W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

WASHINGTON AND LEE (11-4, 7-3) at VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (8-8, 6-5) • 1/25/11
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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 101-99 (.505) record. With the win last Tuesday over Southern Virginia, King reached the 100 career win mark. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. Against the field this week, King is 6-10 against Virginia Wesleyan and 10-4 versus Emory & Henry. 

W&L will travel to Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday for the final regular-season meeting between the two squads. The Generals earned a 53-43 victory over the Marlins earlier this season at the Warner Center. The team will then return to Lexington to face Emory & Henry for the first time this season as the endcap of a men's/women's doubleheader at the Warner Center on Saturday. W&L is 14-23 against Virginia Wesleyan and 15-18 versus Emory & Henry all-time.

LAST TIME OUT (vs. Eastern Mennonite - Jan. 22, W, 67-61)
Senior guard Allie Long hit a go-ahead three-point basket with 1:03 remaining in the contest as the W&L held on for a 67-61 triumph over Eastern Mennonite at the Warner Center. The Royals led by six points (61-55) with 3:52 remaining on the clock, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the contest as the Generals closed out the game on a 12-0 run. W&L began its comeback with a trey from junior guard Meg Ingram and layup from junior forward Becca Bolton to pull within one point (61-60) with 1:49 in the game. Long hit the aforementioned three-pointer to put W&L up, 63-61, and the Generals never looked back, going 4-of-6 from the stripe in the final minutes to secure the victory and split the regular-season meetings between the two squads. EMU held a 12-point advantage at the half, 33-21, behind 51.7 percent (15-29) shooting as a team, while holding W&L to just 8-of-35 shooting (22.9%). Sophomore forward Sara Lamneck led the Royals in the opening stanza, scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. The Royals scored the first basket of the contest, and pushed their lead to as many as 15 points (31-16) at the 3:16 mark, but W&L closed on a 5-2 run to pull within 12 at the break. The Generals continued their run to open the second stanza, using a 15-2 run over the first 4:46 to take their first lead of the game, 36-35, at the 15:14 mark. Bolton recorded 10 of her game-high 23 points during the run, going 3-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. The lead would exchange hands nine times over the next 11:22 before the Generals pulled away for the win. W&L overcame its shooting struggles in the first half, shooting 56.7 percent (17-30) in the final 20 minutes, to finish the contest shooting 38.5 percent (25-65) from the field. EMU shot 44.8 percent (26-58) for the contest.
The Generals were led by Bolton, who finished with 23 points (18 in the second half), eight boards and four steals. Ingram contributed 22 points, five assists and four steals, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson added a career-high 15 rebounds.

The Washington and Lee women's basketball team used a 27-5 run over a 17:47 stretch that covered both halves to defeat Virginia Wesleyan, 53-43, at the Warner Center. With the game tied at 12-12 with 9:16 remaining in the first half, Virginia Wesleyan went on an 11-2 run over the next 4:16 to claim its largest lead of the game, 23-14, at the 4:52 mark. However, W&L scored the final eight points of the first half, cutting the Marlins lead to a single point (23-22) going into the intermission. In the second half, the Generals picked up where they left off, opening the second stanza on a 19-6 run to take their largest lead of the game, 12 points (42-28), with 6:45 remaining. During W&L's second-half run, the Generals limited the Marlins to 2-of-16 (12.5%) shooting while forcing six turnovers. Conversely, W&L shot 43.8 percent, going 7-of-16 from the field while only committing two turnovers. However, a three pointer from first-year guard Katie Tassa triggered an 11-2 VWC run as the Marlins pulled to within five points (44-39) with 3:23 left. It was not enough as W&L made seven of its 10 free throws down the stretch to claim the 53-43 triumph. Both teams struggled from the floor, with W&L finishing 18-for-56 (32.1%) and VWC 18-for-58 (31.0%) for the contest. The Generals claimed a slim 44-42 advantage in rebounds and forced17 Marlins' turnovers, while committing only 12 miscues themselves. The Generals were led by junior guard Meg Ingram, who finished with a team-high 18 points, 13 in the second half, and four assists. Senior center Felice Herman tallied 12 points and eight boards, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson had a team-high nine rebounds and chipped in six points. VWC junior forward Kristen Blalock totaled a game-high 20 points and added six rebounds. Sophomore forward Kerry Johnson finished with a game-high 10 rebounds while also contributing eight points, and Tassa chipped in seven points and six boards.

The Marlins are currently 8-8 on the season, going 6-5 in conference play. VWC is coming off a 78-38 victory over Randolph College on Friday. The Marlins connected on 41.8 percent (28-67) of their field goal attempts in the contest, including 33.3 percent (5-15) from three-point range. Junior forward Kristen Blalock hit 6-of-9 field goals to lead the Marlins with 17 points. Junior guard Jocelyn Spencer nailed 5-of-8 shots and added 13 points and junior guard Shawnee Lewis connected on 3-of-6 attempts and scored 10 points. For the season, the Marlins are led by Blalock, who is averaging 14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 42.0 percent (74-176) from the field and 54.2 percent (13-24) from three point range.

W&L will travel to Norfolk on Tuesday, looking to sweep the regular-season series for the first time since the 2003-04 season and just the fourth time in program history. Under Head Coach Mandy King, the Generals are just 1-6 at the Jane P. Batten Center, having not won on the road since her first season in 2003-04.

