Women's Basketball falls in the ODAC title game, 63-53, to Shenandoah

Erin Hughes

SALEM, Va. – A fourth-quarter rally from the Washington and Lee women's basketball team came up short in the end as Shenandoah defeated the Generals, 63-53, to win the ODAC Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon.

The Generals finish the 2018-19 season at 19-9 overall, tying the program record for most wins in a season. The Hornets improved to 16-13 overall with the win.

Trailing, 43-31, at the start of the fourth quarter, the Generals went on a 7-2 run to quickly cut their deficit down to seven points. The teams exchanged four points, before W&L scored five of the next seven to get back within four points, 51-47, with 3:49 to play.

But the Hornets closed the quarter on a 12-4 run to seal the win and claim the ODAC title.

The Generals held a slight 3-2 lead through the first 3:48 of the game, but the Hornets came alive with an 11-3 run to take a 13-6 advantage. W&L scored four of the final five points of the frame to cut into the deficit, but trailed, 14-10, through one quarter.

The second quarter began with a three pointer from Shenandoah junior guard Shannon Kuhn to put the Hornets back up by a first-half high seven points. Five straight points from the Generals brought the margin back down to two, in favor of Shenandoah, before the Hornets held a 7-5 edge over the final eight minutes of the second quarter.

W&L trailed, 24-20, at halftime but limited the Hornets to just 29.6 percent (8-of-27) shooting in the first half.

The Hornets scored the first four points of the third quarter to pull ahead by eight points, but the Generals inched their way back with a 7-2 run to trail, 30-27, at the 6:26 mark. After both teams traded four points, the Hornets closed the period on a 9-0 run to go into the fourth quarter ahead, 43-31.

Sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) finished the contest with a game-high-tying 17 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter. She shot 3-for-13 from the field but converted on 10-of-12 foul shots, while adding two blocks and three steals, concluding the season with a program-record 77 thefts.

Junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) tallied 13 points, two rebounds and three assists, while first-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) chipped in eight points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

The Hornets were led by Kuhn, who scored 17 points and added five rebounds to earn the Tournament MVP award. Junior forward Jordan Sondrol scored 16 points and hit 5-of-9 shots from the floor, to go along with seven rebounds and two assists. First-year forward Olivia Weinel added 12 points and six rebounds for the Hornets.

W&L shot 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the floor in the game to 37 percent (20-of-54) from Shenandoah, with both teams shooting above 80 percent at the foul line, 80.0 from W&L (16-of-20) and 81.8 from the Hornets (18-of-22).

At the conclusion of the game, Hughes and first-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) were both named to the All-Tournament team.

In addition to tying the program's wins records, the Generals set numerous other school records over the course of the season as well, including longest home winning streak (8), points scored (2016), three pointers made (201) and steals (291), while tying the program record for free throw percentage (.748).

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