LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 72-63 win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
Bolton scored eight of her points in the final 3:39 of the game as the Generals (2-3, 1-1) broke open a tie game (57-57) with 5:14 remaining in the contest. Junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) gave W&L the lead for good (60-57) on a three-point play with 4:41 left and again extended the Generals to a three-point lead (62-59) with a layup at the 4:15 mark. Bolton took over from there, going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 3:03 as W&L pulled away for its fourth straight home win over the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-2).
The first half featured two ties, but the Generals never trailed after taking a 5-3 lead on a Wilson layup with 16:56 left in the first half. W&L opened a 19-10 lead with 9:59 left in the first half following successive three-pointers by senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale), but Randolph-Macon used a 9-0 run over the next 2:12 to tie the game at 19-19. However, the Generals wrestled the lead back on the next possession following a three-pointer by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) en route to posting a 32-27 lead at the halftime break.
An 8-2 spurt in the opening 2:37 of the second half extended W&L's lead to 11 points (40-29), but the Yellow Jackets chipped away at the Generals' advantage, eventually knotting the game for a third time at 57-57 on a jumper by senior center Taylor Wieczorek (Grasonville, Md./Severn), setting up the game's finishing moments.
Ingram scored a season-best 23 points on 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. She also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. Bolton joined her in double-figure scoring, along with Wilson and Pfannenstein. Wilson totaled 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Pfannenstein registered 10 points and five boards.
Randolph-Macon was paced by first-year guard Sarah Parsons (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker), who notched a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-5 from distance. Wieczorek contributed 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, but shot just 6-of-23 from the floor.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Hollins for a 6:00 pm contest.
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