W&L Women's Basketball Notes - ODAC Tournament

Week 10

WASHINGTON AND LEE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (15-9, 14-6 ODAC) 

Feb. 25 vs. Guilford College (14-11, 11-9 ODAC); 8:00 pm
@ Salem Civic Center, Salem, Va.

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KING OF THE GENERALS
Mandy King (Southern Maine ’98) is in her seventh season as head women’s basketball coach at W&L and is the program’s all-time winningest coach with an 87-94 (.481) record.  She is assisted by Abby Pyzik (Lynchburg ‘04), who is in her second season. King holds a record of 7-7 against Guilford College.

2010 ODAC TOURNAMENT
The 2010 ODAC Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place Feb. 25-28 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.  Below is the schedule and pairings:

Quarterfinals – Thursday, February 25th
#1 Roanoke vs. #8 Lynchburg - 1:00 pm
#4 Bridgewater vs. #5 Virginia Wesleyan - 3:00 pm
#2 Randolph-Macon vs. #7 Eastern Mennonite - 6:00 pm
#3 Washington and Lee vs. #6 Guilford - 8:00 pm

Semifinals – Saturday, February 27th
Winner 1v8 vs. Winner 4v5 – 1:00 p.m.
Winner 2v7 vs. Winner 3v6 – 3:00 p.m.
 
Finals – Sunday, February 28
Winner Semi #1 vs. Winner Semi #2 – 1:00 p.m.

W&L IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT
W&L has played 13 ODAC Tournament games in its 15 years of eligibility for the postseason tournament. The Generals have compiled an all-time record of 2-11, going 0-1 against Guilford. The two teams last met in the ODAC tournament during the 1996-97 season, with the Quakers claiming a 66-52 victory. That game was also the first ODAC tournament appearance for W&L. Here is how the Generals have faired against other teams in the ODAC Tournament over the years:
   
    Bridgewater (0-1)    Emory & Henry (0-1)    Eastern Mennonite (1-1)   
    Guilford (0-1)          Randolph-Macon (0-5)   Roanoke (0-1)   
    Virginia Wesleyan (1-1)       

LAST TIME OUT (vs. Bridgewater College, W, 67-53)
W&L recorded its program-record 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory en route to claiming the number three seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament as it defeated Bridgewater, 67-53, on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center. With the game tied, 6-6, at the 15:11 mark in the first half, the Generals went on a 10-0 run over the next 1:49, fueled by two three-pointers from sophomore forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein, to assume a 16-6 lead. The Eagles would follow with a run of their own, outscoring W&L 18-4 over the next 9:24 to claim their largest lead of the contest, 24-20, with 3:58 remaining in the half. However, W&L would respond with an 11-6 run over the closing minutes to assume a one point lead (31-30) at the break. Both teams would trade baskets to open the second stanza, tying the game at 35-35 at the 18:29 mark. The Generals would slowly pull away, taking the lead for good (37-35) after a layup from junior center Felice Herman with 18:11 remaining. It remained a two-point game (48-46) with 11:47 remaining before W&L went on a 19-7 run to close out the game and claim the 14-point victory. The Generals shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the field for the game, while limiting BC to jut 32.8 percent shooting (20-61) from the field, including 15.4 percent (2-13) from behind the arc. W&L was paced by sophomore forward Becca Bolton, who recorded game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Meg Ingram chipped in 14 points, while tying a career-high with eight assists. Pfannenstein notched 14 points and tied a career-high with three blocks.

