W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 9
WASHINGTON AND LEE (12-5, 8-4) vs. HOLLINS (5-12, 3-10) • 2/1/11
WASHINGTON AND LEE at ROANOKE • 2/4/11
WASHINGTON AND LEE at BRIDGEWATER • 2/5/11
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 102-100 (.505) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. Against the field this week, King is 14-1 versus Hollins, 4-11 against Roanoke College and 6-11 versus Bridgewater College.
THE WEEK THAT WILL BE
W&L will face a trio of ODAC opponents this week, hosting Hollins on Tuesday before traveling to Roanoke College on Friday and Bridgewater College on Saturday. All-time, the Generals are 29-6 against Hollins, 4-29 versus Roanoke and 7-26 against Bridgewater.
The Friday and Saturday contests against Roanoke and Bridgewater represent the second of three back-to-back games for W&L this season. In seven seasons under Head Coach Mandy King, the Generals have played in 32 back-to-back sets, with a 14-18 mark in the first game and a 16-16 ledger in the second. This is the second time this season W&L will face Roanoke and Bridgewater on consecutive days, as the Generals have gone 0-1 in the first and 1-0 in the second games.
LAST TIME OUT (vs. Emory & Henry - Jan. 29, W, 78-61)
Senior guard Allie Long scored a career-high 22 points while tying a program record for most three-pointers made in a game as W&L rolled past Emory & Henry, 78-61, on Saturday. E&H started the contest strong, going 5-for-5 from the field in the opening 4:10 to claim its largest lead of the contest, seven points (12-5), at the 15:50 mark. The Wasps maintained their lead until a jumper by W&L junior forward Becca Bolton tied the contest at 25-25 with 8:05 remaining in the opening stanza. E&H senior guard Christina Howard tallied 11 of her team-high 19 points during the span, going 4-of-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 from deep. The Generals pulled away over the final 7:30 of the first half, using a 20-1 run while shooting 8-for-13 from the field to assume a 45-26 advantage at the break. Over the span, W&L held E&H to just one point off a free throw by first-year guard Jalan McPherson while forcing 11 Wasp turnovers. W&L held the Wasps scoreless over the opening 2:26 of the second half, extending its lead to 27 points (53-26) at the 17:34 mark and cruising to its fifth-consecutive victory over the Wasps. For the game, W&L shot 41.2 percent (28-68) while registering 14 steals and forcing 22 E&H turnovers. The Wasps were 24-for-55 (43.6%) from the field, and were out-rebounded by the Generals, 44-29. Long finished the contest shooting 6-for-10 from deep (60.0%), setting a personal-best for treys made in a contest while also tying the program record that had occurred on two other occasions. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while senior center Felice Herman chipped in 10 points and six boards.
LAST TIME vs. HOLLINS (W, 78-58, Nov. 29, 2010)
Washington and Lee shot 53.8 percent (14-26) from the floor in the second half and used a 14-0 run immediately following the break to post a 78-58 victory over Hollins. The Generals held Hollins to just 33.3 percent (8-24) shooting from the field in recording a 34-26 lead following the opening 20 minutes. W&L then used the aforementioned surge to register a commanding 22-point lead (48-26) at the 16:47 mark. Senior center Felice Herman notched five points during the run, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson contributed four points. The W&L lead swelled to as many as 29 points (70-41) following a layup by junior guard Meg Ingram and a free throw by sophomore forward Rachel Warrick with 9:28 to play as the Generals went on to defeat Hollins for the 13th-straight time. Ingram paced the Generals with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Hollins was led by sophomore guard Lacie Forrest and first-year guard Carrie Cox, who totaled 12 points apiece.
HU is currently 5-12 on the season, while posting a 3-10 mark in conference play. The team is coming off an 82-64 win over Randolph College on Saturday, as five players scored double-digit points in the contest. Sophomore guard Jasmine Greene (17), sophomore guard Lacie Forrest (14), first-year guard Brandi Chesne (12), senior guard Tamara Philips (11) and first-year forward Molly Tahmaseb (11) all finished with double-digit points, as HU also forced 33 WildCat turnovers while tallying 19 steals. For the season, HU is led by Greene, who has team-highs in points (15.7), rebounds (7.5) and assists (3.5).
W&L has won the previous 13 meetings dating back to the 2003-04 season, while HU has not won at the Warner Center since the 2002-03 season. During the span, the Generals have outscored Hollins by an average of +33.4 points (1,045-611) while posting a +28.3 margin (521-323) in Lexington. Shooting percentages between the two squads vary greatly during the W&L winning streak, with the Generals shooting 46.4 percent (411-885) from the field, while HU has shot just 31.6 percent (213-674). W&L also boasts five players on its roster averaging double-digit points against Hollins in their careers, including junior forward Becca Bolton (15.3), junior guard Meg Ingram (13.4), junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (11.2), senior center Felice Herman (11.0) and sophomore foward Rachel Warrick (10.3).
