W&L Women's Basketball Game Notes - Week 7

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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 99-99 (.500) record. King is just one win shy of 100 career wins as a head coach, and over seven seasons at W&L she has led the Generals to four winning seasons, an ODAC Women's Basketball Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. Against the field this week, King is 5-0 against Southern Virginia and 7-11 versus Eastern Mennonite. 

1,000 CLUB
Junior guard Meg Ingram recorded her 1,000th career point on Sunday against Randolph, becoming just the eighth player in program history to achieve the feat.

The Generals posted a 2-1 mark last week, dropping a 70-69 decision at Eastern Mennonite before defeating Lynchburg (63-45) and Randolph (80-37). 

W&L remains at the Warner Center for two contests this week, hosting non-conference opponent Southern Virginia University on Tuesday. The Generals then face Eastern Mennonite for the second time in just over a week on Saturday. W&L is 5-0 against SVU and 16-21 versus EMU all-time.

LAST TIME OUT (vs. Randolph - Jan. 16, W, 80-37)
W&L used a 22-2 run midway through the first half to cruise to an 80-37 victory over Randolph College on Sunday. The Generals led 9-7 with 12:57 remaining in the opening period, but used the run that featured seven points and four steals from senior guard Allie Long to stretch their lead to 31-9 with 7:24 left in the half. Randolph used an 8-0 run over the next 2:34 to make it a 14-point game (31-17) with 4:50 left in the half, but W&L closed the half with a 14-5 streak for a 45-22 lead at the intermission. The second half saw the Generals continue to stretch their lead. Another Long steal and a subsequent three-point play by junior guard Meg Ingram made it a 30-point lead (57-27) with 14:54 to play.  For Ingram, the play signified her 1,000th career point, becoming the eighth player in school history to reach the plateau. W&L continued to roll from there in posting the 43-point win. Ingram finished with a game-high 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Becca Bolton recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Long contributed 12 points, seven steals and six assists.

Guard Bethany Ridenhour tied a season high with 15 points in leading W&L to a 72-55 victory over Southern Virginia at the Warner Center. The Generals connected on 47.8 percent shooting from behind the arc (11-23), one three-pointer shy of tying the school record for threes made in a game. The opening minutes were tightly contested until W&L went on a 12-2 run midway through the first half to take a 28-12 edge at 4:43 en route to a 42-19 cushion at the break. The Generals shot 58.3 percent from distance (7-12) and held a 23-13 advantage on the boards in the first stanza. Southern Virginia immediately began chipping away at Washington and Lee's advantage to start the second period using a 12-4 run to cut it to a 49-31 contest at 13:52. However, the Generals pushed back out to a 25-point lead (68-43) at the 5:26 mark in cruising to their fifth-straight win over the Knights. Ridenhour was joined in double-digits by forward Kara Nadeau and guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein, who totaled 13 points apiece. Center Felice Herman and guard Meg Ingram both chipped in eight points. SVU was paced by guard Tricia Dixon's game-high 22 points. Forward Kezia Ford added 14 markers and forward Amanda Prestwich totaled nine points and nine rebounds.

Tuesday's contest will be the sixth meeting all-time between the two squads, having last faced each other on Jan. 27, 2009 when the Generals emerged with a 72-55 victory at the Warner Center. The Knights are currently 6-9 on the season, most recently dropping a decision to Kentucky Christian on Saturday. This season, SVU is led by sophomore guard Mina Romito, who is averaging 13.6 points per game. Junior forward Nicole Tolman leads the team with an average of 8.1 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Ajalynn Domingo has averaged 2.1 assists per game.

LAST TIME VS. EASTERN MENNONITE (L, 70-69 - Jan. 11, 2011)
Sophomore guard Danielle Rittenhouse hit the go-ahead basket with 1:48 remaining in overtime to lift Eastern Mennonite to a 70-69 victory over Washington and Lee at Yoder Arena. Down 61-59, W&L senior center Felice Herman sent the game into overtime when she drilled a layup with four seconds left in regulation. In the extra session, the Generals grabbed the lead on a layup by junior forward Becca Bolton just 11 seconds after the tip and the lead changed hands four more times until Rittenhouse's game-winner.The game was tight throughout as neither team led by more than seven points. The first half featured nine lead changes and five ties as W&L claimed a three-point lead (39-36) at the half following a three-pointer by junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein with 52 seconds remaining. The Generals didn't trail again until a three-pointer by sophomore guard Shandell Taylor gave the Royals a 47-46 lead with 13:00 left in regulation. W&L then produced a 9-1 burst over the next 3:42 to open the largest lead of the game (55-48), but EMU chipped away at its deficit, eventually taking a 58-57 lead on a layup by first-year forward Kayla Yoders at the 2:57 mark of the second stanza.  From there, the lead changed hands two more times until Herman sent the game to overtime with her last second layup. Washington and Lee shot just 39.1 percent (25-64) from the floor and hit only 2-of-16 (.125) three-point shots. Herman paced W&L with a season-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Rachel Warrick tied a season-high with 14 points, while junior guard Meg Ingram notched 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds. Eastern Mennonite was led by sophomore forward Sara Lamneck's 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rittenhouse and Yoders totaled 13 points apiece.