LAST MEETING WITH GC - (1/29/10, W 69-66)
Sophomore forward Becca Bolton scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help lead the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team to a 69-66 win over Guilford at the Warner Center. The Quakers recovered from a 14-point (47-33) second half deficit to take a one-point lead (66-65) on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Jazlyn Gibbs with 47 seconds remaining. The Generals tied the game at 66-66 with 33 seconds left when sophomore guard Meg Ingram hit 1-of-2 free throws.  Following a defensive stop, W&L first-year guard Katy Wilson was fouled on a break-out and hit the second of two free throws for a 67-66 lead with 21 seconds left. Guilford first-year guard Brittany Atwater missed a contested layup on the ensuing possession and Bolton knocked down a pair of charity tosses for a 69-66 lead with four seconds left.  Gibbs’ half-court shot at the buzzer hit off the back rim and the Generals escaped with the win. Tied 26-26 at the half, the Generals opened up the second stanza with a 13-0 run over the first 4:36 to take a 13-point lead (39-26) at the 15:24 mark. Guilford would respond with a 21-12 run to pull within one at the 6:10 mark (51-50), setting up the game’s final minutes. W&L was hampered by poor shooting in the first half, shooting 32.3 percent (10-31), including 15.4 percent (2-13) from the arc. Meanwhile the Quakers shot 37.0 percent (10-27) from the field in the opening stanza. Bolton tallied her ninth double-double of the season on the strength of 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and 11-for-11 shooting from the foul line. Junior center Felice Herman added 14 points, five rebounds and a career-high five assists. Guilford was led by Atwater’s 19 points, while senior guard Alexa Williams chipped in 14 points.

FIRST MEETING WITH GC - (12/2/09, L, 55-52)
Guilford sophomore guard Jazlyn Gibbs hit a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to lift Guilford to a 55-52 win over Washington and Lee at the Ragan-Brown Field House. The Quakers held a 52-47 lead with 2:13 remaining, but first-year forward Rachel Warrick nailed a three-pointer with 1:36 left and sophomore forward Becca Bolton knocked down a pair of free throws with 52 seconds remaining to knot the game at 52-52 and set up Gibbs’ game-winner. Washington and Lee led by as many as nine points (19-10) in the first half, but the Quakers used a 22-3 run across both halves to post a 32-22 lead with 18:44 left the play.  W&L then used a 19-5 run of its own to go up 41-37 with 9:34 to play.  Guilford wrestled the lead back but could not pull away. Bolton led W&L with a game-high 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.  Warrick notched 12 points, while sophomore guard Meg Ingram chipped in eight points, four rebounds and three assists. For the game, W&L shot just 28.1 percent (16-57) from the floor and committed 24 turnovers. Gibbs led the Quakers with 14 points, while senior guard Jasmine Wood totaled 12 points and nine boards.  Junior guard Lauren LeFevers added nine points and 10 rebounds.

W&L’S LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE  (2/26/09, vs. Bridgewater, L, 77-65)
Fourth-seeded Bridgewater College limited fifth-seeded Washington and Lee to just 33.9 percent (20-59) shooting from the floor and forced 26 turnovers in defeating the Generals, 77-65, in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. The Eagles used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to build a 10-point advantage (18-8) with 11:13 to play. The Generals closed to within 36-32 with 13 seconds left in the half and the Eagles carried a 38-32 lead into the break. The Generals remained within striking distance early in the second stanza, trailing just 46-40 with 14:50 remaining. However, Bridgewater used a 19-7 run over the next 6:49 to take a commanding 18-point (65-47) lead with 8:01 left in the contest. W&L would close the gap to seven points (68-61) with 3:48 left, but could get no closer. Forward Becca Bolton led W&L with 21 points and nine rebounds, while guard Meg Ingram tallied 15 points and five boards. Guard Bethany Ridenhour notched 14 points and seven steals and center Felice Herman chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. Guard Jennifer Saunders paced Bridgewater with 16 points.

W&L vs. GC
This marks the 33rd all-time meeting between the Quakers and the Generals with Guilford leading, 25-7, in the all-time series.  Over the past five seasons, W&L has gone 6-4 against GC, including a split of the series this season, with the home team winning each contest. The last three meetings have been decided by three points or less, with one game needing extra minutes. 

