W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 6

WASHINGTON AND LEE (7-3, 4-2) at EASTERN MENNONITE (6-5, 4-2) • 1/11/11
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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 97-98 (.497) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. King is just three wins shy of 100 career wins as a head coach. Against the field this week, King is 7-10 against Eastern Mennonite, 9-5 versus Lynchburg and 10-5 against Randolph. 

The Generals went 2-1 last week, claiming wins over Virginia Wesleyan (53-43) and Bridgewater (87-67) while falling to Roanoke (68-61).

W&L faces three ODAC opponents this week, starting on the road against Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday. The Generals are 16-20 all-time against the Royals. The week concludes with two games at the Warner Center against Lynchburg College and Randolph College. W&L owns a 17-16 mark against Lynchburg and a 25-9 record versus Randolph all-time.  

With a 7-3 mark, the Generals are off to the best start in program history. The previous best mark through 10 contests was 6-4, which occurred duing the 2004-05 and 1999-00 seasons.

LAST TIME OUT (vs. Bridgewater - Jan. 8, W, 87-67)
Washington and Lee shot a season-best 51.9 percent (28-54) from the field while tying a school record with 12 three pointers, as it cruised to an 87-67 victory over Bridgewater College on Saturday. W&L jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but a 9-0 run gave the Eagles an 11-8 lead with 14:45 remaining in the opening stanza. However, the Generals turned the tables, going on a 24-4 run over the next 6:16, eventually grabbing a 17-point advantage (32-15) with 8:39 remaining. During the run, W&L went 8-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc with treys from four different Generals. W&L allowed Bridgewater to get no closer than eight points (40-32) at 1:48, and entered the half with a 45-32 advantage. Bridgewater mounted a comeback to start the second half, fueled by six points from senior guard Jordan Burkholder and four points from sophomore forward Katelynn Hottinger, pulling to within two points (50-48) with 13:07 remaining in the contest. However, W&L was sent to the line on four of its next eight possessions, hitting all eight charity tosses in extending its lead to 13 points (66-53) at the 7:50 mark en route to claiming its third-consecutive victory over the Eagles. The Generals shot 48.0 percent (12-25) from deep and 86.4 percent (19-22) from the charity stripe in the win. Meanwhile, W&L limited BC to 23-of-61 (37.7%) from the field while forcing 18 turnovers. W&L was paced by four players in double figures, including junior guard Meg Ingram who finished the contest with 17 points, nine assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Becca Bolton tallied 16 points and a game-high 9 rebounds, while junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein finished with 15 points and sophomore forward Katy Wilson chipped in 10 points and eight boards.

Third-seeded Washington and Lee closed the game with a 33-6 run to post a 62-47 win over seventh-seeded Eastern Mennonite in the semifinals of the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. W&L shot just 37.5 percent (9-24), committed 15 turnovers and was plagued by foul trouble in the opening 20 minutes, in falling behind 30-22 at the halftime break. The Royals upped their lead to as many as 12 points in the second stanza, leading 41-29 with 13:17 to play. However, the Generals began their run at that point as guard Meg Ingram and forward Rachel Warrick scored five points apiece to spark a 12-0 run that knotted the game at 41-41 with 9:57 remaining. EMU regained the lead (44-41) when guard Danielle Rittenhouse drilled a three-pointer on the next possession, but the Generals grabbed the lead back for good (46-44) at the 8:37 mark on a triple by guard Allie Long. W&L proceeded to outscore Eastern Mennonite, 16-3, the rest of the way in pulling away for the 15-point win. The Generals limited EMU to just 26.3 percent (5-19) shooting in the second half and forced 13 second-half turnovers by the Royals. Conversely, W&L committed just five turnovers and shot 48.4 percent (15-31) over the final 20 minutes of play. Ingram scored a team-high 16 points for W&L, while Long contributed 12 points. Warrick tallied nine points and forward Katy Wilson notched nine points and 10 boards. Senior guard Ebony Dennis paced Eastern Mennonite with 12 points and nine rebounds. Rittenhouse added 11 markers for the Royals.

W&L has claimed the last five meetings between the two squads, including all three meetings last sesason. The last Royals' triumph came on Feb. 16, 2008 at the Warner Center (62-46), but they have played W&L well at home over the past two seasons, dropping both contests by a combined five points. EMU is currently 6-5 on the season, including a 4-2 mark in conference play. The Royals have won their last two contests, including a 74-49 triumph over Mary Baldwin on Thursday. The Royals never trailed  in the contest, and all 11 players dented the scoring column in the 25-point victory. EMU scored the first six points of the game, and pushed the lead to 15 points (19-4) with 12:42 remaining in the opening stanza. The Fighting Squirrels cut the lead down to five points at the 3:42 mark (29-24), but EMU ended the half on a 10-2 run to lead 39-26 at the break. The cushion never got below double digits and the Royals scored the final nine points to close with their biggest lead of the night, 74-49. In the contest, EMU forced 28 MBC turnovers, while making 36 trips to the free throw line, hitting 20-of-36. Sophomore guard Danielle Rittenhouse had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Sophomore forward Sara Lamneck finished with nine boards and eight points. For the season, the Royals are paced by Rittenhouse, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. First-year forward Kala Yoders is the only other Royal in double digits, averaging 11.9 points per game. Lamneck has posted a team-high 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

LAST TIME VS. LYNCHBURG (W, 72-67 - Feb. 7, 2010)
Four Generals recorded double-digit points as W&L defeated Lynchburg College, 72-67, at the Warner Center. Lynchburg took an early 8-5 lead at the 17:41 mark in the first half, but the Generals extended their lead to as many as 12 points with 8:59 remaining (26-14). LC closed the game to four points at the half (33-29), going on a 15-7 run to close out the first period. The Hornets claimed their largest lead of the game at four points (52-56) with 7:44 remaining in the second half, but the Generals forced five turnovers and went on a 20-11 run to close out the game, fueled by nine points from forward Becca Bolton. The Hornets shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field in the game, while going 12-of-13 from the charity stripe (93.2 percent). W&L was 24-of-56 from the field, but only connected on 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) from the line. Guard Meg Ingram led W&L with 17 points, while Bolton chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds, including 12 points in the second half. Lynchburg was paced by senior forward Tamara Snead who tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Caitlin Falls added 11 points, while senior guard Chevonne Booker and guard Carly Greenlief each recorded 10 points.

