W&L Women's Basketball Notes - ODAC Tournament

#4 WASHINGTON AND LEE (18-7) vs. #5 EASTERN MENNONITE (15-10) • 2/24/11
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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 108-102 (.514) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season.

The 2011 ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament will take place Feb. 24-27 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.  Below is the schedule and pairings:

Quarterfinals – Thursday, February 24th
#1 Randolph-Macon vs. #8 Lynchburg – 1:00 pm
#4 Washington and Lee vs. #5 Eastern Mennonite – 3:00 pm
#2 Bridgewater vs. #7 Guilford – 6:00 pm
#3 Roanoke vs. #6 Virginia Wesleyan – 8:00 pm

Semifinals – Saturday, February 26th
Winner 1v8 vs. Winner 4v5 – 1:00 pm
Winner 2v7 vs. Winner 3v6 – 3:00 pm

Finals – Sunday, February 27th
Winner Semifinal #1 vs. Winner Semifinal #2 – 1:00 pm

W&L has played 16 ODAC Tournament games in its 16 years of eligibility for the postseason tournament. The Generals have compiled an all-time record of 5-11, going 2-1 against Eastern Mennonite. The two teams last met in the ODAC tournament last season, with the third-seeded Generals defeating the seventh-seeded Royals, 62-47, in a semifinal matchup. The two teams also faced each other during the 2006-07 and 2003-04 season tournaments. Here is how the Generals have faired against other teams in the ODAC Tournament over the years:
    Bridgewater (0-1)    Emory & Henry (0-1)    Eastern Mennonite (2-1)   
    Guilford (1-1)          Randolph-Macon (0-5)    Roanoke (0-1)   
    Virginia Wesleyan (2-1)       

LAST TIME OUT (at Randolph - Feb. 19, W, 64-35)
W&L led wire-to-wire in posting a 64-35 win over Randolph College on Saturday. The Generals scored the first nine points of the contest to assume a 9-0 lead at the 12:30 mark on a layup by senior guard Allie Long. Following the WildCat's first bucket of the contest, W&L reeled off the game's next 15 points to take a commanding 24-2 lead by the 8:02 mark on a triple by junior guard Meg Ingram. W&L then pushed its lead to as many as 27 points (32-5) with 4:43 to play in the opening stanza before Randolph closed the half on a 15-7 scoring run to trim the deficit to 19 points (39-20) by the break. W&L's dominance continued in the second period as it limited Randolph to just four points over the first 11:25 in assuming its largest lead of the contest, 30 points (54-24), with 9:35 to play as the Generals cruised to their fifth-straight win. For the game, W&L limited the WildCats to 20.4 percent (11-54) shooting and forced 21 turnovers, and the Generals shot 38.6 percent (22-57) as a team and held a slight 44-41 edge in rebounding. Sophomore forward Rachel Warrick led the Generals with a career-high 19 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from the line. She also added five rebounds. Long chipped in 13 points, Ingram added 12 points and senior center Felice Herman contributed seven points and a season-high 13 rebounds.
W&L and EMU split the regular-season meetings between the two squads, with each team winning on its home court. The Royals emerged victorious in the first meeting, squeaking out a 70-69 overtime victory at Yoder Arena on January 11. The Generals then went on to claim a win at the Warner Center on January 22 by a score of 67-61. All-time, the Generals are 17-21 against Eastern Mennonite.

FIRST MEETING VS EMU (at Yoder Arena, L, 70-69, OT, 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 W&L 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 (7-5, 5-2) 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. .

SECOND MEETING VS EMU (at Warner Center, W, 67-61, Jan. 22, 2011)
Senior guard Allie Long hit a go-ahead three-point basket with 1:03 remaining in the contest as 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 left 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. EMU was paced by a team-high 14 points and 12 rebounds from Lamneck. First-year forward Kayla Yoders was the Royals' only other double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Eastern Mennonite concluded its regular season with a 15-10 overall record while going 13-7 in ODAC play en route to earning the No. 5 seed. The Royals enter the tourney on a three-game winning streak and have won four of their six contests in the month of February. On the season, EMU is paced by three scorers averaging double-digit points, including sophomore guard Danielle Rittenhouse (14.0), first-year forward Kala Yoders (11.8) and sophomore forward Sara Lamneck (10.1). Rittenhouse also leads the team with averages of 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while Lamneck has posted a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game - the fourth-best average in the ODAC. While Rittenhouse has led the team in scoring most of the season, she has especially turned it on down the stretch: She scored double-digit points in the Royals' final five contests, including three 20+ point performances, finishing the season with 20+ points in the last two games of the season. As a team, the Royals have played hot during their three-game winning streak, averaging 92.0 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent (95-199) from the field and commiting just 9.7 turnovers per game.

The trio of junior guard Meg Ingram, junior forward Becca Bolton and senior center Felice Herman have played well against Eastern Mennonite in their careers, with all three averaging over double-digit points. Ingram is averaging 16.1 points per game while also dishing an average of 4.6 assists per game in seven contests. Bolton is averaging 12.0 points in seven appearances and Herman registering 10.2 points in nine games.

