W&L Women's Basketball Fends Off Roanoke, 70-57

W&L Women's Basketball Fends Off Roanoke, 70-57

SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-57 win over Roanoke College on Friday evening at the Bast Center.

Clinging to an 11-10 lead midway through the first period, the Generals (4-6, 2-3 ODAC) ended the opening half on an 18-6 scoring run over the final 11:32 to assume a 29-16 lead at the break.

Senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) and senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) started the run with a pair of buckets apiece and junior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) knocked down a pair of three-pointers during the run. 

The Maroons (1-8, 1-4 ODAC) started the second period with a 13-2 scoring flurry capped by a free throw by Kaya Lemke at the 16:50 mark to pull to with two points at 31-29. The Generals promptly answered with a 9-2 spurt themselves to push back out to a nine-point lead (40-31) on pair of Bolton free throws with 14:43 to play.

W&L still led by nine points (56-45) at the 6:15 mark, when RC made one final push. Laurel Hankins knocked down a triple, Paxton Gwin followed with a pair of free throws and Taylor Duggins knocked down a jumper as Roanoke trimmed its deficit to four points (56-52) with 4:56 to play before W&L ended the game on a 14-5 scoring run to pull out the win. 

Bolton led the Blue and White with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) added 15 points, including a perfect 9-of-9 showing at the charity stripe and Ingram chipped in 11 points and racked up nine assists. Junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) contributed seven points, 11 rebounds and three steals. 

Gwin led the Maroons with 13 points, but was just 3-of-10 from the field as W&L limited RC to 34.6 percent (18-52) shooting from the floor. She also grabbed a team-high six boards and Hankins added 10 points.

The Generals return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Bridgewater for a 3:00 pm contest.