Perszyk and Popp Lead W&L Women's Basketball to a 70-65 Overtime Victory Over Piedmont

Perszyk and Popp Lead W&L Women's Basketball to a 70-65 Overtime Victory Over Piedmont

SALEM, Va. – Senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) and first-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) both scored 17 points to lead the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to its second straight overtime victory with a 70-65 overtime win over Piedmont in the Jean Beamer Kickoff Classic at Roanoke College on Sunday.

The win improved the Generals to 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign.

W&L held a 57-55 lead after Perszyk drilled a pair of free throws with 37 seconds left in regulation.  However, the Lions (1-1) would end up tying the contest with 27 seconds remaining on a layup by senior guard Carlie Shields.  The Blue & White had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Perszyk could not convert on a layup as time expired.

In the extra session, Popp gave the Generals the lead just two seconds into the frame when she hit a three-pointer for a 60-57 advantage.  Piedmont cut it to 60-58 as sophomore guard Amari Price split a pair of free throws just 10 seconds later.  However, the Lions missed each of their next three shots from the field and also failed on a pair of free throws, as the Generals extended the lead to eight points (66-58) with 2:36 remaining.  Piedmont cut it to a three-point contest (68-65) with seven seconds remaining, but Perszyk hit a pair of charity tosses with four seconds left to ice the game.

W&L grabbed the early lead and closed the first period with five straight points, including three by Popp, for an 18-10 lead after the first 10 minutes.  Piedmont chipped away at the Generals' advantage and eventually took the lead back at 27-25 with a layup by Shields with 2:43 left in the half.  The lead was short-lived and W&L assumed a 30-29 lead at the break courtesy of a pair of free throws by first-year guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft) late in the half.

Shields gave Piedmont its largest lead of the contest (36-30) with a jumper at the 8:22 mark of the third period, but the Generals again knotted the score at 36-36 entering the final period on a three-pointer by Perszyk with 12 seconds remaining in the penultimate quarter. 

Neither team led by more than a single possession in the fourth period and the lead changed hands five times in the final 10 minutes before settling on a tie at the end of regulation.

W&L finished the game just 22-of-61 (.361) from the field and 6-for-21 (.286) from beyond the arc.  The Generals also shot just 64.5 percent (20-31) from the foul line.  Popp's 17 points were a career-high and was supplemented by a career night from sophomore forward Stuart Ayer (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park), who posted a career-highs in points (14) and rebounds (16). Hughes contributed two points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals off the bench. Perszyk was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament following the contest.

Piedmont shot 39.4 percent (28-71) from the floor, 14.3 percent (2-14) from three and just 36.8 percent (7-19) from the foul line.  Shields finished with 16 points and Price notched 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday evening when it travels to Gallaudet for a 4:00 pm contest.

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