January 11, 2014

W&L Women's Basketball Loses at Emory & Henry, 61-36

EMORY, Va. — The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 24.5 percent (12-49) from the field en route to a 61-36 loss at Emory & Henry on Saturday.

The Wasps (3-10, 1-3 ODAC) took a 12-3 lead by the 12:51 mark of the first half. The Generals (3-8, 1-4 ODAC) netted the next four points on two free throws and a layup by first-year forward Samantha Sharman (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) to cut the lead to five, 12-7, at the 10:07 mark.

E&H sophomore forward Karina Farr tallied the next five points to push the advantage to 17-7 with 8:44 remaining in the half.

After four straight points by the Generals off layups by sophomore guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C./St. David's School) to close the gap to six (17-11), E&H finished the period on an 11-0 run, which spanned the final 6:42. The Wasps held the Blue and White to 4-of-15 (16.0 percent) shooting from the floor in the half and forced 12 turnovers.

In the second, Emory & Henry stretched the lead to as many as 28 (57-29) with 4:33 left in the game. The Generals outscored the Wasps, 7-4, in the closing minutes to reach the final margin.

For the game, the Blue and White turned the ball over 24 times compared to just 10 for E&H. The Wasps totaled 16 steals and 12 assists, while the Generals notched five steals and six assists.

Vick led W&L with nine points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) added seven points and Gauf had eight points, three rebounds and two assists.

Junior guard Kristie Langley totaled a game-high 18 points for the Wasps, while Farr notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also added four steals.

E&H ended the game 24-of-73 (32.9 percent) from the field, 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from behind the arc and 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe. Along with shooting 24.5 percent from the field, W&L finished at 20.0 percent (2-10) from downtown and 58.8 percent (10-17) from the free throw line.  

The Generals next play Lynchburg at home on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

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