FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – After overcoming a second-half deficit and taking the lead, the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team lost to Mary Washington 70-58 in overtime Tuesday night.
With four points in the fourth quarter, W&L (3-1) took the first five points and also kept the Eagles (6-0) off the board for the first 6:49 before the Sydney Sherman layup. One less now, junior Hanna Malik (Raleigh, NC/Athens Drive) scored five straights on the foul line to give the Generals a 2:15 four-point lead. This lead held with 34 seconds left until UMW made three jumps while the Generals went 2-for-4 at the free throw line to send the game into overtime.
The Eagles then defeated W&L 14-2 in overtime with Mary Washington scoring the first nine points from Malik’s free throw pair.
W&L was leading 7-3 early in the first quarter when it was in freshman year Elka Prechel (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) linked in three-point jumping after back-to-back possession to take a 13-3 lead with 2:36 left. UMW responded with seven straight points before another Prechel triple with 43 seconds left in the quarter put the Generals six points away from second place.
The Eagles then started the second quarter at 11-2, with nine consecutive points to end, and took a 21-18 lead at 6:43 before the break. UMW then responded to four straight W&L points with an 8-2 lead, giving the Eagles a 29-24 lead with just over a minute left.
The third quarter favored the hosts with a 17:16 lead as the two teams traded points throughout. The Eagles led by as many as seven points (45-38) at 1:12 before the fourth quarter, but the freshmen Maria Schleusner (Charlotte, North Carolina/Charlotte Latin School) helped keep the Generals within striking distance with a pair of buckets before the third ended.
Schleusner scored 12 points, the team’s highest, and grabbed 10 rebounds in her second double-digit rebound game and first collegiate double. Schleusner shot a total of 5 out of 10 on the night and also added three blocks and an interception. Malik scored 11 points as a junior Grace O’Connor (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough), senior Kathryn Vandiver (Charlotte, North Carolina/Charlotte Latin School) and Prechel scored nine points each. Vandiver led these three players with nine rebounds.
Sherman led for UMW with a game-high 19 points while shooting 9-for-12 as well as seven rebounds. Keagan Schwab was next with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
The Eagles limited the Blue & White to 25.9% (15-58) of shots from the floor, including 20% (4-20) from long range, while hitting 36.5% (27-74) of all shots. The Generals led in both free throws (24) and tries (32). With 24 shots on target, this is the first time since the 2017-18 season that the Generals have made 20 or more free throws in back-to-back games.
The Generals will be back in action on Sunday when they host Swarthmore at 12:30pm at Holekamp Gym.