FERRUM, VA. - Ferrum shot 59.3 percent from the field (16-27), including 71.4 percent (5-7) from behind the arc, in the second half to pull away for a 72-58 win over the Washington and Lee women's basketball team Friday night.
After playing to a 26-26 draw in the first half, Ferrum (7-1) outscored W&L (3-5) 13-6 over the first 4:14 in the second stanza to assume a 39-32 lead on a pair Katy Kipps free throws with 15:46 to play. W&L trimmed its deficit to two points (39-37) on a free throw by junior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) with 13:01 to play before FC pushed out to an eight point lead (47-39) at the 10:57 mark.
The Generals battled back to within three points (47-44) on a triple by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) with 8:26 on the clock before the Panthers used a game-clinching 14-5 run to assume a 12 point lead (61-49) on two more Kipps free throws with 4:25 to play. During the run, the Panthers made good on all five of their shots from the field and forcing a pair of turnovers limiting W&L to 1-of-3 shooting from the field.
Despite missing its first five shots, W&L only trailed 4-3 after a Pfannenstein three pointer at 16:38. With the score tied 6-6, Ferrum did not miss its next five baskets to go on a 13-4 run to take a 19-10 lead, only to then miss four consecutive shots and commit six turnovers in the next 6:16 of play. Those mistakes, along with three triples and a layup by W&L senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale), allowed the Generals to rattle off a 16-2 scoring run and turn the scoreboard in their favor (26-21) with 3:52 left in the half. Ferrum fought back as the Panthers brought the score even at 26-26 by halftime, and continued their 18-6 scoring run to claim the aforementioned 39-32 lead in rout to the win.
For the Generals, Ingram netted a game-high 23 points on 5-of-11 shooting from behind the arc. Junior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon Va./Langley) added 10 points, and senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham) chipped in eight points and five rebounds.
Four players scored in the double digits for the Panthers as Tesla Akers led with 16 points, Kristen Keith notched 12 points, Kayla Goins and Katy Kipps netted 11 and 10 points, respectively. Akers also added six assists and Keith grabbed five boards.
The Generals next see action Tuesday, January 3, when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan for a conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.