HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team led for just 2:40 of the game’s 40 minutes, but emerged with a 73-70 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday evening at Yoder Arena.
Despite shooting 60.0 percent (15-25) from the floor in the opening half, the Generals (14-8, 13-5) led for just 42 seconds of the opening period and trailed the Royals (15-8, 11-8) by a score of 39-34 at the halftime break.
EMU, which shot 63.6 percent (14-22) from the floor in the second half, used a 7-2 spurt at the beginning of the frame to assume a 10-point lead (46-36) with 17:28 left. EMU maintained an 11-point lead (63-52) with 9:53 left in the game, but W&L used a 14-4 run, keyed by six points from junior forward Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./Delone Catholic), to assume a 70-69 lead with 2:31 to play. It was the Generals’ first lead since the 3:33 mark of the first half.
The Royals knotted the game at 70-70 as senior guard Melissa Lewis made 1-of-2 free throws with 2:03 remaining in the contest. However, W&L took the lead for good just 33 seconds later as Herman nailed a layup for a 72-70 advantage at the 1:30 mark. EMU had a chance to tie it at 72-all with under 20 seconds remaining, but first-year guard Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) recorded a steal with 16 seconds left and the Royals had to foul five times in order to send the Generals to the free throw line. Sophomore guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) hit 1-of-2 from the stripe with seven seconds left and an Eastern Mennonite three-pointer at the buzzer would not fall as W&L escaped with the win.
Washington and Lee cooled off to shoot just 42.9 percent (15-35) in the second half (30-for-60 for the game, .500), but outrebounded the Royals, 22-9, in the second stanza led by Wilson, who had eight second half rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She finished with four points, eight rebounds and two steals. Ingram tallied 19 points and six assists, while Herman notched 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) totaled 13 points (6-8 shooting) and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) chipped in 11 points.
First-year forward Sara Lamneck paced EMU with 16 points and eight rebounds. First-year guard Danielle Rittenhouse registered 13 points, while junior guard Addie Bashorun and senior guard Ebony Dennis added 11 points each.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday as it hosts Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.
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