LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior forward Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime, as Virginia Wesleyan edged the Washington and Lee women's basketball team, 58-55, on Saturday at the Warner Center.
Despite trailing the entire game, the Generals used a 7-2 spurt, capped with a free throw by senior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) to tie the contest at 43-43 with 6:15 left in regulation. The Marlins answered with two consecutive baskets to retake the lead (47-43) at 5:36. Senior guard Megan Marks (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) responded with a three to pull within one (47-46) at the 4:45 mark.
Over the next three minutes, the two teams exchanged baskets with VWC holding a 56-52 advantage with 1:12 remaining on the clock. After a missed free throw by sophomore forward Kerri-Leanne Taylor (Stockport, England/The Hill School), sophomore guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va./James Madison) split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to three, 56-53, with 37 ticks left.
Each squad failed to score on their next possessions, but a foul by first-year guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Fenwick) sent senior guard Rachel Miller (Sterling Park, Va./Park View) to the line for two. Miller connected on both free throws to extend the lead to five (58-53). With seven seconds left, Warrick made a layup to bring the Generals back within three. W&L fouled again, sending sophomore forward Nancy Kelly (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) to the line, who missed both shots with six seconds left. The Generals passed the ball up the court, with Warrick's game-tying three missing the target.
W&L shot 41.2 percent (21-51) from the floor for the game, while going 5-for-10 from distance and holding VWC to 27.8 percent (5-18) from behind the arc. The Marlins were able to out-rebound the Generals, 40-31, and held a 10-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The first 5:23 of the game featured two ties with neither team able to take control until a jumper by Conley started a 7-0 run for the Marlins, in which they jumped out to a 14-5 lead by 11:34. VWC extended its lead before intermission by ending the half on a 10-4 run to enter the break with a 29-18 advantage.
Three players scored in double-figures for W&L, with both Warrick and Corvino each registering 15 points. Wilson filled the stat sheet with 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Marks notched five points, eight boards, two steals and one block.
Sophomore guard Andrea Paphites (Bristow, Va./Manassas Osbourn Park) paced the Marlins with 14 points. Conley recorded 10 points and Miller collected 10 points and three steals. Taylor led the team in rebounds, grabbing a game-high 13.
The Generals return to the court on Tuesday, when they host Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest.
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