W&L Women's Hoops Tamed by Yellow Jackets, 96-76

ASHLAND, Va. – Washington and Lee tallied a season-high point total, but could not keep pace with Randolph-Macon as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Generals, 96-76, in ODAC women's basketball action on Thursday evening at Crenshaw Gymnasium.

The Yellow Jackets (12-4, 5-2) opened a 15-point lead (36-21) with 8:14 left in the first half, but the Generals (3-11, 1-6) used a 21-9 run over the next 6:35 to slice it to a 45-42 game.  Sophomore guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) capped the scoring surge with a triple at the 1:39 mark and the Jackets carried a 50-43 lead into the halftime break.

R-MC pushed its lead back to double-digits (56-45) on a layup by sophomore forward Katie Anderson just 1:40 into the second half, but W&L used a 7-0 run keyed by four points from first-year forward Samantha Sharman (Huntersville, N.C. / Hopewell) and three points from junior guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) to make it a six-point game (62-56) at the 12:25 mark.

The Yellow Jackets then took control of the game with a 13-4 run that stretched their lead from eight points (76-68) at the 7:27 mark to 17 points (89-72) following a three-pointer by junior forward Taylor Huber with 5:13 to play.

The Generals shot 46.4 percent (26-56) from the floor and made 23-of-30 (.767) free throws in the game.  However, Randolph-Macon held a 51-29 advantage on the boards, including grabbing 24 offensive rebounds.  For W&L, it was the seventh loss in a row, marking the program's longest losing streak since the 2002-03 season. 

Sharman and sophomore forward Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy) paced six Generals in double figures with 14 points each.  Sharman went 6-of-8 from the floor, while Wildes grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  First-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) scored 11 points, while Gauf, Corvino and sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) each notched 10 points.

Anderson led five Yellow Jackets in double figures with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds.  Sophomore forward Lauren Vugteveen tallied 17 points and senior center Lindsey Sharman chipped in 15 points.  Junior guard Sarah Parsons and Huber added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Bridgewater for a 2:00 pm contest.

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