LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a 23-7 run, spanning the end of the third period and the beginning of the fourth, on its way to posting a 73-45 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
W&L (13-7, 7-5) held a slim 39-33 edge with 1:55 remaining in the third period, before closing out the quarter on an 8-0 spurt. Senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) notched a quick five points on an old-fashioned three-point play and a layup, and then Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft School) hit a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 47-33 heading into the final period.
The Generals opened the fourth with back-to-back layups by Perszyk and Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) to push the lead to 18 (51-33) with 9:27 left. Sophomore guard Reagan Holmes hit a three (51-36) at the 9:05 mark to end W&L's run.
The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes, but then five straight points from Perszyk gave W&L a 20-point lead (58-38) with 6:55 on the clock. The margin remained at least 18 points the rest of the game, as the Generals secured the victory.
The Blue and White shot 49.1 percent (28-57) from the floor and held a 47-35 edge in rebounding. Perszyk led the way with 20 points, going 6-of-7 from the foul line. Popp totaled 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) posted 14 markers. Sophomore forward Stuart Ayer (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) finished with 10 points, and senior forward Ailyn Kelly (Clifton, Va. / Centreville) dished out six assists.
The Marlins (9-12, 6-6) shot just 26.6 percent (17-64) from the field and hit just 4-of-18 (.222) from behind the arc. Holmes paced VWU with 11 points, while sophomore guard Tiera Johnson totaled 10 points.
The Generals came out aggressive in the opening quarter, scoring the first seven points of the game in two minutes and change. First-year guard Popp hit a three, while first-year guard Hughes and Redding each registered two points to stretch the lead 7-0 at the 7:39 mark.
The Marlins finally got on the board with 7:24 on the clock on a three-pointer by Holmes. From there the teams went back and forth with W&L holding a 28-20 edge at the half.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Hollins for a 7:00 pm contest.
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