November 25, 2012

W&L Women's Hoops Drops a 47-42 Decision to Hopkins

BALTIMORE, Md. – Johns Hopkins closed with a 20-6 run to produce a 47-42 win over Washington and Lee in women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at Goldfarb Gymnasium.

W&L (2-2) broke open a tie game (27-27) with a 9-0 run to assume a 36-27 lead with 9:05 left in the contest.  Sophomore guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) opened the run with a three-point play, followed by four straight points from senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va. / Langley).  First-year guard Alena Hamrick (Roanoke, Va. / Green Briar East) closed out the surge with a layup.

Johns Hopkins (2-3) responded with a 12-2 run over the next 3:39 to snatch the lead back (39-38) following a layup by first-year guard Katie Clark with 5:26 left in the contest.

Neither team could change the scoreboard until Gauf gave the Generals the lead back (40-39) on a pair of free throws at the 3:10 mark.  However, the Blue Jays wrestled the lead back after four straight points by senior forward Alex Vassila gave them a 43-40 lead with 1:05 remaining.

Hamrick pulled W&L to within one point (43-42) on a jumper with 49 seconds remaining, but Vassila hit a layup 18 seconds later and sophomore guard Stacy Fairey hit a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left for the final margin.

The Generals jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the game and held an 18-17 lead at the break.  For the game, W&L shot just 28.6 percent (16-56) from the floor and committed 20 turnovers.  However, the Generals' defense limited Hopkins to just 30.8 percent (20-65) shooting and W&L held a 46-38 advantage on the boards.

Hamrick led the Generals with a season-high 15 points, while Gauf totaled 10 points and five rebounds.  Warrick notched eight points and senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Baylor) notched six points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Blue Jays were led by Vassila, who recorded 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to the hardwood on Thursday when it travels to 16th-ranked Mary Washington for a 7:00 pm contest.

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