LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a 27-8 run across the first and second periods to propel itself to a 70-45 victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.
Shenandoah (4-10, 1-4) held an 8-4 lead with 3:22 left in the first half following a layup by junior forward Erin French (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch). However, sophomore forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) jump-started the Generals scoring flurry with a layup at the 2:56 mark and she scored six more points before the end of the period as W&L carried a 19-10 advantage into the second period.
The Generals (8-6, 3-2) then scored the initial five points of the second quarter, coming on a layup by sophomore guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) and a three-pointer by senior forward Shelbi Hendricks (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day), to take a 24-10 lead just 58 seconds into the frame. W&L kept its foot on the gas, eventually completing the run with a layup by sophomore guard Andrea Ferrero (Ridgefield, Conn. / Ridgefield) at the 3:11 mark for a 35-12 lead. The Generals entered the break with a 21-point advantage (37-16).
The lead swelled to as many as 26 points (46-20) in the third period and 31 points (60-29) in the fourth, before the Generals emptied the bench midway through the final period.
As a team, W&L shot 46.6 percent (27-58) from the floor and drilled 11-of-13 (.846) free throws. The Generals also compiled 20 assists on their 27 made baskets.
Redding led the way with 14 points, all of which were scored in the first half. She also tallied nine rebounds and two assists. Sophomore forward Ailyn Kelly (Clifton, Va. / Centreville) registered 12 points and five rebounds, while Ferrero and junior guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) logged 11 points each. Hendricks added seven points, six assists and five rebounds.
The Hornets shot just 30.8 percent (16-52) from the field and were led by sophomore guard Kanesha Foster (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest) with 13 points. French chipped in 11 points and nine boards.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Randolph for a 4:30 pm contest.