January 3, 2014

W&L Women's Hoops Falls to Apprentice, 64-61

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team was held to 25.9 percent (7-27) from the field in the first half and improved to 65.0 percent (13-20) in the second half, but could not overcome a 12-point halftime deficit in falling to Apprentice, 64-61, on Friday night at the Warner Center.

The Lady Builders (8-3) held the Generals (3-6) to just 1-of-7 shooting (.142) from the field as they jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first 4:20 minutes of the game.  The Blue and White put together an 11-6 run to pull within five (18-13) with 9:08 left to play, but that would be as close as it would get as Apprentice headed into the locker room with a 33-21 lead at the half.

Despite trailing by 14 points (51-37) with 9:09 left to play in regulation, the Generals used a 13-5 spurt, capped with a free throw by junior guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) to pull within four points (55-51) with 3:30 left in the game. However, the Lady Builders responded with a quick 8-4 run to increase their lead to eight (63-55) with just 21 seconds left to play. 

The Generals got two free throws each down the stretch from sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) and first-year forward Samantha Sharman (Huntersville, N.C. / Hopewell) to make it a one possession game (61-64) with three seconds left to play, but Apprentice ran out the clock for the victory.

For the game, Apprentice outrebounded W&L, 42-33, and forced a Generals' season-high 25 turnovers, including 14 steals. On the flip side, the Generals outscored the Lady Builders by 14 points at the free throw line, hitting 20-of-30 charity tosses in the contest. Apprentice was whistled for 24 personal fouls and three technical fouls, which allowed W&L to climb back into the contest.

Sharman led all scorers with a career-high 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 shooting from the line. She also grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) also tallied a career-high point total (17) and tied her career-best in rebounds (12). She finished 8-of-9 from the floor. First-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) chipped in 11 points and three assists.

Apprentice was paced by Kenya Wilkerson (Richmond, Va. / Hermitage), who totaled 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Courtney Collins (Chesapeake, Va. / Western Branch) notched 15 points and had three steals and April McCoy (Virginia Beach, Va. / Salem) added nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Generals will return to the court on Wednesday when they host Hollins for a 5:30 pm contest.

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