Wilson Scores 1,000th Point, but Team Falls to EMU, 68-58

SALEM, Va. — Senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) scored the 1,000th point of her career for the eighth-seeded Washington and Lee women's basketball team, but top-seeded Eastern Mennonite held on for a 68-58 victory in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament on Thursday at the Salem Civic Center.

The Royals (19-5) led the entire contest, and held a 48-38 lead over the Generals (9-15) with 11:30 left in the game. W&L scored 14 of the next 19 points, highlighted by six points from senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley), to cut the deficit to one (53-52) with 6:03 remaining on the clock.

EMU countered with four points by junior guard Keyla Baltimore to push the lead back to five, 57-52, with just over four minutes in the game. Wilson connected on two free throws on the ensuing possession, and after a turnover by the Royals, Wilson dropped in a layup to pull the Generals within one, 57-56, at the 3:02 mark. Eastern Mennonite would seal the game by scoring the next six points and holding on for the 10-point victory (68-58).

Wilson became the 10th player in program history with 1,000 points and finished her career with 1,013. She led the team with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and grabbed 12 boards. Warrick totaled 16 points with three rebounds and five assists. Baltimore led the Royals with 16 points and four rebounds. Sophomore forward Raiven Patterson added 11 points and four rebounds.

Through the first nine minutes of the game, neither team gained a significant advantage before EMU went on an 11-5 run to take a 25-19 lead at the 7:01 mark. Junior guard Steph Rheinheimer started the spurt with a three and junior forward Kala Yoders capped it with a pair of free throws.

W&L cut it to four, 25-21, on a basket by Wilson, but the Patterson scored seven straight to put the Royals up, 32-21, with 3:30 left in the half. The Generals chipped away at the lead, including a layup by Wilson at the 1:07 mark which put her over 1,000 points, to head into halftime down, 38-30.

For the game, W&L shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the field and 22.2 percent (2-9) from behind the arc. EMU connected on 21-of-50 (42.0 percent) from the floor and 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from long distance. The Royals took 27 free throws (24-27) compared to just four (4-4) for the Blue and White. W&L held the rebounding advantage, 32-28. 

The loss ended the season for the Generals, while Eastern Mennonite advanced in the tournament and will play the winner of the Lynchburg-Bridgewater game on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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