W&L Women's Hoops Drops 62-53 Decision to Salem

LEXINGTON, Va. – Salem held the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to just 29.3 percent shooting (17-58) and forced the Generals into 22 turnovers as the Spirits registered a 62-53 win on Thursday night at the Warner Center.

The Blue and White started the game off on the right foot, taking a seven-point lead (15-8) after the first 7:10 minutes of play. Salem (16-3) answered with a 10-3 run, capped by a Bianca Ritchwood (Columbia, S.C.) jumper with 4:53 left to play. The Spirits took the lead on the ensuing possession off a Ritchwood three-pointer and saw their lead grow over the final minutes to take a nine-point lead (32-23) going into the intermission.

Salem never let its lead slip in the second half, as the Generals only got as close as six points. The Spirits held W&L (5-12) without a made basket for 6:41 minutes in the second half and saw their lead grow to as many as 12 points.

For the game, Salem outrebounded W&L 49-39, including a 32-26 advantage in defensive rebounds and a 17-13 edge in offensive boards. 

First-year Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) paced the Generals with 17 points and two steals. Junior Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) added 10 points and three assists, while first-year forward Samantha Sharman (Huntersville, N.C. / Hopewell) chipped in eight points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Jasmine Shabazz (Buffalo, N.Y.) led all scorers, finishing with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Senior forward Satavia Taylor Chicago, Ill.) also recorded a double-double. She finished the game with 11 points and 16 rebounds, while adding a game-high six blocks. Ritchwood finished with 17 points, while junior guard Zykeya Henderson (Inman, S.C.) corralled a game-high six steals.

W&L returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Hollins for a 2:00 pm contest.

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