SALEM, Va. – Top-seeded Randolph-Macon used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to gain a lead that it would not relinquish in posting a 79-66 win over the fourth-seeded Washington and Lee women's basketball team in the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
W&L quickly trimmed its deficit to five points (23-18) on a three pointer by senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) with 4:06 left in the opening period, but the Yellow Jackets quickly pushed back out to a 10-point lead (28-18) and took a nine-point advantage (34-25) into the break.
In the second half, R-MC matched the Generals shot-for-shot until W&L used a 7-0 run to turn a 62-46 game into a 62-53 contest on a triple from junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) with 5:24 to play.
The rally was short-lived however as Randolph-Macon came out of a timeout and promptly increased its lead back to 14 points (67-53) by the 4:03 mark as the Yellow Jackets dashed the Generals' hopes of repeating as ODAC champs with the 13-point victory.
As a team, R-MC shot 51.7 percent from the floor (30-58), compared to just 40.7 percent (24-59) for the Generals. The Yellow Jackets also held a slim 36-31 advantage on the boards and each team committed 17 turnovers.
W&L had five players score in double figures, led by 14 points each from senior center Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./DeLone Catholic) and junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale). Pfannenstein and Long each tallied 11 points and junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) added 10 points.
Herman also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Bolton added eight boards three steals and three assists.
The Yellow Jackets were paced by Roy, each poured in a game-high 26 points. Junior forward Molly Brown added 19 points and nine rebounds and junior center Taylor Wieczorek chipped in 12 points and seven caroms.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets will await the winner of the other semifinal matchup between No. 2 Roanoke and No. 7 Guilford for a chance to claim the ODAC Tournament title. The championship game is set for Sunday at 1:00 pm.
For the Generals, their season-ending win total of 19 games marks the most in school history.