Junior guard Jenna McRae (Springfield, Va., Annandale) connected on 9-14 field goals en route to 20 points in leading the University of Mary Washington women's basketball team to a 69-48 win over Shenandoah University on Tuesday night at Goolrick Gymnasium. The Eagles improve to 2-2 overall.
The Eagles showed their best shooting performance of the season, scoring 44 first half points to build a 44-26 halftime advantage. UMW shot 54% (19-35) from the floor in the first 20 minutes, making 3-6 three pointers. McRae was the difference early, scoring 16 of her 20 points in the first half in 15 minutes before playing just seven minutes in the second half.
UMW cooled shooting in the second, but held Shenandoah to 29% shooting to maintain its cushion. Joining McRae in double figures were freshman guard Sam Partonen (Burke, Va., Robinson) with 10 points and junior guard Rachel Martin (Annandale, Va., Bishop Ireton) with 10 points. Martin also grabbed four steals.
Carol Dye (Springfield, Va., Lake Braddock) led UMW with nine rebounds. Shenandoah was led by Arianna Beard's 13 points.
Mary Washington will host Stevenson University on Wednesday, December 1 in their first Capital Athl;etic Conference game of the year. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.