SALEM, Va. - The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 57.7 percent (15-26) in the second half to defeat Randolph-Macon, 78-69, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
After going into the break with a seven-point lead (37-30), W&L (14-12) began the second stanza on an 11-4 run capped by a layup from senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Cental) at the 16:33 mark to increase its advantage to 14 points (48-34). The stretch included three-pointers made by senior guards Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) and Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale).
R-MC (14-12) closed to within seven points at 12:36 (50-43) with a pair of Sarah Parson (Glen Allan, Va./J.R. Tucker) free throws, but the Generals went 8-of-9 from the floor over the next 5:53 to bring the margin to 16 points with 6:22 left in the contest (67-51). R-MC senior guard Maggie Roy (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) fought back with a trey at 5:47 to make it 67-54, however, W&L pushed the lead back to 15 points with 5:02 left in cruising to the nine-point victory. It was the Generals' third win over R-MC this season.
The first period featured five ties and no true advantage from either team until two free throws by Ingram at 12:19 ignited a 12-4 run by the Blue and White, increasing their lead to eight (25-17) with 7:19 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets answered with five unanswered points to bring their deficit to three points (25-22) by 5:11, only to have W&L score four more times in the half and take the 37-30 lead into the intermission.
The Generals held R-MC to just 37.2 percent shooting from the field (28-78) and 4-of-14 (.286) from three-point range. W&L also blocked eight shots.
Ingram led W&L, notching 23 points and eight assists. Bolton was one rebound shy of a double-double, recording 19 points, nine boards and four assists. Junior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) scored 15 points and junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) registered 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
For the Yellow Jackets, Roy led with 20 points and five assists. Senior center Taylor Wieczorek (Grasonville, Md./Severn) logged 16 points and eight points and Parsons added 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
With the win, the Generals advance to the ODAC semifinals on Saturday where they will play Virginia Wesleyan at 1:00 pm for a spot in the ODAC Championship game.