LYNCHBURG, Va. – Randolph College limited Washington and Lee to just 30.4 percent (21-69) shooting from the floor en route to posting a 71-58 victory over the Generals in ODAC women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at the RAD Center.
The Generals (1-2, 0-1) took a 9-7 lead at the 11:40 mark of the first half on a jumper by junior guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison). However, the W&L missed each of its next five shots from the field and the WildCats (3-0, 1-0) went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:51 to take a 16-9 lead with 7:49 left in the half.
The Randolph lead swelled to as many as eight points in the first half in carrying a 32-26 lead into the break.
RC held a 34-26 advantage just 35 seconds into the second stanza, but the Generals produced a 9-0 run over the next 2:59 to assume a one-point lead (35-34) on a jumper by sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) at the 16:26 mark. However, the WildCats hit back-to-back triples by sophomore guard Abigail Bullins and senior guard Emilee Dunton to take the lead right back at 40-35 with 16:06 remaining.
The WildCats maintained an eight-point lead (55-47) with 9:49 remaining before using a 13-2 run keyed by seven points from junior forward Jensen Hoover to take a commanding 68-49 lead with 3:35 left in the game.
W&L committed just nine turnovers in the game, but could not overcome poor shooting and a 53-43 disadvantage on the boards. Gauf paced the Generals with 13 points, while sophomore guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) totaled 11 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forwards Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) and Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy) scored nine points each, and Vick added five points and 12 rebounds.
Randolph shot 43.5 percent (27-62) from the floor and was led by Hoover, who tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds. First-year guard Brie Holdren notched 11 points, and Dunton chipped in 10 markers.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Methodist for a 2:00 pm contest.