W&L Women's Hoops Drops Lynchburg, 67-62, in Overtime

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used an 11-6 run in overtime to defeat the Lynchburg Hornets, 67-62, on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg.

With the score tied at 56-56, the Generals took the lead 15 seconds into over time off a first-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) layup. Clifford extended the lead a minute and 21 seconds later when she corralled an offensive rebound and stuck the ball back in with 3:24 left to play.

Lynchburg pulled within one point (61-60) with 1:44 left on the clock after junior forward Lauren Penley made 2-of-2 from the foul line and first-year guard Charmaine Hairston made a layup. The Generals responded with two free-throws from sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) to make the score 63-60 with 1:28 left.

The Hornets once again pulled within one (63-62) off a jumper by first-year forward Jamie Grace with 1:13 on the clock, but that would be as close as they would get as the Generals got two free-throws each down the stretch from sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) and junior guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va. / James Madison) to reach the final margin.

W&L began the second half with a 27-24 lead and saw its lead grow to as many as six points (49-43) during the first 10:44 of play. LC began to chip away at the Generals lead, going on a 16-6 run to take a 56-51 lead with 2:05 left to play.

The Generals scored five points, courtesy of Gauf, sophomore guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Fenwick) and Clifford, in the final 1:50 to force the overtime period, which led to the Generals victory.

For the game, the Hornets outrebounded the Generals, 54-47, including a 24-14 edge in offensive rebounds. W&L shot 37.9 percent from the floor (25-66), while the Hornets made 25-of-78 for a 32.1 shooting percentage.

Gauf led all scorers with 18 points, while also recording seven rebounds, seven assists and one block. Hendricks tallied 14 points, three steals and six rebounds, while Vick notched 10 points and seven boards.

Penley led the Hornets with 14 points and added 13 rebounds of her own. Senior guard Ann Dorris notched 12 points and four boards, while Hairston and Grace added 10 points each. 

The Generals will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Randolph-Macon for a 7:00 pm contest.

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