SALEM, Va. — Senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) totaled 26 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to lead the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 76-65 overtime victory against Birmingham Southern on Saturday at the Roanoke Tip-Off Tournament in the Cregger Center.
The Generals (2-0) held a 56-45 advantage with 6:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers (0-2) went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:22 of play to take a 58-56 lead with 2:32 on the clock. During the spurt, first-year guard Leah Middleton led the charge with seven points.
First-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y./Rye) finally ended W&L's scoreless drought by converting a layup to tie the game (58-58) at the 2:19 mark. Neither team could tally a bucket over the next minute and a half, but a pair of free throws by first-year guard Misa Fujii gave BSC a 60-58 edge with 47 seconds on the clock.
Popp evened the contest, 60-60, once again with two free throws, but the Panthers went back in front, 62-60, with 24 seconds left in regulation on two free throws by sophomore forward Emilee Olsen. Following a Blue and White turnover, Olsen split a pair of free throws to push the BSC advantage to three (63-60) with 12 seconds remaining in the fourth.
On the ensuing W&L possession, Perszyk had the ball just in front of the W&L bench with the clock winding down, and she then launched a deep three with 5.4 seconds on the clock that found nothing but net to even the score at 63-63 and it pushed her over 1,000 points for her career. The Panthers had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Middleton's runner was off the mark as time expired.
The Panthers scored the first point of overtime on a free throw by Middleton with 4:49 remaining in the game, but a three-pointer by senior forward Ailyn Kelly (Clifton, Va./Centreville) pushed the Generals in front, 66-64, with 3:16 to go in the contest. Olsen split another pair of free throws at the 2:18 mark to bring BSC to within one (66-65), but it would prove to be the final point of the game for the Panthers.
The Blue and White ended the contest on a 10-0 run to pull out the victory. During the spurt, Perszyk had seven points, and junior guard Andi Carrandi (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster Schools) made a triple, while BSC went 0-of-2 from the floor with two turnovers.
The 26 points for Perszyk marked the most by any player in the game and she had four steals. She connected on 12-of-13 attempts from the foul line. She is the 12th player in program history to register 1,000 points in her career. Perszyk now has 1,009 points in 75 games in her four seasons for a 13.5 points per game average.
Popp and Carrandi each added 13 points for the Generals. All of Popp's points came after intermission, and she also had 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. The 13 points for Carrandi marked a new career-high.
Olsen totaled 15 points to lead the Panthers, to go with seven rebounds. Middleton had 14 points and seven rebounds, while Fujii chipped in 10 points.
The Blue and White shot 31.0 percent (22-of-71) from the field, but made 26-of-32 (81.3 percent) free throws. W&L registered just nine turnovers in the contest, while forcing BSC to commit 17. The Generals also held a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds.
W&L takes on Piedmont on Sunday at 1:00 pm to complete its play at the Roanoke Tip-Off Tournament.
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