Lehigh University women’s basketball wins Patriot League title, heads to NCAA Big Dance

Written by on March 17, 2021

Lehigh University women’s basketball wins first Patriot League title since 2010, heads to NCAA Big Dance

By Kenneth Mazzaro / Lehigh University

March 17, 2021

The Lehigh University women’s basketball team. Photo | Courtesy of Lehigh University

The Lehigh University women’s basketball team will be part of the NCAA Big Dance this year. The team is in San Antonio for a two-day quarantine.

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On March 19, the team  hits the floor for practice and drills.

The Mountain Hawks beat the first and second-ranked teams to clinch its fourth-ever Patriot League title, and its first trip to March Madness since 2010. 

Head Coach Sue Troyan says the team’s offense has been strong all season, and lately the defense has picked up its game. 

“I think the fact that they’ve put both of those together this past week with consistent performances against strong teams has prepared us well. So they’re going into the tournament with a high level of confidence,” Troyan says. 

Players will stay in their rooms during the quarantine period, using video chat for a group stretch, a yoga session, and a film study of their opponent, according to Mariah Sexe, senior captain.

“We’ll have Zoom calls going through scouts and different film looks. Looking at their team, we don’t know them too well,” Sexe says.

The 13th-seeded Mountain Hawks will have a chance to make some serious noise as underdogs in round one play. They tip off against fourth-seeded West Virginia at 8 p.m. on March 21. 

Viewers can tune into ESPNU for the game.

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & CommunicationView all student stories.

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