Program records go down as Generals top Randolph, 76-50


LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team capped off its regular season with a 76-50 win at Randolph on Wednesday evening.

The Generals improve to 18-7 overall and 15-3 in the ODAC. The 15 conference wins breaks a tie with the 2009-10 and 2010-11 teams for the most ODAC wins in a season in school history, while the 18 wins are the most in school history prior to the ODAC Tournament. The WildCats fall to 7-17 overall and 2-15 in conference.

Both teams opened the game by exchanging small scoring runs, with Randolph edging out W&L, 16-13, through the first six minutes of the game. However, the Generals closed the quarter on a 16-4 run to grab a 29-20 lead heading into the second.

With 1:12 remaining in the first quarter, senior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) splashed home a three pointer to break the team record for triples made in a season (202), a record set just last season.

The pace slowed in the second quarter, as the Generals outscored the WildCats, 15-8, to go into halftime with a 44-28 advantage.

W&L gradually pulled away in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring Randolph 14-10 in the third and 18-12 in the fourth. W&L led by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter, while Randolph pulled no closer than 13 points after halftime.

Casey led the way on offense with 22 points and connected on six of her nine three-point attempts, her second game of the season with six long-range makes. Her 22 points also propelled her up the program’s all-time points list, as she passed Megan Babst ’02 for eighth (1,280).

Junior guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) contributed 15 points, six boards and three assists and sophomore guard Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior forward Andy Smithey (Charlotte, N.C./Saint Mary’s School) had a solid all-around game with eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists.

Randolph sophomore guards Yanessa Cabrera and Amber Garrett paced the WildCat offense with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Cabrera added five assists and Garrett dished out four dimes. Senior guard Kalyn Banks came away with five steals on defense, a game high.

The Generals finished the game at 48.3 percent shooting (28-58) overall and connected on 43.5 percent (10-23) from long range and 90.9 percent (10-11) at the foul line. The WildCats were limited to 29.5 percent (18-61) from the floor, including 31.8 percent (7-22) from beyond the arc.

For the game, the W&L held advantages in points in the paint (36-16), second-chance points (16-7) and bench points (21-11), while Randolph outpaced the Generals, 15-8, in points off turnovers.

The Generals will next play in the quarterfinal round of the ODAC Championship Tournament on Thursday, February 27. The time of the game and the opponent are yet to be determined.

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