W&L makes program history by winning at EMU to end regular season

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team broke a team record and tied another in a 56-41 win over Eastern Mennonite in Saturday’s regular season finale.

The Generals improve to 19-4 overall with the win, which ties the 2018-19 team for the most single-season wins in program history. Additionally, W&L closes the regular season with an ODAC record of 16-2, which breaks the program’s record for most conference wins in a season set in 2019-20. The Royals end their regular season at 6-18 overall and 2-16 in the ODAC.

With EMU holding a slight 6-5 lead early in the first quarter, the Generals continued a 15-3 streak extending into the second quarter to take a 20-9 lead. The run also included a 9-0 push to end the run. After an EMU layup, second-year guard Hanna Malik (Raleigh, NC/Athens Drive) kicked off a 13-2 W&L run with a three-pointer. Malik scored the first nine points of the 13-2 run, on a three-point trio.

A senior guard lay-up Kate Groningen (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) opened the third quarter, but the Royals went on to score eight straight. The score for the third quarter was tied at 12-12, as the Generals entered the fourth with a 49-28 lead.

EMU scored the first eight points of the fourth and edged W&L, 13-3, in the first six and a half minutes of the frame to reduce it to an 11-point game. The Generals, however, held the Royals scoreless for the final three and a half minutes to close the game.

Malik scored a team-high 11 points and finished with three 3-pointers. Malik only needs one more triple to tie Taylor Casey ’20 (72) for the second-most threes in a season. Groninger had nine points and senior guard Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) finished with six points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

EMU freshman guard Mya Hamlet scored a game-high 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Sophomore guard Claiborne Poston had nine points and senior forward Constance Komara had eight points and five rebounds.

W&L shot 33.9% (21-62) overall in the match against 31.6% for EMU (18-57). The Generals edged the Royals by nine points from three-point field and six points from the foul line, while also holding a 56-41 rebounding advantage.

The Generals clinched the No. 1 seed at next week’s ODAC tournament, and they will next play in the quarterfinals on Friday at the Salem Civic Center. Match time and opponent are yet to be determined.