SALEM, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 48.0 percent (12-25) from the three-point line to claim a 93-75 victory at Roanoke in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Cregger Center.
The two teams traded baskets through much of the first period with the score knotted at 12-12 with 1:53 remaining in the period. The Generals (7-5, 3-1) used a six-point run started by an old-fashioned three-point play by junior forward Andrea Ferrero (Ridgefield, Conn. / Ridgefield) and a three-pointer by junior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) to assume an 18-12 lead after one.
The Blue and White used the momentum from the end of the first to push its lead to 10 (26-16) just over two minutes into the second . The Maroons (6-7, 1-3) closed the gap to six near the midpoint of the quarter, but would not get any closer for the remainder of the half. W&L took a 48-37 lead going into the half. First-year guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) led W&L with 16 points in the first half, going 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
W&L used an 11-2 run at start the third period to take a 60-39 lead with 6:16 remaining. Sophomore guard Catherine Hoy (Irvington, N.Y. / Irvington) tallied five points during the spurt, while Perszyk and Ferrero each added three points. The Generals lead remained double-digits for the remainder of the period. The closest Roanoke would get the rest of the way was 15 (79-64) with 5:36 left in the contest, as W&L claimed its fifth straight win.
The Generals shot 46.2 percent (30-65) from the field and hit 21-of-22 (.955) from the charity stripe. W&L's defense limited the Maroons to 39.7 percent (29-73) shooting from the floor and 15.4 percent (2-13) from behind the arc.
Casey led the Blue and White with a career-best 23 points and four assists, and Perszyk added 17 points and three steals. Junior forward Ailyn Kelly (Clifton, Va. / Centreville) recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Ferrero also registered her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
First-year guard Chris Martin finished with 16 points and four assists to lead the Maroons. Senior forward Cary Beahm and first-year forward Alison Livengood each chipped in 14 points, while Beahm also added in 11 rebounds.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday night when it travels to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm start.
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