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
The Quakers ended the regular season with a 14-11 overall record, going 11-9 in conference play. GC is coming off a 63-48 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday and has dropped its last two contests. VWC’s Kristina Jameson struck for 11 points in the first half, which helped the Marlins open a 36-27 halftime lead. The Marlins gradually built their lead thanks to five-of-nine shooting from three-point range in the opening period. Virginia Wesleyan’s Kristen Blaylock took over in the second half, scoring all 11 of her points on five-of-seven field-goal shooting. While the Marlins cooled from long-distance in the second half (2-11), Guilford made only six-of-21 shots from the floor and could draw no closer than nine points. Tonia Jones contributed 13 points, a game-high eight rebounds and three assists for Virginia Wesleyan. Sophomore guard Jazlyn Gibbs led Guilford with 13 points. Senior guard Jasmine Wood, sophomore forward Alexandria Miles and senior forward Alexa Williams all had six points and five rebounds for the Quakers. On the season, the Quakers are led by Gibbs and Ann Seufer, who average 11.8 and 10.1 points per game, respectively. Williams leads the team with an average of 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while Wood recorded a team-best average of 2.8 assists per game.

DOWN THE STRETCH
The Generals heated up down the stretch, winning 13 of their final 16 contests to enter the ODAC Tournament with a 15-9 overall record and a 14-6 mark in the ODAC.  The 15 wins are just one shy of tying the school record for wins in a season, while the 14 ODAC victories bettered the program record by one.  Despite being picked to finish sixth in the ODAC preseason coaches poll, W&L finished as the No. 3 seed, it’s highest-ever ODAC Tournament seeding.  The 2009-10 season also marked just the fourth winning season in conference play, with W&L posting a 130-190 (.406) overall conference record in 16 seasons. 

LEAVE YOUR MARK
In just their second seasons at W&L, sophomore guard Meg Ingram and forward Becca Bolton are leaving their marks in the program record book. Ingram now has 125 career three-point field goals made, ranking her second on the all-time list behind Louisa Feve ‘07, who connected on 143 treys over four seasons. Bolton has added her name to some single-season categories in both rebounding and free-throw shooting. This season, Bolton has recorded 267 rebounds, which is tied for fourth on the school’s single-season list. She has also notched 112 made free throws and 144 free throw attempts this season, which are both good for third in the single-season record book.

OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM
W&L and Guilford are on opposite ends of the spectrum with regards to shooting percentages this season.  W&L ranks second in the ODAC with a 41.4 shooting percentage, while Guilford is ninth in the conference with a 35.7 shooting percentage.  Improving that number will be difficult for the Quakers against the Generals, who are allowing their opponents to shoot just 36.8 percent for the season.  Guilford also struggles from the charity stripe, where they shoot just 63.1 percent.

CONTROLLING THE BOARDS
W&L has been a strong rebounding team all season, and now finds itself second in the conference, outrebounding opponents by a +5.5 average (963-831). The Generals currently lead the ODAC, limiting their opponents to 34.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Becca Bolton is second in the conference, with an average of 11.0 rebounds per game and leads the offensive boards category with an average of 3.8 per game. However, W&L will need to be mindful when Guilford is shooting: the Quakers lead the conference in offensive boards, averaging 15.3 per game.

TAKE IT DEEP
The Generals have kept it interesting from behind the three-point arc on both ends of the floor this season.  On offense, the Generals rank second in the ODAC with a 33.1 shooting percentage from three.  On defense, W&L is allowing its opponents to shoot just 29.6 percent, a total which ranks third in the league.  W&L is 6-0 this season when shooting 40 percent or better from distance and is 9-4 when making more three-pointers than its opponents.

PROTECT THE ROCK
Guilford currently sits second amongst conference steal leaders, recording an average of 12.0 steals per game and senior guard Jasmine Wood with a third-best 2.7 steals per game average. The Quakers also sit third in the conference with a +3.1 turnover margin (488-566).

QUASH THE QUAKERS
Sophomore forward Becca Bolton has posted some impressive numbers against Guilford during her first two seasons. In four games, she is averaging 19.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, recording a double-double in three contests. She has also made it to the charity stripe 43 times against GC, shooting 35-of-43 (81.3 percent) from the line, including going a perfect 11-for-11 in the second matchup at the Warner Center during this year’s campaign on Jan. 29. This season, Bolton posted career-highs of 31 points (Jan. 29) and 19 rebounds (Dec. 2) against GC.

SHOOTING STARS
The Generals have two of the top three field goal shooting percentage leaders in the ODAC, with junior center Felice Herman shooting a second-best 51.4 percent (92-179). Sophomore forward Becca Bolton is right behind, going 133-of-265 (50.2 percent) from the field. W&L is 7-2 this season when both Bolton and Herman shoot .500 or better from the field in a game.

