W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 3

WASHINGTON AND LEE (2-1, 1-0 ODAC) at HOLLINS (3-1, 1-0 ODAC) • 11/29/10
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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 92-96 (.489) record.  She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. King is just eight wins shy of 100 career wins as a head coach. Against the field this week, King holds a record of 13-1 against Hollins, 4-0 versus Mary Baldwin and 2-15 against Randolph-Macon.

W&L is currently on a 12-game winning streak against Hollins, and owns a 27-6 all-time record in the series. The last loss to Hollins came in head coach Mandy King's first season (Jan. 23, 2004, 67-65). The Generals also hold an impressive 9-0 all-time series advantage against Mary Baldwin, and will face MBC for the first time since the 2007-08 season when they defeated the Fighting Squirrels, 62-59, in Staunton. On Saturday, W&L will travel to Ashland, where it has not been able to claim a victory since a 70-60 triumph during the 2000-01 season. Crenshaw Gymnasium is the only ODAC venue where King has not claimed a victory.

Washington and Lee junior guard Meg Ingram garnered ODAC Player of the Week award for the week ending November 21. During a 1-1 week against two nationally-ranked opponents, Ingram averaged 20.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. She shot 36.7 percent (11-30) from the floor, including 40.0 percent (6-15) from behind the arc and 92.3 percent (12-13) from the free-throw line. In both contests, she led the Generals in scoring, while tying a career-high with five steals and setting a career-high with three blocks against Christopher Newport on Nov. 20.

W&L opened its 18th season of ODAC competition against Guilford last Tuesday. The Generals now hold a 7-10 record in ODAC openers, including a 4-5 record at the Warner Center. The Blue and White have a less impressive record in its first ODAC game on the road, posting an 8-8 mark. However, the Generals have posted victories the past three seasons in its first conference road contest, with all three of those wins coming at Hollins.

LAST TIME OUT (vs. Guilford-Nov. 23, W, 72-64)
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a 26-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half and survived a late Quakers rally as it claimed a 72-64 ODAC victory over Guilford in the conference opener for both teams. Trailing by five points (15-10) at the 11:42 mark of the first half, W&L used the 26-7 run to close the opening stanza and take a 36-22 advantage at the break.  As a team, W&L limited Guilford to just 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting in the opening 20 minutes and forced nine turnovers. The Generals maintained a 15-point advantage midway through the second half, leading the contest, 54-39, with 10:03 remaining. However, Guilford used a 25-14 run over the next 9:37 and trailed by just six points (70-64) with 24 seconds left. After being fouled on a three-point attempt by junior guard Meg Ingram, GC junior guard Jazlyn Gibbs missed the trio of free throws that would have cut the Generals' lead to three points. W&L proceeded to make two of four free throws down the stretch to secure the 72-64 triumph. All eight players made the scoring column for W&L, including four double-digit point scorers for the second-consecutive contest. Ingram paced the Generals with 15 points, while junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein and senior guard Allie Long chipped in 12 points. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson added 11 points and tied Ingram and Pfannenstein with a team-high eight rebounds. Pfannenstein's eight rebounds set a career-high, and she also chipped-in a career-high five assists to go with three blocks and three steals.

LAST TIME VS. HOLLINS (W, 75-60, Jan. 19, 2010)
Forward Becca Bolton led three Generals in double-digits as Washington and Lee defeated Hollins,75-60, at the Warner Center. Leading 6-5 in the early moments of the game, W&L used an 8-0 run to extend its lead to nine points (14-5) at the 14:50 mark en route to leading 39-30 at the half. The Generals extended their lead to 20 points (60-40) at the 6:32 mark after going on a 14-0 run over 6:19. Hollins pulled to within eight points (62-54) with 3:36 remaining, but it would not be enough as W&L cruised to its 12th-straight win over HU. Bolton led the Generals with her seventh double-double of the season (19 pts., 12 rebs.), while guard Allie Long tied a career-high with 15 points and six rebounds. Hollins was led by guard Jasmine Greene's 21 points and nine rebounds.
HU is currently 3-1 on the season, and is coming off a 71-55 ODAC victory over Emory & Henry on Tuesday. Hollins got off to a fast start and took a 30-18 lead into the break. HU then built the lead to as many as 22 points in the second half en route to the 71-55 victory. First-year Brandi Chesne made her collegiate debut after missing the first three games of the season and scored a game-high 17 points. Sophomore guard Jasmine Greene and first-year guard Krystle White added 14 points apiece, while sophomore guard Lacie Forrest chipped in 10. For the season, HU is led by Greene, who is averaging 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game, all team-highs. Greene also leads the ODAC with 72 points and 18 assists for the season, while ranking second in steals (14) and rebounds (30) and third in three-point shooting percentage (8-14, 57.1%).