W&L swept both meetings last season, the first time it had swept the Hornets since the 2006-07 season, with the last Lynchburg win coming during the 2008-09 season (Feb. 6, 2009). The Hornets are 2-9 overall, including a 2-4 mark in ODAC contests. After dropping its first nine contests, LC has won two in a row, which included ODAC victories against Randolph and Hollins. The Hornets will enjoy a week off before making the trip to Lexington, where they have not claimed a victory since Jan. 18, 2008 (62-53). On the season, LC is led by junior forward Katie Crump, who is averaging 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Lynchburg is coached by Abby Pyzik, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant to Mandy King at W&L before returning to her alma mater.

LAST TIME VS. RANDOLPH (W, 53-51 - Feb. 4, 2010)
Guard Meg Ingram scored a season-high 21 points and W&L used a 12-4 scoring run to end the game as it eked out a 53-51 win over Randolph College. Trailing 47-41 with 9:18 to play, the Generals began their game-clinching run on a layup from forward Katy Wilson and grabbed the lead for good (51-49) on a three pointer from Ingram with 4:55 to play. Randolph had two attempts to tie or take the lead in the final 1:22, but could not find the range and W&L escaped with the win. The Generals found themselves trailing, 30-28, at the half, but limited the WildCats to just 35.7 percent (10-28) shooting in the second period and forced nine second-half turnovers in the win. Ingram, who scored 12 of her 21 points in the second half, connected on 7-of-16 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Forward Becca Bolton, who was held to single digits in scoring (5), grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and added four steals, while center Felice Herman chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds. Randolph was led by guard Katie Rechnitzer, who tallied 20 points and forward Lindsay Cross, who notched nine points, 12 boards and four steals.

The Generals have won the last five meetings between the two teams, with Randolph last emerging victorious on Jan. 19, 2008 at the Warner Center (70-50). The WildCats are without a victory this season, posting an 0-10 overall record, including going 0-5 in conference play. RC is in the midst of a six-game roadtrip, and will face Guilford in Greensboro before heading to Lexington on Sunday. Two WildCats have posted double-digit scoring averages this season, including sophomore guard Olivia Johnson (12.2 ppg) and junior guard Lauren French (12.1 ppg). Sophomore forward Sam Sublett leads Randolph with 7.1 rebounds per game, while first-year guard Courtney Bouchard is averaging a team-high 2.1 assists per game.

In Saturday's 87-67 victory over Bridgewater, W&L shot an impressive 51.9 percent (28-54) from the field, including going 12-of-25 (48.0%) from behind the arc. The 12 made three-point shots also tied a program record for most treys in a game, the second time the Generals accomplished that feat this season (first was Nov. 20 vs. Christopher Newport), while the 25 attempts were the most in a single contest in program history. The last time W&L shot better than 51.9 percent in a contest was on Dec. 1, 2008 in a 111-40 triumph over Hollins (41-76, .539), while the last time they were better than 48.0 percent from deep was on Dec. 1 of this season against Mary Baldwin (11-22, .500). 

On Saturday against Bridgewater, W&L scored 45 points, its largest first-half output since Feb. 9, 2010 when it tallied 46 poins versus Emory & Henry (46-18 at the half, went on to win, 88-53). W&L has led at the half in eight of its 10 contests this sesaon, going 6-2 in those games (dropped contests to Christopher Newport and Roanoke). W&L has outscored its opponents, 297-247, in the opening 20 minutes of its first nine games, while shooting 37.9 percent (108-285) from the field. Meanwhile, the Generals have limited their opponents to just 30.4 percent (87-286) shooting from the field in the first stanza.

W&L faces three of the league's most turnover-prone squads this week in Randolph, Eastern Mennonite and Lynchburg. Randolph leads the league with an average of 27.9 turnovers per game, while EMU is second (23.2) and LC is third (22.8). Conversely, this season the Generals have committed the second-lowest turnover average in the ODAC at 17.8 miscues per game.

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 952 points, 128 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 259 helpers, and is now 110 helpers shy of second place, which is held by Louisa Feve '06.

Junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein snapped a personal streak of seven-consecutive double-digit outputs after recording only five points against Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday. Pfannenstein has recorded double-digit points in eight of the Generals' 10 contests this season and currently ranks second on the team with an average of 11.7 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 18 double-digit games.

For the season, W&L has handed out more assists than its opponents by a margin of 132-104, and has only been topped in that category on three occasions. The Generals have also registered double-digit helpers in seven of their 10 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 54 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.

This season, the Generals are being outrebounded by a slim 382-372 margin, but hold a 263-247 advantage in the defensive rebounding category. Before Friday'scontest, when sophomore forward Katy Wilson recorded 11 boards, no W&L player had recorded a double-digit rebounding performance in a game this season. At eight games in, it was the longest streak to start a season without a double-digit individual rebounding effort in program history.

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 41-36 (.532) record in January and 32-28 (.533) mark in February.