FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Washington and Lee closed the game with a 20-6 run over the final 4:44 of the game to produce a 60-55 win over 24th-ranked Mary Washington in women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Anderson Center.
The win marked the first time the Generals have beat a ranked opponent since 2010. W&L knocked off then 17th-ranked Mary Washington, 54-49, on November 16, 2010.
The Generals (1-0) scored 26 points in the final period of the 2017 affair behind the play of senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) and first-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye), who tallied 13 points each in the final 15 minutes.
Mary Washington (0-1) held a 49-40 lead following a layup by first-year forward Tory Martin with 5:07 remaining. However, the Generals began the game-ending run at the 4:44 mark when Popp split a pair of free throws. She finished 5-of-8 from the floor in the period, while Perszyk did plenty of damage at the free throw line, finishing 9-of-11 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter alone.
The Blue & White wrestled the lead away with 1:21 left when Perszyk was fouled while making a layup. She converted the free throw for a 52-51 advantage, W&L's first lead since it was 32-30 with just over two minutes remaining in the third period.
Mary Washington used a nine-point run midway through the first period to assume a 15-5 lead en route to posting a 23-21 lead at the half. The Generals assumed a 26-23 advantage with 7:23 left in the third period on a three-pointer by senior guard Andrea Ferrero (Ridgefield, Conn. / Ridgefield) and held the lead until a 13-2 run gave UMW a 41-34 lead heading into the final period.
Mary Washington finished 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field, but only 10-of-17 (.588) from the charity stripe, while the Generals shot 32.7 percent (17-52) and hit 23-of-33 (.697) from the free throw line. W&L held a 40-33 edge in rebounds and both teams committed 17 turnovers.
Perszyk went 13-of-15 from the charity stripe in posting 28 points, four steals and two rebounds. Popp scored a career-high 14 points and Ferrero added eight points, eight rebounds and three steals.
First-year guard Madison Shifflet finished with 13 points for the Eagles, while senior forward Taylor Barton and Martin chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Washington and Lee returns to action this weekend, when it travels to Roanoke College for the Jean Beamer Tip-Off Classic. The Generals will face Birmingham Southern on Saturday night at 8:00 pm.
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