BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Ashley Cooper scored a career-high 19 points and shot 6 of 7 on 3-point attempts to spark Holy Cross to a 72-66 victory at Lehigh Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network.
Watch below for postgame reactions from Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons.
Cooper did her damage in 30 minutes off the bench, while Alex Smith had 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Amy Lepley chipped in 13 points and five dishes for Holy Cross (12-11, 4-4). The Crusaders shot nearly 54 percent in the second half, including 9 of 12 from beyond the arc.
Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek led all scorers with a career-high 22 points with seven rebounds and four blocks. Katie O'Reilly added 11 points and Becky Guman 10 for the Mountain Hawks (10-13, 2-6).
Lehigh led 29-24 at halftime in a game that featured 13 lead changes and three ties. The Crusaders provided one of those changes when Cooper's 3 gave them a 35-34 lead at the 14:51 mark of the second.
The Mountain Hawks responded when Kinek scored inside and converted the and-one to put Lehigh ahead 39-35 about a minute and a half later.
Smith put Holy Cross in front again with a 3-pointer at 41-40 with 12:12 on the block, but Guman's inside score and a layup from Alexandra Yanzti gave the Mountain Hawks a 44-41 advantage.
Cooper sank a trey to tie the game at 46-all with 10:25 on the clock, and it was the beginning of a methodical 21-9 run for Holy Cross. The Crusaders inched ahead on a Lepley 3-pointer, and Emily Parker scored one from the foul line and added a layup to put Holy Cross up 54-49 with 7:40 to play.
Cooper drilled another 3 to give the Crusaders a 59-53 lead with just under six minutes remaining. Lepley found Clare Sullivan driving down the lane for a layup to increase the lead to eight, and Cooper struck again with another 3 from the left corner to give Holy Cross a 64-55 lead at the 4:09 mark.
Kelly Peterson started off a 7-0 Lehigh run with an inside score, and O'Reilly netted an and-one plus a jumper to make it a 64-62 contest with 2:24 left. The Mountain Hawks forced three Holy Cross turnovers during the run.
Smith replied with a 3-pointer for Holy Cross, and it kicked off an 8-0 Crusader run as Cooper, Parker and Lepley all hit foul shots in the final 66 seconds.
Holy Cross finished just shy of 43 percent (24 of 56) from the floor and 13 of 23 (56.5 percent) from downtown, while Lehigh was 24 of 58 (41.4 percent).
The Crusaders tallied 22 assists on 24 baskets, and outrebounded the Mountain Hawks 42-33.