WASHINGTON AND LEE (5-2, 2-1) vs. VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (4-5, 2-2) • 1/4/11
WASHINGTON AND LEE vs. ROANOKE • 1/7/11
WASHINGTON AND LEE vs. BRIDGEWATER • 1/8/11
KING OF THE GENERALS
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 95-97 (.495) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. King is just five wins shy of 100 career wins as a head coach. Against the field this week, King holds a record of 5-10 versus Virginia Wesleyan, 4-10 against Roanoke and 5-11 versus Bridgewater.
THE WEEK AHEAD
W&L will start the new year with three ODAC contests at the Warner Center. Against the field this week, the Generals are 13-23 against Virginia Wesleyan, 4-28 versus Roanoke and 6-26 against Bridgewater all-time.
With a 5-2 mark, the Generals are tied for the best start in program history. W&L also posted a 5-2 record during the 1999-00 and 1997-98 seasons.
The Friday and Saturday contests against Roanoke and Bridgewater represent the first of three back-to-back games for W&L this season. In seven seasons under Head Coach Mandy King, the Generals have played in 31 back-to-back sets, with a 14-17 mark in the first game and a 15-16 ledger in the second.
LAST TIME OUT (at Apprentice School - Dec. 30, W, 64-52)
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team held the Apprentice School to just 29.7 percent (19-64) shooting and never trailed in posting a 64-52 win over the Builders. Junior guard Meg Ingram canned a three-pointer just two minutes into the game to give the Generals a 5-2 lead and they held the advantage the rest of the way. The lead grew to seven points (16-9) following a three-point play by junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein at the 7:51 mark and a Pfannenstein three-pointer gave W&L its largest lead of the first half at 26-18 with 34 seconds remaining en route to a 26-21 lead at the break. W&L maintained a single-digit lead until a 9-0 run capped by a Pfannenstein layup at the 12:21 mark gave the Generals a 14-point (45-31) lead. An immediate 15-6 run by the Builders sliced the lead to just five points (51-46) with 6:22 left. However, W&L responded with a 9-2 run over the next 5:20 for a 60-48 lead with 1:02 remaining in defeating the Apprentice School for the first time in four tries. W&L shot just 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor, but the Generals drilled 16-of-17 (.941) from the charity stripe. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson led W&L with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Pfannenstein totaled 15 points and eight boards. Ingram notched 13 points, six assists and four rebounds, and junior forward Becca Bolton logged nine points and eight rebounds in her first action of the season.
LAST TIME VS. VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (W, 64-56, ODAC Tourney Championship)
The Generals and Marlins met three times last season, with VWC claiming both regular season contests. W&L took the latest meeting, claiming the ODAC conference championship with a 64-56 victory. W&L jumped out to a nine point lead (13-4) in the opening 5:10 of the game, but was held scoreless for the next 7:58 as the Marlins surged out to an 18-13 lead. Forward Katy Wilson ended the drought with a layup at the 6:52 mark of the first period and the Generals closed to within four points (27-23) on a three-pointer by forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein with 1:11 left in the half. However, the Marlins ended the period with a 5-0 run for a 32-23 lead at the break. The Generals opened the second half with a 9-0 run on a trio of buckets by junior center Felice Herman and a three-pointer by Pfannenstein to knot the game at 32-32 with 15:21 remaining. The game then featured four ties and seven lead changes over the next 10:16, before W&L grabbed the lead for good, 50-49, on a layup by forward Becca Bolton with 5:05 left in the game. W&L then drilled 10-of-11 free throws in the final 3:31 to pull away for its first win over the Marlins in three tries during the 2009-2010 season. W&L shot 66.7 percent (12-18) from the field in the second half, while limiting Virginia Wesleyan to 25.8 percent (8-31) shooting. The Generals also held a 40-30 advantage on the boards and drilled 17-of-21 (.810) free throw attempts. Bolton led W&L with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Wilson notched 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ingram was named the Tournament MVP, while Bolton and Wilson were also named to the all-tournament team. Senior guard Tonia Jones led the Marlins with 13 points, while guard Kristina Jameson tallied 12 points.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
The Marlins are currently 4-5 this season, including a 2-2 ledger in conference play. VWC is coming off a 68-36 loss to seventh-ranked Christopher Newport on Thursday. CNU shot an impressive 60 percent from the field in the first half on 18-of-30 shooting, while Virginia Wesleyan shot just 18.8 percent on 6-of-32 shooting, as the Captains took a 12-point lead (38-26) at the half. CNU continued to pull away in the second half, as it allowed the Marlins to convert just three made baskets and limited the Marlins to 13 percent shooting from the field (3-23), while going 29-of-59 (49.2 percent) from the field. Senior Chelsie Schweers led the Captians with 15 points, and the Marlins were paced by nine points from junior forward Kristen Blalock. For the season, VWC is led by Blalock, who is averaging 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Shawnee Lewis is the Marlins only other double-digit scorer, with an average of 10.2 points per game for the season.
