W&L Women's Basketball Drops a 64-56 Decision to Hollins

LEXINGTON, Va. – Hollins University used a 14-3 run midway through the second half to pull away for a 64-56 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The game was nip-and-tuck for the first 30 minutes, featuring 14 ties and four lead changes before HU's run gave it the game's largest lead with 7:27 remaining. 

The Generals (8-14, 5-9) held a 46-43 lead with 11:06 left after a three-pointer by first-year guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Fenwick).  Hollins (8-14, 4-10) senior guard Lacie Forrest (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) matched the triple with one of her own 18 seconds later to begin the decisive run.  Forrest followed her three-pointer with a jumper the next time down the floor for a 48-46 lead and sophomore forward Lauren Hays (Saginaw, Texas/Boswell) hit a jumper to extend the lead to 50-46.

W&L first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) nailed a triple of her own to cut the HU lead back to one point (50-49), but Forrest canned another three-pointer and added a jumper at the 7:27 mark to cap the run and give Hollins a 57-49 lead.

The Generals trimmed their deficit to three points (59-56) following a jumper by senior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) with 1:41 left but could get no closer as HU claimed its fourth straight win over W&L.

As a team, the Generals shot just 32.8 percent (21-64) from the floor and were out-rebounded 48-28.  Senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) led W&L with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Warrick added 13 points.  Marks chipped in 11 points and Hendricks posted nine points.

Hollins shot 46.6 percent (27-58) from the floor and claimed 16 offensive rebounds leading to 16 second-chance points.  Forrest finished with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds.  Junior forward Chanci Wright (Eden, Texas/Eden) notched 10 points and 17 boards, and first-year forward Alexa Smith (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe) recorded 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

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

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