Casey puts up career-high 36 in W&L's 79-65 win at Roanoke

Taylor Casey

SALEM, Va. – Washington and Lee junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) scored a career-high 36 points and tied the women's basketball program record of eight three-pointers in the Generals' 79-65 win over Roanoke on Tuesday.

Casey's 36 points come just two days after she scored 27 points in a win at Franklin & Marshall, marking the fourth most points in a game in program history. She shot 14-of-19 from the field and made 8-of-12 shots from beyond the arc.

The Generals (3-1, 1-0 ODAC) fell behind, 7-0, in the early going and later trailed 13-7 with 3:27 remaining in the opening frame. W&L found its stride after that, however, outscoring the Maroons (3-2, 0-2 ODAC), 10-2, for the remainder of the period to take a 15-13 lead after one quarter, with eight of the 10 points coming from Casey.

After a three-pointer from Roanoke began the second quarter, allowing the Maroons to regain the lead at 18-17, Casey led the Generals on another run, this time scoring seven points during a 17-0 run to put W&L ahead 34-18 with just over three minutes to play in the half.

The Maroons got back on the board after that, but the Generals edged Roanoke, 10-6, the rest of the way to take a 44-24 lead into halftime.

Casey scored 24 points in the first half on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-9 from three-point range.

The Generals' offense cooled off after the halftime break, scoring only 11 points in the frame. Roanoke edged W&L in the third, 18-14, helped by an 8-0 run early in the period.

Leading by a score of 63-45, the Maroons scored seven straight points over a minute and a half to cut the W&L lead to 11 points, but Casey answered for the Generals with her seventh three-pointer of the game to end the run.

Both sides exchanged scores over the final seven minutes of the game, as Roanoke outscored W&L, 23-21, in the final period to yield the final margin.

Casey's 36 points are the first 30-point game by a W&L player since she put up a then-career-high 32 against the Maroons on February 24, 2017. She's also the only player to make more than seven long balls in a game, a feat she has now done twice.

First-year guard Kate Groninger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) followed in scoring for W&L with 11 on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 on three-pointers to go along with three boards and two assists. Sophomore forward Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and five dimes.

Roanoke had five players reach double-digit points, led by junior guard Kayla Kinsler who had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Molly Hassell finished with 12 points and five rebounds and senior forward Victoria Maxwell tallied 12 points and eight boards to round out the top-three scorers.

For the game, the Generals shot 27-of-56 from the floor (.482) and sank 13-of-25 of their three-pointers (.520), the most made triples in a game since connecting on 13 against Roanoke in a 76-69 win on January 27, 2015. The Maroons made 39.1-percent (25-of-64) of their shot attempts, including 37.5-percent (6-of-16) on three pointers.

The Maroons held the edge in the game in second-chance points, 12-6, but the Generals' bench outscored Roanoke's, 20-16.

The Generals will return to the court next Tuesday, November 27, for their first home game of the season, a 7:00 pm ODAC matchup with Lynchburg.

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