WASHINGTON AND LEE (1-3) at
SURF & SLAM SAN DIEGO HOOP CLASSIC
Hosted by Point Loma Nazarene • Dec. 28-30 • San Diego,
Game one: Capital vs. Bridgewater St. (at USD), Sunday, 3:00 pm PST
Game two: W&L vs. Capital or Bridgewater St., Monday, 1:00 pm PST
Game three: Simpson vs. Point Loma, Monday 3:00 pm PST
Game four: TBA vs. TBA, Tuesday 3:00 pm PST
Game five: TBA vs. TBA, Tuesday 5:00 pm PST
Game six: TBA vs. TBA, Wednesday at 3:00 pm PST
Game seven: TBA vs. TBA, Wednesday at 5:00 pm PST
W&L will continue its longest streak of consecutive games away from the Warner Center in program history (seven games) as it travels to San Diego for the Surf ‘N Slam Women’s D-III/Small College Hoops Classic Dec. 28-30. The previous streak for road contests was five games, which occurred in four seperate seasons. The Generals are currently 1-2 on the road trip.
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 a 73-88 (.453) record. She is assisted by Abby Pyzik (Lynchburg ‘04), who is in her second season.
LAST TIME OUT (at Guilford, 12/2/09)
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. 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.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
No matter who W&L faces at the Surf ‘N Slam Hoops Classic, it will be the first time playing any of the schools: Capital (Ohio Athletic Conference), Bridgewater State (Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference), Simpson (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) or Point Loma (Golden State Athletic Conference). In her seven seasons, head coach Mandy King has led W&L to a 3-8 record when facing an opponent for the first time and a 17-15 record against non-conference opponents.
In seven seasons under Mandy King, the Generals have taken part in five tournaments, posting a 4-6 record. This will be the first time W&L will take part in a midseason tournament; as all previous tournaments opened a season.
A LITTLE FAMILIARITY
The Generals have faced opponents from both the OAC and IIAC in previous seasons, posting a 1-1 record against the OAC and 0-1 mark against the IIAC. W&L fell to Mount Union, 85-48 in the 1996-97 season-opener and then defeated Marietta, 73-55, to open up the 1997-98 season. The Generals fell to the IIAC’s Coe College, 61-57, in the opener of the 2000-01 season.
SCOUTING CAPITAL (OHIO)
As of the W&L holiday break, the Crusaders are 3-1 on the season, including a 1-0 mark in the OAC. Capital will face conference opponents Baldwin-Wallace and Muskingum before making the trip to San Diego. Senior guard Kristen Richardson leads the Crusaders, averaging 12.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, while senior forward Caitlin Elsass averages 10.5 points per game. The Crusaders are led by head coach and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame member Dixie Jeffers, the only active women’s college basketball coach in the Ohio HoF. Over 26 seasons of coaching, Jeffers has posted a combined 557-155 (.782) record, including a 505-133 (.792) record at Capital.
SCOUTING BRIDGEWATER STATE (MASSACHUSETTS)
The Bears (3-3) will face non-conference opponent Endicott before they make the trip to the west coast. Five players are averaging double-digit points on the season, including sophomore forward Monica-Sabina Bharoocha (12.0), sophomore forward Shelly DePina (11.6), first-year guard Michaela Cosby (11.2), junior guard Corey Cuddihy (10.4) and junior guard Brittney Chappron (10.2). Bridgewater State is coached by Bridgett Casey, who is in her 13th season. As the program’s all-time winningest coach, Casey has led the Bears to a 168-140 (.545) record during her tenure.
SCOUTING SIMPSON (IOWA)
The Storm claimed a 5-1 record, including a 2-0 mark in conference play going into the W&L holiday break. Simpson will face non-conference opponents Grand View and Bethel before traveling to the classic. Simpson is led by sophomore center Stacey Schutjer, who is averaging 20.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Katie Kitzman and junior guard Amy Hamilton also average double-digit points for the season, with 12.7 and 10.7 points per game, respectively. Head coach Brian Niemuth leads the Storm, and is the winningest coach in program history with a 412-173 (.704) record. Since the 1997-98 season, only one team in Iowa on any level has won more games than Simpson (D-I Iowa State).
SCOUTING POINT LOMA (CALIFORNIA)
At the start of W&L’s holiday break, host Point Loma held a 6-1 record with three games to play before the classic (Biola, Robert Morris and Mid America Nazarene). Point Loma is led by senior forward Colleen Planeta, who has recorded 21.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season. Other leading scorers include junior guard Amanda Franz (16.0 ppg) and senior guard Liah Ector (12.7 ppg). In his 11th season with Point Loma, head coach Bill Westphal has posted a 230-102 (.693) record and, over 27 years of coaching, holds a 470-217 (.684) record.
Sophomore forward Becca Bolton recorded her first double-double of the season and ninth of her career on Dec. 2, notching 16 points and 19 rebounds against Guilford. Over Bolton’s two-year career, the Generals are 5-4 when she records a double-double.
With three assists at Guilford, sophomore guard Meg Ingram reached 102 career assists, becoming the second-fastest player to reach the century marker in program history. She trailed only Bethany Dannelly ‘05, who recorded 152 of her 459 career assists in 26 games during her freshman campaign (2001-02), and made the 100 plateau in just 18 games.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND
After posting averages of 0.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 13.5 minutes per game over the first two contests, first-year guard Rachel Warrick has emerged as a legitimate scoring option for the Generals over the past two games. Over the past two outings, Warrick has averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds, while averaging 34 minutes per game. She has gone 9-of-10 from the free throw line and 3-of-5 from three point range. Warrick scored a season-best 18 points in a win over Hollins and contributed 12 points against Guilford.
THE MISSING PIECE? WHY FELICE OF COURSE
One noticeable difference from last season to this season has been the play of junior center Felice Herman. Herman led the ODAC in field goal percentage (.557) last season, while averaging 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She posted 16 double-figure scoring games a season ago and the Generals prospered in those games, going 10-6 when she scored 10 or more points. This season, Herman has played only 20.0 minutes per game and has averaged just 5.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Herman is still shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (10-20), but has averaged just five shots per game. Herman played just 10 minutes in W&L’s last outing against Guilford, failing to score for the first time since the final game of her rookie season.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
With sophomore guard/forward Becca Bolton attacking the offensive boards and creating scoring opportunities, she has also been able to frequently find her way to the charity stripe. Bolton recorded 17 free throw attempts on Dec. 2 at Guilford, tying a team individual game record for most free throw attempts in a game. In four games, Bolton has notched double-digit free throw attempts in three, going 36-50 (.720).
The trip to San Diego will mark only the second time W&L has played west of the Mississippi River. The other occurrence was during the 2001-02 season when the Generals opened at the McWilliams Classic, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. W&L dropped both games in the tourney.
ADD IT UP
W&L recorded 95 points on Nov. 30 against Hollins, reaching the 90+ point marker for the first time since Jan. 9, 2009 when it defeated Bridgewater, 94-77. The Generals now have recorded 90+ points in three games during the past two seasons: Nov. 30, 2009 vs. Hollins (95), Jan. 9, 2009 vs. Lynchburg (94) and Dec. 11, 2008 vs. Hollins (111). Previous to the 2008-09 season the Generals recorded only one 90+ point game in program history, a 90-26 victory over Hollins on Nov. 28, 2006. The 95-point output is the highest single-game point total in the ODAC thus far.
OUT OF THE BLOCKS
First-year guard/forward Katy Wilson has continued to play well this season, as evidenced by her game against Hollins on Nov. 30 when she notched 12 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. She started the season 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 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals while playing 108 minutes off the bench.