LAST TIME VS. ROANOKE (L, 64-51, Feb. 19, 2010)
W&L dropped both meetings between the two squads last season, including the final meeting when Roanoke College held W&L to just 19 points in the second half as it went on to defeat the Generals, 64-51, at the Warner Center. With the game tied, 32-32, at the half, the Maroons opened the second period with a 12-2 run over a span of 4:26 to take a 10 point lead (44-34) at the 15:34 mark. W&L pulled to within five points (51-46) with 5:59 remaining, but could pull no closer. The Generals shot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the first half, but cooled to just 27.6 percent (8-29) in the second stanza, and shot 36.4 percent (20-55) for the game. Roanoke shot only 33.9 percent (21-62) for the game, but caused 16 W&L turnovers, recording 12 points off the miscues. W&L was led by guard Meg Ingram, who recorded a game-high 17 points and five assists. Forward Becca Bolton notched 12 points and eight boards, while guard Katy Wilson contributed a game-high nine rebounds. Roanoke was paced by center Nicci Moats, who recorded all 14 of her points in the first half while also contributing nine rebounds and three assists.
The Maroons are currently 4-3 on the season, including a perfect 3-0 mark in conference play, which included contests against Eastern Mennonite, Emory & Henry and Guilford. RC will host Bridgewater on Tuesday before traveling to Lexington. For the season, the Maroons are led by junior center Nicci Moats, who is averaging 13.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. RC has two additional double-digit point scorers in senior center Jordan Gholson (12.3 ppg) and senior guard Rebecca Bays (11.7 ppg).
LAST TIME VS. BRIDGEWATER (W, 67-53, Feb. 20, 2010)
The Generals captured both regular-season meetings between the two squads last season for the first time in program history, including a 67-53 triumph on Feb. 20. With the game tied, 6-6, at the 15:11 mark in the first half, the Generals went on a 10-0 run over the next 1:49, fueled by two three-pointers from forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein to assume a 16-6 lead. The Eagles followed with a run of their own, outscoring W&L 18-4 over the next 9:24 en route to claiming their largest lead of the contest, 24-20, with 3:58 remaining in the half. However, W&L responded with an 11-6 run over the closing minutes to assume a one point lead (31-30) at the half. Both teams traded baskets to open the second stanza, tying the game at 35-35 at the 18:29 mark. The Generals then slowly pulled away, taking the lead for good (37-35) after a layup from center Felice Herman with 18:11 remaining. It remained a two-point game (48-46) with 11:47 remaining before W&L went on a 19-7 run to close out the game and claim the 14-point victory. The Generals shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the field for the game, while limiting BC to jut 32.8 percent shooting (20-61) from the field, including 15.4 percent (2-13) from behind the arc. W&L was paced by forward Becca Bolton, who recorded game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Bridgewater was led by guard Jordan Burkholder, who had 11 points.
The Eagles currently sit atop the ODAC standings, with a perfect 8-0 overall and 4-0 conference record. In conference play, BC has topped Lynchburg, Eastern Mennonite, Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph. The Eagles will travel to Roanoke on Tuesday and host Hollins on Friday before Saturday's contest at the Warner Center. Leading the way is senior guard Jordan Burkholder, who leads the conference with an average of 18.6 points and 5.7 steals per game. Sophomore forward Katelynn Hottinger is the Eagles' leading rebounder, averaging 8.7 boards per game.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
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 898 points, 182 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 243 helpers, and is now 126 helpers shy of second place, which is held by Louisa Feve '06.
Junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein has recorded double-digit outputs in all seven of the Generals' contests this season and currently ranks second on the team with an average of 12.9 points per game. Compare that to last season, when 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 17 double-digit games.
For the season, W&L has handed out more assists than its opponents by a margin of 96-67, 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 five of their seven 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 38 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.
FIRST HALF HOT
W&L has led six of its seven contests at the half this season, while going 5-1 in those games (the only loss was to Christopher Newport on Nov. 20). W&L has outscored its opponents, 196-163, in the opening 20 minutes of its first seven games, while shooting 35.9 percent (70-195) from the field. Meanwhile, the Generals have limited their opponents to just 26.5 percent (54-204) 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).
NEW YEAR, BETTER RESULTS
Over the past seven seasons under head coach Mandy King, the Generals have been more successful in the final two months of the season compared to the first two. King has a record of 13-18 (.419) in November and 11-17 (.393) in December, but in turn has led W&L to a 39-35 (.527) record in January and 32-28 (.533) mark in February.
CONFERENCE LEADERBOARD I
The Generals find themselves atop the conference in several categories, including ranking first in three-point shooting percentage (41.5% - 56-135) and free throw percentage at 74.2 percent (92-124), and third in field goal shooting (41.1% - 160-389). As a team, W&L has also committed a league-low 17.6 turnovers per game average.
CONFERENCE LEADERBOARD II
The Generals also have several individuals ranking among the conference leaders as junior guard Meg Ingram is currently first in assists (38), while also ranking third in points per game (17.9) and fourth in free throw shooting percentage (26-31, .839). Meanwhile, senior center Felice Herman is tied for tops in the conference shooting 53.8 percent (21-39) from the field, junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein is fourth in three-point shooting percentage (19-36 - .528) and sophomore forward Katy Wilson is second in free throw percentage, shooting 86.2 percent (25-29) from the charity stripe and fourth with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game.
ON THE BOARDS
Last season, the Generals were able to limit their opponents to a league-low 34.2 rebounds per contest, including margins of 361-338 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, 271-253, including a 100-73 differential on the offensive end.