A HELPING HAND
Sophomore guard Meg Ingram currently leads the ODAC with an average of 4.2 assists per game. She has also posted the fourth-best assist-turnover ratio at +1.2 (100a, 86t). She has notched a career-best eight assists three times this season, and has recorded five or more assists in each of her last three games. On the season, the Generals are 9-1 when she records five or more helpers, with the only loss coming to Roanoke (Feb. 19). Just the fifth player in program history with 100 or more assists.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS
The Generals’ starting five of Kari Ann Pfannenstein, Meg Ingram, Becca Bolton, Allie Long and Felice Herman have been the driving force behind W&L’s offense this season, scoring 77.6 percent (1,194-1,539) of its points thus far. The pentad is averaging 49.8 points, 26.7 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game.

OFF THE BENCH
First-year guard Katy Wilson has found a spot in the Generals rotation this season as a solid option off the bench. She has seen action in all 24 contests for W&L, scoring a point in every game. Wilson is averaging 5.4 points (sixth on team), 4.8 rebounds (third on team) and is shooting 41.0 percent (third on team) from the field. In her last six games, Wilson has averaged 9.2 rebounds per game, recording double-digit numbers on two occasions and leading the team in rebounding in three contests. She also recorded her first career double-double against Emory & Henry on Feb. 9 (14 pts., 11 rebs.).

PAGE SIX
In the game against Emory & Henry on Feb. 9, six Generals tabbed double-digit points in a single game for the first time since February 17, 1998. First-year forward Rachel Warrick led W&L with 16 points, first-year guard Katy Wilson added 14 points, sophomore forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein contributed 13 points, sophomore guard Meg Ingram chipped in 12 points, sophomore forward Becca Bolton scored 10 points and senior center Kaitlyn Kamp registered 10 points. On the season, W&L has recorded 15 games with three or more players notching double-digit points, posting a 12-3 record, while outscoring opponents by an average of 18.3 points (891-671) in the 12 wins.

SEEING DOUBLES
Sophomore guard Becca Bolton recorded her 13th double-double of the season and 21st of her career on Saturday against Bridgewater College (18 pts, 14 reb), adding to her career-high for double-doubles in a season (she recorded eight last year). Bolton still trails Jessica Hunsinger ‘06, who recorded a program-high 14 double-doubles during her rookie campaign (2003-04) and 47 for her career. Over Bolton’s two-year career, the Generals are 14-7 (.667) when she records a double-double. On the season, Bolton has been the team leader in either individual category in 21 of the teams’ 24 contests.

DIFFERENTIATING POINTS
W&L has 14 ODAC victories this season, and has outscored its opponents, 1,010-785 (16.1 ppg), in those contests. In its six ODAC losses, W&L has been outscored, 354-312 (7.0 ppg). Four of the six contests were decided by a combined nine points (2.3 point average), with the Generals going 3-4 in games decided by four points or less.

TAKE THE LEAD
This season, the Generals are 12-1 when leading and 1-1 when the game is tied at halftime, with their only losses coming against Christopher Newport and Roanoke College. Their largest lead going into the half has been 29 points (at Hollins, 11/30), with seven of the 13 other contests separated by single-digit margins. On the flip side, in the nine contests that W&L has been down at the half, three games have been by double-digits.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Generals had their longest home winning streak in program history (seven games) snapped by Roanoke College on Friday. The streak dated back to Jan. 9, and during that span, W&L outscored (528-396, +18.9 ppg), outrebounded (301-217, +12.0 rpg) and outshot (186-422, 44.1 percent vs. 142-389, 36.5 percent) its opponents. The previous record was six games, which occurred Jan. 20—Feb. 17 of last season.

NEW YEAR, BETTER RESULTS
Over the past six seasons under head coach Mandy King, the Generals have been more successful in the final two months of the season compared to the first two. King has a record of 10-17 (.370) in November and 9-16 (.360) in December, but in turn has led W&L to a 39-35 (.527) record in January and 29-28 (.509) mark in February. The Generals went 7-3 (.700) in January and 6-2 (.750) in February this season.

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