LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee began the second half with a 25-10 run in posting a 71-48 victory over Methodist in the W&L Women's Basketball Classic on Sunday at the Warner Center.
The Monarchs (0-2) shot 40.9 percent (9-22) from the floor and hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half in leading by as many as seven points before W&L junior forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) hit a layup as time expired in the first half to make is 30-25 at the break.
The Generals (2-0) hit 10 of their first 13 shots from the floor in the second half in opening a 50-40 lead with 10:03 left in the game. First-year guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) scored eight-straight during the stretch, extending from a two-point lead (40-38) with 11:36 left to a 10-point lead just 50 seconds later.
W&L limited the Monarchs to just 26.9 percent (7-26) shooting in the second half, while heating up to 58.6 percent (17-29) themselves in running away for the 23-point win that improved W&L to 2-0 for the first time since 2006-07.
W&L finished 28-of-59 (.475) for the floor in the game led by Perszyk, who tallied 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 6-for-8 from beyond the arc. Hendricks contributed 10 points and eight boards, while sophomore guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) chipped in 10 points and four assists.
Sophomore center Sydney Bryan (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Davidson) totaled 10 points to lead Methodist. Junior guard Kayla Pless (Hampstead, N.C. / Topsail) and sophomore guard Alexis Wallace (Gastonia, N.C. / Ashbrook) each scored nine points in the losing effort.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Southern Virginia for a 7:00 pm contest.