Mary Washington upends Keuka
Eagles grab early lead, hold off Storm’s late run
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Senior guard Katie Wimmer scored 16 first-half points as seventh-ranked Mary Washington built a 27-6 halftime lead, and the Eagles held on in the second for a 39-32 victory against Keuka in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
The Eagles' nations-best defense was on display from the opening tip, as UMW held Keuka to one point in the first 12:24 of the first half, and just six points in the half. The Storm shot 2-27 from the field, while the Eagles, led by Wimmer, shot 34 percent. Wimmer was 7-11 from the floor in the half, with two 3-pointers and six rebounds.
In the second half, UMW struggled mightily from the field, as Keuka started the half on a 10-0 run, and got the deficit down to four at 29-25 with 8:41 to play on a free throw from Jessica Bandrowski. The Eagles returned the lead to seven thanks to baskets from Wimmer and Aby Diop, but consecutive Storm baskets cut the deficit to three at 35-32 with 1:20 to go. Wimmer then put then game away with a jumper and a pair of free throws, giving UMW its 28th consecutive win -- a new school record.
Wimmer was the lone Eagle in double figures, with no other player netting more than four points. Keuka was led by Mariah Mouzon's 11 points and 12 rebounds.
UMW shot 26 percent from the field (15-57), with 3-18 on 3-pointers and 6-9 from the free-throw line. Keuka went 13-46 from the field with 1-16 on 3-pointers, and was 5-14 from the charity stripe. Keuka led in rebounds 42-41, but committed 18 turnovers.