W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 4

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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 94-97 (.492) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. King is just six wins shy of 100 career wins as a head coach. Against the field this week, King holds a record of 0-3 versus Apprentice School.

W&L will travel to Newport News to face Apprentice School for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Generals are 0-3 all-time against the Builders, with all three losses coming under Head Coach Mandy King.  Over her eight seasons at the helm, King has posted a 19-19 record against non-conference opponents.  

With a 4-2 mark, the Generals are tied for the best start in program history. W&L also posted a 4-2 record during the 1999-00 and 1997-98 seasons.

The Generals are 10-7 all-time in their first contest after the finals/holiday break. Under Head Coach Mandy King, W&L has posted a 3-4 mark. Including the contest against Apprentice School, the Generals have played on Dec. 30 three times over the past three seasons, going 0-2.

W&L has not fared well in the month of December under Head Coach Mandy King. Over eight seasons, the Generals have posted a 10-16 mark, posting a winning record just once when they went 3-1 during the 2003-04 season.

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 currently resides in eighth place on the scoring list with 885 points, 195 points from the seventh position (1,080 pts.), owned by Chrissy Burghardt '99. Ingram also continues to climb the career assists leaderboard, as she is currently third with 237 helpers, and is now 132 helpers shy of second place which is held by Louisa Feve '06.

LAST TIME OUT (at Randolph-Macon-Dec. 4, L, , 72-55)
Randolph-Macon shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the floor and led from start to finish in defeating Washington and Lee, 72-55, in ODAC women's basketball action at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Generals turned the ball over on four of their first five possessions and the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's opening 2:33.  W&L kept it within single-digits until a layup by junior guard Maggie Roy at the 9:26 mark gave R-MC a 20-10 lead.  The Yellow Jackets continued to stretch their advantage and carried a 33-18 lead into the halftime break. W&L chipped away at the Macon lead, eventually cutting it to a 10-point game (38-28) on a layup by sophomore forward Katie Wilson at the 14:30 mark, but a 14-5 burst by the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead back to 19 points at 52-33 with 9:51 to play. W&L shot just 36.4 percent (20-55) from the floor, was out-rebounded 38-27 and committed 20 turnovers.  Junior guard Meg Ingram led the Generals with 16 points, while junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein notched 14 points and six boards.  

LAST TIME VS. APPRENTICE SCHOOL (L, 74-59, Dec. 30, 2008)
Guard Rahshann Lewter led four Builders in double figures with 22 points as Newport News Apprentice defeated Washington and Lee, 74-59, at the Warner Center. The Generals jumped out to an early 18-8 lead at 14:52. However, the Builders responded with a 13-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 21-20, at 8:57. The remaining minutes of the half featured four ties and four lead changes en route to a 33-33 halftime score. Apprentice opened the second period on a 9-2 spurt to take a 42-35 lead at 14:37. W&L then chipped away at the Builders' advantage and pulled ahead, 47-46, on a three-pointer by guard Meg Ingram at 11:11. However, a three-pointer by guard Tamara Davis gave NNA a 51-49 advantage and the Builders never looked back as they outscored W&L 25-11 in the remaining minutes to seal the victory. The Builders were led by Lewter's 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while forward Valleri West tallied 15 points and nine rebounds. Center Shemeka Warren recorded 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and guard Upenda Morton chipped in 11 points. The Generals were paced by Ingram's career-high 31 points and five assists, while forward Kara Nadeau added 12 points, six rebounds and two steals. Center Felice Herman recorded six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Lady Builders are currently 7-3 after winning their first seven contests of the season. However, Apprentice has dropped each of its last three contests, including a 68-59 loss to Averett on Dec. 17. After a tightly contested first half, Averett outscored the Apprentice School 18-8 over the last 7:32 for the victory. Sophomore guard Jasmine Pringle hit a 3-pointer with 7:32 left to put the Apprentice School up, 51-50. Averett then went on its run, with Mette Scheiman scoring six straight points on a 3-pointer and a 3-point play over the next 49 seconds to put Averett ahead 57-52. Apprentice School cut the deficit to 58-55 with 4:37 left on a 3-pointer from junior guard Ashley Johnson, but the Cougars responded with six straight points to take a 64-55 lead and cruised to the 68-59 victory. Sophomore guard Tysheka Simpson scored 15 points while fellow sophomore guard Arynn Easom added 11 and Johnson chipped in 10 points for Apprentice School who hit 23-of-55 from the floor (41.8%) and drained a season-high eight 3-pointers. For the season, the Lady Builders are paced by first-year guard Courtney Collins, who is averaging 13.8 points per game. Junior guard Tamara Davis leads the team with 11.1 rebounds per game, while also contributing a team-high 3.4 steals per game.  
After missing the Generals' first six contests of the season while completing a fellowship at Duke University, junior forward Becca Bolton returns to the court against the Apprentice School.  Last season, Bolton started all 28 games for the Generals, leading the team with averages of 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. She recorded a program-record 15 double-doubles and finished her sophomore campaign with 424 points, the fourth-best season total in program history. She also finished third on the school's single-season list for free throws made (133) and attempted (169) as she hit 78.7 percent of her charity tosses. Additionally, Bolton shot nearly 50 percent (.487) from the field and she grabbed a total of 305 rebounds, just two shy of the program record for most rebounds in a season. All of that led to Bolton earning First Team All-ODAC, ODAC All-Tournament, D3Hoops.com Third Team All-Region, Division III News and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors.

Junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein has recorded double-digit outputs in all six of the Generals' contests this season, and currently ranks second on the team with an average of 12.5 points per game. Compare that to last season, where she recorded only seven-double digit performances for the season.  However, all of her double-digit scoring oubursts occurred after January 9.  For her career, Pfannenstein has recorded 16 double-digit games.

For the season, W&L has handed out more assists than its opponents by a margin of 79-54, and has only been topped in that category on one occasion (Dec. 4 at Randolph-Macon). The Generals have also registered double-digit helpers in four of their six contests, including a 20-assist output on Dec. 1 against Mary Baldwin. Leading the way is junior guard Meg Ingram, who ranks tops in the ODAC with 32 helpers. She also dished out a program-best 12 assists against Mary Baldwin, breaking the previous record of 11 assists which was set by junior forward Becca Bolton during the 2008-09 season.

W&L has led five of its six contests at the half this season, while going 4-1 in those games (the only loss was to Christopher Newport on Nov. 20). W&L has outscored its opponents, 170-142, in the opening 20 minutes of its first five games, while shooting 36.7 percent (61-166) from the field. Meanwhile, the Generals have limited their opponents to just 27.5 percent (47-171) shooting from the field in the first stanza, while allowing an opponent to record double-digit field goals made on just two occasions, W&L's only two losses of the season (vs. Christopher Newport and Randolph-Macon).

Even though W&L's 2010-11 campaign is young, the Generals find themselves atop the conference in several categories, including ranking first in three-point shooting percentage (41.3% - 50-121), second in free throw percentage at 71.0 percent (76-107) and third in field goal shooting (41.9% - 139-332). As a team, W&L has also committed a league-low 16.7 turnovers per game average.

The Generals also have several individuals ranking among the conference leaders as junior guard Meg Ingram is currently first in points per game (18.7) and assists (32), while also ranking third in free throw percentage (24-29, .828).  Meanwhile, senior center Felice Herman ranks second in the conference shooting 56.2 percent (18-32) from the field, junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein is third in three-point shooting percentage (53.1% - 17-32) and sophomore forward Katy Wilson is third in free throw percentage, shooting 81.0 percent (17-21) from the charity stripe.

Last season, the Generals were able to limit their opponents to a league-low 34.2 rebounds per contest, including margins of 743-620 on offensive and 743-620 on defensive rebounds (1,104-958 total). However, this season W&L finds itself in a different situation, being outrebounded by its opponents, 231-207, including a 78-54 differential on the offensive end.

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.