LEXINGTON, Va. – A breakaway layup by senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) with 23 seconds left to play propelled the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 62-58 victory over Bridgewater on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.
Tied at 58-58 with 53 seconds to play, a missed jumper by Bridgewater senior guard Jessie Owens (Elkton, Va./Spotswood) was corralled by junior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley), who then found Bolton down court behind the Eagle defense for an easy layup and a two-point lead (60-58) with 23 seconds to play.
On the ensuing possession, BC turned the ball over leading to a foul on Owens with 12 seconds to go sending senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) to the line where she made good on both shots sealing the four-point win.
The Generals entered the second period down by 13 points (36-23) as they shot just 27.3 percent from the field (9-33) in the first half. W&L scored five quick points to begin the second half on buckets by Warrick and Bolton, and a free throw by Bolton to bring the score to 36-28 at the 18:13 mark. The Eagles responded with a layup from first year forward Kelsey Taylor (Nokesville, Va./Brentsville) to take a 10-point lead (38-28) with 18:11 left in the contest.
However, a jumper by junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) at 18:09 ignited a 20-4 run by the Blue and White, capped by a layup from senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) which made the score 48-42 in favor of W&L at 7:56. During the run, the Generals connected on eight of their 13 attempts from the floor, including eight points from Ingram on two treys and a layup.
The Eagles went on to miss only one of their next seven attempts from the field to bring the score to 55-55 with 2:14 left on the clock. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Holly Morgan (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) at 1:36 gave the Eagles a one-point advantage (58-57), but two turnovers and two missed shots late in the contest held BC at its 58-point state for the remainder of the game.
The first 5:01 of the game included two ties and neither team was able to jump ahead, until four made free throws by the Eagles ignited a 15-1 spurt to give them a commanding 24-10 lead at 6:48. Bolton ended the drought with a jumper at 5:51 to pull W&L within 12 points (24-12), but BC fought back and took its largest lead (16 points) as senior guard Sarah Boeren (Roanoke, Va./Lord Botetourt) completed a shot from the charity stripe with 4:18 left in the half.
W&L was able to make good on its final 4-of-8 shots of the opening period, but allowed BC to score three more times to take the 13-point advantage into the break.
The Blue and White connected on 41.4 percent of their shots from the field (24-58) in the game, while holding the Eagles to just 35.1 percent shooting (20-57).
The Generals were led by Bolton, who recorded her 11th double-double this season on 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ingram tallied 18 points and five assists, and junior forward Wilson notched 12 points and four assists.
Morgan led the Eagles with 19 points and 11 boards, and senior guard Jenny Logan (Luray, Va./Luray) registered 11 points, including 6-for-6 from the line, and three assists.
The Generals next see action on Tuesday when they travel to Randolph-Macon for a 7:00 pm tip-off.