Strong Second Half Carries Messiah Past W&L Women's Hoops, 92-59

Strong Second Half Carries Messiah Past W&L Women's Hoops, 92-59

LEXINGTON, Va. – Messiah used an 18-2 run to start the third period to pull away for a 92-59 victory over the Washington and Lee women's basketball team on Saturday at the Warner Center.

The Generals (2-4) shot 55.6 percent (15-27) in the first half, hanging tight with the Falcons (6-0), who out-scored W&L 15-3 at the foul line to hold a slim 41-27 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play.

The Blue & White came out cold after the halftime break, missing each of their first six field goal attempts.  Meanwhile, the Falcons made six of their first nine shots of the penultimate quarter to push out to a 59-39 lead with 4:15 remaining.  Sophomore forward Alicia Rohrer contributed eight points during the run.

W&L out-scored Messiah 6-4 for the remainder of the period, but the Falcons started the fourth period with another run, scoring each of the first nine points to extend their lead to 72-45 with 7:53 remaining in cruising to the win.

The Falcons shot 45.9 percent (28-61) from the floor, 66.7 percent (6-9) from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent (30-35) from the foul line.  They also held a 37-26 advantage in rebounding.  W&L finished 21-for-49 (.429) from the field and 12-of-16 (.750) from the foul line.

Senior guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) paced W&L with 12 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter that W&L led 24-23.  Junior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) tallied 11 points, while junior forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) notched 10 points and seven rebounds.

Senior forward Gillian Glackin tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Messiah.  Rohrer totaled 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while first-year forward Leah Springer added 10 points and six boards.

Washington and Lee will now break for finals before returning to action on Dec. 17-18 in a tournament at the University of Scranton.  The Generals will play the host Royals on December 17 at 8:00 pm.

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