W&L closes 2018-19 regular season with record eighth straight home win

Jordan Diehl

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team set a program record with its eighth straight home victory, an 83-61 decision over Ferrum in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals (17-8, 13-5 ODAC) began the game on an 9-2 run, but the Panthers (3-22, 1-17 ODAC) remained competitive throughout the remainder of the quarter, as W&L outscored them, 15-13, over the next 7:30 to take a 24-15 lead into the second.

Both offenses continued their consistent play in the second quarter, as the Generals and Panthers traded buckets over the entirety of the frame, with Ferrum edging W&L, 17-16, in the second to cut the Generals' lead to eight points before halftime.

After the Panthers took four of the first six points of the third, junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) scored the next seven points to extend the W&L lead to 49-36 at the 7:41 mark. The Generals went on to outscore Ferrum, 13-10, the rest of the quarter to build the lead to 16 points entering the final frame.

A three pointer from first-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) opened the fourth-quarter scoring. After a Ferrum layup, Casey splashed home two more triples to increase the Blue and White's lead to 23 points. The Panthers were able to outscore W&L, 13-12, over the final six and half minutes of the game, with the Generals building a lead as large as 25 points on two occasions in the fourth.

Casey logged her ninth 20-point game of the season with 21 in the contest on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. With her 21 points, Casey moved into fifth place on the program's single-season points list, as the junior now has 428 points this season. In addition, her four triples moved her past Kari Ann Pfannenstein '12 for third on the all-time made three pointers list with 153.

First-year guard Megan Horn (Basking Ridge, N.J./The Pingry School) tallied 14 points, six assists, two steals and two blocks in the game. She shot 5-for-7 from the floor, including 4-for-4 in the first half, and made three of her four shots from long range. Addison scored 12 points and added three rebounds and two steals, while first-year guard Kate Groninger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

Ferrum was paced by a 17-point effort from senior guard Maggie Self, who connected on 5-of-9 shots in the game and went 2-for-3 on three pointers. First-year guard Jacy Marvin and first-year center Briona Hurt also had strong games, combining for 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

The Generals shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) in the game and made 12-of-29 shots from three-point land, the sixth time this year with at least 10 made three pointers. The last time a W&L team made double-digit three pointers in six games in a season was the 2010-11 team, which holds the program record for most makes in a season (188).

For the game, the Generals held advantages in points off turnovers (21-5), second-chance points (11-4), fast break points (14-2) and bench points (35-31). The Panthers managed to outscore the Generals, 30-28, in the paint.

With the win, the Generals secured the No. 3 seed for the ODAC Championship Tournament and will face-off against No. 6 Lynchburg in the Quarterfinal Round on Friday at 8:00 pm at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.

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