W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 11

WASHINGTON AND LEE (15-7, 11-6) at EMORY & HENRY (4-17, 3-14) • 2/15/11
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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 105-102 (.507) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. Against the field this week, King is 11-4 versus Emory & Henry, 10-5 against Lynchburg College and 11-5 versus Randolph College.

W&L will conclude its regular season schedule with three games on the road this week against Emory & Henry, Lynchburg and Randolph. The trio of opponents have posted the lowest scoring averages in the ODAC this season: Randolph at 43.0 points, Emory & Henry with 52.4 points and Lynchburg recording 57.0 points per game. In program history, the Generals are 16-18 versus E&H, 18-16 against Lynchburg and 26-9 versus Randolph.

Junior forward Becca Bolton was recognized as the ODAC women's basketball Player of the Week for the week ending on February 13. Bolton led the Generals in a 2-0 week with wins over Randolph-Macon and Guilford. She paced the team in scoring for both contests, registering 20+ points in both of the games. Against R-MC, Bolton scored 26 points while going a perfect 12-of-12 from the line and 7-of-10 from the field. She also added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Against Guilford, she finished with 21 points and collected a team-high 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

LAST TIME OUT (at Guilford - Feb. 11, W, 57-54, OT)
Junior guard Meg Ingram scored seven of her 15 points in the extra session to lead Washington and Lee to a 57-54 overtime victory over Guilford at Ragan-Brown Field House. The Generals trailed 45-43 with under two minutes to play in regulation, but Ingram hit a pair of free throws with 1:22 left to knot the score at 45-45 and senior guard Allie Long gave W&L a 48-45 lead when she drilled a three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining. However, the Quakers tied the game with 17 seconds left on a three-pointer by junior guard Jazlyn Gibbs. Senior center Felice Herman had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but her jumper was blocked by GC first-year center Morgan King as time expired. Ingram gave W&L a 51-48 lead when she hit a triple at the 3:06 mark of the overtime period and she extended the lead to six points (54-48) by drilling 3-of-4 free throws over the next 1:11 of game action. Guilford cut the margin in half when sophomore guard Brittany Atwater canned a three-pointer the next time down, but Herman gave W&L a 56-51 lead on a jumper with 27 seconds left. First-year guard Logan Terry nailed another Quaker triple with 17 seconds left and Ingram split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds showing on the clock to give the Generals a 57-54 lead. Gibbs' three-pointer with two seconds left would not go and W&L escaped with the three-point overtime win. Junior forward Becca Bolton led W&L with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Ingram dished seven assists to go with her 15 points. 

LAST TIME VS. EMORY & HENRY (W, 78-61, Jan. 16, 2011)
Senior guard Allie Long scored a career-high 22 points while tying a then-program record for most three-pointers made in a game as W&L rolled past Emory & Henry, 78-61, at the Warner Center. 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. Long finished the contest shooting 6-for-10 from deep (60.0%). 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. E&H was paced by McPherson, who finished with a team-high 19 points. Howard tallied 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while first-year guard Jo Beth Wright was the only other E&H player in double-digits with 13 points.
The Wasps are currently 3-17 overall, posting a 2-14 mark in the ODAC. The team is coming off a 62-46 win over Randolph College on Saturday. The WildCats jumped out to an early six point lead just 3:16 into the contest (8-2), but the Wasps used a 10-4 run to tie the game at 12-12 with 11:22 remaining in the opening stanza. Junior guard Ashlyn Baird hit a pair of free throws on E&H's next posession to take the lead (14-12), which it didn't relinquish the rest of the way, as it cruised to the 16-point victory. The Wasps had four scorers in double-digits, led by senior guard Christina Howard who scored 15 points. Baird chipped in 14, first-year guard Jo Beth Wright put up 11, and first-year guard Jalan McPherson scored 10. This season, the Wasps are led by McPherson, who is averaging 13.1 points per game. Senior forward Courtney Brooks is contributing a team-best 5.4 rebounds per game, while junior guard Faith Walker has dished out 2.9 assists per game. E&H has struggled to find offense this season, posting the second-lowest scoring average in the conference (52.4 ppg), while shooting just 30.9 percent from the field (390-1,263), the second-worst percentage in the ODAC.

W&L has claimed the last five meetings between the two squads, with E&H last emerging victorious in an 82-81 overtime decision in Emory during the 2007-08 season. During the streak, the Generals have outscored the Wasps by a margin of 20.2 points per game (361-260), but have played much tighter games at the King Center. While W&L has outscored E&H 244-160 (28.0 ppg) in the three home contests during the streak, they have edged the Wasps by a closer margin of 117-100 (8.5 ppg) in two games at the King Center. Five Generals have posted impressive career numbers against E&H, led by junior guard Meg Ingram's 12.4 points per game average in five contests. Junior forward Becca Bolton is averaging 10.8 points (five games), senior center Felice Herman is averaging 9.7 points (seven games), sophomore forward Rachel Warrick has posted 9.7 points per game (three games) and sophmore forward Katy Wilson is averaging 9.0 points (three games).

