LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot just 29.4 percent (20-68) from the floor and was out-rebounded 65-41 in falling to Roanoke by a score of 74-60 on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.
The Generals (10-5, 4-3) never led in the contest, but trailed by just one point (7-6) midway through the first quarter. W&L then went cold from the floor, scoring just four points in the final 3:29 of the quarter in trailing 16-10 at the end of the opening period.
The Roanoke (6-10, 3-4) lead ballooned to 11 points (24-13) at the 6:58 mark of the second period, before a 9-3 run keyed by four points from senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) cut it to a 27-22 game with 3:51 left in the half. However, the Blue & White once again hit a scoring drought, totaling just three points over the next 8:23 of game action.
The Maroons closed the first half with seven unanswered points and then outscored W&L, 13-3, over the first 4:32 of the third period to assume a 47-25 lead with 5:28 left in the third period.
Roanoke led by as many as 24 points (54-30) in the game and W&L could get no closer than the 14-point final margin.
The Generals were paced by first-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye), who tallied 16 points on 7-of-25 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) added 10 points and six boards, while Perszyk, sophomore forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C. / Saint Mary's School) and first-year guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft School) each scored eight points.
Roanoke hit 28-of-81 (.346) shots and collected 24 offensive rebounds. The Maroons placed four players in double figures led by sophomore guard Molly Hassell, who tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. First-year guard Kristina Harrel notched 16 points, while sophomore guard Laura McManimen recorded 15 points. Junior forward Victoria Maxwell chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Hollins for a 2:00 pm contest.