DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team limited Illinois Tech to just 27.7 percent (18-65) shooting and rode a 19-6 first period en route to posting an 84-47 victory over the Scarlet Hawks at the Daytona Beach Shootout on Wednesday.
The Generals (6-3) took a 3-2 lead at the 8:52 mark off of a layup by first-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) and never looked back. W&L pushed its lead to 13 (17-4) over the next five minutes and change. First-year guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft School) and junior guard Andi Carrandi (Atlanta, Ga. / Westminster Schools) both hit triples during the run that spotted the Blue & White a double-digit lead.
W&L maintained a lead of at least 10 points throughout the second period and closed with a 10-3 run to assume a 36-18 advantage at the half. Popp scored five points during the surge, including a three-pointer with 32 seconds remaining before the break.
Senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) heated up in the third period, scoring 11 points in the frame, as the Generals stretched their lead to 30 points (58-28) entering the final 10 minutes of play.
The Generals produced balanced and efficient scoring in the fourth period to pull away for the 37-point victory. W&L shot 60.0 percent (12-20) from the floor in the period led by six points from Popp and senior forward Ailyn Kelly (Clifton, Va. / Centreville).
For the game, W&L hit 30-of-66 (.455) from the field and shot 81.0 percent (17-21) from the free throw line. Popp paced W&L with 19 points, five assists and four steals, while Perszyk tallied 17 points and five rebounds. Hughes tallied a career-best 16 points and Kelly added 10 points, five assists and three blocks.
Illinois Tech (0-10) committed 19 turnovers and hit just 1-of-8 (.125) from the three-point line. Sophomore forward Erin Efimoff led the Scarlet Hawks with 14 points and seven rebounds, while first-year guard Shannon O'Donnell tallied 13 points and seven rebounds.
W&L returns to action tomorrow when it takes on Wells at 11:00 am on the final day of the Daytona Beach Shootout.
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