LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a program-record 14 three pointers to cruise to an 82-38 win over Hollins in Tuesday night ODAC action.
The Generals (15-8, 11-5 ODAC) held a slight 4-3 edge over Hollins through the first minute and a half of the game, before a 12-0 run pushed W&L out to an early 13-point lead with just under five minutes to play in the opening frame. Hollins (6-16, 2-13 ODAC) responded, however, with a 14-2 run to cut the Generals' lead back down to one point, before W&L scored five of the final six points in the period to take a 23-18 lead into the second.
W&L scored the first 11 points of the second quarter then, after five straight points from Hollins, scored the next eight to run its lead to 42-23 with 2:43 remaining in the half. A free throw from Hollins at the 2:31 mark was the final point of the half for Hollins, before junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) made a layup and a free throw to close the second.
The Generals held Hollins to just six points in the second quarter on 2-of-11 shooting overall, before outscoring Hollins 23-5 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 68-29 through three periods. The fourth quarter yielded a 14-9 result, in favor of W&L, to cap the game as the Generals held Hollins to just 20 points over the final 30 minutes of game time.
The Blue and White had four players knock down a trio of three pointers, led by a 3-for-4 effort from first-year guard Kate Groninger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) who tallied 15 points and three rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) connected on 3-of-5 triples en route to a game-high 20 points, plus six rebounds and five steals, her fifth five-steal performance of the season, and three blocks.
First-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) also sank three of her five shots from beyond the arc, while adding three rebounds and six assists. With her six assists, Horn now has 87 assists this season, tied for the eighth most in a season in program history.
Casey was the fourth General to hit on three triples on the night, as the junior guard scored 16 points and made 3-of-7 three pointers, to go along with four rebounds and a career-high five assists. Her three triples broke a tie with Louisa Feve '06 on the program's all-time list for made three pointers, as Casey now owns the fourth highest total in school history (146).
First-year forward Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) logged her third consecutive game with 10 rebounds, her seventh game of the season with at least 10.
Hollins was led by first-year guards Keenan and Kayla Surles, who scored 15 points and 12 points, respectively, on a combined 10-of-30 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Keyazia Taylor grabbed nine boards for Hollins and scored three points.
The Generals connected on a season-high 51.8 percent (29-of-56) of their shots, the highest single-game field goal percentage since sinking 54.2 percent (26-of-48) in a 67-42 win at Shenandoah on February 17, 2016. The 14 made three pointers by W&L broke the school record by one, a mark that was tied twice this season and initially set on January 27, 2015, at Roanoke.
W&L also combined for 23 assists in the game, the second game of the season with 20 or more, and outrebounded Hollins, 46-21, in the contest.
Hollins shot 29.4 percent (15-of-51) in the game, but were limited to just 21.6 percent (8-of-37) after the first quarter.
For the game, W&L held advantages in points off turnovers (18-13), second-chance points (18-2), points in the paint (26-10), fast break points (15-5) and bench points (22-0).
The Generals will be back in action next Wednesday, February 13, when they travel to Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm tip-off in the penultimate game of the regular season.
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