W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 2

Week 2

WASHINGTON AND LEE (0-2, 0-0 ODAC) at HOLLINS (1-1, 0-0) • 11/30/09 • 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON AND LEE at GUILFORD (2-1, 0-1) • 12/2/09 • 7:00 PM

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W&L vs. Hollins: Washington and Lee leads, 25-6
Current Streak: +10, Washington and Lee
Last Meeting: Washington and Lee 82, Hollins 47

W&L vs. Guilford: Guilford leads, 24-7
Current Streak: +1, Washington and Lee
Last Meeting: Washington and Lee 67, Guilford 56

W&L will continue its longest streak of consecutive games away from the Warner Center in program history (seven games) as it travels to Hollins and Guilford before the holiday break. The previous streak for road contests was five games, which occurred in four seperate seasons. The Generals started their road trip with a 71-57 loss to Christopher Newport on Nov. 21.

LAST TIME OUT (at Christopher Newport, 11/21/09)
Christopher Newport opened the second half with a 14-2 run and closed the period on a 16-4 surge to post a 71-57 victory. Washington and Lee led by as many as eight points (29-21) with 6:44 left in the first half, but the Captains chipped away at the Generals’ advantage, eventually cutting it to a 34-32 W&L lead at the break. CNU then opened the second half with a 14-2 run for a 46-36 lead at the 14:19 mark. The Generals recovered to knot the game at 48-48 with 10:26 remaining, but a basket by Jessica Moore gave the Captains the lead back for good at the 10:06 mark. W&L remained within striking distance, trailing 55-53 with 5:54 left, but CNU closed on a 16-4 run to pull away for the 14-point win. Sophomore forward Becca Bolton led W&L with 20 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Meg Ingram scored 16 points and had four steals, while junior center Felice Herman added seven points and six boards.

The Generals will be facing Hollins for the first time this season. W&L holds an impressive 25-6 all-time record against HU and has not dropped a decision to Hollins since Jan. 23, 2004, when the Generals lost 67-65. W&L defeated Hollins, 111-40 and 82-47 last season. In the 111-40 victory, the Generals established team records for most points (111), field goals made (41) and margin of victory (71) in a game.


Hollins is 1-1 on the season after coming off a 63-62 loss to non-conference opponent Mary Baldwin on Nov. 20. For the second consecutive game, Hollins fell behind by double digits in the first half.  After trailing by 10 points at the break, Hollins battled back to assume a seven-point lead with five minutes in the game.  However, Mary Baldwin hit two three pointers and corralled four-straight offensive rebounds to take a four point lead late in the game. Hollins came back to cut it to one with five seconds left and following a timeout came up with a steal in the final seconds a three pointer came up short. First-year guard Jasmine Greene scored a game-high 22 points while junior guard Tamara Phillips scored 16 points and a grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  Hollins recently ended a 63-game winless streak when it defeated Gallaudet, 78-74, on Nov. 15. HU is paced by Greene and Phillips, who are averaging 26.5 and 19.9 points per game, respectively, on the season.

The Generals will face Guilford for the first time this season, after splitting the 2008-09 series with a 68-66 loss in OT and a 67-56 victory. The Quakers hold the advantage in the all-time series with a 24-7 record. Even with that mark, the Generals have fared well against the Quakers over the past five seasons, posting a 6-4 record, with two of the losses coming in overtime. The average margin of victory for the Generals in those six games was 12.0 points (72 combined) while the losses were decided by an average of 5.0 points (20 combined).

Guilford kicked-off its ODAC schedule with a 55-48 loss against Roanoke on Nov. 24 in Greensboro and are now 2-2, including an 0-1 mark in ODAC competition. The Maroons started slow as Guilford built an early six-point lead in the first two minutes of the game, but rebounded to take a seven-point lead of their own. The Quakers recovered behind an 18-6 run to take a 27-23 advantage into halftime. Roanoke scored nine of the first 13 second half points to take the lead at 34-32 and never relinquished it for the remainder of the game.The Quakers were led by first-year Jazlyn Gibbs’ 11 points and junior guard/forward Alexa Williams’ nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Guilford is led by junior guard Ann Seufer and Williams, who average 13.8 and 13.0 points per game, respectively. Guilford will face ODAC-foe Emory & Henry as they travel to face the Wasps on Nov. 30 before playing W&L.  


