FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The 22nd-ranked Mary Washington women's basketball team used a 14-3 run across both halves to produce a 56-38 victory over Washington and Lee on Thursday evening at the William M. Anderson Center.
W&L (2-3) senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va. / Langley) tied the game at 18-18 with a jumper at the 5:16 mark of the first half. However, UMW (5-1) junior guard Sam Partonen keyed the decisive run by scoring five points over the next 4:35 as the Eagles carried a 24-19 lead into the break.
Mary Washington proceeded to score eight of the first 10 points of the second stanza to push out to a 32-21 lead with 15:15 remaining. Senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Baylor) scored four straight points to make it a 32-25 game with 13:40 to go, but a jumper by senior center Carol Dye and a three-pointer by Partonen pushed the lead back to double-digits (37-25) just 1:28 later.
W&L got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the Eagles pulled away for their second straight win in the series.
For the game, Mary Washington limited the Generals to just 28.3 percent (13-46) shooting from the field and forced 19 turnovers. W&L was led by first-year guard Alena Hamrick (Roanoke, Va. / Green Briar East), who totaled 11 points and four rebounds. Wilson tallied nine points and four boards, while Warrick notched eight points.
Mary Washington was paced by Partonen's 16 points and seven assists. Junior forward Aby Diop chippd in 11 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Eagles shot just 35.1 percent (20-57) from the floor, the highest shooting percentage W&L has allowed in five games this season.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Guilford for a 4:00 pm contest.