LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 75.0 percent (18-24) from the field in the first half to take a 42-23 lead into halftime en route to a 69-48 victory over Emory & Henry in ODAC Tournament first round action on Monday at the Warner Center.
W&L (9-15) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead just 44 seconds into the game. Sophomore guard Kristie Langley (Staley, N.C./Providence Grove) then opened scoring for E&H (7-18) at 18:52, only to have senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) answer with a jumper at the 17:56 mark (6-2).
Langley scored once more for the Wasps, but another jumper from Warrick ignited a 16-0 run by the Generals to pull ahead 22-4 with 10:29 left on the clock. E&H came as close as 11 points (26-15) by the 6:02 mark, but W&L's hot shooting continued and it entered the break with the 42-23 advantage.
Junior forward JoBeth Wright (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) cut the lead to 17 (42-25) to open the second half on a layup with 19:36 on the clock. The teams traded baskets over the next 3:27, but the Generals kept pace with the Wasps' shooting for the remainder of the game and the lead never dipped below 17 points.
W&L finished the contest shooting 58.1 percent (25-42) from the floor, while Emory & Henry was held to just 32.8 percent (20-61).
Senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) led all players with 18 points. She also recorded career-bests with seven assists and six blocks, and added four rebounds and two steals for the Blue and White. First-year guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Fenwick) notched 16 points, Warrick scored 12 and senior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) netted 10 points.
For the Wasps, sophomore guard Michelle Williams (Stokesdale, N.C./Northwest Guilford) recorded a team-best 16 points, while collecting three rebounds and two assists. Wright tallied eight points and two boards and sophomore forward Carlyta Hamm (Wytheville, Va./Fort Chiswell) registered eight points and three boards.
With the win, the Generals advance to the ODAC Quarterfinals, where they will face top-seeded Eastern Mennonite on Thursday at the Salem Civic Center at 1:00 pm.
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