ASHLAND, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team led from wire-to-wire as it swept the season series with Randolph-Macon for the first time ever with a 78-67 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday evening at Crenshaw Gymnasium.
The Generals (10-11, 8-8) shot 49.1 percent (27-55) from the floor in the contest, hitting seven of their first 11 shots in opening a 15-2 lead just 5:48 into the contest. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets (12-10, 10-7) went 1-of-14 from the floor before senior center Taylor Wieczorek scored at the 13:46 mark to make it an 11-point game (15-4).
Washington and Lee continued to pour it on through the opening 20 minutes, extending to a 21-point lead (37-16) on a layup by junior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) with 3:01 to play in the half en route to a 39-20 lead at halftime.
W&L kept the pressure on R-MC at the start of the second half, using a layup by senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and a Warrick jumper to extend to a 43-20 lead just 44 seconds into the final frame. The Generals' lead swelled to 27 points (55-28) on a three-pointer by first-year guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va./James Madison) at the 14:57 mark, but Randolph-Macon chipped away at the W&L advantage, eventually cutting it to 12 points (61-49) on a pair of free throws by senior guard Jillian Asay with 6:47 left to play. However, W&L responded with five straight points to push the lead back to 17 points (66-49) and the lead remained as much as 19 points (78-59) with just 2:05 to play.
The Generals had five players score in double figures led by Ingram, who scored a season-best 28 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from distance. She also nailed all 10 of her free throws, grabbed seven rebounds and dished six assists. Junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) notched 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Warrick also contributed 14 points. Senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) added 10 points and eight boards.
Randolph-Macon was limited to 32.9 percent (23-70) shooting for the game, including 1-of-15 (.067) from the three-point line. The Yellow Jackets were led by Wieczorek's 17 points and 13 rebounds. First-year guard Sarah Parsons had 13 points and sophomore forward Christina Phelps had 10 points and six rebounds.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday when it travels to Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.
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