Bolton Leads W&L Women's Hoops Past LC, 72-60

Bolton Leads W&L Women's Hoops Past LC, 72-60

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) scored a school-record 39 points, including her 1000th career point, in leading Washington and Lee to a 72-60 victory over Lynchburg in ODAC women's basketball on Friday evening at Turner Gym.

Bolton tallied her record point total on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor and 16-for-18 from the foul line.  The 16 free throws made and the 18 free throws attempted were also school record totals.  The 39 points bested the record of 37 points that had been held by Jessica Mentz '02 since the 2001 season and Bolton now ranks ninth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,022 career points.

Lynchburg (7-18, 7-13) held a 59-57 lead with 7:27 left to play in the game, but the Generals (17-7, 13-6) closed the contest with a 15-1 run to claim their fourth-straight win overall and fourth consecutive victory over the Hornets.

A three-pointer by junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) gave the Generals a 43-37 lead just 1:32 into the second stanza, but the Hornets wrestled the lead back (44-43) just 1:13 later following seven-straight points from junior forward Katie Crump.

The lead changed hands seven times over the next 11:37 until W&L assumed the lead for good (61-59) on a jumper by sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) with 5:38 remaining in the game. 

In the first half, the Generals were outscored 19-2 over a span of 8:56 to fall behind by as many as 12 points (25-13) with 7:18 to play before the intermission.  However, Bolton keyed a 14-2 run over the next 3:18 by scoring 12 of the 14 points, including her 1000th career point on a pair of charity tosses at the 3:38 mark.  The run tied the game at 29-29 with 2:51 left and, behind Bolton's 23 first-half points, W&L carried a 36-35 lead into the break.

Lynchburg shot just 33.3 percent (8-24) from the floor in the second half, following 56.0 percent (14-25) shooting in the opening 20 minutes.  The Generals shot 48.0 percent from the floor (24-50) in the contest and hit 21-of-25 (.840) free throws.

Bolton's career night was supplemented by junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale), who scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists.  Wilson added eight points and four boards.

Crump posted 20 points and seven rebounds to lead LC, while senior guard Courtney Brewer tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds. Junior forward Caitlin Falls chipped in 10 markers for the Hornets.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday with a 4:00 pm contest at Randolph College.