LAST TIME VS LYNCHBURG (W, 63-45, Jan. 14, 2011)
W&L forced 26 Lynchburg turnovers and closed the first half with a 20-8 run as it cruised to a 63-45 rout over the Hornets at the Warner Center. With the game tied at 14-14 with 10:10 remaining in the opening stanza, W&L closed the half with the aforementioned run as it assumed a 34-22 lead going into the break. Junior forward Becca Bolton led the Generals with eight points during the span, and W&L forced 12 LC turnovers while limiting the Hornets to 3-of-11 shooting (27.2%) from the field. The Generals kept the Hornets at bay in the second half, never allowing LC to get closer than 10 points. W&L shot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the final 20 minutes, while Lynchburg was limited to just 33.3 percent (10-30) from the field. For the contest, W&L shot 40.7 percent (24-59), while going 11-of-13 (84.6%) from the charity stripe. LC shot 35.8 percent (19-53) from the field, and only made it to the free throw line eight times, going 4-of-8 from the line (50.0%). Bolton led the Generals with 23 points, while also contributing seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Junior guard Meg Ingram chipped in 16 points, six assists and three steals, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson added a game-high 13 rebounds, seven points and three steals. Lynchburg was paced by sophomore guard Leah Bonuccelli's 10 points and six boards.

W&L has claimed the last three meetings in the series, last dropping a contest during the 2008-09 season at Turner Gym (73-70). For her career, junior forward Becca Bolton has posted impressive numbers against the Hornets, averaging 20.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in five contests, including two 20+ point performances and three double-doubles. Junior guard Meg Ingram is also averaging double-digit points against LC with an average of 14.6 points per game in five contests.

The Hornets have posted a 7-16 overall record and a 7-11 mark in conference play this season. LC will travel to face Roanoke College on Tuesday before hosting the Generals on Friday. The Hornets started their season 0-9 but since have gone 7-7, recently seeing a four-game winning streak snapped by Guilford on Saturday. This season, the Hornets are led by senior guard Courtney Brewer, who is averaging 9.8 points and 1.8 steals per game while shooting an ODAC-best 87.2 percent (41-47) from the charity stripe. Junior guard Annie Terry has dished out a team-high 75 assists (3.3 apg), while junior forward Katie Crump has grabbed 6.5 rebounds per game. The Hornets currently average 57.0 points per game, the third-lowest average in the conference.

LAST TIME VS RANDOLPH (W, 80-37, Jan. 16, 2011)
W&L used a 22-2 run midway through the first half to cruise to an 80-37 victory over Randolph College at the Warner Center. 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. Junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein pitched in 10 points, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson added five points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Randolph was paced by first-year guard Courtney Bouchard, who notched 11 points.

The WildCats will travel to Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday before returning home to host W&L on Saturday. Randolph has not won a contest this season, and has not notched the win column since Jan. 23, 2010 at home against Hollins, a streak of 30 consecutive games. The WildCats are averaging a conference-low 43.0 points per game while being outscored by opponents by a -33.5 margin. The offensive struggles may be in part to the team's poor shooting: Randolph is shooting just 28.0 percent (342-1,222) from the field and 63.6 percent (201-316) from the charity stripe, both conference lows. Despite the offensive struggles, RC has two players averaging double-digit points for the season in junior guard Lauren French (12.0 ppg) and first-year guard Brandie Witt (10.1 ppg). Sophomore forward Sam Sublett has posted a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game, while Witt leads the team in assists (2.0) and steals (1.2) per game.

The last six meetings between W&L and Randolph have favored the Generals, as the WildCats have not emerged victorious since a 70-50 triumph at the Warner Center during the 2007-08 season. However, the Generals have not lost a contest in Lynchburg since the 2005-06 season, a span of four games. Junior guard Meg Ingram has fared well in five career contests against Randolph, averaging 20.2 points per game, including posting three 20+ point performances while never registering a total lower than 16 points.

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. Ingram recently moved into the seventh spot on the scoring list with 1,118 points, and is now 47 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 319 helpers, and is now 50 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 965 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 - 1,118               
    3. Kristen Krouchick, '08 - 1,323     8. Chrissy Burghardt, '99 - 1,080
    4. Louisa Feve, '06 - 1,305              9. Becca Bolton - 965
    5. Megan Babst, '02 - 1,265           10. Sarah Michaels, '00 - 845

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 789 of W&L's 1,455 points this season (54.2 percent) while also contributing 306 rebounds, 181 assists and 113 steals. The numbers are made even more impressive given the fact that Bolton has appeared in only 16 contests this season, after missing the first six games while studying off-campus.