WASHINGTON AND LEE (0-0) at No. 14/17 MARY WASHINGTON (0-0) • 11/16/10
WASHINGTON AND LEE vs. No. 4/6 CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (0-0) • 11/20/10
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 90-95 (.486) record. She is assisted by Kelly Mathis (Pfeiffer '09), who is in her first season. King is just 10 wins shy of 100 career wins as a head coach. Against the field this week, King holds a record of 0-2 against Christopher Newport University and a 1-5 mark vs. Mary Washington.
W&L vs. MARY WASHINGTON
This is the 11th meeting between Mary Washington and Washington and Lee, with the Eagles holding an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series. UMW has won four-straight in the series, including a 64-55 decision last season at the Warner Center.
GENERALS vs. CAPTAINS
Saturday's matchup will be just the third meeting all-time between W&L and Christopher Newport, with the previous two meetings taking place during the 2009-10 season. CNU took both contests last season, claiming a 71-57 victory on Nov. 22 and then defeating W&L, 68-51 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. The Captains are members of the USA South Conference and the Generals hold an 11-9 overall record against the current members of that conference.
HITTING THE HARDWOOD
W&L is hitting the hardwood for its 18th season during the 2010-11 campaign and does not have a stellar history in season-openers. Since the program began in 1993-94, W&L has posted a 3-14 overall record in the first game of the season.
A YEAR FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
Last season was a record-breaking year for Washington and Lee women's basketball. Below is what they accomplished during the 2009-10 campaign:
-18 wins on the season, a program record (previous was 16, during the 2006-07 season)
-14 ODAC victories, a program record (previous was 13, during the 2008-09 season)
-First ODAC women's basketball championship in first-ever championship game appearance
-First-ever NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament appearance
LAST TIME OUT (vs. Christopher Newport, L, 68-51)
Tenth-ranked Christopher Newport jumped out to a 9-0 lead just 2:17 into the game and never looked back in claiming a 68-51 victory over Washington and Lee in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament. Guard Meg Ingram canned a three-pointer at the 17:37 mark to get the Generals on the board (9-3), but the Captains continued to race out to a 19-6 lead with 13:47 remaining in the opening half. Despite 14 first-half turnovers, W&L remained in striking distance for much of the half, trailing by just 11 points (32-21) following a jumper by forward Katy Wilson with 4:47 remaining. However, CNU pulled away for a 40-24 lead at the break and increased its lead to as many as 23 points (54-31) with 11:37 left in the game. W&L chipped away at the lead, cutting it to a 15-point game (56-41) on a layup by Ingram with 6:30 to play, but could get no closer as the Captains remained undefeated. W&L shot just 37.5 percent (21-56), committed 20 turnovers and was out-rebounded by CNU, 34-21. Conversely, the Captains shot 49.0 percent (25-51) from the field (53.3 percent in the first half) and out-scored the Generals at the free throw line, 16-6. Washington and Lee was led by Ingram, who scored 14 points and dished four assists. Guard Alysa Kerr led CNU with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 shooting from the foul line. Guard Chelsie Schweers registered 16 points, while forward Jessica Moore chipped in 13 points and seven boards.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
UMW starts its 2010-11 campaign ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/WBCA and No. 17 in the D3hoops.com national polls. The Eagles finished second in the Capital Athletic Conference last season after falling to Marymount (Va.) in the conference finals, 50-48. The team was the recipient of an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, and advanced to the second round of play before falling the University of Rochester, 61-54, in overtime. The Eagles return four of their five starters from a season ago and nine of the 12 players on the 2009-10 roster. The top five scorers all return, led by Jenna McRae, who finished her sophomore campaign with an average of 13.4 points per game while earning first team All-CAC honors. Also returning is CAC Rookie of the Year Carol Dye, who concluded her first season with an average of 6.1 points per game and a team-best 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
SCOUTING THE CAPTAINS
CNU enters its 2010-11 campaign ranked nationally in two polls, garnering the No. 4 spot in the D3hoops.com and No. 6 spot in the USA Today/WBCA poll. The Captains were also pegged to again finish atop the USA South, collecting nine of the 10 first-place votes and 81 points in the preseason poll. Last season, the Captains advanced to the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament before being eliminated by the University of Rochester, 74-69. The team conluded its 2009-10 season with a 30-1 overall record, winning 30 consecutive games, a program-best. CNU returns all five starters and almost its entire roster, after losing just one player to graduation. Heading the returnees is three-time All-American Chelsie Schweers, who is just 74 points shy of becoming the Captains all-time leading scorer after finishing as the nation's second-leading scorer last season.
