final three put the Mountain Hawks on top for good.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for its home opener on December 2 against Loyola at 1 p.m.