GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team got off to a slow start, falling behind 12-1 early in dropping a 60-44 decision to Guilford on Saturday at Ragan-Brown Fieldhouse.
The Generals' (11-7, 5-5) first 13 possessions of the game resulted in seven missed shots and six turnovers, as the Quakers (13-4, 7-3) raced out to the 11-point lead in the opening 6:50 of the contest. The Generals got on the board at the 7:45 mark when senior forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) split a pair of free throws to make it a 4-1 game.
Trailing 14-7 after the first quarter of play, W&L settled into the flow of the game and steadily chipped away at the GC advantage, eventually taking a 23-22 lead on a layup by first-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) with 3:24 left in the half. Popp went on to score seven points in the second period, while as a team, the Generals hit 8-of-15 shots.
Guilford reassumed control of the contest in the third period, holding W&L to just 2-of-14 (.143) shooting from the floor, including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Quakers began the frame with an 11-0 run over the first 6:36 for a 41-28 lead. Sophomore forward Miracle Walters keyed the run for GC, scoring six of the 11 points during the surge.
The Blue & White strung together stops on the defensive end to close out the period, holding the Quakers scoreless over the final 3:24 of the period. Redding made a layup to close W&L to within seven points (41-34) just six seconds into the fourth period, but the Quakers responded with a 17-2 run over the next 6:21 to lengthen their lead to 22 points (58-36) with 3:33 left to play en route to the victory.
The Generals finished just 18-of-60 (.300) from the field and 4-of-24 (.167) from three-point range. W&L also shot just five foul shots, making four of them. Popp led the way with 11 points, while sophomore guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) notched nine points. Senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) added seven points.
Guilford finished the game 25-of-56 (.446) from the floor and 9-for-10 from the foul line. Senior guard Lauren Ramsey tallied a team-high 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks, while Walters registered 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Junior guard Essence Abraham totaled 13 points and seven rebounds, and first-year center Julie Carini chipped in 12 points and 10 boards.
Washington and Lee will look to snap its two-game losing streak with a home game against Randolph on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.