LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a 27-5 run over a 17:47 stretch that covered both halves to defeat Virginia Wesleyan, 53-43, on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.
With the game tied at 12-12 with 9:16 remaining in the first half, Virginia Wesleyan (4-6, 2-3 ODAC) went on an 11-2 run over the next 4:16 to claim its largest lead of the game, 23-14, at the 4:52 mark. However, W&L (6-2, 3-1 ODAC) scored the final eight points of the first half, cutting the Marlins lead to a single point (23-22) going into the intermission.
In the second half, the Generals picked up where they left off, opening the second stanza on a 19-6 run to take their largest lead of the game, 12 points (42-28), with 6:45 remaining.
During W&L's second-half run, the Generals limited the Marlins to 2-of-16 (12.5%) shooting while forcing six turnovers. Conversely, W&L shot 43.8 percent, going 7-of-16 from the field while only committing two turnovers.
However, a three pointer from first-year guard Katie Tassa (Bristow, Va./Osbourn Park) triggered an 11-2 VWC run as the Marlins pulled to within five points (44-39) with 3:23 left. It was not enough as W&L made seven of its 10 free throws down the stretch to claim the 53-43 triumph.
Both teams struggled from the floor, with W&L finishing 18-for-56 (32.1%) and VWC 18-for-58 (31.0%) for the contest. The Generals claimed a slim 44-42 advantage in rebounds and forced17 Marlins' turnovers, while committing only 12 miscues themselves.
The Generals were led by junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale), who finished with a team-high 18 points, 13 in the second half, and four assists. Senior center Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./Delone Catholic) tallied 12 points and eight boards, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) had a team-high nine rebounds and chipped in six points.
VWC junior forward Kristen Blalock (Suffolk, Va./Portsmouth Christian) totaled a game-high 20 points and added six rebounds. Sophomore forward Kerry Johnson (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker) finished with a game-high 10 rebounds while also contributing eight points, and Tassa chipped in seven points and six boards.
W&L returns to action on Friday as it hosts Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.