LEXINGTON, Va. –Virginia Wesleyan made 18-of-19 shots from the foul line, including six of its last seven, to hold off Washington and Lee, 67-58, in women's basketball action Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.
In the second half, W&L trailed by 13 points (44-31) with 12:49 to play before using a 15-4 run to pull within two points at the 7:31 mark (48-46). Senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) tallied six points during the spurt, and senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) netted five.
The Generals' deficit was at five points (57-52) with 3:26 left to play before a three-pointer by first year forward Kerri Leanne Taylor pushed the Marlin lead to eight points with 3:02 to play and VWC connected on five of its final six shots from the free throw line in the final minutes to hold off the Generals.
Tied 18-18 with 10:19 to play in the opening half, the Marlins used an 8-3 run to open up its largest lead of the first period, five points (26-21), with 6:56 to play following a layup by first year guard Sarah Seipp. A three-pointer by Ingram pulled the Generals back to within two (26-24) with 3:29 on the clock, before a three-point play by Seipp, and two free throws by senior guard Rachael Miller sandwiched around a layup by W&L senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) gave the Marlins a five-point lead (31-26) at the break.
In the last 8:29 of the first half, W&L made good on just 3-of-14 scoring attempts, and finished the opening 20 minutes shooting 37.9 percent from the field (11-29). The Generals held VWC to just 34.3 percent (12-35) in the opening period, but the Marlins outrebounded W&L, 25-17, including 9-4 on the offensive glass.
As a team, the Blue and White shot 42.1 percent from the field (24-57), and 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15). VWC was held to 39.0 percent shooting from the floor (23-59), but was 18-of-19 from the line (.947) while W&L made good on just 4-of-9 attempts from the line.
Ingram led the Generals with a game-high 21 points, and Bolton posted her eighth double-double this season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) netted eight points and recorded five rebounds.
Seipp led the Marlins with 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Lewis added 11 points, six boards, four assists and three steals, and Miller also chipped in 11 points with a 6-for-6 showing at the free throw line.
The Generals return to action Saturday when they travel to Emory & Henry for a 4:00 pm contest.