EMORY, Va. – Emory & Henry jumped out to a 10-0 lead and in the opening 3:51 of the game and never trailed in producing a 72-55 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the King Center.
The Generals (11-6, 5-4) turned the ball over four times in their first seven possessions and the Wasps (13-5, 6-2) hit four of their first seven shots en route to the game-opening double-digit advantage. W&L simply couldn't hit from the field in the opening period, shooting just 4-of-16 (.250) as E&H posted a 22-8 lead entering the second period.
Senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) found her stroke during the second period, scoring 13 of the Generals' 19 points in the frame. However, the Wasps stemmed the tide by going 8-for-8 from the foul line, including 6-for-6 from sophomore forward Peyton Williams to maintain a 12-point lead (39-27) at the halftime break.
W&L chipped away at the Wasps' lead during the penultimate quarter, out-scoring E&H by a count of 18-8 in the third to slice it to a two-point game (47-45) entering the final 10 minutes of play.
The Generals turned up the pressure on the defensive end, producing seven turnovers in the period. On offense, sophomore guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) led the way with seven points, while Perszyk added six more on a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line.
The Wasps turned the momentum in the final period, however, beginning the frame with a 14-0 run that gave them a 16-point lead (61-45) with 3:59 left. The run was mostly keyed on the defensive end of the floor for Emory & Henry, which forced seven turnovers and six straight missed shots by W&L in the first 6:27 until Casey ended the drought with a three-pointer at the 3:20 mark.
For the game, the Generals shot just 17-of-53 (.321) from the floor, but drilled 16-of-22 (.727) foul shots. Perszyk led the way with 21 points and three steals, while Casey produced 16 points. First-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) added eight points.
Emory & Henry shot 50.9 percent (28-55) from the floor and out-rebounded W&L 39-30 in the contest. Junior forward Taylor Blevins notched a team-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Williams notched 14 points. Sophomore forwards Kara Stafford and Sydney McKinney chipped in 12 points each.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Guilford for a 2:00 pm contest.