Here's a look at how W&L and EMU fared in the conference statistics this season:
                                   W&L                                        EMU
    Points Per Game      6th - 66.4 ppg                         2nd - 69.7 ppg
Rebounds Per Game    8th - 38.6 rpg                          3rd - 41.3 rpg
Assists Per Game        6th - 13.7 apg                          8th - 12.0 apg
Steals Per Game         6th - 9.6 spg                            9th - 8.1 spg
FG Shooting %          4th - 41.0% (587-1,432)          3rd - 41.1% (613-1,490)
3 Shooting %            2nd - 35.0 % (169-483)           4th - 33.5% (104-310)
FT Shooting %          2nd - 74.0% (318-430)            9th - 65.4%
Head Coach Mandy King has led the Generals to a tournament appearance in each of her eight seasons at the helm, posting an overall record of 4-6. Against Eastern Mennonite, King is 2-1 in postseason play, and has hit some career milestones against the opponent. Her first-ever ODAC Tournament game was against Eastern Mennonite in 2004 (L, 61-64), while she earned her first-ever ODAC Tournament victory against the Royals in 2007 (53-43).

W&L had three players earn All-Tournament accolades as season ago as it captured the first ODAC title in program history, and all three of those honorees will return for another go-around in this year's tourney in Salem. Junior guard Meg Ingram was recognized as the tournament MVP last year, and in four tournament appearances over the past two seasons she is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. Junior forward Becca Bolton is averaging 15.0 points and 10.8 assists in four tournament games, while sophomore forward Katy Wilson has posted averages of 10.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in three contests.

With the win over Randolph College on Saturday, W&L now has 18 victories on the season, tying the program record for most wins in a season while also breaking the record for most regular-season wins. The Generals also finished regular-season play with 14 ODAC victories, tying the program record for most conference wins in a season, set just one season ago. The 2010-11 campaign marked the fifth winning season in conference play for the program, posting a 144-196 (.424) record over 18 seasons.

Junior forward Becca Bolton had a career night against Lynchburg last Friday, becoming the ninth player in program history to register 1,000 career points. She finished the contest with 39 points, a school record for individual points in a game. Bolton tallied her record point total on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor and 16-of-18 from the foul line. The 16 free throws made and 18 free throws attempted were also school record totals. The 39 points bested the record of 37 that had been held by Jessica Mentz '02 since the 2001 season.

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 currently resides seventh spot on the scoring list with 1,151 points, and is now 14 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 333 helpers, and is now 36 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 1,022 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 - 1,151               
    3. Kristen Krouchick, '08 - 1,323       8. Chrissy Burghardt, '99 - 1,080
    4. Louisa Feve, '06 - 1,305               9. Becca Bolton - 1,022
    5. Megan Babst, '02 - 1,265            10. Sarah Michaels, '00 - 845

Senior guard Allie Long, junior foward Becca Bolton and junior guard Meg Ingram have shown some stealth on the defensive end, as all three continue to climb the all-time steals leaderboard. Long is currently tied for sixth with 149 steals. Meanwhile, Ingram stands in eighth with 141 steals, while Bolton is just 10 steals out of the top 10 with 127. Bolton also stands in sixth place on the career rebounding list with 640 boards, 13 shy of fifth place (653).

Over the past nine games, senior guard Allie Long has seen her offensive stock rise. In the first 16 games of the year, she averaged 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.9 percent (29-66) from three-point range. Compare that to the last nine contests, where she is averaging 11.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while going 46.8 percent (29-62) from deep. She has already recorded a personal season-high of 209 points and, as of this week, she ranks 10th in Division III three point shooting percentage at 44.2 percent (50-113). 

In the past five games, Head Coach Mandy King has returned to the starting five of senior center Felice Herman, senior guard Allie Long, junior guard Meg Ingram and junior forwards Becca Bolton and Kari Ann Pfannenstein, the pentad that started all but one contest a season ago. Together, the starting five has combined to score 79.7 percent (263-330) of W&L's points over the five games, while also collecting 129 rebounds, 60 assists and 34 steals. The group has started 33 games together over their collective careers, combining to register 1,579 points, 829 rebounds, 371 assists and 204 steals in those games.

Forward Katy Wilson has posted a strong sophomore campaign this year, ranking in the top of the team and conference statistical leaders thus far. Currently she leads the team in rebounds per game (8.4) and shooting percentage, going 78-for-155 from the field (50.3%) while averaging a third-best 8.4 points per game. Meanwhile, she ranks second in the conference in shooting percentage, total rebounds (268) and third in rebounding average.

As the W&L 2010-11 regular season campaign draws to a close, below are some team and individual season records the Generals have already or have potential to surpass:
- Team three point field goals made: currently 169, record was 158 during 2009-10 campaign
- Team regular-season wins: 18, record was 15
- Team ODAC wins: 14, record was 14
- Team three point field goal percentage: currently 35.0 percent (169-483), record is 32.9 percent
- Team free throw shooting percentage: currently 74.0 percent (318-430), record is 74.8 percent
- Team wins: currently 18, record is 18
- Senior guard Allie Long - three-point shooting percentage: currently 44.3 percent (58-131),   
  record is 40.6 percent (26-64) by Sarah Schmidt '02.
- Long and senior center Felice Herman - career games played: Long (103) and Herman (104),
  record is 105 by Jessica Hunsinger '07