The Morning Call (Allentown)
By DON BOSTROM; The Morning Call
Page C# (sports!)
A woman's basketball team "used its Xena the Warrior Princess defense" to beat a hiterto undefeatable team by "fiercely defend[ing] its territory, Xena-style".
The Lehigh women's basketball team used its Xena the Warrior Princess defense to shock unbeaten Patriot League leader Navy 69-60 Saturday afternoon at Stabler Arena. [snip] Navy (12-6, 4-1) bolted to a 15-8 lead before Lehigh (11-7, 3-2) began to fiercely defend its territory, Xena-style. "We told the team they had to be tough. They had to be physical. They couldn't take any crap from them. Whenever we get in Navy's face, we've been successful," Troyan said. [snip] Maureen Trigo (13 points, five assists, five rebounds) anchored the relentless pressure that enabled the Mountain Hawks to shut down a Navy attack that had been averaging over 75 points per game in league competition. Centers Christina Henry (15 points, five rebounds) and sub Alexis Bevington (10 points) more than held their own against Navy stalwart Laurie Coffey (18 points, 14 boards). Erica Hayes (15 rebounds, 13 points) helped Navy, on an eight-game tear and trying to give Coach Joe Sanchez his 400th career win, ride a 15-2 wave to take a 47-44 lead with 8:08 to go. "How we responded there after giving up the lead was huge," Troyan said. "We showed a lot of character to get it back." Sara Hessel (10 points, eight rebounds) began the comeback with a 3-point bomb that ignited a 13-2 surge that gave Lehigh the win. Danielle Baldwin (15 points, six assists) was superb in this stretch as she hit a clutch trey and a bunch of free throws. Lehigh got a lot of offensive mileage out of its guards down on the baseline. "That wasn't designed," Trigo said. "We were told to crash the boards and be aggressive. We wound up down there and they got us the ball." The 3-point weapon was not in Navy's arsenal down the stretch. The Midshipmen went 1-for-11 at crunch time and were only 4-for-19 for the game. "That's a credit to our whole team," Trigo said. "We really played each other tough in practice and it carried over into this game." Gina Zang was an unheralded stopper with six rebounds, two steals and countless deflected passes and dives for loose balls. "A game like this shows you that truly, anyone in this league has a shot at the championship," Troyan said. "You have to come out ready to play 40 minutes every night." "This just about tops it (for best win) so far," Trigo said. "But we're not going to get carried away. We'll enjoy this today and then get re-focused for Holy Cross." [snip]
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