LAST TIME VS. EMORY & HENRY (W, 88-53, Feb. 9, 2010)
Six Generals recorded double-digit points as W&L cruised to a 88-53 victory over Emory & Henry at the Warner Center. The Generals opened the game with an 8-0 run over the first 4:01 and never looked back as the Wasps shot just 22.7 percent (5-22) from the floor in the first period and W&L grabbed a 28 point lead (46-18) at the half. The Generals shot 50.7 percent (37-73) from the field, including 40.0 percent (10-25) from behind the arc, while the Wasps shot just 27.9 percent (17-61) for the game. Additionally, W&L outrebounded the Wasps, 54-30, and recorded a season-high 25 assists, just three short of the program's single game record. Forward Rachel Warrick led W&L with 16 points, forward Katy Wilson added 14 points, forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein contributed 13 points, guard Meg Ingram chipped in 12 points, forward Becca Bolton scored 10 points and senior center Kaitlyn Kamp registered 10 points. It marked the first time since February 17, 1998 that six Generals reached double-digit points in a single game. Additionally for W&L, Bolton grabbed 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season, and Wilson grabbed 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Ingram also tied a career-high with eight assists and Kamp notched a season-high seven boards. Emory & Henry was paced by senior forward Alex Lyons and guard Christina Howard who recorded a team-high 13 points apiece.

Emory & Henry earned its first ODAC win of the season on Saturday, topping Randolph College, 65-60. The Wasps are currently 2-12 overall and 1-9 in conference play. They will travel to Hollins on Tuesday before heading to Lexington on Saturday for the final contest of a four-game roadtrip. Currently, E&H is led by first-year guard Jalan McPherson, who is averaging 11.9 points per game, while senior forward Courtney Brooks is contributing a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game.

After starting the season with averages of 12.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in the first seven contests, junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein has struggled since the calendar turned to 2011. Over the past nine games, she is averaging just 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game. She has also seen her shooting percentages fall, from 44.4 percent (24-54) to 35.5 percent (27-76) from the field, while seeing an even more shocking drop in her shooting from three-point range, going from 53.1 percent (17-32) to 25.6 percent (10-39). The drop may be in part to fatigue, as Pfannenstein currently ranks fifth in the conference with 487 minutes played.

Against Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, junior forward Becca Bolton (23 pts) and junior guard Meg Ingram (22 pts) combined to become the first W&L duo to score 20 points apiece in a contest since the 2006-07 season when Kristen Krouchick (20 pts) and Bethany Ridenhour (20 pts) accomplished the feat. Since Bolton's return against Apprentice School, a span of nine contests, the pair has combined to score 47.1 percent (292-620) of W&L's points.

Washington and Lee has been quite proficient from beyond the arc in 2010-11, leading the ODAC in three-pointers made (110) and ranking tops in three-point percentage (110-297, .370).  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 32.2 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 register 193 three pointers at their current pace of 7.3 makes per game.

Senior guard Allie Long has taken a majority of her shots from beyond the arc this season, with 66 of her 77 shot attempts coming from deep. This season, she is shooting 29-of-66 (43.9%) from three-point range, the best percentage on the team. The Generals are 6-1 when she shoots 50.0 percent or better from three in a contest. For her career, Long has taken 67.7 percent (274-405) of her shots from deep while shooting 30.3 percent (83-274).

Since her return against Apprentice School, junior forward Becca Bolton is showing more versatility in her game by adding a three-point shot. In nine contests this season, she is 3-of-5 (.600) from deep, putting up a career-high three attempts against Eastern Mennonite on Saturday. Over the past two seasons, Bolton had attempted just four shots from behind the arc, shooting 25.0 percent (1-4).

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 567 of W&L's 1,024 points this season (55.4 percent) while also contributing 189 rebounds, 130 assists and 78 steals. The numbers are made even more impressive given the fact that Bolton has appeared in only nine contests this season, after missing the first six games while studying off-campus.

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 1,042 points, 38 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 290 helpers, and is now 79 helpers shy of second place, which is held by Louisa Feve '06. Junior forward Becca Bolton also joined the Top 10 all-time scorers this season, and currently resides in ninth place with 870 points. 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            6. Ansley Miller, '00 - 1,165
    2. Jessica Hunsinger, '07 - 1,455      7. Chrissy Burghardt, '99 - 1,080   
    3. Kristen Krouchick, '08 - 1,323      8. Meg Ingram - 1,042
    4. Louisa Feve, '06 - 1,305               9. Becca Bolton - 870
    5. Megan Babst, '02 - 1,265            10. Sarah Michaels, '00 - 845               

Currently leading the ODAC with a 1.5 assist-turnover ratio (85a, 58t) and 85 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 eight occasions, with the Generals posting a 7-1 mark in those contests. For her career, she has tallied five or more helpers in 27 games, leading W&L to a 24-3 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 campaign.

In its past four games, W&L has averaged 12.0 steals per game while forcing 19.4 turnovers per contest, going on to win three of the five contests by margins of 18 or more points. This season, the Generals have recorded more steals than an opponent in eight contests, going 8-0 in those games, while registering double-digit steals in a game eight times, going 7-1. W&L also owns a +2.4 turnover margin (245-281), the third-best in the conference.

While W&L has scored almost level points in its losses versus wins (65.3 to 69.4), the difference lies in the opposing team's scoring output. In the Generals' four losses this season, they have allowed the opposition to average 72.8 points per game. Compare that to their 11 wins, where they have held teams to just 53.0 points per game, a difference of 19.8 points.