LEXINGTON, Va. – Sixth-seeded Roanoke jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back in claiming a 61-44 victory over 11th-seeded Washington and Lee in the opening round of the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament on Monday evening at the Bast Center.
The Generals (6-19) missed each of their first six shots from the floor and Roanoke (13-12) junior guard Tatum McKee notched five of the opening eight points of the game before first-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) got W&L on the scoreboard with a layup at the 17:03 mark.
W&L continued its cold shooting as the Maroons' lead grew to as many as 19 points (31-12) following a 16-5 run that covered a span of 7:39 on the game clock. Senior guard Paxton Gwin spearheaded the run with eight points during the stretch.
The Generals responded by closing the half with an 8-0 surge in the final 3:19 that cut their disadvantage to just 11 points (31-20) at the break. Clifford scored four points during the run, including the final points on a layup with 26 seconds left.
W&L simply could not cut into Roanoke's double-digit advantage in the second half. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) cut it to a 10-point game (37-27) with a layup at the 16:44 mark, but the Maroons used a 16-4 run to lengthen their lead to as many as 22 points (53-31) in claiming their second win in three meetings with the Generals this season.
Cold shooting doomed W&L as it finished 14-of-61 from the floor for a 23.0 shooting percentage. Clifford led the way with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. First-year guard Cam Tyler (Stevensville, Mich. / Lakeshore) added a career-high 11 points and four steals, while sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) chipped in two points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Gwin paced the Maroons with 15 points, four rebounds and three blocks. She was joined in double figures by McKee, who tallied 13 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Roanoke shot slightly better from the floor, hitting 23-of-58 (.397) shots.
With the loss, the Generals have concluded the 2013-14 season. Roanoke advances to the ODAC quarterfinals, where it will face third-seeded Lynchburg on Thursday at 8:00 pm in the Salem Civic Center.