W&L Women's Basketball Game Notes - Week 2

WASHINGTON AND LEE (1-1) vs. GUILFORD (2-1) • 11/23/10
7:00 PM

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Mandy King (Southern Maine '98) is in her eighth season as head women's basketball coach at W&L and is the program's all-time winningest coach with a 91-96 (.487) record.  She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. King is just nine wins shy of 100 career wins as a head coach. Against the field this week, King holds a record of 8-7 against Guilford, registering all but one of W&L's all-time wins versus the Quakers (9-25 all-time).

Tuesday's matchup will be the 35th meeting all-time between W&L and Guilford, with the Quakers holding a 25-9 advantage in the all-time series. The two squads met three times last season, splitting the regular-season contests, while the Generals claimed a 72-66 victory in the quarterfinals of the ODAC women's basketball Tournament.

Last season was a record-breaking year for Washington and Lee women's basketball. Below is  what they accomplished during the 2009-10 campaign:
-18 wins on the season, a program record (previous was 16, during the 2006-07 season)
-14 ODAC victories, a program record (previous was 13, during the 2008-09 season)
-First ODAC women's basketball championship in first-ever championship game appearance
-First-ever NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament appearance

LAST TIME OUT (vs. No. 4 Christopher Newport, L, 81-76)
All-America senior guard Chelsie Schweers scored 33 points, including 29 in the second half, to lead No. 4 Christopher Newport to an 81-76 victory over the Washington and Lee women's basketball team on Saturday. W&L jumped out to an early eight-point advantage (15-7) just 5:13 into the contest as junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein connected on a trio of three-point baskets. The Captains claimed a one-point advantage at 7:47 when first-year guard Nicole Mitchell made a jumper for a 21-20 lead, but W&L closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 9-4 run, including six points from sophomore guard Katy Wilson, to take a 29-25 halftime lead. Both teams exchanged three-point baskets to tie the game at 37-37 with 13:57 to play, but a foul by W&L junior guard Meg Ingram sent Schweers to the line where she sank a pair of free throws to give the Captains the lead (39-37) for good with 13:31 remaining in the contest. For the game, the Generals shot 47.2 percent from the field (25-53), and 54.5 percent (12-22) from behind the arc. The 12 three-point shots by W&L tied a program record for three's in a game, last occurring on Jan. 9, 2010 against Randolph College. The Generals had four players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Ingram.

Forward Becca Bolton and center Felice Herman both recorded double-doubles to lead the third-seeded Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 72-66 victory over sixth-seeded Guilford in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. Bolton notched 13 points in the first half, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line, as the Generals pushed out to a 39-33 lead at the break. W&L never trailed in the second half and surged out to an 11-point lead (55-44) with 9:19 left in the game following a pair of free throws by guard Meg Ingram. The Quakers chipped away at the W&L advantage, eventually cutting it to a three-point game (63-60) with 2:08 remaining. However, the Generals hit 9-of-12 free throws in the final 1:15 to secure the victory. For the game, W&L nailed 24-of-32 (.750) free throws led by Ingram, who tallied a team-best 19 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the foul line. Bolton recorded 17 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the line and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, while Herman posted 13 points and 10 boards. Guard Jazlyn Gibbs led the Quakers with a game-high 26 points and forward Alexa Williams registered 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Guilford is currently 2-1 on the season, coming off a 75-46 victory over Meredith College on Saturday. The Quakers had four different players record double-digit points, led by first-year center Morgan King, who finished with 14 points. Junior guard Jazlyn Gibbs and first-year guard Logan Terry both scored 13 points, while senior guard Lauren LeFevers registered 10 points and sophomore guard Brittany Atwater contributed a game-high nine rebounds. For the season, Gibbs leads the Quakers with an average of 18.0 points per game, while ranking second in the ODAC with 54 points in three contests. First-year forward Gabby Oglesby currently leads the conference with eight blocks. As a team, Guilford ranks second in the conference in blocks (4.7 bpg) and assists (15.0 apg) and third in rebounds (43.3 rpg).

In the past four meetings between W&L and Guilford, the average margin of victory has been 3.5 points, with both teams going 2-2. Both regular-season contests last year were decided by three points.

The Generals were tabbed to claim their second-consecutive title in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's women's basketball coaches preseason poll. W&L topped the poll after receiving six first-place votes and 115 points. Roanoke followed in second place with 110 points and four first-place votes, while Randolph-Macon rounded out the teams receiving first-place votes with one and 97 points. Bridgewater (83), Eastern Mennonite (76), Virginia Wesleyan (70), Guilford (64), Lynchburg (44), Emory & Henry (30), Hollins (26) and Randolph (11) wrapped up the polling.

