LANCASTER, Pa. – A layup with 13 seconds remaining in the game ended the Washington and Lee women's basketball team's fierce second-half rally, as the Generals fell to Haverford, 55-51, in the first day of the Terry Greene Tip-Off Classic at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
The Generals (1-1) led the Fords (2-0) by a 51-50 mark with time winding down in the game when Haverford junior guard Maddie Gallic sank a layup with 13 seconds remaining to take a one-point lead. After a W&L turnover and two more Haverford free throws pushed the Generals' deficit to three points, the Fords forced the Generals into a desperation three-point attempt on the next possession that fell short with under a second to play. One final free throw from senior guard Macy Goldbach marked the final point of the game.
Trailing by four points after a Haverford three-pointer started the fourth, the Generals surged ahead with an 11-3 run over the next eight minutes of the game to take their first lead since the first quarter. The run was started by first-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School), who hit on a pair of free throws followed by a three-pointer to get the Generals back to within a point.
Junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) then finished the run with a pair of free throws to put the Generals ahead, followed by a corner three-pointer to give W&L its largest lead of the game (four points).
After Haverford began the third quarter with a three-pointer, pushing its lead to 10, the Generals scored eight straight points to cut the lead to just two points with 7:13 to play in the period. For the rest of the quarter, the Generals held the scoring margin, 10-9, thanks to six points from junior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School), as the Generals entered the final frame trailing by one point.
The Generals struck first in the opening period on a three-pointer from Horn. The Fords answered with an 8-2 run shortly thereafter to grab an 8-7 lead with 2:53 on the clock, with six of the eight points coming from Gallic.
Trailing, 12-9, to open the second quarter, Casey laid a shot up and in to cut the W&L deficit to one point, before the Fords scored eight straight points to claim the largest lead of the first half (20-11) just over halfway through the period. The run was powered by senior guard Macy Goldbach, who nailed a pair of three-pointers.
The Generals responded to the run with five straight points of their own in a 1:03 span, but Haverford outscored W&L, 9-6, over the final four minutes to take a 29-22 lead into halftime.
Casey, who became just the sixth player in program history to make 100 three-pointers with a pair of triples in the season-opening win over Stevenson, led the W&L offense with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. Smithey and Horn came in next with 10 points each, as Horn also contributed eight boards and an assist, while Smithey pulled down three rebounds and made 5-of-8 shot attempts.
The Fords also got a trio of players into double figures, as Goldbach led all scorers in the game with 16 points, followed by senior guard Katie Cook with 11 and Gallic with 10.
W&L shot 19-of-57 (.333) from the field and 4-for-18 (.222) from long range in the game, compared to Haverford who made 20-of-48 field goals (.417) and 6-of-15 three-point attempts (.400). The Generals held the edge in free throw shooting, however, connecting on 9-of-10 shots to 9-of-16 from the Fords.
The Generals forced the Fords into 15 turnovers, while only turning the ball over 10 times themselves, and converted those turnovers into 19 points. Haverford outrebounded W&L, 37-34, and outscored the Generals, 8-7, in second chance points.
W&L will get back on the court on Sunday for a 3:00 pm matchup with Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa.
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