LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) set a new career-high for herself, finishing with 29 points, but the Washington and Lee Generals outlasted the 20th-ranked Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball Yellow Jackets in an afternoon tilt in Lexington.
Score: Washington and Lee 81, Randolph-Macon 77
Location/Venue: Lexington, Va./ Duchossois Sports Complex
Records: Randolph-Macon 10-3 (5-1 ODAC), Washington and Lee 7-5 (4-2 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Washington and Lee got out to as much as a six-point lead with 3:38 to go in the first quarter, but Randolph-Macon came storming back as freshman Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va. / Saint Gertrude) hit a layup and Ross went 4-4 from the free throw line, tying the game at 8-8 with 1:39 left to play in the period. W&L built the lead back up to four heading out of the first quarter.
- Senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) led the Yellow Jackets in the opening minutes of the second frame as she sunk a pair of three-pointers that tied the game at 14-14. The Yellow Jackets got their first lead of the game as Ross hit a layup with 4:41 remaining to go ahead 19-18 and then made a jumper a few moments later to help R-MC extend its lead to three. W&L took the lead back shortly after that and lead heading into the halftime break 32-25.
- Junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) helped R-MC fight back to open the second half. Her layup, which was followed by another three-pointer by Wisner helped cut the W&L lead to four. Another three-ball from Wisner about a minute later cut the General lead to one, but W&L was able to keep the distance and took a three point lead into the final frame.
- Ross cut the lead to three early with a jumper at 9:28 to go in the fourth at 53-50. W&L extended its lead over the next three-and-a-half minutes and was able to build a nine-point cushion with about six minutes to go. But a 12-2 run over the next two minutes helped cut the General lead to one as R-MC pulled the score to a 64-63 W&L advantage. The run continued as R-MC hit a pair of free throws, one from sophomore Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) and another from fellow sophomore Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) a few moments later. That gave R-MC its first advantage since the first half. The Generals took another slight lead before Ross tied the game with 16 seconds left at 67-67. A foul on the other end of the court gave W&L free throws, which they converted both to take the two point lead with 14 second left. But yet another foul in R-MC's advantage this time allowed Ross the chance to convert, which she did both, tying the game at 69-69. W&L had an open shot at the end, but it did not fall, sending the game to an extra period.
- W&L scored the first points of the overtime period about a minute into the frame. W&L went ahead 73-69 with another jumper about a minute later. Woods converted a pair of free throws to cut the score to a one-possession game at the 2:49 mark, but the Generals were able to stay ahead of the Yellow Jackets for the rest of the period as Washington and Lee took the game 81-77.
Inside The Numbers
- Ross set a new career high, scoring 29 points. She was perfect from the free throw line, going 7-7 and also pulled in 11 rebounds, making this game her second double-double of the season. Ross also made four blocks.
- Wisner was also in double-figures for the Yellow Jackets, scoring 14 points. All of her field goals came from beyond the arc. Wisner had three assists as well.
- Woods netted nine points and 14 rebounds. She also made four steals and three blocks and dished out a trio of assists.
- DeBell finished with seven points and eight rebounds. She also made a pair of assists. Joining her with seven points was fellow freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J. / Rancocas Valley Regional).
- Arrington finished with six points and three rebounds as well as one each of assists, steals and blocks.
- Knobloch finished with seven rebounds and five steals to go with three points and two assists.
- Senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) finished with two points and a pair of assists and rebounds as well.
- Washington and Lee held the advantage on the boards 57-48.
- R-MC held the advantage in steals and blocks. R-MC had 13 steals and nine blocks compared to W&L's nine steals and five blocks.
- Both teams marked 14 assists.
Randolph-Macon will face Ferrum at home in Crenshaw Gym at 2:00 PM on Saturday.
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