Pregame Glance: Lehigh University

Written November 26th, 2013 by Ken
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Lehigh Mountain Hawks

The Buckeyes have an “interim” game in the Hall of Fame Challenge on Wednesday by hosting the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks. After Sunday’s game against Bowling Green, OSU goes to Springfield, MA to play UConn. In the meantime however, McGuff’s team has to deal with Lehigh.  The  Mountain Hawks enter this contest on a 3-game winning streak and are at 5-1.

Here’s a profile on Lehigh University

School: Lehigh University

Location: Bethlehem, PA

Founded: 1865

Student Population: 4,883

School Type: Private

Division: D-I

Conference: Patriot League

Arena: Stabler Arena

Seating: 6,000

Built: 1979

Head Coach: Sue Troyan

Year: 19th

Lehigh University Mountain Hawks

kayla burton

Kayla Burton

The Mountain Hawks (actually a kind of eagle) of Lehigh University are coming off a 65-57 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. This win pushed Lehigh’s record to 5-1 and extended their winning streak to three games. Being a Patriot Leaguer, they schedule schools such as Holy Cross, Colgate, Lehigh, Bucknell, etc.  There, that should set the context for their  level of competition. This early season success is a nice change from last year’s  disappointing 12-14 season.

The difference between last season’s ‘meh’ performance and this year is offense; this year’s team is averaging 79 points per game, while last year they averaged 56 PPG. , specifically improved shooting. This has been accomplished on significantly better shooting; this season the Mountain Hawks are shooting 44% from the field, 41% from 3-point range. Last year they were 35% and 25%, respectively.

Lehigh fields a 3-guard/2-forward or 2-guard/3-forward lineup, depending what you want to call Katie O’Reilly. Based on her stat line, below, I’d call her pretty good. In the roster, below, the first five players are the Mountain Hawks’ starters. As you can see, they bring some good height and good shooting to the game.

Here is Lehigh University’s roster:

Nbr Player Pos Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% Reb Ast/G PPG
34 Kinek, Kerry F 6’3″ 0.47 0.25 0.77 8.70 0.70 19.20
30 O’Reilly, Katie G/F 5’11″ 0.48 0.43 0.72 3.00 3.00 13.50
25 Burton, Kayla G 5’8″ 0.43 0.44 0.90 2.30 3.20 9.20
35 Affini, Amina G 6’0″ 0.44 0.64 0.67 1.70 0.30 6.50
15 Hoskins, Lindsay F 6’1″ 0.33 0.00 0.64 5.50 1.70 4.30
22 Sharlow, Elizabeth F 6’2″ 0.55 0.50 0.73 5.00 0.80 8.00
14 Williams, Sarah G 5’9″ 0.35 0.40 0.69 1.70 2.00 6.20
12 Martins, Lexi F 6’0″ 0.41 0.33 0.64 4.70 0.20 5.70
10 McCloskey, Kiernan G/F 6’1″ 0.23 0.43 0.40 3.00 1.00 2.80
11 Yantzi, Alexandra F 6’4″ 0.75 0.00 0.00 2.00 0.80 2.00
5 Jordan, Elizabeth G 5’10″ 0.31 0.25 1.00 0.30 0.30 2.00
23 Moffat, Kari G 5’6″ 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.00

Ohio State Buckeye

The Buckeyes are coming off an intense 3 game weekend as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge. The Buckeyes now sit at 5-2 on the year, after just getting blistered on Sunday by an incredibly hot shooting Bowling Green team.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ 0.46 0.00 0.86 8.80 2.45 11.00
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ 0.45 0.00 0.90 6.10 2.70 19.30
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ 0.25 0.00 0.00 4.00 0.00 0.50
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ 0.42 0.38 0.65 2.60 2.00 10.70
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ 0.33 0.00 0.50 1.70 0.50 1.70
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ 0.47 0.22 0.88 4.10 1.50 5.60
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ 0.39 0.10 0.82 4.80 1.20 8.00
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ 0.21 0.36 0.67 1.80 1.00 5.20
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ 0.52 0.00 0.68 7.30 1.25 11.00
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ 0.31 0.36 0.82 6.30 1.20 4.30

Wrap Up

I’m not sure how this will turn out. As mentioned above, the Mountain Hawks bring decent height and tremendous shooting to this contest. Defending them will be a challenge, particularly, as Charles pointed out, OSU’s perimeter defense is struggling right now. On the other hand, Lehigh is also giving up 69 points per game, which is right around Ohio State’s average. Charles also mentioned, same article, that OSU is beginning to develop a nice post game. Although the Buckeyes are turning the ball over a lot, they are matched in this by Lehigh at about 18 per game, so at least that will be a wash.

Sunday’s game was a game of contrasts: BG shot extremely well for the game (45% FG, 57% 3-pt)  while Ohio State shot extremely poorly (25% FG, 33% 3-point). Facing another good shooting team in Lehigh means the Buckeyes need to get their offense engaged.

The game is this Wednesday, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in Value City Arena.

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