Methodist Knocks Off W&L Women's Basketball, 65-53

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Methodist College closed the first half with a 15-2 run in posting a 65-53 victory over Washington and Lee in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Riddle Center.

The Generals (1-3) tied the game at 21-21 with 6:09 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy).  Shortly thereafter, sophomore guard Kayla Pless drained a three-pointer to ignite the run that gave the Monarchs (2-1) a 36-23 lead at the break.

W&L missed each of its last six shots from the floor and Methodist forced the Generals into five turnovers in the final 5:28 of the opening half.

The Monarchs pushed out to a 17-point lead (47-30) on a jumper by first-year guard Maya Banks at the 10:55 mark of the second half, before an 8-0 run keyed by four points from Wildes cut it to a nine-point game (47-38) with 7:23 left in the contest.   However, three straight points from senior guard Jackie Lyles, followed by four straight from first-year guard Jalisia Campbell pushed the MU advantage back to 16 points (54-38) with 5:31 remaining. 

W&L used a 7-0 run over the next 2:01 to pull within nine points (54-45) once again at the 3:30 mark, but could get no closer as the Monarchs held on for the 12-point win.

Washington and Lee shot just 8-for-27 (.296) in the first half, but recovered to shoot 50.0 percent (10-20) in the second half to finish the game at 38.3 percent (18-47) from the floor.  The Generals were also hindered by 51.7 percent (15-29) shooting from the foul line and 25 turnovers.

First-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) paced W&L with 11 points, five assists and four steals.  Sophomore guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) added nine points and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds.  Wildes tied her career-high for scoring with nine points, and grabbed five boards.

Methodist shot just 39.1 percent from the floor, but took 22 more shots than did the Generals (27-69).  Lyles tallied a game-high 17 points, while first-year guard Maya Banks finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Roanoke for a 7:00 pm contest.

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