W&L Women's Basketball Falters at Randolph, 60-58

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Junior guard Emilee Dunton scored the last four points of the game in leading Randolph College to a 60-58 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the RAD Center.

The Generals (8-15, 5-10) claimed a 58-56 lead with 2:08 left on a layup by senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va. / Langley).  Dunton was fouled 20 seconds later, hitting a pair of charity tosses to pull the WildCats (5-19, 3-12) even with 1:48 left.  Warrick missed a jumper the next time down the floor and Dunton pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 1:28 left.  This time she hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Randolph a 59-58 lead.

Warrick missed again for the Generals with 1:09 left, but Dunton was called for an offensive foul with 0:39 left, giving the ball back to W&L.  Senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Baylor) missed a layup with :08 left and Warrick missed following an offensive rebound.  Dunton grabbed the Warrick miss and was fouled, hitting 1-of-2 free throws to give the WildCats a 60-58 lead.  Randolph secured Dunton's second miss, but turned the ball over with :03 left, giving the Generals one final chance to win or tie.  Wilson's jumper at the buzzer was not true, giving Randolph its first win against W&L since 2006. 

Randolph led by as many as eight points (23-15) in the first half after holding a 31-15 rebounding advantage in the opening 20 minutes.  The Generals battled back to pull within a single point (28-27) at the halftime break on a three-pointer by senior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio / Talawanda) with eight seconds remaining.

W&L snatched the lead on a Wilson layup at the 17:49 mark of the second half and led by as many as six points on two occasions, the last occurring at 48-42 following a three-pointer by sophomore guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) with 7:48 left.  The Generals held the lead until Dunton hit two free throws to make it a 53-52 lead for Randolph with 4:30 remaining.  The two teams then went back-and-forth until Dunton gave RC the lead for good with 1:28 to play.

The Generals shot just 29.5 percent (18-61) from the field and were out-rebounded 50-37.  However, W&L did shoot 17-of-19 (.895) from the foul line.  Warrick led the way with 20 points and six rebounds.  Wilson totaled 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while Marks had 11 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Randolph made good on 22-of-61 (.361) shots from the field, but shot just 12-of-21 (.571) from the charity stripe.  Dunton tallied team-high 16 points and six boards, while forward Jensen Hoover had 14 points and 10 boards.  Guard Abigail Bullins notched 12 points and six rebounds as well. 

Washington and Lee will end its regular season on Saturday when it hosts Shenandoah for a 4:00 pm contest.

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