Women lose tournament opener

<b>MARLBORO-- Lehigh advanced to the quarterfinals of the Patriot League women's tournament with a tough fought 63-53 win over the West Point Black Knights Friday at the Show Place Arena. Sara Ellis led the Mountain Hawk attack in the second half. Lehigh (12-15) next meets American University, which recently beat Navy 85-73. The game will begin Sunday, 25 minutes after Game 9 (begins at noon) is finished.</b>

Army led early on 15-8. The shooting of Mountain Hawk, Dawn Gorynski kept Lehigh closely behind the Black Knights. Jen Hansen made a conventional 4 point-play, to bring to her first half three-point shooting to 3-3.

With 3:22 left in the first half Army led 30-22. Jana Ransom knocked down a 3 to bring the game with-in five. Jen Hansen answered back quickly with another three to give the Knights a 33-25 lead. The Black Knights led 35-29 at the half.

At the start of the second half Sara Ellis shot a three to bring the game to 35-32 Army. Shortly after another Ellis three gave the Mountain Hawks a 37-35 lead. Lindsay Brent's first field goal of the game tied the game at 37 all. Shavonne Holden shortly followed a Black Knight field goal with another field goal to bring the Army lead to 4. A pair of Adrienne Blount free throws gave Lehigh the lead at 39-38.

Hansen's first points of the second half put the Black Knights up 43-42. A Haley Edwards 15 footer pulled Army within grasping reach but, Sara Ellis shot a three to broaden the Lehigh lead even further. Hansen answered shortly after with another three to bring Army within two.

Lehigh led 59-52 with 1:06 remaining A Shavonne Holden free throw brought the Lehigh lead to 6. Army turnovers and missed free-throws plagued the Black Knights as they lost to Lehigh with a final score of 63-53.

This will conclude the Black Knights season at (14-13).

Lehigh moves on to the Semifinals and faces American (14-13) and (9-5). The American Eagles beat Navy 85-73 earlier today and the matchup is scheduled for Sunday, March 7.

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