November 18, 2012

W&L Women's Basketball Rolls to 61-39 Win

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — The Washington and Lee women's basketball team forced 29 turnovers and had three players with double-digit points in a 61-39 victory over Chatham in the consolation game of the Swarthmore Tip-Off on Sunday.

The Generals (2-1) recorded 12 steals, and held the Cougars (0-2) to 30.6 percent (15-49) from the field. Off the bench, first-year guard Alena Hamrick (Roanoke, Va./Green Briar East) led W&L with 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

After trading baskets in the first five minutes, W&L went on a 6-0 run to take a 12-6 lead at the 11:40 mark in the opening half. Sophomore guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va./James Madison) capped the stretch with a layup.

Chatham guard Rachel McClain made a pair of free throws to cut the advantage to four (12-8), but the Generals rolled off five points to go up 11, 17-8, on a three by Hamrick.    

The two teams traded buckets the rest of the half with W&L taking a 26-16 lead into the break. The Cougars turned the ball over 15 times in the first and shot 28.6 percent (6-21) from the field. The Generals took care of the basketball with only six turnovers and shot 32.4 percent (11-34) from the field.

W&L held a 31-21 lead at the 17:20 mark in the second before stringing together five-straight points to leave Chatham in a 15-point hole (36-21) with 15:12 left in the game. The Generals pushed the advantage to 20 (48-28) on a layup by first-year guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Fenwick) at the 8:40 mark to put the game away. The Cougars made a late push, but couldn't make up the difference in the 61-39 defeat.

Along with Hamrick, senior guard Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) had 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals, and first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) totaled 10 points and grabbed four boards.

Washington and Lee finished at 36.4 percent (24-66) from the field. Chatham struggled from the foul line, converting only nine of its 22 chances for 40.9 percent. W&L held a slight edge on the glass with 42 rebounds compared to 41 for the Cougars.

McClain led Chatham with 15 points and three steals. Both guard Marguerite Sargent and forward Carly Zelenak each had seven points.

The Generals return to action at Johns Hopkins on Sunday, November 25, at 4:00 pm.

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