SALEM, Va. – The fourth-seeded Washington and Lee women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the ODAC Championship with an 86-56 win over fifth-seeded Eastern Mennonite on Thursday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
W&L's win was one for the record books, as the Generals (19-7) set a school record for wins in a season, tied the school record for three pointers made in a game (12) and junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) tied the program mark for assists in a game (12).
Leading 15-12 with 12:57 to play in the opening period, the Generals seized control of the contest with a 19-7 scoring run capped by a three from junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) that pushed their advantage to 17 points (36-19) with 3:05 to play. W&L would maintain a 16-point lead (41-25) at intermission.
Three more three pointers, including two from junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage), and a layup from sophomore forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) to start the second half quickly pushed the Generals' advantage to 20 points (52-32) by the 15:23 mark and the Generals cruised to their sixth-straight victory.
For the game, both teams shot the ball effectively from the field, with the Generals finishing at 55.0 percent (33-60) and the Royals (15-11) at 52.3 percent (23-44). However, W&L knocked down 12-of-22 attempts from distance, compared to just 3-of-7 long-range shooting for Eastern Mennonite. Washington and Lee also forced 21 EMU turnovers and held a 27-22 advantage on the boards.
For the game, W&L had six players score in double figures led by 17 points from Pfannenstein. She was 7-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) added 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from deep, Wilson contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, Ingram tallied 13 markers and sophomore forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) and Bolton added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Ingram also added four assists and four steals and Bolton, in addition to her 12 helpers, had five rebounds and three steals.
Eastern Mennonite was led by first-year forward Kala Yoders, who scored a team-high 16 points. First-year guard Bianca Ygarza added 10 points for the Royals.
W&L returns to action on Saturday when it takes on the tournament's top seed, Randolph-Macon, at 1:00 pm.