Women's Basketball goes cold in second half in loss to Guilford

Molly Mann

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team was held to just 22 second-half points in its 64-51 road loss to Guilford on Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers (16-5, 13-2 ODAC) opened the game with a layup at the 8:05 mark, before the Generals (14-8, 10-5 ODAC) scored seven straight points in 61 seconds to take an early five-point lead. Guilford had a quick answer with seven consecutive points of its own, followed by a 5-4 Quaker edge over the final 3:47 of the frame to give the Quakers a 14-11 lead through one.

W&L scored the first six points of the second and held Guilford off the board for the first 2:19 to regain the lead at 17-14. Then, a 5-2 run put the Generals out in front by six points, before six straight points from the Quakers tied the game again. The final 5:05 of the period saw both sides trade scores with Guilford pulling back ahead by two points going into halftime, 31-29.

A layup from W&L first-year guard Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) began the scoring in the third quarter, but the Quakers sought to put the game away in the third with a 14-0 run to take a 45-31 advantage at the 5:40-mark. The Generals took the next five points, including a three pointer from junior forward Molly Mann (Mathews, N.C./Weddington), before the Quakers increased their lead back to 10 points, 48-38, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Generals outscored the Quakers, 9-4, over the first 3:59 to cut their deficit in half, but Guilford closed the game with a 12-4 run over the final 6:01 of game time to yield the final result.

First-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) scored 13 points in the contest, all in the first half, and finished with five rebounds. Diehl tallied five assists and 10 boards, her second straight game with 10 and sixth game of the year in double-figure rebounds.

First-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) and sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) scored nine points each, with Addison grabbing a pair of rebounds plus an assist in her first career start. Hughes chipped in six rebounds and three steals, as she now has 58 steals on the season, the third most in a season in program history.

Guilford was led by a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double from first-year forward Lindsay Gauldin, who made 6-of-12 shots and added two assists and three steals to her line. Junior forward Miracle Walters scored 12 points, plus six rebounds, and sophomore center Julie Carini added 11 points and eight boards.

In what was just W&L's second loss of the season when allowing 65 points or less (11-2 in such games), the Generals limited the Quakers to just 1-for-10 shooting (.100) from long range, but 25-of-59 (.424) overall, while posting a mark of 31.7 percent (19-of-60) in the game themselves. Guilford won the rebound battle, 45-35, and held advantages in points off turnovers (14-8), second-chance points (12-8), points in the paint (40-28) and bench points (19-12).

W&L will return to action on Tuesday when Hollins comes to the Duchossois Tennis Center for a 7:00 pm ODAC tip-off.

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