LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team held Southern Virginia University to 34.0 percent shooting, while shooting 52.8 percent as a team en route to a 76-56 win over the Knights, the 100th career win for Head Coach Mandy King, on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.
With the contest tied, 5-5, at the 16:00 mark, the Generals limited SVU (6-10) to 23.8 percent shooting (5-21) the rest of the half and forced five Knight turnovers. Conversely, W&L did not turn the ball over during the run and shot a combined 14-of-28 from the floor (50.0%). Junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the opening 20 minutes on 9-of-15 combined shooting.
In the second period, W&L increased its lead to as many as 30 points by the 12:39 mark when Bolton converted a layup following a behind-the-back pass from Ingram for a 54-24 lead.
SVU amped up its defense and forced 12 W&L turnovers to get as close as 17 points (73-56) late in the contest, but the first-half deficit proved too large to overcome.
W&L finished 28-of-53 from the floor, including 7-of-18 from the long range in shooting a season-high 52.8 percent from the floor. SVU finished with a mark of 34.0 percent (17-50) from the field.
Washington and Lee was led by Bolton, who tallied a game-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. She also contributed seven rebounds, eight assists and a pair of steals. Ingram added 19 points, four assists and five steals. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) chipped in 10 points, seven boards and four helpers.
SVU was led by junior forward Nicole Tolman (Burley, Idaho/Treasure Valley CC), who notched a team-high 15 points to go with a game-high nine boards. Junior forward Cara Joyner (Columbia, Mo./Columbia Academy) added nine points for the Knights.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when host Eastern Mennonite at 2:00 pm.