Generals nearly erase second-half deficit in 69-66 loss to NYU

Taylor Casey

NEW YORK – Trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half, the Washington and Lee women's basketball team nearly completed its largest comeback win since 2015 before falling to NYU, 69-66, on the second day of the NYU Holiday Classic on Sunday.

The Bobcats (7-2) began the third quarter by scoring the first six points, running their lead to a game-high 16 points, before the Generals answered back with nine straight points during an overall 12-2 run to get back to within six points at 46-40 with 4:59 remaining in the frame. First-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) scored eight points during the run to lead the Generals.

Both teams scored seven points after that point, as the Generals kept the deficit at six points heading into the final quarter of play.

Trailing, 53-47, at the start of the fourth quarter, the Generals (6-5) scored the first five points to cut the Bobcats' lead down to one point. After the teams exchanged one bucket each, the Bobcats went on a 10-3 run to build their lead back to eight points. The run was stopped when Horn hit a jumper, followed by a triple from junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) to get back to within three points.

But that was as close as the Generals got to completing their comeback as both teams scored four points over the final 2:05 to yield the final result.

After W&L scored the first four points of the game, NYU scored 12 straight points to take an eight-point lead, before sophomore guard/forward Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) nailed her second three pointer of the game to end the run. The Generals gained a little more ground before the first ended, outscoring NYU, 7-4, over the final 2:25 to go into the second down, 22-14.

The second quarter was an evenly matched period as the longest scoring run for both teams reached only 4-0. For the quarter, the Bobcats outscored the Generals, 16-14, to go into halftime with a 10-point lead.

Hughes led the Generals with 13 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists in her fourth straight double-digit scoring effort. Casey tallied 12 points, plus four assists, and connected on a pair of three-point shots to move into fifth place on the program's all-time career three pointers list (121).

Horn scored 11 points, pulled down eight rebounds and finished with four assists, two steals and a block. Junior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School) notched 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and dished out four assists to round out the double-digit scorers for W&L. First-year forward Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds in her second game this season with at least 10 boards.

Sophomore forward Katie Foos paced the Bobcats with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Janean Cuffee finished the contest with 19 points and three assists.

The Bobcats shot 44.4-percent in the game (28-for-63) to W&L's 34.8-percent (24-for-69) and held advantages in fastbreak points (7-2), points in the paint (36-26) and second-chance points (8-4).

The Generals will return to the court on Wednesday when they host No. 22 Randolph-Macon at 3:00 pm in the Duchossois Tennis Center.

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