November 20, 2010

W&L Women's Basketball Falls to No. 4 CNU, 81-76

LEXINGTON, Va. – All-America senior guard Chelsie Schweers (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) scored 33 points, including 29 in the second half, to lead No. 4 Christopher Newport to an 81-76 victory over the Washington and Lee women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

W&L (1-1) jumped out to an early eight-point advantage (15-7) just 5:13 into the contest as junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) connected on a trio of three-point baskets. The Generals retained the lead until the 10:03 mark, when a jumper by CNU (2-0) junior guard Lauren Gural (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) tied the contest at 17-17.

The Captains claimed a one-point advantage at 7:47 when first-year guard Nicole Mitchell (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) made a jumper for a 21-20 lead, but W&L closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 9-4 run, including six points from sophomore guard Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor), to take a 29-25 halftime lead.

Schweers came alive in the second half, as she went 8-for-13 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. CNU's second-half scoring started with Schweers, as she made her first two shots of the half and senior forward Jessica Moore (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) connected on a layup to knot the game at 34-34. Both teams exchanged three-point baskets to tie the game at 37-37 with 13:57 to play, but a foul by W&L junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) sent Schweers to the line where she sank a pair of free throws to give the Captains the lead (39-37) for good with 13:31 remaining in the contest.

The Captains used a 17-5 run over a 4:36 stretch to turn a 56-55 lead into a 73-60 advantage with 2:38 remaining. The Generals pulled to within three points in the final minute of the contest, but costly turnovers prevented W&L from getting any closer.

For the game, the Generals shot 47.2 percent from the field (25-53), and 54.5 percent (12-22) from behind the arc. The 12 three-point shots by W&L tied a program record for three's in a game, last occurring on Jan. 9, 2010 against Randolph College.

As a team, CNU shot 43.1 percent (28-65) from the floor and 65.6 percent (21-32) from the free throw line.

The Generals had four players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Ingram. Pfannenstein chipped in 16 points, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc, while Wilson added a career-high 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds.  Ingram tied a career-high with five steals, while setting a career-high with three blocks. The Generals' final double-digit scorer was sophomore forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley), who finished with 10 points.

Schweers paced the Captains with her game-high 33 points, while shooting 9-for-17 from the field and tallying all four of CNU's three-point shots. Moore contributed 14 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Mitchell finished with 13 points.

W&L returns to action on Tuesday as it opens its ODAC season against Guilford at 7:00 pm at the Warner Center.

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