LEXINGTON, Va. – Freshman Brandi Hall came up with a late steal and hit a game-winning 17-footer with 0.8 seconds left as the Stevenson University women's basketball team erased a 49-42 deficit in the final minute to post a 53-52 non-conference win at Washington and Lee Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.
Stevenson (5-3) has won two straight and four out of its last five games.
The Generals (4-3) led 49-42 with 2:23 remaining after a conventional three-point play by Erin Hughes. That remained the score until junior Jonyae Curry converted a layup with 52.5 seconds to go to cut the lead to five, 49-44. Curry was fouled, but missed the free throw, however, she grabbed the offensive board and put it back to cut the lead to three, 49-46, with 50.5 seconds remaining.
Stevenson committed a foul on W&L's Emma Redding with 29.2 seconds left going for a steal, and she made 1-of-2 at the line to put the lead back at four, 50-46. On the other end, after calling a timeout to advance the ball to the front court, Curry scored again to halve the lead with 26.5 seconds remaining. A foul by Imani Sanders sent the Generals back to the line, and Emily Perszyk sank a pair to put the lead back to four with 22.9 seconds to go.
Sanders missed a layup with 18 seconds left, but got her own rebound and Hall scored and was fouled with 12.9 seconds to go. She made the free throw to cut the lead to one, 53-52. Defensively, Hall then came up with a steal at midcourt and tried to get it to freshman Denia Campbell under the basket, but the ball was deflected by a General defender. Off a sideline inbounds play, Hall knocked down a 17-footer from the right elbow with 0.8 seconds to go, then picked off a final full court heave by W&L to seal the win.
Stevenson trailed 34-31 entering the fourth quarter and took its first lead of the final frame, 35-34, with 8:28 left on a basket by senior Kristine Tennyson. The lead was short-lived, as W&L got the lead back on a pair of free throws by Hughes with 8:00 remaining. The Mustangs retook the lead, 39-38, with just over five minutes to go on a putback by freshman Olivia Coleman. From there, an 11-3 run gave the Generals their seven-point cushion in the final minutes.
The tightly-contested game featured 11 lead changes and 10 ties and neither side leading by more than six until Washington and Lee's late run. The Generals led 14-10 after one quarter and extended the lead to 16-10 early in the second before an 11-2 run capped by a Curry basket gave the guests a 21-18 lead 4:51 before intermission. Stevenson held W&L to just three field goals in the second as it took a 25-23 lead into halftime. The lead changed hands three times in the third, with the game remaining a one-possession game throughout the frame.
Curry led Stevenson with 16 points on 8-12 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. She scored 10 of her points in the fourth, making all five of her field goal attempts. Coleman finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, while freshman Morgan Jacobs added eight points off the bench while grabbing nine rebounds. Hall finished with seven points.
Stevenson overcame a 30-7 W&L lead in free throws attempted, with the Generals going 24-30 and the Mustangs 4-7 at the charity stripe, by limiting the hosts to just 25% from the floor while shooting 32.4%. Stevenson outrebounded Washington and Lee 50-42, including 19-10 on the offensive glass.
Stevenson returns to MAC Commonwealth play Wednesday night when it hosts Lebanon Valley in an 8:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.