By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- After letting a 16-point halftime lead slip away and dropping their fifth straight game Saturday against Lafayette, the Bucknell women's basketball team faced what coach Aaron Roussell termed a pride and character check against Lehigh on Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion.
"I thought we did some nice things on Saturday and we had gotten past (our confidence issues)," Roussell said. "We did some things in the second half that put us in a tough spot, but we did enough that we thought we had turned the corner a little bit."
However, the Bison struggled through a horrid first half against the Mountain Hawks, starting the game 1-of-20 from the floor and making just three first-half field goals.
Though Bucknell made a run at Lehigh in the second half, its first-half struggles proved too much to overcome as the Mountain Hawks sent the Bison to their sixth consecutive loss, 49-37.
"I'll be honest with you; I didn't see that first half coming. If it was we just weren't hitting shots, it would be one thing, but I think our energy wasn't there," Roussell said. "It's the biggest thing you don't want to say as a coach, but our effort was lacking in the first half."
The numbers from the first half were horror-movie scary for Bucknell, and Lehigh wasn't much better, shooting just 6-of-32. There were 58 missed shots in the first half. Lehigh's freshman forward Kerry Kinek had 15 first-half rebounds.
The one positive from the first half is that the Bison (13-13 overall, 4-7 PL) trailed by just 10 points at 18-8.
"As a coach, it's all you are begging to do (is to get to halftime)," Roussell said. "It's almost funny, but we were in the game. I told the team if this is 38-28 with the way we played in the first half, we're thrilled right now."