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 a 72-87 (.453) record.  She is assisted by Abby Pyzik (Lynchburg ‘04), who is in her second season.

W&L opens its 17th season of ODAC competition on the road at Hollins for the second season in a row. The Generals hold a 6-10 record in ODAC openers, including a 3-5 record on the road. Of the Generals’ six victories, two of the victories were against Hollins (2006 and 2008).

W&L lost its first two games to open up a season for the seventh time in program history, and will look to end that streak against Hollins. After dropping its first two games, W&L is only 2-4 in the third game to try and end the two-game skid.

Although the Generals are 0-2, the team has been able to keep close tabs on its opponent until the final minutes of the game. The Generals were down by just two points to both Mary Washington and Christopher Newport with around six minutes to play before allowing the opposition to finish the game on strong scoring streaks. Mary Washington went on a 15-8 streak while CNU rounded out the game with a 16-4 scoring advantage.

Second half shooting has been a challenge for the Generals thus far. In two games, W&L averages 45.3 percent (24-of-53) in the first half, but only 27.6 percent (8-of-29) in the second half. They have also been outscored, 73-49, in the second stanza.

First-year guard/forward Katy Wilson played strong in her first game with the Generals against Mary Washington (11/17), posting eight points, three rebounds and three steals off the bench. Wilson’s performance was the best scoring output by a first-year in their first collegiate game since the 2006-07 season, when Kaitlyn Kamp recorded eight points in a 62-24 victory over City College of New York (11/18/06). For the season, Wilson is averaging 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals while averaging 26.5 minutes off the bench.


The Generals’ starting five (Becca Bolton, Felice Herman, Meg Ingram, Allie Long, Kari Ann Pfannenstein) has been reliable in the opening two games for the Generals, providing 85 perecent of the teams points (95-of-112), paced by Bolton, who has an average of 18.0 points per game. Added up, the five played a combined 298 minutes while adding 18 assists (20 total) and 44 rebounds (59 total).  

Sophomore guard/forward Becca Bolton camped out at the charity stripe against Mary Washington (11/17) when she went 10-for-14 (.714) from the free throw line. The last General to make 10+ free throws in a game was Kari Ann Pfannenstein, who went 10-for-11 (.909) in a  111-40 win at Hollins last season (12/1/08). The last player to make 10+ free throws in a loss was Louisa Feve (13) in a 70-61 loss at Lynchburg on Jan. 17, 2004.

Junior guard Allie Long added a new milestone to her career at W&L, although it wasn’t necessarily a positive note. Long fouled out of a game for the first time in her three-year career against Mary Washington (11/17), ending a streak of 50 games without exiting early.

400 CLUB
The Generals season finale against Bridgewater in the 2008-09 season marked the 400th women’s basketball game in W&L history. The sport arrived on campus during the 1993-94 season and has since recorded a 164-238 (.408) overall record. Four coaches have led the Generals over 17 seasons, including Terri Dadio Campbell (seven seasons, 69-100), Janet Hollack (two seasons, 20-30), Bryan Snyder (one season, 3-21) and Mandy King (seven seasons, 72-87).

The Generals were tabbed sixth out of the 11 teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s women’s basketball coaches preseason poll. Roanoke topped the poll after receiving 10 first-place votes and 120 points. Randolph-Macon followed in second place with 109 points and one first-place vote, while Eastern Mennonite (82), Bridgewater (81), Virginia Wesleyan (81), Washington and Lee (79), Guilford (53), Emory & Henry (44), Lynchburg (40), Randolph (24) and Hollins (13) rounded out the polling.