LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee used a 45-16 run across both halves to run away to a 71-45 win over Bridgewater in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday at the Warner Center.
The Eagles (3-4, 0-2) held a 23-15 lead at the 7:11 mark of the first half following a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jessica Lam (Elkton, Va. / East Rockingham). The Generals (5-1, 1-1) then outscored BC 15-6 for the remainder of the half, sparked by six points from first-year guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale), to assume a 30-29 lead at the break.
W&L's dominating run continued after the break, outscoring the Eagles 11-2 in the opening 3:11 of the second half to push out to a 10-point lead (41-31) at the 16:49 mark. Sophomore guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) scored seven of the 11 points during the stretch.
Bridgewater followed with a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Heather Cantrell (Singers Glen, Va. / Broadway) at 16:31, but the Eagles would not score again until the 11:05 mark as the lead swelled to 14 points (47-33). The Eagles cut it to single-digits (47-39) after a triple by junior guard Jessi Strom (Salem, Va. / Glenvar) at the 9:01 mark, but W&L scored the next 13 points, including nine from Clifford to push out to a 60-39 lead with 5:30 left. BC scored just six points the rest of the way as W&L won its first ODAC contest of the season.
After shooting just 36.7 percent (11-30) in the first half, W&L heated up to 53.6 percent (15-28) in the second half while holding the Eagles to just 5-of-22 (.227) from the field in the final 20 minutes. The Generals also held a 44-30 advantage on the boards.
Clifford paced W&L with a career-high 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor and 9-of-10 from the foul line. She also grabbed six rebounds. Junior forward Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy) totaled 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while Perszyk notched eight points. First-year forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) chipped in four points, a game-high nine rebounds and three blocks.
Bridgewater was led by Cantell's 12 points and 10 points from Lam.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Hollins for a 7:00 pm contest.