W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 10

WASHINGTON AND LEE (13-7, 9-7) vs. RANDOLPH-MACON (17-4, 15-1) • 2/8/11
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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 103-102 (.502) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. Against the field this week, King is 2-15 against Randolph-Macon and 9-8 versus Guilford.

W&L will conclude its home slate with a contest against Randolph-Macon on Tuesday, and then begins a four-game roadtrip to close out the regular season at Guilford on Friday. The Generals are 6-32 all-time against Randolph-Macon and 10-25 versus Guilford.

Before Tuesday's contest against Randolph-Macon, Washington and Lee will recognize seniors Felice Herman and Allie Long for the contributions they have made to the W&L women's basketball program over the last four seasons. Together, the duo has helped lead the Generals to a 54-46 overall record and a 44-31 mark in conference play over their four seasons, including an 18-10 record last year, the best overall mark in program history. They also guided the Generals to four ODAC Tournament appearances and the program's first-ever conference title and appearance in the NCAA Tournament as juniors.

LAST TIME OUT (at Roanoke - Feb. 4, L, 55-41)
W&L shot just 35.0 percent (21-60) from the floor and committed a season-high 26 turnovers in falling to Bridgewater College by a score of 67-59 on Saturday. The Eagles used an early 8-0 run featuring six points from guard Jenny Logan and four points from forward Jordan Burkholder to jump out to a 12-2 lead with 14:32 left in the first half. The Generals shot just 9-of-29 (.310) from the floor and committed 15 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and could get no closer than five points en route to trailing 30-22 at the halftime break. Another 10-2 spurt early in the second stanza gave Bridgewater a 42-28 lead with 16:39 to play and the Eagles methodically pushed out to an 18-point lead (59-41) with 9:11 to play.  However, the Generals went on an 18-4 run, keyed by 11 points (including three three-pointers) from junior guard Meg Ingram, to cut it to a 63-59 game with 1:34 to play. W&L sent the Eagles to the line from that point and they responded by hitting four-straight and the Generals couldn't find a bucket the rest of the way as BC walked away with the eight-point victory. Ingram paced Washington and Lee with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while junior forward Becca Bolton totaled 16 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson chipped in 11 points and eight boards.

LAST TIME vs. RANDOLPH-MACON (L, 72-55, Dec. 4, 2010)
Randolph-Macon shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the floor and led from start to finish in defeating Washington and Lee, 72-55, at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Generals turned the ball over on four of their first five possessions and the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's opening 2:33. W&L kept it within single-digits until a layup by junior guard Maggie Roy at the 9:26 mark gave R-MC a 20-10 lead. The Yellow Jackets continued to stretch their advantage and carried a 33-18 lead into the halftime break. W&L chipped away at the Macon lead, eventually cutting it to a 10-point game (38-28) on a layup by sophomore forward Katie Wilson at the 14:30 mark, but a 14-5 burst by the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead back to 19 points at 52-33 with 9:51 to play. W&L would get no closer than a 13-point deficit (56-43) the rest of the way. For the game, Washington and Lee shot just 36.4 percent (20-55) from the floor, was out-rebounded 38-27 and committed 20 turnovers. Junior guard Meg Ingram led the Generals with 16 points, while junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein notched 14 points and six boards. Senior forward Katie Williams paced R-MC with 18 points, while first-year center Lindsey Sharman and junior center Taylor Wieczorek scored 12 points each. Junior forward Molly Brown also contributed 10 points for the Yellow Jackets.

R-MC currently resides atop the ODAC standings with a 15-1 conference record and a 17-4 overall mark. The Yellow Jackets enter Tuesday's contest on a 12-game winning streak, with their last loss coming on Dec. 20 in a non-conference game against St. Vincent. R-MC lost its first conference game of the season at Eastern Mennonite on Nov. 23 and hasn't lost since, a span of 15 ODAC contests. This season, the Yellow Jackets are led by junior guard Maggie Roy, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. Senior forward Katie Wiliams has posted a team-high 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game, while junior center Taylor Wieczorek leads the team in rebounds (8.8) and blocks (1.0) per game. As a team, R-MC boasts one of the stingiest defenses in the conference, limiting opponents to just 56.1 points per game, 32.8 percent shooting from the field and 25.7 percent from three-point range--all conference-best marks. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets average 69.8 points (2nd) and 44.9 rebounds (1st) per game, owning a +13.7 scoring margin and a +6.0 rebounding margin.

W&L and R-MC have split the season series between the squads the past two seasons, with each team winning on its home court. The Generals have posted a +9.0 scoring margin at the Warner Center, outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 140-122, in two contests while also out-rebounding R-MC, 92-69. For their careers, three Generals are averaging double-digit points against the Yellow Jackets: junior forward Becca Bolton (16.3), junior guard Meg Ingram (15.8) and sophomore forward Rachel Warrick (10.0). Bolton is also averaging 10.0 rebounds per game in four appearances.