EMU will host Hollins on Tuesday before traveling to Lexington for Saturday's matchup. On the season, the Royals are led by sophomore guard Danielle Rittenhouse, who is averaging 13.8 points per game. Sophomore forward Sara Lamneck has posted a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game, while also averaging 9.7 points per game.

While the past three contests at Yoder Arena have been decided by a combined six points, including a one-point overtime loss last Tuesday, W&L has won the last two meetings at the Warner Center by a combined 46 points. Senior center Felice Herman, junior guard Meg Ingram and junior forward Becca Bolton have posted double-digit point averages against the Royals in their careers, with Herman averaging 11.5 points over eight contests, Ingram totaling 15.3 points in six games and Bolton with a 10.2 points per game average in six appearances.

Washington and Lee has been quite proficient from beyond the arc in 2010-11, leading the ODAC in three-pointers made (94) and ranking second in three-point percentage (94-256, .367). Additionally, the Generals have twice tied the program record with 12 three-pointers in a game (vs. CNU & BC). Better than 30 percent of the team's field goal attempts have come from beyond the arc, while 32 percent of the team's points have come from distance. Last year's team set a program record with 158 three-pointers, while this year's version is on pace to break the record with an average of 7.2 makes per game.

Senior guard Allie Long has taken a majority of her shots from beyond the arc this season, with 55 of her 66 shot attempts coming from deep. This season, she is shooting 23-of-55 (41.8%) from three-point range, the best percentage on the team. The Generals are 4-1 when she shoots 50.0 percent or better from three in a contest.

The junior class of guards Meg Ingram and Allison Sublett and forwards Kari Ann Pfannenstein and Becca Bolton play a significant role in the Generals' offense. Together, the quartet has registered 469 of W&L's 881 points this season (53.2 percent) while also contributing 165 rebounds, 108 assists and 61 steals. The numbers are made even more impressive given the fact that Bolton has appeared in only seven contests this season, after missing the first six games while studying off-campus.

Moving into a starting role this season, sophomore Katy Wilson has found her place in the W&L offense. She currently ranks fourth on the team, averaging 8.9 points per game, while leading the team in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game. She is also shooting a team-best 82.6 percent from the charity stripe (38-46) while going 39-of-86 from the field (.453 - third-best) and averaging 33.3 minutes 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 1,001 points, 79 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 281 helpers, and is now 88 helpers shy of second place, which is held by Louisa Feve '06. Junior forward Becca Bolton is also looking to join the Top 10 all-time scorers, currently residing in 12th place with 821 points-just one point shy of 11th place (Tonia Dean, '98 - 822 pts.) and 16 shy of 10th place. As both Ingram and Bolton continue to climb the charts, here is a look at the W&L all-time leading scorers:
    1. Jessica Mentz, '02 - 1,742            7. Chrissy Burghardt, '99 - 1,080   
    2. Jessica Hunsinger, '07 - 1,455      8. Meg Ingram - 1,001
    3. Kristen Krouchick, '08 - 1,323      9. Sarah Michaels, '00 - 845
    4. Louisa Feve, '06 - 1,305             10. Bethany Ridenhour, '09 - 837
    5. Megan Babst, '02 - 1,265            11. Tonia Dean, '98 - 822
    6. Ansley Miller, '00 - 1,165            12. Becca Bolton - 821

Currently leading the ODAC with a 1.5 assist-turnover ratio (76a, 52t) and 76 assists, junior guard Meg Ingram plays an important part in W&L's success. This season, Ingram has recorded five or more assists in a game on seven occasions, with the Generals posting a 6-1 mark in those contests. For her career, she has tallied five or more helpers in 26 games, leading W&L to a 23-3 record when she achieves the feat. Earlier this season, Ingram 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.

In its past three games, W&L has averaged 12.0 steals per game while forcing 20.3 turnovers per contest, going on to win two of the three contests by margins of 18 and 43 points, while losing the third by one point. This season, the Generals have recorded more steals than an opponent in seven contests, going 7-0 in those games, while registering double-digit steals in a game six times, going 5-1. W&L also owns a +2.2 turnover margin (217-245), the third-best in the conference.

Junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein snapped a personal streak of seven-consecutive double-digit outputs after recording only five points against Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 8. Pfannenstein has recorded double-digit points in nine of the Generals' 13 contests this season and currently ranks third on the team with an average of 10.6 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 19 double-digit games.

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 43-37 (.536) record in January and 32-28 (.533) mark in February.