LAST TIME vs. ROANOKE (L, 68-61, Jan. 7, 2011)
W&L jumped out to a 24-5 lead in the opening 8:49 of the game, but Roanoke College recovered to post a 68-61 win over the Generals at the Warner Center. Junior guard Meg Ingram scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the game opening run, including three-straight triples to give W&L a 9-0 lead just 2:11 into the contest. The Generals held a 16-point lead (30-14) with 6:59 left in the opening stanza, but a 15-1 run cut the advantage to just two points (31-29) with 24 seconds left in the half. Junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein canned a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to give W&L a 34-29 lead at the break. Washington and Lee held the lead until junior center Nikki Moats hit a layup with 16:45 left to give the Maroons a 37-36 lead, their first lead in the game. The Generals remained within seven points for the better part of the second stanza, but could get no closer than four points (60-56) when senior center Felice Herman split a pair of free throws with 3:05 left in the game as Roanoke defeated W&L for the third-straight time. Joining Ingram in double figures for W&L were junior forward Becca Bolton and senior guard Allie Long. Bolton totaled 11 points, while Long posted 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Roanoke was paced by senior guard Kendra Porter, who notched 16 points and five steals. Moats totaled 15 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds.
SCOUTING THE MAROONS
Roanoke currently stands second in the conference, posting a 10-1 record in ODAC play and an 11-4 overall mark. The Maroons will travel to face Bridgewater College on Tuesday before hosting the Generals on Friday. This season, RC is led by junior center Nikki Moats, who is averaging 15.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, with her rebounding and block averages also ranking tops in the ODAC. Senior guard Rebecca Bays leads the squad with an average of 4.1 assists per game, while senior guard Kendra Porter has chipped in a team-high 2.7 steals per game. Senior forward Jordan Gholson leads the ODAC, shooting 54.6 percent (77-141) from the field. As a team, RC also ranks tops in several categories, including averaging 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.6 percent (383-858) from the field and 37.4 percent (76-203) from deep. However, the Maroons seem to struggle from the free throw line, shooting just 63.7 percent (181-284), the ninth-best percentage in the conference.
PLAYING ROANOKE COLLEGE
Roanoke has claimed the previous three meetings, with the last W&L victory coming on Feb. 20, 2009 in Salem (65-54). For their careers against Roanoke, junior guard Meg Ingram is averaging 14.6 points per game, while junior forward Becca Bolton has posted an average of 11.4 points per game. Ingram is also averaging an impressive 15.0 points per game at the Bast Center, the only current W&L player to post double-digit averages on the road against Roanoke.
LAST TIME vs. BRIDGEWATER (W, 87-67, Jan. 8, 2011)
W&L 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 at the Warner Center. 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) with 1:48 remaining, 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. 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 nine rebounds, while junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein finished with 15 points and sophomore forward Katy Wilson chipped in 10 points and eight boards. The Eagles were led by sophomore guard Jessica Mullen's game-high 19 points. Burkholder finished with 17 points, while Hottinger tallied 15 points.
The Eagles currently reside in third place in the ODAC, posting a 14-3 overall record and a 9-3 conference mark. BC has three conference games on its slate this week, hosting Roanoke on Tuesday before traveling to Hollins on Friday and then returning home to host the Generals on Saturday. Senior guard Jordan Burkholder currently ranks tops in the conference, averaging 19.2 points and 5.4 steals per game. She recently became BC's all-time leading scorer after netting 23 points against Lynchburg last Friday, bringing her career total to 1,608 points. Sophomore forward Katelynn Hottinger has posted team-best averages in blocks (2.2) and rebounds (6.8), and junior guard Jenny Logan is averaging 3.6 assists per contest. Additionally, BC leads the conference in points (74.4), steals (15.2) and assists (15.6) per game, while shooting an ODAC-best 74.0 percent (302-408) from the free-throw line.
SOARING OVER THE EAGLES
W&L has claimed the last three meetings between the two squads, its longest winning streak all-time against BC. One key factor over the three-game span has been the play of junior forward Becca Bolton, who is averaging 18.0 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Three other Generals have also posted double-digit point averages during the streak, including junior guard Meg Ingram (14.3), junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (11.7) and senior center Felice Herman (11.0). Bolton has posted impressive career numbers against the Eagles: in six contests she is averaging 18.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, scoring 20 or more points on three occasions while posting double-digit rebounds in four of the six contests.
A LONG WAY
Senior guard Allie Long has taken a majority of her shots from beyond the arc this season, with 79 of her 93 shot attempts coming from deep. This season, she is shooting 35-of-79 (.443) from three-point range, the best percentage on the team. Against Emory & Henry last Saturday, Long went 6-for-10 from deep, tying a program record for most treys in a game, while also setting a career high for most three-point shots made. The Generals are 7-1 when she shoots 50.0 percent or better from three in a contest. For her career, Long has taken 69.0 percent (289-419) of her shots from deep while shooting 30.8 percent (89-289).
Four of the Generals' five starters have seen their fair share of time on the court this season, as junior guard Meg Ingram, senior guard Allie Long, sophomore forward Katy Wilson and junor forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein all rank in the Top-10 in the conference for minutes played. Ingram is second in the ODAC with 581 minutes, while Long stands fourth (569), Wilson fifth (563) and Pfannenstein seventh (546). All four also average over 30.0 minutes per game: Ingram with 34.2, Long at 33.5, Wilson at 33.1 and Pfannenstein totaling 32.1 minutes 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 1,060 points, 20 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 294 helpers, and is now 75 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 879 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 - 1,060
4. Louisa Feve, '06 - 1,305 9. Becca Bolton - 879
5. Megan Babst, '02 - 1,265 10. Sarah Michaels, '00 - 845