EMU Shoots its Way Past W&L Women's Hoops, 69-48

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Eastern Mennonite shot 50.0 percent (29-58) from the floor and forced 25 Washington and Lee turnovers en route to a 69-48 win over the Generals in ODAC women's basketball on Wednesday evening at Yoder Arena.

The 69 points were the most surrendered by W&L (5-6, 2-3) this season, while the shooting percentage was also a season-high against the Generals.

The Royals (8-5, 4-1) never trailed in the contest and broke open the game with a 9-2 run that pushed a three-point advantage (11-8) with 10:28 left in the first half to a 20-10 lead at the 7:54 mark.  The EMU lead grew to 14 points (31-17) before the Generals closed the first half with four straight points to make it a 10-point game (33-23) at the break.

Eastern Mennonite scored the first six points after the intermission to push out to a 39-23 lead and the Royals would lead by as many as 34 points in cruising to the win.

Washington and Lee shot just 33.9 percent (19-56) from the floor and hit only 1-of-15 (.067) three-point attempts in the contest.  First-year forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) led the way with her first career double-double.  She grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and tied a career-high with 10 points.  First-year forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) recorded nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor, while sophomore guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) and first-year guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) each scored eight markers.

The Royals were led by sophomore forward Shakeerah Sykes, who scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.  Sophomore forward Raiven Patterson tallied 12 points and seven boards, while junior forward Bianca Ygarza added 10 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Hollins for a 2:00 pm contest. 

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