SALEM, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team was held to just nine points over the first 17:18 of a 55-41 loss to Roanoke College on Friday night at the Bast Center.
Roanoke (12-5, 11-2 ODAC) opened the game on a 12-0 run capped by a three pointer from first-year guard Paxton Gwin at the 12:17 mark. W&L's (13-6, 9-5) game-opening drought, which saw the Generals miss their first nine shots from the field, ended when junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) hit a jumper at the 12:17 mark.
W&L's woes from the field continued as the Maroons pushed out to a 28-9 lead on a triple from senior forward Jordan Gholson with 4:04 left to play in the opening period. The Generals then closed the first half on an 8-2 to pull to within 30-17 at the break.
Junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) opened the second half with a layup that keyed an 11-6 spurt as the Generals cut their deficit to eight points, 36-28, by the 14:28 mark.
W&L still trailed by nine points (50-41) with 3:18 to play, but the Generals missed their final four shots from the field and Roanoke scored the game's final five points to earn the win and a sweep of the regular-season series.
W&L finished the game just 18-of-54 from the field (.333), including just 2-of-17 (.118) from beyond the arc, while Roanoke shot 42.1 percent (24-57) from the field and outrebounded Washington and Lee, 40-32.
W&L was led by sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor), who tallied 10 points and five rebounds. Ingram added nine points and five assists and Bolton had eight points and six boards.
Gholson led all scorers with 18 points and added nine boards to lead the Maroons. Senior guard Kendra Porter chipped in seven points and five rebounds and junior center Nicci Moats registered six points and seven caroms.
W&L returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 3:00 pm contest.