February 8, 2011

W&L Women's Basketball Swats Yellow Jackets, 67-58

LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham) tied a season-high with 26 points and Washington and Lee limited Randolph-Macon to 27.1 percent (19-70) shooting from the floor in posting a 67-58 victory over the Yellow Jackets in women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.

Trailing 35-33 with 16:04 left to play, W&L reeled off a 21-4 scoring run, capped by three-consecutive three pointers, including two by senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings), to grab a 54-39 lead at the 7:32 mark. During the game-clinching run, W&L limited R-MC to 1-of-10 shooting from the field and forced five Yellow Jacket turnovers.

R-MC made a late run, closing to within seven points (63-56) with 1:19 to play, but the Yellow Jackets were unable to pull any closer as W&L earned a split of the regular-season series with the nine-point win.

In the opening period, W&L grabbed an early five-point lead (14-9) at the 11:53 mark courtesy of a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley).

A turnover on the Generals' next possession gave the ball back to Randolph-Macon and led to a layup by first-year center Lindsey Sharman (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) that triggered a 12-4 Yellow Jacket run to give R-MC a 23-18 lead at the 3:54 mark.

Bolton answered with a three-point play, part of her 13 first-half points, and junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) followed with a triple that gave the Generals a 24-23 lead with 2:55 to play en route to a 26-26 deadlock at the break.

W&L limited R-MC to just 26.3 percent (10-38) shooting in the first period, but the Yellow Jackets corralled 12 offensive rebounds that led to 10 second chance points and Randolph-Macon also scored 12 points off of 10 W&L turnovers.

For the game, W&L shot 42.0 percent (21-50) from the floor and 87.0 percent at the charity stripe (20-23), while limiting R-MC to the aforementioned 27.1 percent shooting night, including 26.1 percent (6-23) from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets held a 44-39 advantage on the boards, including a 23-10 margin on the offensive glass.

Bolton shot 7-for-10 from the floor and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the line. She also added seven boards. Long finished with 13 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds and Ingram chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

R-MC was led by senior forward Katie Williams (Warrenton, Va./Gauquier), who notched 13 points. Junior guard Maggie Roy (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) added 12 points and junior center Taylor Wieczorek (Grasonville, Md./Severn) added nine rebounds.

The Generals return to the court on Friday when they travel to Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

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