W&L Women's Basketball Tops Hollins, 77-39

W&L Women's Basketball Tops Hollins, 77-39

ROANOKE, Va. – Washington and Lee jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in cruising to a 77-39 victory over Hollins in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday night at the Hollins Gymnasium.

First-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) scored five points during the Generals' (14-7, 8-5) opening run, while senior forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) tallied four points. Hollins (3-19, 0-13) finally got on the board with a layup from senior forward LaChrisha Hill at the 6:11 mark to make it 12-2, but W&L maintained its advantage and carried a 12-point lead (20-8) into the second period.

The teams traded baskets to start the second quarter, but W&L used an 8-0 spurt midway through the period to take a 31-11 edge with 3:42 remaining. Popp and Redding each tallied four points in the run. The Blue and White kept the foot on the gas, stretching the lead to 23 points (39-16) heading into halftime.

The Generals hit 10-of-15 (.667) shots in the third period and continued to pull away, outscoring HU by a count of 25-15 in the period en route to a 33-point lead (64-31) heading into the final 10 minutes of play.  Popp led the way with eight points in the frame, while first-year guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft School) and sophomore forward Stuart Ayer (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) scored four points each.

W&L shot 49.2 percent (30-61) from the field for the game and hit 10-of-23 (.435) from behind the arc. The Generals committed a season-low six turnovers and recorded 13 steals. Popp scored a game-high 22 points, to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Hughes finished with 16 points, five steals and three assists, while Redding scored 13 points. Ayer added 11 points and four rebounds.

Hollins shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor and hit just 1-of-8 (.125) from beyond the three-point line. Hill recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds, while first-year guard Keyazia Taylor finished with eight points and 10 boards.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Lynchburg for a 2:00 pm contest. 

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