January 18, 2014

W&L Women's Basketball Falls to Virginia Wesleyan, 60-35

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Wesleyan limited the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to just 12 points on 6-of-17 shooting (35.3%) in the first half en route to a 60-35 victory over the Generals at the Batten Center.

The Marlins held the Generals scoreless for the first five minutes of play until first-year forward Samantha Sharman (Huntersville, N.C. / Hopewell) drained a jumper in the paint to cut the lead to five (7-2) with 15:00 on the clock.

VWC then went on a 23-10 run over the next 11:50 to take an 18-point lead with 3:10 left to play. The Marlins increased their lead, getting seven consecutive points down the stretch, including four straight from first-year forward Alexis Platt, to take a commanding 37-12 lead at the intermission.

Virginia Wesleyan forced W&L into 18 turnovers in the first half, which marks the first time this season the Generals recorded over 15 turnovers in one half. The Generals were also out-rebounded 24-18.

The Marlins held W&L to just 22.2 percent (6-27) shooting in the second half and saw their lead grow to as much as 30 points, as they posted the 25 point victory over the Generals.

For the game, VWC out-rebounded the Generals 48-37, including a 24-12 edge on the offensive glass, and held the Blue and White to just 27.3 shooting (12-44) for the game.

The Generals were led by sophomore forward Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy) who had 11 points and a team-high three assists. Sharman added 10 points and four rebounds, while first-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) chipped in seven points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) added four points and a team-high eight rebounds.  

Junior guard Brittany Glasco paced Virginia Wesleyan with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Nancy Kelly and sophomore forward Cassie Conley each finished the game with 10 points. Conley also added five rebounds.

Washington and Lee will return to action next Tuesday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 7:00 pm contest.

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