Maroons stifle Generals' offense; W&L falls to Roanoke, 66-49

Erin Addison

LEXINGTON, Va. – Cold shooting befell the Washington and Lee women's basketball team, as Roanoke left the Duchossois Tennis Center with a 66-49 win over the Generals on Monday night in ODAC play.

Both teams exchanged scores to open the game, with the Maroons (5-3, 1-3) pulling ahead slightly, 10-8, at the 3:14 mark in the first. From there, the Generals (4-3, 2-2) scored seven straight points to grab a five-point lead, thanks to two-point jumpers from junior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School) and junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy), followed by a three pointer from first-year guard Kate Groninger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair). The Maroons answered back and tied the game at 17-17 before the period ended.

The Generals and Maroons kept it close throughout the next six minutes of the game but, after a made layup from Casey cut a W&L deficit down to 29-28, Roanoke scored five points, while holding the Generals scoreless over the final 3:54 of the second quarter, to take a 34-28 lead into halftime.

The Maroons broke the game open in the third quarter with an 11-0 run to start the half, before first-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) broke the run with a triple, as the Generals trailed, 45-31, at the 5:51-mark of the quarter. W&L was unable to gain much ground the rest of the third, edging the Maroons, 7-6, from that point to go into the final quarter trailing by 13 points.

Neither team scored in the fourth until Addison hit one of two free throws at the 5:15-mark, before Roanoke extended its lead to a game-high 20 points, courtesy of a 10-2 run, to put the game away. W&L scored eight of the final 13 points to yield the final margin.

Addison finished with a game- and season-high 14 points, her first game of the season cracking double-digit points, as she connected on 5-of-10 shot attempts and nailed 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. She also added three steals in 26 minutes off the bench.

Casey scored 12 points, made two of her six three-point attempts, and pulled down two boards and came away with a steal. With a 2-for-2 effort on the night at the free throw line, Casey now owns the career free throw percentage record at W&L with a mark of 88.5-percent (100-for-113), including a 96.6-percent clip this season (28-of-29).

The Maroons were paced by a trio of double-digit scorers, led by first-year guard Ayanna Scarborough who tallied 13 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, plus four assists. Junior guard Molly Hassell scored 12 points and dished out three assists, while first-year forward Renee Alquiza notched 11 points and five boards. First-year power-forward Ajah Alexander narrowly missed a double-double after a nine-point, 10-rebound game.

Roanoke shot 47.2-percent (25-of-53) from the field and limited the Generals to just 27.4-percent (17-of-62). For the game, the Maroons outrebounded W&L, 45-27, and held advantages in points off turnovers (15-11), second-chance points (13-8), points in the paint (36-14), fastbreak points (16-5) and bench points (24-16).

The Generals will return to the court on Wednesday when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm ODAC tip-off.

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