W&L Wins Rebound Battle Over Royals

Lexi Deffenbaugh had three steals in the game. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Lexi Deffenbaugh had three steals in the game. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU basketball women could not overcome an early hole on the road as they lost to Washington and Lee 80-60 on Tuesday. Despite only turning the ball over eight times, the Royals struggled on the boards as they were outrebounded 55-30.

A fast start for the Generals (16-7/13-3 ODAC) had them in front 16-4 at the midway point in the first quarter. Back-to-back threes by Tiffany Carey (Bedford, Va./Jefferson Forest) and Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) brought the Royals back within eight before Washington and Lee went on an 8-4 run.

The second quarter saw the Generals expand their lead as they made four of their 14 total three pointers. EMU had their opportunity to climb back in the game as W&L only scored two points over the final five minutes of the second quarter, but the Royals could only score six as they trailed going into halftime 45-30.

The Generals scored six unanswered to start the second half before going on to score 22 while shooting 40.9% in the third quarter. They would pace EMU in scoring for the rest of the game after building their leading to twenty.

W&L shot 44.3% (31-70) for the game and 38.9% (14-36) from three as the Royals went for 33.8% (24-71) and 27.8% (5-18) from long-range.

Carey led EMU in scoring with 15 points while dishing out four assists and two steals. Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) scored eight points with three rebounds and two blocks. Emily McCombs (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) had eleven points.

Four of the Generals' five starters scored in double figures with Jordan Diehl leading scoring 15 points.