LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior guard Kendall Parker scored a game-high 25 points to help lead 22nd-ranked Mary Washington to a 79-64 win over the Washington and Lee women's basketball team on Tuesday night at the Warner Center in the season-opener for both teams.
Both teams excelled on the offensive end to begin the game. The Eagles (1-0) hit 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) shots in the opening period to tally 21 points. The Generals (0-1) were almost as good, canning 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the floor en route to 20 first-quarter points.
The teams went back and forth for much of the second with W&L trailing by two, 33-31, with 2:05 left in the period. Senior forward Brianne Comden extended the lead for UMW by hitting three layups in the final minute to give the Eagles a six-point advantage (39-33) at intermission. Parker scored 16 of her 25 points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.
UMW began the third with six straight points to claim a 45-33 lead with 6:34 to play in the period. The Generals responded with a 16-5 run over the next six minutes to close the gap to one (50-49) with 38 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Generals used a balanced attack during the spurt with junior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale), senior guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly), junior forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) and by first-year Stuart Ayer (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) all recording at least three points.
The Eagles answered with five straight points in the final 32 seconds to regain a six-point (56-49) lead heading into the fourth. UMW used the momentum to slowly build its advantage in the final period, eventually holding a 65-56 lead with 3:52 left in the contest. The Eagles put the game away with seven straight to push the margin to 16 points (72-56) with 2:26 remaining on the clock. The teams traded baskets in the final two minutes before reaching the final margin of 79-64.
Clifford led the way for the Generals with 24 points, while Perszyk totaled 15 points. Ayer shot 5-of-6 from the floor for 10 points, to go along with seven rebounds. Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy) chipped in seven points and seven boards, while Redding grabbed seven rebounds.
Parker went 5-of-7 from behind the arc and shot 6-of-8 from the free throw line, while Comden had 14 points. Junior forward Taylor Barton finished with 11 points and five boards, and sophomore guard Elizabeth Dofflemyer grabbed seven boards to go with 10 points.
The Eagles shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) from the floor in the contest, while the Generals finished at 35.2 percent (25-of-71). UMW hit 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Blue and White struggled from downtown, hitting just 5-of-30 attempts (16.7 percent).
Washington and Lee returns to action this weekend, when it travels to Marymount for the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament. The Generals will face Colorado College on Friday night at 7:30 pm.
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