Generals basketball splits weekend doubleheader

The men and women’s team take a loss and a win, respectively, in the Jan. 29 double header

Crawford Humphreys

Washington and Lee’s basketball teams split a Saturday doubleheader, with the men’s team falling short of a major upset and the women’s team continuing their dominance at home and in the ODAC conference.

Both teams played Jan. 29.

The men’s team faced a tough foe in Randolph-Macon, who was riding a 10-game win streak coming into Saturday. They currently hold the No. 1 ranking in the Top 25 Poll.

The Generals played the Yellow Jackets tight in the first half and traded blows on the offensive end. They went into the locker room down seven points at halftime, with Rob DiSibio, ’24, leading the way with 12 points.

The Yellow Jackets stormed into the second half and pushed their lead into double digits. But the Generals held their own and brought the lead back to just six points after threes from Jack Lewis, ’23, and DiSibio that ignited the home crowd.

The game continued to go back and forth, with both teams battling offensively and the crowd at the Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center continuing to grow louder.

Though the Generals ended the game on a 24-14 run, their upset bid fell just short as the clock hit triple zeros with Randolph-Macon holding on for a 77-72 victory. 

DiSibio led the Generals in points with 22 followed by Mark Lamendola, ’22, who tallied 16.

The men’s team now moves to 7-9 overall with a 5-5 conference record. 

They have just six games left on their regular season schedule, including home matchups against Virginia Wesleyan and Eastern Mennonite.

Later in the day, the women’s team took the court for a senior day matchup against conference foe Virginia Wesleyan. The Generals held an undefeated conference record going into the game.

The Generals bounced out to an early 19-16 lead in the first quarter before extending it to 39-27 at the half.

From there, the Generals never looked back, trouncing the Marlins with a remarkable 32-3 run that brought their lead up to 29 points in the third quarter, according to Generals Athletics.

The Generals would continue to grow their lead in the fourth thanks to a continued offensive explosion. 

According to Generals Athletics, the team’s 14 made threes in the game fell just one short of tying the program record.

The Generals would end up winning in dominant fashion by a score of 88-53 with Kate Groninger, ’22, leading the way on her senior day with 14 points. 

The victory marked the 17th straight win at home for the team according to Generals Athletics. 

The women’s team now moves to 13-3 overall with a perfect 10-0 conference record. 

They have just eight games left on their schedule before the ODAC tournament, including a home matchup with Eastern Mennonite next week.