W&L Women's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight, Defeats Guilford, 62-59

W&L Women's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight, Defeats Guilford, 62-59

LEXINGTON, Va. – Sophomore guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) posted a game-high 18 points to lead the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 62-59 victory over Guilford in ODAC action on Friday night at the Warner Center.

With the two teams separated by one point late in the third quarter, the Generals (9-3, 3-1) used a 10-4 run in the final 2:22 of the period to assume a 50-45 advantage heading into the fourth. First-year guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft) ignited the spurt with a three-pointer and Casey tallied the final seven points on a triple and four free throws.

The Quakers (9-2, 3-1) scored six straight points to open the fourth to take a 51-50 lead with 8:01 remaining. The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes with W&L holding a slim 56-55 edge with 4:34 left. First-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) then hit a three-pointer on the Generals' next possession to give W&L a four-point lead (59-55) with 3:59 left. W&L pushed its advantage to six (61-55) with 3:09 remaining off of two free throws from Popp.

Neither team could score on the ensuing possessions until the Quakers went on a 4-0 spurt to pull within two (61-59) with 48 seconds left capped on first-year guard Jasmine McBride's old-fashioned three-point play. The Generals missed a three-point attempt on their next trip down, and Guilford called a timeout to advance the ball with 15 seconds left. Following the stoppage, Popp stole an entry pass into the post with eight seconds remaining.

W&L advanced the ball and senior forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) was fouled and split a pair of free throws to give the Blue and White a 62-59 lead. Guilford heaved up a shot as time expired but it was left of the hoop to reach the final margin.

The win was the first time W&L has defeated Guilford since the 2010-11 season. The Generals also snapped the Quakers' nine-game win streak.

W&L shot just 35.4 percent (17-48) from the floor and 29.2 percent (7-24) from beyond the arc, but went 21-of-25 (.840) from the charity stripe. Casey went 9-of-11 from the foul line and tallied 12 of her 18 points in the third period. Popp totaled 16 points, four assists and three steals, while Redding finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

The Quakers shot 41.4 percent (24-58) from the field, but hit just 1-of-5 from the three-point line. Sophomore forward Miracle Walters led Guilford with 15 points, while senior guard Lauren Ramsey tallied 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. McBride added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest.   

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