LAST TIME VS. GUILFORD (W, 72-64, Nov. 23, 2010)
W&L used a 26-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half and survived a late Quakers rally as it claimed a 72-64 ODAC victory over Guilford in the conference opener for both teams at the Warner Center. Trailing by five points (15-10) at the 11:42 mark of the first half, W&L used the 26-7 run to close the opening stanza and take a 36-22 advantage at the break. Seven different Generals dented the scoring column during the run, paced by five points apiece from junior guard Meg Ingram and junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein. As a team, W&L limited Guilford to just 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting in the opening 20 minutes and forced nine turnovers. The Generals maintained a 15-point advantage midway through the second half, leading the contest, 54-39, with 10:03 remaining. However, Guilford used a 25-14 run over the next 9:37 and trailed by just six points (70-64) with 24 seconds left. After being fouled on a three-point attempt by Ingram, GC junior guard Jazlyn Gibbs missed the trio of free throws that would have cut the Generals' lead to three points. W&L proceeded to make two of four free throws down the stretch to secure the 72-64 triumph. W&L shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the field for the contest, including 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point range. Guilford was limited to 36.4 percent (24-66) from the field, while hitting on 39.1 percent  (9-23) from beyond the arc. Guilford also out-rebounded the Generals, 45-43. All eight players made the scoring column for W&L, including four double-digit point scorers for the second-consecutive contest. Ingram paced the Generals with 15 points, while Pfannenstein and senior guard Allie Long chipped in 12 points. Sophomore forward Katy Wilson added 11 points and tied Ingram and Pfannenstein with a team-high eight rebounds. Pfannenstein's eight rebounds set a career-high, and she also chipped-in a career-high five assists to go with three blocks and three steals. Senior guard Lauren LeFevers recorded a double-double for Guilford with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds. First-year center Morgan King added 11 points as the only other double-digit scorer.

W&L owns a three-game winning streak against GC, dating back to last season. The Generals have also won three of the last four meetings at Ragan-Brown Field House, with the one loss coming in a 55-52 decision last season. Junior forward Becca Bolton has been at her best against the Quakers: In five career contests, she is averaging 18.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, posting a double-double in all but one game. She also posted career-best numbers in points (31) and rebounds (19) in a contest last season against GC. Junior guard Meg Ingram is also averaging an impressive 14.0 points per game in six career contests against the Quakers.

Guilford will enjoy a week off before hosting the Generals on Friday. The Quakers have gone 3-2 in their last five contests, most recently topping Virginia Wesleyan, 68-55, on Saturday. The first half was tightly contested through the first 18 minutes of the game. Virginia Wesleyan built an early six-point lead at the 15:44 mark (12-6) only to see Guilford storm back to take a five-point lead, 34-29, with 16 seconds in the opening stanza. A steal by GC sophomore guard Brittany Atwater led to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by senior guard Lauren LeFevers, giving Guilford a 37-29 halftime lead. Guilford's post tandem of first-year center Morgan King and first-year forward Gabby Oglesby took over in the first six minutes of the second half to build the Quaker's lead to 20-points (51-31) with 13:50 remaining. Virginia Wesleyan's full-court pressure cut the lead to 11 points (57-46) with five minutes to go, but the Marlins would get no closer. Three different Quakers scored 15 points apiece in the win, including Oglesby, LeFevers and junior guard Jazlyn Gibbs. Oglesby also recorded a team-high 11 rebounds and five blocks. This season, the Quakers are led by three players averaging double-digit points, including Gibbs (16.0), King (11.4) and Oglesby (11.3). Oglesby has also posted a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game, while Gibbs leads the team in assists (2.4) and Atwater in steals (1.6).

The Generals lost consecutive games over the weekend for the first time this season, and part of the struggles may be due to cold shooting. Over the last two games, W&L has gone just 39-of-114 (.342), including going 8-of-34 (.235) from beyond the arc. The team also committed a combined 44 turnovers in the two games.

In the Generals' seven losses this season, they have allowed the opposition to average 67.4 points per game. Compare that to their 13 wins, where they have held teams to just 53.4 points per game, a difference of 14.0 points. W&L has also posted its own scoring diferentials, averaging 71.0 points in its 13 wins, while only averaging 58.3 points in its six losses, a difference of 12.7 points.

Senior guard Allie Long set a program record for three-point shots made in a game against Hollins last Tuesday, connecting on seven treys (7-11) in the game. Just one game earlier, she tied the program record with six three's against Emory & Henry, a feat which had been achieved just two times previously. This season, Long leads W&L, shooting 44.0 percent (44-100) from deep to rank in the Top-15 nationally.

Additionally, senior guard Allie Long has taken a majority of her shots from beyond the arc this season, with 100 of her 115 shot attempts coming from deep. She is currently shooting 44-of-100 (.440) from three-point range, the best percentage on the team. The Generals are 8-1 when she shoots 50.0 percent or better from three in a contest. For her career, Long has taken 70.1 percent (310-441) of her shots from deep, while shooting 31.6 percent (98-310).

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 tops in the ODAC with 689 minutes, while Long stands second (670), Wilson fourth (643) and Pfannenstein eighth (609). All four also average over 30.0 minutes per game: Ingram with 34.5, Long at 33.5, Wilson at 32.2 and Pfannenstein totaling 30.5 minutes per game.

Junior Meg Ingram is leaving her mark on W&L basketball as she continues to climb the Top 10 all-time scoring leaders this season. After registering 18 points against Bridgewater on Saturday, Ingram moved into the seventh spot on the scoring list with 1,091 points, and is now 74 points from the sixth position (1,165 pts.) owned by Ansley Miller, '00. Ingram also continues to climb the career assists leaderboard, as she is currently third with 305 helpers, and is now 64 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 918 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. Meg Ingram - 1,091               
    3. Kristen Krouchick, '08 - 1,323            8. Chrissy Burghardt, '99 - 1,080
    4. Louisa Feve, '06 - 1,305                     9. Becca Bolton - 918
    5. Megan Babst, '02 - 1,265                  10. Sarah Michaels, '00 - 845