Lions tally three victories on the week

After going 2-1 to start the season last week, the Lions took three straight contests, including one by as many as 29 points.

The 29-point victory occurred on Saturday in Washington, D.C., as the Lions easily took down the Cardinals of Catholic University 78-49. The Lions were led to their third straight victory by five players who all reached double figures.

Senior guard/forward Sara Best scored 14 points, junior guard Alyssa Michella notched 13 points, freshman forward Kelsey Kutch contributed 12 and sophomore center Alexandra Gregorek added 11. Junior guard Lisa Koch rounded out the double-figure effort with 10 points. The 78 points scored by the Lions is their highest total of the season.

“This year, everyone is hungrier to make a difference,” sophomore guard Karen Lassoni said. “When you have so many different girls scoring in a game, it shows we are working on all cylinders and that we aren’t just relying on our stars to get the job done every game. It’s great to have so many people contributing to the offense.”

A majority of those points came from beyond the arc as the Lions combined on a 7-14 effort from three-point land. Koch, Michella and sophomore guard Nicole Diaz each scored a couple from downtown.

Michella attributed the scores to shooting workouts in practice.

“Throughout our practices, we incorporate a lot of shooting into our workouts,” Michella said. “We split according to our positions, and having such power and strength inside opens up the three-point range.”

Though the Lions seemed to defeat the Cardinals easily, it was a much different story in Carlisle, Pa., on Thursday.

The College had a tough time against Dickinson College, but they edged out the Red Devils with a final score of 66-63.

Despite the close score, the Lions had nine scorers in double figures and were led by junior center Hilary Klimowicz’s fourth double-double of the season, a 16-point, 12-rebound effort. Kutch added 11 points, and Sara Best notched her season-high of 10 points.

The Lions were down early, but after several point-scoring surges, they took the lead and did not look back. Despite the effort, head coach Karen Lassoni foresees some need for improvement.

“The Dickinson game was very sloppy, and we got away with a lot of mistakes,” Lassoni said. “Luckily we came out with the win, but we need to continue to be consistent to succeed.”

Success was not hard to come by against Moravian College on Tuesday, as the Lions rolled past the Greyhounds 74-52 in their home-opener at Packer Hall.

Setting the pace yet again was Klimowicz, who notched 14 points, six blocks and a career-high 17 rebounds. Kutch chipped in with 14 points of her own, and Koch added 10 points and six assists.

The Lions’ largest lead of the game was 25 points.

“Each and every game, we grow and improve as a team, and it’s been an awesome season so far,” Michella said. “The 12 of us have an amazing bond, and we all have a common goal, which is to win and to do it together. We all know how much potential we have and feel that the sky’s the limit for us.”

The Lions are scheduled to return home for a contest tomorrow at 7 p.m. against Mount Saint Mary College.