January 11, 2011

EMU Nips W&L Women's Hoops, 70-69

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Sophomore guard Danielle Rittenhouse hit the go-ahead basket with 1:48 remaining in overtime to lift Eastern Mennonite to a 70-69 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at Yoder Arena.

Down 61-59, W&L (7-4, 4-3) senior center Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./Delone Catholic) sent the game into overtime when she drilled a layup with four seconds left in regulation.  In the extra session, the Generals grabbed the lead on a layup by junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) just 11 seconds after the tip and the lead changed hands four more times until Rittenhouse's game-winner.
 
The game was tight throughout as neither team led by more than seven points. The first half featured nine lead changes and five ties as W&L claimed a three-point lead (39-36) at the half following a three-pointer by junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) with 52 seconds remaining.
 
The Generals didn't trail again until a three-pointer by sophomore guard Shandell Taylor gave the Royals a 47-46 lead with 13:00 left in regulation.  W&L then produced a 9-1 burst over the next 3:42 to open the largest lead of the game (55-48), but EMU (7-5, 5-2) chipped away at its deficit, eventually taking a 58-57 lead on a layup by first-year forward Kayla Yoders at the 2:57 mark of the second stanza.  From there, the lead changed hands two more times until Herman sent the game to overtime with her last second layup.
 
Washington and Lee shot just 39.1 percent (25-64) from the floor and hit only 2-of-16 (.125) three-point shots.  Herman paced W&L with a season-high 16 points and eight rebounds.  Sophomore forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) tied a season-high with 14 points, while junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) notched 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.  Sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds.
 
Eastern Mennonite was led by sophomore forward Sara Lamneck's 15 points and 12 rebounds.  Rittenhouse and Yoders totaled 13 points apiece.
 
Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday as it hosts Lynchburg College for a 7:00 pm contest. 
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