The Generals had two All-ODAC selections last season, with forward Becca Bolton earning first-team accolades while guard Meg Ingram was named to the second team. After W&L claimed its first-ever women's basketball ODAC title, both Bolton and Ingram were named to the all-tournament team in addition to forward Katy Wilson, with Ingram earning tournament MVP laurels.

Juniors Meg Ingram and Becca Bolton are leaving their mark on W&L basketball, as both players are poised to break into the Top 10 all-time career scoring leaders this season. Ingram moved into 10th place with 791 points after recording 18 points against Mary Washington (11/16). The spot was previously held by Sandra Holmes '96 with 775 points, and Ingram is now just nine points (813) from the ninth position, owned by Tonia Dean '98. Meanwhile, Bolton has recorded 735 career points, 56 shy of her teammate. Ingram can also climb the career assists leaderboard, as she is currently sixth with 210 helpers, just one helper shy of fifth place which is held by Carter Thomas '02.

Just two games into the season several W&L players have edited their personal record books, establishing or tying career-high marks. Against Christopher Newport, sophomore forward Katy Wilson scored a career-high 17 points, while classmate forward Rachel Warrick set a career-high with two blocks and tied a career-high with two steals. Also against Christopher Newport, juniors forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein tied career-bests in rebounds (6) and steals (3), while guard Meg Ingram tied her career high with five steals while registering a career-high three blocks.

Even though W&L's 2010-11 campaign is young, both sophomore forward Katy Wilson and junior guard Meg Ingram reside among the top of the conference leaderboard in several categories. Wilson currently leads the ODAC in shooting percentage, going 9-for-13 (69.2%) from the field. She also ranks third with an average of 9.0 rebounds per game. Ingram is currently second in the conference with an average of 20.0 points per game, while shooting 92.3 percent (12-13) from the line, the third-best mark in the league.

Currently, W&L and Virginia Wesleyan are the only teams in the conference with four players scoring double-digit points for the season. Juniors guard Meg Ingram (20.0 ppg) and forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (13.0 ppg) and sophomore forwards Katy Wilson (12.5 ppg) and Rachel Warrick (12.0) register on that list.

The Generals have continued their shooting success from last season, as they currently lead the ODAC in free-throw percentage, going 82.5 percent (33-40) from the charity stripe. W&L also ranks second in the conference in three-point shooting percentage with a 39.5 percent (15-38) mark. Last season, W&L finished second in the ODAC in shooting percentage, hitting 41.5 percent (643-1550) from the field. Center Felice Herman led the conference in individual field goal shooting percentage at 51.4 percent (107-208).

W&L improved its overall record in season openers on Tuesday, topping the University of Mary Washington, 54-49 in Fredericksburg. The Generals are now 4-14 overall in their first game of the season, recording their first season-opening victory since the 2006-07 season when they defeated City College of New York, 62-24, at the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament. The two other season-opening victories were during the 2005-06 (67-60 vs. Swarthmore) and 1997-98 (73-55 vs. Marietta) seasons. It was also the first W&L triumph in Fredericksburg, after previously posting an 0-4 mark at Goolrick Gymnasium.

W&L returns all five of its starters from last season, a pentad that provides a balanced attack for opponents to try and defend. Last season, forward Becca Bolton led the Generals in points and rebounding (424/305), while fellow forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein recorded a team-best 37.8 percent three-point shooting percentage. Guard Meg Ingram paced W&L in assists (118) while Allie Long contributed 53 steals, and center Felice Herman led the way with a 51.4 shooting percentage.

Sophomore forwards Katy Wilson and forward Rachel Warrick found their spots in the Generals' rotation last season as key players coming off the bench. In their first season of competition at W&L, Wilson and Warrick both appeared in all 28 contests, shooting a combined 37.9 percent from the field, while grabbing 220 rebounds, 54 assists and registering 345 points.

Last season the Generals found themselves amongst the conference leaders in rebounding. W&L led the ODAC in rebounding defense, averaging 34.2 defensive boards per contest. It also posted the second-best rebounding margin at +5.2 (1104-958). Forward Becca Bolton finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 10.9 rebounds per game average, good for second in the ODAC. 

The Generals' starting five of Kari Ann Pfannenstein, Meg Ingram, Becca Bolton, Allie Long and Felice Herman were the driving force behind W&L's offense last season, scoring 76.7 percent (1,372-1,788/49.0 ppg) of its points. Additionally, they averaged 65.9 percent of the rebounds (26.0 rpg) and 79.3 percent of the assists (11.3 apg) for the season in a combined 4,105 minutes of play.