LAST TIME VS. MARY BALDWIN (W, 62-59, Nov. 27, 2007)
W&L guard Kristen Krouchick tallied a season-high 21 points, including the go-ahead layup with 57 seconds remaining to help lead the Generals to a 62-59 victory over Mary Baldwin. MBC jumped out to 9-0 lead in the opening 4:10 of the game and stretched the advantage to 14 points (19-5) at the 11:57 mark. However, the Generals managed to cut it to a two-point game at the half (28-26). The Blue and White chipped away at the Squirrels' lead early in the second stanza and took its first lead of the game, 37-34, at the 14:32 mark. The second half featured 11 lead changes and eight ties, with the final tie coming on MBC guard Jessica Carter's three free throws that knotted the game at 59-59 with 1:11 remaining. Krouchick then hit the go-ahead layup and added a late free throw for the final margin. Krouchick also grabbed nine rebounds for the Generals, while Kaitlin Kamp tied a career-high with 15 points and grabbed a season-high seven boards. Carter tallied 21 points and six steals and was 7-of-8 from the foul line, while guard Christie Hamilton racked up nine points and 12 rebounds for the Squirrels.

The Fighting Squirrels are currently 2-2 on the season, last playing on Nov. 21 in a 70-52 victory over City College of New York in the consolation game of the Dickinson College Tournament. The first six minutes and 40 seconds of the contest saw both teams battle, with neither squad taking a lead by more than four points. The Fighting Squirrels gradually built their lead as the first half wound down, taking a 35-25 advantage into the locker room at halftime. In the second stanza, MBC built its lead to 22 before solidifying an 18-point victory. In the win for Mary Baldwin, four players scored in double figures, including senior guard Denise Johnson who accounted for game-highs in points (16), rebounds (13), steals (8) and assists (5). Denise Johnson leads the Fighting Squirrels for the season with averages of 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME VS. RANDOLPH-MACON (W, 73-56, Feb. 13, 2010)
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team claimed its 11th victory in 13 games as it defeated Randolph-Macon, 73-56, at the Warner Center. With the game tied, 7-7, at the 15:37 mark in the first half, the Generals went on a 28-9 run over the next 10:30 to assume a 35-16 lead with 5:07 remaining and never looked back. W&L assumed its largest lead of the contest at 20 points (42-22) with 1:12 remaining in the opening period, and went into the half with a 42-25 lead. Randolph-Macon made the game close in the second half, going on a 12-4 run over 6:25 to pull within seven points (60-53) with 4:54 remaining, but W&L would close the game on a 13-3 run to claim the 17-point victory. Forward Becca Bolton led W&L with her 13th double-double of the season, notching 21 points and 15 boards. R-MC was paced by guard Maggie Roy, who recorded 13 points and five rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets are currently 2-2 on the season, including a 0-1 mark in ODAC play. R-MC will travel to Lynchburg on Tuesday before facing the Generals on Saturday. Junior guard Maggie Roy and first-year center Lindsey Sharman lead the Yellow Jackets with an average of 10.5 points per game, while senior guard Katie Williams owns a team-high 4.8 rebounds per game.

At 2-1, the Generals are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season when they also posted a 2-1 mark after three contests. W&L has never opened a season with a perfect 3-0 ledger, but has gone 2-1 in the first three games during six seasons (10-11, 06-07, 04-05, 99-00, 97-98, 96-97).

Monday's matchup between the Generals and HU will be one to watch from behind the arc. W&L leads the ODAC in three-point percentage, shooting 41.1 percent (23-56) from deep. Hollins is right behind, shooting a second-best 39.2 percent (31-79). Three of the top four three-point shooters in the ODAC will take to the floor in the contest, with Hollins first-year guard Emmie Wright (62.5%, 5-8) ranking second, while sophomore guard Jasmine Greene and W&L's junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein are tied for third, shooting 51.7 percent (8-14). Earlier this season W&L tied a program-record for three-point field goals made with 12 (12-22) against Christopher Newport, but have been outshot by its opponents in the other two contests. 

Junior Meg Ingram is leaving her mark on W&L basketball, as she continues to climb the Top 10 all-time career scoring leaders this season. Ingram moved into ninth place with 828 points after recording 15 points against Guilford (11/23). The spot was previously held by Tonia Dean '98 with 822 points, and Ingram is now just 17 points from the ninth position (845 pts.), owned by Sarah Michaels '04. Ingram can also climb the career assists leaderboard, as she is currently fifth with 218 helpers, just one helper shy of fourth place which is held by Ansley Miller '00.

Just three 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, junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein tied career-bests in rebounds (6) and steals (3), while junior guard Meg Ingram tied her career high with five steals while registering a career-high three blocks. Against Guilford, Pfannenstein set career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (5), while tying career-highs in steals (3) and blocks (3). Ingram chipped-in a career-high tying eight rebounds and Warrick added a career-high tying two steals as well in the win over the Quakers.

Even though W&L's 2010-11 campaign is young, sophomore forward Katy Wilson and junior guard Meg Ingram and junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein reside among the top of the conference leaderboard in several categories. Wilson currently ranks third in rebounds per game (8.7) and shooting percentage (59.1%, 13-22), while Ingram is third in points per game (18.3) and Pfannenstein has the fourth-best margin in three-point shooting percentage (57.1%, 8-14).

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 (18.3 ppg) and forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (12.7 ppg) and sophomore forwards Katy Wilson (12.0 ppg) and Rachel Warrick (10.3) register on that list.