VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Wesleyan used a 20-2 run across both halves to produce a 59-47 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Batten Center.
The Generals (11-5, 7-4) led 18-17 with 4:39 left in the first half, but the Marlins ended the first period with a 13-2 run behind eight points from junior forward Kristen Blalock to assume a 30-20 lead at the break.
The streak continued over the first 2:31 of the second half as four more points from Blalock highlighted a 7-0 burst the gave the Marlins (9-8, 7-5) a commanding 37-20 lead with 17:29 to play.
The Virginia Wesleyan lead swelled to as many as 24 points (48-24) at the 14:31 mark behind six-straight points from junior guard Shawnee Lewis. The Generals made a late run as a pair of three-pointers from junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) keyed a 10-0 spurt that cut it to a 10-point game (53-43) with 3:02 to play, but W&L could get no closer after shooting just 37.5 percent (18-48) from the floor in scoring a season-low 47 points.
Pfannenstein tied a season-high with 16 points to lead the Generals in scoring. Junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) totaled 13 points, while senior center Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./Delone Catholic) contributed nine points and six boards. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) chipped in four points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Blalock paced the Marlins with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Lewis posted 12 points.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Emory & Henry for a 4:00 pm contest.
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