November 16, 2021
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ- Led by graduate senior G/F ANDRA ESPINOZA-HUNTER’s double/double (22 points, 10 rebounds), the Lady Pirates built an early 2nd half 19 point lead to then hold on to defeat Lehigh 87-77. A total of 5 Lady Pirates including junior PG LAUREN PARK-LANE (20 points, 7 assists) and senior transfer F/C SIDNEY COOKS (14 points, 5 rebounds) finished with double digit scoring. Lehigh, who is predicted to win the Patriot League, was led by sophomore G MACKENZIE KRAMER (23 points) and junior F FRANNIE HOTTINGER (13 points, 6 rebounds). The other Lady Pirates in double digits included graduate transfer F KATIE ARMSTRONG (10 points, 8 rebounds) and sophomore G MYA JACKSON (13 points, 3 rebounds). This was also ESPINOZA-HUNTER’s 10th game as a Lady Pirate (20 total) where she’s scored 20 points or more.
During the post-game presser, Head Coach TONY BOZZELLA mentioned he was thankful his team pulled out the win versus a very well coached Lehigh squad that loves to shoot the 3. Also, his team has 4 current ladies who didn’t dress due to various injuries and his squad ha had very few practices for them to gel. With a trip to the Caribbean upcoming for the Cancun Classic during Thanksgiving Weekend, he’s hoping to get some much-needed practice time beforehand. The Lady Pirates are slated to face #9 Iowa and Toldeo in Cancun. Their next home game will be December 1st vs Iona before facing perennial powerhouse UConn on December 3rd.