LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team held a 42-6 advantage in fast break points and had five players score in double digits en route to posting a 101-70 triumph over Southern Virginia on Monday night at the Warner Center.
The Generals (2-3) outscored the Knights (1-3), 24-15, in the first quarter, with sophomore forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) tallying eight points.
Sophomore guard Andrea Ferrero (Ridgefield, Conn. / Ridgefield) hit a jumper with 3:56 on the clock to spark a 10-0 burst in the second period, with senior guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) netting four points in the spurt to increase W&L's lead to 49-27. The Blue and White took a 51-29 lead into halftime.
Throughout the first two periods and continuing through the end of the contest, SVU attempted to disrupt the Generals' offense with a full-court press. W&L consistently passed the ball up the court to break the press and score uncontested fast break layups.
In the second half, the Blue and White would push its lead to as many as 33 points, 64-31, midway through the third. The two teams would go back and forth over the final 15 minutes, and with 30 seconds left in the final period, W&L eclipsed the century mark on a layup by senior guard Alena Hamrick (Roanoke, Va. / Hidden Valley), 101-68. Southern Virginia would add a layup in the closing seconds to reach the final margin.
This marked the first time the Generals scored 100 points since defeating Hollins, 111-40 on December 1, 2008. For the game, W&L outshot SVU, 58.0 percent (40-69) to 41.7 percent (25-60), and held a 41-26 advantage on the glass. The Blue and White also totaled a season-high 29 assists.
Redding tallied a career-high 20 points, and grabbed six rebounds. Junior guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) finished with 15 points and five assists, while junior guard Sydney Lundquist (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Notre Dame) recorded a career-high 13 points. Ferrero and Corvino chipped in 12 points apiece. Sophomore guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) dished out a career-high five assists and had three steals.
First-year guard Meredith Ouellette (Suffield, Conn. / Suffield) paced the Knights with 18 points, five assists and three steals. First-year forward Autumn Cramer (Ione, Calif. / Argonaut) totaled 15 points, while senior forward Larissa Macfarlane (Hillrose, Colo. / Merino) notched 10 points and five boards.
W&L returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Hollins for a 7:00 pm contest.
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