LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team held off a late rally by Shenandoah to come away with a 77-65 home win over the Hornets on Saturday afternoon.
With the Hornets (9-11, 5-8 ODAC) holding a slight 5-4 edge just over two minutes into the game, the Generals (13-7, 9-4 ODAC) took off on a 13-2 run to open up a 17-7 lead at the 4:18 mark of the quarter, led by junior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary's School) who scored a team-high six points during the run. After a layup from Shenandoah, the Generals scored 11 consecutive points to end the frame, including four from sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School), to lead 28-9 going to the second.
The second quarter was an evenly matched 10 minutes, as both teams scored just 11 points in the quarter, with neither side scoring more than four consecutive points, to keep the W&L lead at 19 points, 39-20, heading into halftime.
The Generals came storming out of the gates to open the third quarter with six straight points in the opening minute to pull ahead, 45-20. Both sides, again, evened out with 13 points each over the next 5:17, before the Hornets held a narrow 7-6 edge over W&L spanning the final 3:46 of the period, as the Generals led by 24 points through three quarters.
The Hornets began their run at a comeback on their first possession of the fourth with a three pointer from junior guard Ashley Stone. The teams traded eight points per side, before a 13-1 run from Shenandoah cut the W&L lead down to 73-65 with 59 seconds to play. But the Generals held their ground on defense, and made all four of their free throws inside the final minute, two from junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) and two from Hughes, to come away with the victory.
Hughes and Smithey both scored 19 points in the contest. Hughes shot 6-of-15 from the floor, 5-for-6 at the foul line, and added four rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocks. For Hughes, it was her fourth game of the season with at least five steals and fifth straight game with at least three. With 54 thefts on the season, Hughes is now tied for the fifth most steals in a season in program history.
Smithey made eight of her 10 shot attempts and pulled down nine boards, while dishing out three assists with one steal. Casey tallied 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting overall, to go along with three rebounds and a pair of assists.
First-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) scored eight points and added two rebounds, three assists and two steals to her line, while first-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) came away with three steals in 12 minutes off the bench.
Shenandoah junior forward Jordan Sondrol led the Hornets' offense with 13 points and 10 rebounds, plus an assist, one steal and three blocks. Her sister, Sarah, who logged all seven of her minutes in the fourth quarter, scored eight points. First-year forward Olivia Weinel tallied 15 points and first-year guard Kelsey Jones notched 11 points, as both players came off the bench as well.
The Generals shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) overall in the game, including 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from long range and 71.9 percent (23-of-32) on free throws. Shenandoah turned in a mark of 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field and 50 percent (7-of-14) on triples. The Hornets won the rebound battle, 36-33, and edged W&L in fast break points (11-6) and bench points (38-14). The Generals held advantages in points off turnovers (17-14), points in the paint (34-26) and forced the Hornets into 19 turnovers while turning the ball over just 10 times themselves.
The Generals will be back on the court on Wednesday when they host Randolph in a 7:00 pm tip-off, looking for the season sweep of the WildCats.
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