January 22, 2011

Bolton, Ingram Power W&L Women's Hoops Past EMU, 67-61

LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) hit a go-ahead three-point basket with 1:03 remaining in the contest as the Washington and Lee women's basketball team held on for a 67-61 triumph over Eastern Mennonite on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Royals (9-7, 7-4 ODAC) led by six points (61-55) with 3:52 remaining on the clock, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the contest as the Generals closed out the game on a 12-0 run.

W&L began its comeback with a trey from junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and layup from junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) to pull within one point (61-60) with 1:49 in the game. Long hit the aforementioned three-pointer to put W&L up, 63-61, and the Generals never looked back, going 4-of-6 from the stripe in the final minutes to secure the victory and split the regular-season meetings between the two squads.

EMU held a 12-point advantage at the half, 33-21, behind 51.7 percent (15-29) shooting as a team, while holding W&L to just 8-of-35 shooting (22.9%). Sophomore forward Sara Lamneck (Swope, Va./Buffalo Gap) led the Royals in the opening stanza, scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.

The Royals scored the first basket of the contest, and pushed their lead to as many as 15 points (31-16) at the 3:16 mark, but W&L closed on a 5-2 run to pull within 12 at the break. The Generals continued their run to open the second stanza, using a 15-2 run over the first 4:46 to take their first lead of the game, 36-35, at the 15:14 mark. Bolton recorded 10 of her game-high 23 points during the run, going 3-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. The lead would exchange hands nine times over the next 11:22 before the Generals pulled away for the win.

W&L overcame its shooting struggles in the first half, shooting 56.7 percent (17-30) in the final 20 minutes, to finish the contest shooting 38.5 percent (25-65) from the field. EMU shot 44.8 percent (26-58) for the contest.

The Generals were led by Bolton, who finished with 23 points (18 in the second half), eight boards and four steals. Ingram contributed 22 points, five assists and four steals, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) added a career-high 15 rebounds.

EMU was paced by a team-high 14 points and 12 rebounds from Lamneck. First-year forward Kayla Yoders was the Royals' only other double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Generals return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Virginia Wesleyan for a 7:00 pm contest.

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