January 26, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Knocks Off Randolph-Macon, 69-63

ASHLAND, Va. – Senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va. / Langley) and first-year guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) both recorded career-high point totals to lead the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 69-63 victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday at Crenshaw Gymnasium.

The Generals (7-10, 4-6) seized control of the contest midway through the first half with a 10-0 run that turned a one-point lead (11-10) into a 21-10 advantage with 7:06 to play.  Corvino keyed the run with back-to-back three-pointers which were followed by a pair of jumpers by Warrick.

Randolph-Macon (5-14, 4-6) scored six straight markers to make it a five-point (21-16) game at the 6:15 mark, but a Corvino layup sparked a run of eight straight points for W&L as its lead grew to 29-16 en route to an eight-point lead (33-25) at the break.

The Yellow Jackets climbed back within six points at 33-27 on a jumper by sophomore forward Caroline Young just 1:06 into the second half, but the Generals would use a 20-6 run over the next 6:40 to claim a 53-33 lead with 12:14 remaining.  Warrick and senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Baylor) scored seven points each to spearhead the run.

R-MC gradually chipped away at the Generals' lead and sliced it to single digits (59-51) on a three-pointer by first-year guard Hannah Livermon at the 6:23 mark.  Livermon's triple was part of a 15-4 run over a course of 5:14 that saw the Yellow Jackets cut it to a two-point game (63-61) with 1:41 remaining.  However, W&L had a quick response as Warrick hit a jumper the next time down and Wilson canned a pair of free throws with 57 seconds left to give the Generals a 67-61 lead.  First-year forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) hit a pair of free throws sandwiched around a layup by R-MC junior forward Paige Mills for the final margin.

W&L shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the floor and held a 49-33 advantage on the glass.  Warrick scored a game-high 21 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the floor.  Corvino scored 15 markers and grabbed eight boards, while Wilson totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds.  Hendricks added eight points and eight rebounds as well.

Randolph-Macon shot 34.4 percent (22-64) from the field and was paced by sophomore guard Sarah Parsons, who tallied 19 points.  First-year guard Khajae Hester scored 15 points, while first-year forward Lauren Vugteveen notched 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest.

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