Four members of the women's basketball team chase after the ball in a drill at their practice Nov. 1, 2016. The Mountain Hawks lost 59-37 to Villanova on Monday night on the road. (Isabel Standbridge/B&W Staff)

Fourth quarter collapse dooms Lehigh women’s basketball in 59-37 loss to Villanova


The Lehigh women’s basketball lost a blowout to Villanova on the road, 59-37, Monday night.

The Mountain Hawks (5-4) finished the first quarter of the game only trailing by four, but Villanova’s 14-7 second quarter found the Mountain Hawks trailing 28-17 going into halftime.

Despite only shooting 25 percent in the first half, Lehigh came out with a spark in the third quarter led by the offensive surge of junior guard Taylor Campbell and her 10 points. Lehigh looked to have momentum on its side as the fourth quarter started.

The Mountain Hawks were within five points of tying the game at the start of the four quarter, but Villanova’s quality shooting from behind the arc, as well as from the field in general, proved too much for Lehigh to surmount.

Lehigh only had two points for the entire fourth quarter, allowing Villanova to go on a 19-2 run to end the game.

The Mountain Hawks shot 28.1 percent from the field and 17 percent from behind the arc for its worst offensive output of the year. Campbell led the team in points with her 13, shooting 55 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point land. Campbell provided all three of Lehigh’s made 3-pointers.

While junior guard Quinci Mann did not have her best shooting performance, she still posted eight points, five rebounds and two assists. Freshman guard Camryn Buhr led the team with six rebounds.

Lehigh continues to play without senior Kiernan McCloskey, who tore her ACL for the second time last week.

Next on the schedule for Lehigh is the 5-2 Rider University Broncs in Stabler Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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