Generals set steals record in 96-46 defeat of Gallaudet

Molly Mann

LEXINGTON, Va. – A program-record 23 steals helped the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 96-46 win over Gallaudet on Saturday afternoon at the Duchossois Tennis Center.

The 50-point win marks the first time such victory for the Generals since defeating Hollins on December 1, 2008, by a program record 71 points (111-40). The win was also the 300th in the history of W&L women's basketball.

After a slow start to the first quarter had the Generals ahead 6-4, W&L went on a 20-0 run to close the period to lead by 22 points going into the second. Gallaudet opened the next frame with a layup, followed by a 23-0 run by the Generals to extend the lead to 49-6 with 3:40 remaining in the half.

W&L closed the half outscoring the Bison, 8-5, to go into halftime with a 57-11 lead.

The Generals continued their hot play in the third quarter, shooting an even 50-percent from the field, en route to outscoring the Bison, 24-15, in the frame to go ahead, 81-26, going into the fourth quarter. Junior guards Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) and Molly Mann (Mathews, N.C./Weddington) led the charge in the quarter with five points apiece.

Gallaudet picked up its pace in the final frame and found a groove offensively, going 6-for-11 from the field in the quarter (.545), while holding the Generals to 33.3 percent in the period (7-for-21). The Bison outscored W&L, 20-15, in the final 10 minutes to yield the final margin.

Casey paced all players in the game with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-for-7 from long range. The 22 points mark her third 20-point effort of the season and first since scoring a career-high 36 against Roanoke on November 20 this season. First-year guard Kate Groninger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) came in next with a season-high 17 points plus five boards and two assists.

Mann tallied a career-high 11 points, to go along with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Junior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School) also scored 11 points and dished out a career-high five assists. First-year guard Lauren Oakes (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartburg Day School) rounded out the double-digit scorers as she notched 10 for her first double-digit scoring performance of the season.

Senior guard Andi Carrandi (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster Schools) pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Generals and also finished with three assists and three steals.

The Bison were led by senior guard Sabina Shysh and junior guard Kendall Hudson, who both scored 15 points in the game on a combined 10-of-37 shooting from the field.

For the game, the Generals shot 40-of-83 (.482) from the field, tied for the highest single-game percentage of the season. The 40 made field goals were the most in a game since W&L connected on 40 shots in a 101-70 win over Southern Virginia on November 30, 2015, while the 83 shots were the most taken in a game in over 15 years.

Both teams pulled down 45 rebounds, but the Generals edged the Bison in points off turnovers (39-4), second-chance points (15-9), points in the paint (58-22), fast break points (26-6) and bench points (46-3).

The Generals will return to action on Monday night when they travel to Lynchburg for a 7:00 pm ODAC contest.

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