ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team held Colorado College without a field goal for the opening 6:28 of the game and jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to posting a 66-38 victory over the Tigers in the opening day of competition at the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Marymount University.
Junior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) scored five points during the opening run for the Generals (1-1), who never trailed in the contest.
Colorado College (0-1) trimmed its deficit to five points (15-10) on a layup by sophomore guard Casey Torbet just 20 seconds into the second period, but a quick 7-0 run over the next 2:22 pushed the Generals' lead out to 12 points (22-10). The lead remained double digits until W&L went cold from the field, missing its final 10 shots of the half, as the Tigers pulled to within seven points (26-19) at the halftime break.
The Blue & White recovered from the sluggish end to the second quarter to produce an 11-0 run to start the third period that resulted in a 37-19 lead just 1:51 into the second half. Perszyk began the half with a three-pointer and ended the run with another three-pointer at the 8:09 mark. First-year guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) took over the period on offense, scoring nine points across the 10 minutes, including a three-point play in the run the start the second half.
W&L carried an 18-point lead (50-35) into the final period and opened with another surge, this time a 16-0 run that gave the Generals a commanding 66-35 lead with 2:57 left in the contest. Casey opened the run with a jumper from beyond the arc and five more W&L players got in the scoring column as the Blue & White continued to pull away for their first win of the season.
W&L shot just 34.3 percent (24-70) from the floor, but held a 46-33 advantage on the boards and forced 27 CC turnovers. Casey led the way with 16 points and three steals, while Perszyk tallied 14 points and six boards. Senior guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) notched 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five steals and three blocks, and junior center Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Colorado College was paced by Torbet and first-year forward Evan Underbrink, who totaled eight points each.
Washington and Lee will play host Marymount in the championship game on Saturday at 7:30 pm. The Saints opened the tournament with a 46-32 win over Ursinus.