Women's Basketball keeps it rolling with 88-55 win at Ferrum

Megan Horn

FERRUM, Va. – A balanced offensive attack led the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to an 88-55 ODAC win over Ferrum on Saturday afternoon.

The win propels the Generals to 12-6 overall on the season and 8-3 in the ODAC, tied for the best 11-game start in conference play in program history. The Panthers drop to 3-14 overall with the loss and 1-9 in conference play.

Both sides came out fighting from the opening tip and, through the nearly eight minutes, Ferrum pulled ahead of W&L, 14-10. With 51 seconds left in the frame, first-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) swished a triple, followed by another three from senior guard Andi Carrandi (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster Schools) on the following possession to put the Generals up by two.

Junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) then hit 3-of-3 free throws to end the period and cap a 9-0 run as W&L went into the second quarter up, 19-14.

The second quarter saw more balanced scoring from both teams, as the Generals pulled away by another three points before halftime, up 33-24. Casey kept up her scoring in the second, hitting a three pointer on the first offensive possession of the frame and again with 43 seconds left.

After the Generals scored the first six points to begin the third quarter, Ferrum countered by scoring six of the next eight points to get back to within 11 points. But that run was quickly halted when Horn connected on three pointers on two straight possessions, before first-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) banked in a layup to complete an 8-0 run for the Blue and White.

The Panthers gained little ground after that, edging the Generals just 14-13 the rest of the quarter, trailing by a score of 62-44. W&L saw steady scoring over the final five and a half minutes of the third, with four players combining for the 13 points to close the period.

W&L scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to increase its lead to 26 points at 74-48 with 5:54 remaining, and led by as many as 34 points in the final frame before the buzzer sounded.

Casey finished with 17 points and hit on 5-of-11 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from long range, her third game this season with at least four triples. Horn also had a big game for the Generals, producing 15 points, five boards and five assists. She connected on five of her eight shot attempts and matched Casey with four made three pointers, also her third game this season with four.

Sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) scored 11 points and came away with five steals, her third game this season with at least five and her fourth four-steal or better performance in the last five games. Junior Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School) and first-year guard Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) totaled 10 points apiece to put all five W&L starters in double figures for the second time this season, a feat that, prior to this season, had not been accomplished since the 2013-14 season.

The Generals also received key contributions from the bench in the game, as first-year guard Kate Groninger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and junior Molly Mann (Mathews, N.C./Weddington) scored eight points each, with Addison notching six and Carrandi finishing with three.

Ferrum was led by senior guard Jasmine Barr and sophomore guard Arin Bunker, who both scored 10 points on a combined 9-for-19 from the field.

For the game, the Generals shot a season-high 50 percent (30-for-60) from the floor and tied the program record of 13 made three pointers on 25 attempts, the second time this season that the Generals tied the school record. In addition, the Generals forced 27 turnovers in the contest, while committing just 10, and outscored the Panthers 32-6 in points off turnovers.

The 55 points allowed by W&L marks the sixth time the Generals have held their opponent to 55 points or fewer, while they improve to 9-1 in games that they hold the opposition to 65 or less.

The Panthers shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the field, including just 21.4 percent (3-for-14) from long range, but held advantages over the Generals for the game in second-chance points (12-4) and bench points (27-25).

The Generals will return to action for their fifth road game in six games when they travel to Emory & Henry on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm tilt. W&L defeated E&H at home this season on December 1, 71-62, when the Wasps were ranked 15th in the country.

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