Junior guard Rachel Martin (Annandale, Va., Bishop Ireton) scored 23 points, including UMW's final 16 points in the last 2:31, but it wasn't enough as the 14th ranked Eagles dropped a 54-49 decision to Washington & Lee University on Tuesday night in both teams' regular season opener. Mary Washington shot just 3-22 from the floor in the first half, spelling doom for the home team.
After the rough start offensively, the Eagles shot a blistering 53.6% from the floor in the second half (15-28), with Martin single-handedly lifting the Eagles with a jumper with 2:31 left, followed by a layup with 1:39 to play. With the Eagles trailing, by 13, 50-37, Martin drained a three pointer with 1:08 to play, and then another three with 27 seconds left to cut the deficit to 50-43.
After a pair of General free throws, Martin again unleashed a successful three with nine seconds left to move the score to 52-46, and hit another three at the buzzer to bring the final to 54-49.
Sophomore Carol Dye (Springfield, Va., Lake Braddock) led UMW with six rebounds, while freshman Sam Partonen (Burke, Va., Robinson) had a team-high five assists. Washington & Lee was led by Meg Ingram's 18 points and Kari Pfannenstein's 10.
UMW will visit Randolph-Macon College on Friday at 6:00 p.m.