LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) hit a game-winning free throw with 3.5 seconds left in the game to push the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 55-54 win over Randolph on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.
After the Generals cut a nine-point deficit (54-45) to three by the 2:55 mark, first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Day School) recorded a three-point play to tie the game at 54-54 with 1:26 on the clock. Neither team could break the tie until a foul by WildCat junior guard Emilee Dunton (Forest, Va./Brookville) sent Wilson to the line and led to the game-winning free throw.
W&L (6-7, 3-4) opened the second half with a jumper by Hendricks for a four-point advantage (30-26) just 35 seconds into the period. Randolph (3-11, 1-6) fought back with consecutive buckets to take a 31-30 lead by the 16:53 mark. The Blue and White answered with a trey by senior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) to pull back ahead, 33-31, only to have first-year guard Abigail Bullins (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro) answer with a jumper at 16:23 to tie the contest at 33-33.
The Generals controlled the next 5:44 of action as they held a steady lead until 8:51 when the WildCats took a 43-42 lead off a jumper by sophomore forward Allie Druffel (Centreville, Va./Westfield). A free throw by Wilson tied the game at 43-43 with 8:00 left to play, but Randolph went on an 11-2 run over the next 3:18 to pull ahead and claim the aforementioned nine-point lead at 4:42.
The teams went back and forth to start the game and were deadlocked at 6-6 by the 15:34 mark. W&L then went on a 12-4 stretch to give it an 18-10 lead at 12:50. Randolph continued to stay in the game, scoring the next nine points and holding the Generals scoreless for eight minutes to take a 19-18 advantage with 6:18 left in the half.
W&L regained the lead and stretched it to five by the 2:12 mark as Marks connected on a layup. After back-to-back shots by Randolph, the score was again tied, 26-26, with 1:26 to go. Neither team scored again until senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) landed two free throws to push the Generals' lead to two (28-26) at the break.
For the game, the WildCats shot 38.2 percent (21-55) from the field, while holding W&L to 33.3 percent (20-60) from the floor and 21.4 percent (3-14) from long range.
Hendricks paced the Blue and White with her first career double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds, while adding three assists and two steals. Marks notched 10 points and four boards, and Wilson collected 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks.
For the WildCats, Dunton led the scoring with a game-high 20 points. Sophomore forward Jensen Hoover (Woodstock, Va./Central) tallied nine points and nine boards, and Druffel added six points, five rebounds and three steals.
W&L returns to the court on Saturday, when it travels to Winchester, Va., to play Shenandoah in a 2:00 pm contest.
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