EMORY, Va. – A slow start was Washington and Lee's undoing, as the women's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, 88-73, at Emory & Henry on Wednesday evening.
The Wasps (14-3, 8-3 ODAC) jumped out to a fast start by scoring the first seven points of the game to begin an overall 17-4 run over the first 7:14 of action. But the Generals (12-7, 8-4 ODAC) fought back quickly, scoring 10 points in a row to close the frame, seven coming from junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy), to trim their deficit to three heading to the second.
The second quarter was a very evenly matched bout as both teams exchanged buckets and small scoring spurts. W&L, however, edged E&H in the period, 19-18, to trail just 35-33 going into halftime. The Generals made 7-of-14 shots from the field in the quarter, including a combined 4-for-5 from Casey and junior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School) for 10 of the team's 19 points.
After both teams traded nine points each over the first 3:10 of the third, the Wasps went on a run and began to pull away from W&L, as a 12-3 run pushed E&H's lead up to 57-45 at the 1:45 mark of the quarter. The Generals answered by scoring six of the final eight points in the frame to cut the Wasps' lead to 59-51 before the final 10 minutes.
The Generals gained a point on the Wasps through the first 2:17 of the fourth, now trailing 64-56, before an 8-2 run brought W&L back to within two points with just over half the period to go. Five more points by each side kept the Wasps' lead at two points with 4:16 to play, before an 18-4 run by E&H closed the game to yield the final margin.
Casey led the way for the Generals with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-8 from beyond the arc, as the junior inched her way closer to moving up the program's made three pointer leaderboard. She now has 140 in her career and needs just four more to pass Louisa Feve '06 for fourth in program history.
Smithey finished with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal, while first-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) and sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) tallied 13 points each. Horn added three rebounds and five assists to her line, while Hughes brought in three boards, blocked two shots and came away with three steals, her seventh game of the season with at least three and her fourth consecutive three-steal or better performance.
First-year guard Lauren Oakes (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Country Day) provided a spark for the team in 10 minutes off the bench, scoring five points on a made triple, her only shot attempt, and two free throws, in addition to five rebounds.
The Wasps were led by junior forward Sydney McKinney, who scored 19 points and missed just one of her nine shot attempts in the contest. Senior forward Taylor Blevins turned in a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double, while sophomore guard Kylea Cooper and junior forward Peyton Williams scored 15 and 13 points, respectively.
The Generals shot 42.4 percent (28-for-66) from the floor to E&H's 49.2 percent (32-for-65). The Wasps outrebounded the Generals, 47-30, and held advantages in second-chance points (13-9), points in the paint (52-40), fast break points (14-6) and bench points (18-7). The Generals, who committed just nine turnovers in the game, edged the Wasps in points off turnovers at 13-12.
The Generals will be back in action on Saturday when they host Shenandoah in a 2:00 pm ODAC clash.
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