LEXINGTON, Va. – Behind junior forward Katy Wilson's (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) perfect 4-for-4 performance in the second half, the Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 60.0 percent from the floor (15-25) in the final 20 minutes to take down Randolph, 82-51, on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
After taking a 39-25 lead into the break, W&L (13-12, 11-9) continued to cruise past the WildCats (4-20, 1-18), connecting on eight of its first nine attempts in the first 6:33 of the second stanza, and increasing its advantage to 24 points (59-35). Junior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) had ten points, while Wilson added six during the run.
Randolph was able to pull to within 17 points off a layup by first-year guard Dyllan Peterson (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) with 10:22 left in the game (59-42), but the Generals scored six unanswered points to bring back the lead to 23 points (65-42) at the 8:19 mark. The game continued with back-and-forth baskets, until W&L closed out the contest with a 13-4 run, featuring three-pointers by senior guard Allison Sublett (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic) and junior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio/Talwanda), en route to the 31-point victory.
In the first period, the Blue and White jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead at 15:46, as senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) made two consecutive layups. W&L then went on to miss seven of its next eight attempts, and allowed the WildCats to tie the game at 14-14 with 11:52 left, as senior guard Lauren French (Blairs, Va./Chatham) notched five points during the 9-2 spurt.
A Warrick layup at 10:06 sparked a 25-9 run in the final 10:06 to end the first half with the aforementioned 39-25 lead. During the span, the Generals sank five shots from behind the arc, including three triples from senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale).
Five Generals posted double-figures in points, led by Warrick with 18. Wilson netted 16 points, Ingram added 15, and Bolton and senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) each registered 10 points. Warrick also grabbed eight rebounds, and first-year guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va./James Madison) dished out four assists.
First-year Brianna Lowry (Herndon, Va./Herndon) recorded a team-high 15 points to lead the WildCats. First-year guard Chelsea Tyler (Richmond, Va./Henrico) tallied eight points and five rebounds, and French scored seven points.
W&L will head to the ODAC Tournament on Thursday when they face Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinals at 3:00 pm at the Salem Civic Center.