December 30, 2009

W&L Women's Basketball Falls to PLNU, 86-47

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Point Loma Nazarene forced 37 turnovers and closed the first half on a 19-6 run in posting an 86-47 victory over Washington and Lee in the championship game of the Surf N Slam Small College Women’s Basketball Classic on Wednesday evening.

The Generals (2-4) trailed just 24-20 with 8:43 remaining in the opening stanza, but the Sea Lions used the half-closing run that included 12 points from junior guard Amanda Franz for a 43-26 lead at the break.

PLNU continued to stretch its advantage in the second half en route to its 11th win in 12 games this season. W&L held a 39-30 advantage on the boards, but could not overcome the turnovers and 28.0 percent (7-25) shooting over the final 20 minutes.

Sophomore forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) led the Generals with 16 points and 11 rebounds en route to earning all-tournament team honors. Sophomore guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) chipped in 11 points and five boards, while sophomore forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) contributed seven points and four rebounds.

The Sea Lions were paced by Franz and senior forward Colleen Planeta, who scored 22 points each. Senior guard Liah Ector added 14 markers.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday when it travels to 24th-ranked Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.

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