SALEM, Va. – Seventh-seeded Washington and Lee shot just 28.3 percent (17-60) from the floor, as second-seeded Guilford claimed a 72-55 victory in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday evening at the Salem Civic Center.
The Generals trailed just 12-11 following the first quarter, but went cold in the second period and the Quakers pulled away for a 31-20 lead at the halftime break. W&L hit just 2-of-13 shots in the period and Guilford used a 15-3 run keyed by four points each from senior forward Anais Weatherly and junior guard Lauren Ramsey to turn a 16-15 lead at the 7:25 mark into a 31-18 advantage with 2:10 left in the half.
The Quakers (22-3) slowly built their lead to 17 points (44-27) midway through the third period and eventually led by as many as 23 points (54-31) before junior forward Andrea Ferrero (Ridgefield, Conn. / Ridgefield) hit a three-pointer with two seconds left in the third period to make it a 54-34 game entering the final quarter.
W&L used a 9-2 run capped by a triple from first-year guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) to cut it to a 13-point game (58-45) with 6:15 remaining, but could get no closer as the Quakers shot 7-of-14 (.500) in the period to hold any comeback at bay for the remainder of the game.
Junior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) led W&L with 19 points and five rebounds. Ferrero notched 13 points and seven boards, while senior guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) totaled three points and eight rebounds.
Guilford shot 42.9 percent (27-63) from the floor and held a 46-35 edge on the boards. The Quakers were led by senior guard Amy Steller's 21 points. Weatherly totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, while senior forward Heaven Walters contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.
The loss ended Washington and Lee's season with a 12-14 overall record.