Women's Hoops Opens ODAC Play with 72-64 Win Over GC
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a 26-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half and survived a late Quakers rally as it claimed a 72-64 ODAC victory over Guilford in the conference opener for both teams on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.
Trailing by five points (15-10) at the 11:42 mark of the first half, W&L (2-1, 1-0 ODAC) used the 26-7 run to close the opening stanza and take a 36-22 advantage at the break. Seven different Generals dented the scoring column during the run, paced by five points apiece from juniors guard Meg Ingram (Greesnboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage). As a team, W&L limited Guilford (2-2, 0-1 ODAC) to just 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting in the opening 20 minutes and forced nine turnovers.
The Generals maintained a 15-point advantage midway through the second half, leading the contest, 54-39, with 10:03 remaining. However, Guilford used a 25-14 run over the next 9:37 and trailed by just six points (70-64) with 24 seconds left. After being fouled on a three-point attempt by Ingram, GC junior guard Jazlyn Gibbs (Greensboro, N.C./S.E. Guilford) missed the trio of free throws that would have cut the Generals' lead to three points. W&L proceeded to make two of four free throws down the stretch to secure the 72-64 triumph.
W&L shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the field for the contest, including 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point range. Guilford was limited to 36.4 percent (24-66) from the field, while hitting on 39.1 percent (9-23) from beyond the arc. Guilford also outrebounded the Generals, 45-43.
All eight players made the scoring column for W&L, including four double-digit point scorers for the second-consecutive contest. Ingram paced the Generals with 15 points, while Pfannenstein and senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) chipped in 12 points. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) added 11 points and tied Ingram and Pfannenstein with a team-high eight rebounds. Pfannenstein's eight rebounds set a career-high, and she also chipped-in a career-high five assists to go with three blocks and three steals.
Senior guard Lauren LeFevers (Claremont, N.C./Bunker Hill) recorded a double-double for Guilford with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds. First-year center Morgan King (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) added 11 points as the only other double-digit scorer.
The Generals return to action on Monday as they travel to Hollins for a 7:00 pm contest.