EMORY, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a key scoring run to close out the first half en route to posting a 70-59 win over Emory & Henry at the King Center on Tuesday evening.
Nursing a one-point lead (25-24) with 4:44 left to play in the opening half, a jumper by W&L junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) triggered a 19-6 half-closing run that gave the Generals (16-7, 12-6 ODAC) a 44-30 advantage at the break.
Sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) and Bolton scored seven and six points, respectively, during the run and the Generals made five of their final seven shots of the opening half to finish the period shooting 53.8 percent (14-26) percent from the field. Conversely, E&H (4-18, 3-15) shot just 39.3 percent (11-28) in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second stanza, the Generals' lead to ballooned to as many as 20 points (60-40) by the 9:41 mark, before the Wasps used a 19-7 scoring run capped by a pair of free throws from senior forward Courtney Brooks, to close to within eight points (67-59) with 2:40 left to play.
However, E&H did not make another shot from the field and W&L hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to secure its third consecutive win.
For the game, W&L overcame 21 turnovers by shooting 46.9 percent from the field (23-49), limiting E&H to 37.3 percent shooting (22-59), and out-rebounding the Wasps, 41-24.
Bolton led the Generals with 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the line. She also grabbed team-high eight rebounds. Wilson added 13 points and senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) chipped in nine points and seven assists.
Guard Jalan McPherson led the Wasps with 19 points, guard Blakeley Brewton chipped in 11 points and Brooks added six points and a game-high nine boards.
W&L returns to action on Friday as it travels to Lynchburg College for a 7:00 pm contest.