W&L Women's Basketball Falls at Shenandoah, 60-54

W&L Women's Basketball Falls at Shenandoah, 60-54

WINCHESTER, Va. — First-year guard Breya Wallace netted 17 points and first-year forward Kirsten Arcata totaled 16 to lead Shenandoah past the Washington and Lee women's basketball team, 60-54, at Shingleton Gymnasium in the final game of the regular season on Sunday.

The Hornets (8-17, 4-12 ODAC) jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first six minutes of the game, but a 6-0 run by the Generals (15-9, 8-8 ODAC) cut the deficit to 14-13 with 11:49 left in the opening half. Shenandoah responded with eight straight points to take a 21-13 advantage at the 9:51 mark.

Senior guard Annie Gauf (Vienna, Va ./James Madison) scored four consecutive points to jumpstart the W&L offense, and the Blue and White out-scored the Hornets, 15-8, in the final 10 minutes of the half to trim the margin to 29-28 at intermission.

The teams went back and forth in the first eight minutes of the second half, until back-to-back jumpers by Wallace and Arcata stretched the Shenandoah lead to five (43-38) with 10:44 left in the game.  

Sophomore guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly) made two free throws, and then Gauf nailed a triple to tie the game at 43-43 at the 7:39 mark. A layup by senior forward Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) gave the Generals a 45-43 lead with 6:28 on the clock, but the Hornets scored eight of the next 10 points to regain a four-point advantage (51-47) with 2:18 left in the contest.

Junior guard Paige Corvino (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Fenwick) netted a layup with 1:37 remaining, but a jumper by Wallace stretched the lead back to four, 53-29, on the next possession. The Hornets made 7-of-8 free throws in the last 1:11 of the game to reach the final margin.

Clifford led the Blue and White with 12 points, and Corvino added 10 points, five rebounds three assists and two steals.

W&L shot just 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor, while the Hornets finished 20-of-49 (40.8 percent) from the field.

The Generals will be the six seed in the ODAC Tournament and will host 11th-seeded Roanoke in the first round on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

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