The Generals were tabbed to claim their second-consecutive title in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's women's basketball coaches preseason poll. W&L topped the poll after receiving six first-place votes and 115 points. Roanoke followed in second place with 110 points and four first-place votes, while Randolph-Macon rounded out the teams receiving first-place votes with one and 97 points. Bridgewater (83), Eastern Mennonite (76), Virginia Wesleyan (70), Guilford (64), Lynchburg (44), Emory & Henry (30), Hollins (26) and Randolph (11) wrapped up the polling.
The Generals had two All-ODAC selections last season, with forward Becca Bolton earning first-team accolades while guard Meg Ingram was named to the second team. After W&L claimed its first-ever women's basketball ODAC title, both Bolton and Ingram were named to the all-tournament team in addition to guard Katy Wilson, with Ingram earning tournament MVP laurels.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Juniors Meg Ingram and Becca Bolton are leaving their mark on W&L basketball, as both players are poised to break into the Top 10 all-time career scoring leaders this season. Ingram is just two points out of the 10th spot (held by Sandra Holmes '96) with 773 points, while Bolton has recorded 735 career points. Ingram can also climb the career assists leaderboard, as she is currently sixth with 205 helpers, just 10 shy of fifth place which is held by Carter Thomas '02.
W&L returns all five of its starters from last season, a pentad that provides a balanced attack for opponents to try and defend. Last season, forward Becca Bolton led the Generals in points and rebounding (424/305), while fellow forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein recorded a team-best 37.8 percent three-point shooting percentage. Guard Meg Ingram paced W&L in assists (118) while Allie Long contributed 53 steals, and center Felice Herman led the way with a 51.4 shooting percentage.
OFF THE BENCH
Guard Katy Wilson and forward Rachel Warrick found their spots in the Generals' rotation last season as key players coming off the bench. In their first season of competition at W&L, Wilson and Warrick both appeared in all 28 contests, shooting a combined 37.9 percent from the field, while grabbing 220 rebounds, 54 assists and registering 345 points.
The Generals also return guards Megan Marks and Allison Sublett for their second season with the team. Last season, Marks appeared in 24 contests while posting averages of 0.8 points and 0.5 rebounds per game, in addition to seven steals and 14 assists. Playing in 12 games, Sublett recorded averages of 1.1 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.
ON THE BOARDS
Last season the Generals found themselves amongst the conference leaders in rebounding. W&L led the ODAC in rebounding defense, limiting opponents to an average of 34.2 boards per contest. It also posted the second-best rebounding margin at +5.2 (1104-958). Forward Becca Bolton finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 10.9 rebounds per game average, good for second in the ODAC.
W&L finished its 2009-10 campaign second in the ODAC in shooting percentage, hitting 41.5 percent (643-1550) from the field. Center Felice Herman led the conference in individual field goal shooting percentage at 51.4 percent (107-208). Meanwhile, the Generals limited opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting (595-1615) from the field.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
The Generals' starting five of Kari Ann Pfannenstein, Meg Ingram, Becca Bolton, Allie Long and Felice Herman were the driving force behind W&L's offense last season, scoring 76.7 percent (1,372-1,788/49.0 ppg) of its points. Additionally, they averaged 65.9 percent of the rebounds (26.0 rpg) and 79.3 percent of the assists (11.3 apg) for the season in a combined 4,105 minutes of play.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
W&L recorded a program-best seven-game home winning streak last season, which occured from Jan. 9-Feb. 19, while going an impressive 8-3 overall at the Warner Center. In those 11 contests, the Generals outscored (748-625), outrebounded (454-368) and outshot (41.9%-35.5%) their opponents by significant margins.
TAKE THE LEAD
Last season, the Generals were 13-1 when leading at the half and 1-1 when the game was tied. Christopher Newport recorded the only come-from-behind victory, while Roanoke College went on to defeat W&L after being tied. The Generals' largest lead going into the half was 29 points (at Hollins, 11/30), with six of the 15 other contests being separated by double-digit margins. On the flip side, of the 12 contests that W&L trailed at the half, only three of them were by double-digits, posting a 4-8 record in those games.
During its 2009-10 campaign, W&L had 14 ODAC victories (a program-best) and outscored its opponents, 1,010-785 (+16.1 ppg), in those contests. In its six ODAC losses, W&L was outscored, 354-312 (-7.0 ppg). Four of those six contests were decided by a combined nine points (2.3 point average), with the Generals going 3-4 in games decided by four points or less.