Sophomore guard Camryn Buhr poses after the NJIT Education Day game on Wednesday at Stabler Arena. Buhr started in 27 games her freshman season and saw playing time in all 30. (Annie Henry/B&W Staff)

Buhr emerges as key player for Lehigh women’s basketball

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Sophomore guard Camryn Buhr may be one of the younger players on the Lehigh women’s basketball team, but her talent has not stopped short of helping the team start off its season 6-4.

Coach Sue Troyan said Buhr’s maturity, confidence and strength as a basketball player have all contributed to the team’s start this season.

Buhr has played in all 10 games and has scored a total of 115 points so far this season. She’s the team’s second highest scorer, averaging 11.5 points per game.

“Her basketball skills are greatly improving, and she has become a player who can score in a number of different ways for us,” Troyan said. “Her 3-point shot has developed, and she’s able to score around the basket or away from the basket. She’s become someone who can really score the ball for us.”

Associate head coach Glenn Rigney said Buhr worked on her shooting versatility during the offseason, and she has improved on her ability to shoot from a range of distances around the hoop and still earn the payoff.

In her first 10 games, Buhr has made 23 of her first 30 free throws, making her a 76.7 percent free throw shooter.

In her freshman year, Buhr averaged seven points per game as the team’s third highest scorer. She led the team in blocks with 13.

On the defensive, Buhr has accumulated six blocks and seven steals this season. She averages 6.8 rebounds a game, up from 4.4 her freshman year.

“Boards are a big thing for me, and they’re a big aspect of the game,” Buhr said. “The coaches expect me to bring this every time.”

Troyan said one of Buhr’s greatest strengths are her defensive abilities. She said Buhr is one of the team’s smartest defensive players and uses her height and length to her advantage when rebounding and guarding the opposing team’s strongest guards.

Rigney said Buhr’s defensive abilities showed during the team’s Nov. 22 game against Mansfield University when she earned a season-high of 11 rebounds. She was the second highest scorer with 15 points and achieved her first double-double of the 2017-18 season.

While Buhr has repeatedly found individual accomplishments on the court, Troyan said she also knows how to work alongside the other women in the basketball program. She said Buhr understands that plays involve multiple people.

“She’s a fierce competitor who works really hard on both ends of the court,” Rigney said. “She wants the win, and I think her teammates respect her for that.”

The team was young during the 2016-17 season, but Troyan said Buhr and the Mountain Hawks have matured and play with more confidence. 

“As a team, I think that we can do really well this year in the Patriot League,” Buhr said. “If we’re a lot more consistent on the defensive end, then I think we can achieve that goal.”

Troyan said Buhr is one of the hardest workers on the team.  

“She leads by example in that she is extremely focused and extremely competitive,” Troyan said. “She’s just one of those kids who leads by doing.”

The Mountain Hawks look to build on their 6-4 start to the season behind Buhr’s leadership.

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