W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Colorado Tournament
Game 3: November 25 - W&L (0-2) vs. FDU-Florham (2-2); 3:00 pm
Game 4: November 26 - W&L (0-2) vs. Colorado College (0-3); 1:00 pm
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THE HEAD GENERAL
Mandy King (Southern Maine '98) is in her ninth season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. King is W&L's all-time wins leader with a career record of 109-105 (.509). She has led W&L to school-record win totals four times in her nine seasons, including a program-best 19-8 mark last season. Over the last three seasons, King has guided the Generals to a 51-32 (.614) overall record, culminating in the 2009-10 team winning the program's first-ever conference title.
The Washington and Lee women's basketball program is participating in its 19th varsity season during the 2011-12 school year. Over that period of time, the Generals have compiled a 201-256 (.440) overall record.
W&L carries an 8-9 overall record in its first ODAC game of the season. After beginning the program with five straight losses in the ODAC opener, the Generals have gone 8-4 in their opening ODAC game of the season since the 1999-2000 season. W&L is slightly better when opening on the road (4-3) than at home (4-6).
LAST TIME OUT
(Guilford 68, W&L 59 • Lexington, Va. • 11/22/11)
Guilford College used an 11-0 run late in the second half to come away with a 68-59 win over Washington and Lee on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals led 55-52 with 6:00 remaining in the game, but the Quakers used the 11-0 spurt to assume a 63-55 lead with just 1:46 remaining. Sophomore forward Gabby Oglesby keyed the run by scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds during the decisive stretch. Guilford began the game with a 15-4 lead and held that same 11-point advantage (27-16) until the 6:00 mark of the first half. At that point, the Generals used a 16-3 surge over the next 4:58 of game action to take their first lead of the game at 32-30 with 1:02 left in the half. Four points from junior forward Katy Wilson and three-pointers by senior guards Allison Sublett and Kari Ann Pfannenstein headlined the run. After starting the second half deadlocked at 32-32, senior forward Becca Bolton gave W&L a six-point lead (45-39) with 14:33 remaining by scoring 11 of the Generals' first 13 points of the second half. W&L could stretch its advantage to no more than six points and the Quakers kept things close until an Oglesby jumper gave Guilford the lead for good at 57-55 with 4:19 left in the contest. Six free throws in eight chances in the final 1:46 kept the Generals at bay as the Quakers claimed their first win over W&L in the last five tries. Washington and Lee, which shot just 33.9 percent (19-56) from the floor, was paced by Bolton and Wilson, who both scored 15 points. Wilson added nine rebounds and Bolton claimed eight boards. Sublett scored a career-high eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from distance, while junior forward Rachel Warrick also notched eight markers in the contest. Oglesby and senior guard Jazlyn Gibbs each scored 14 points, while first-year guard Brittany Drew chipped in 12 points for Guilford. Gibbs also grabbed eight rebounds.
W&L will be facing the Devils for the first time in school history when they meet in Colorado. FDU-Florham enters the game with a 2-2 overall record following an 83-67 loss to Kean on Tuesday. The Devils shot just 30.5 percent (25-82) from the floor and turned the ball over 22 times as Kean outpaced the Devils 48-34 in the second period to blow open what had been a two-point game (35-33) at the break. Junior guard Tasza Carter led the Devils with 26 points, but shot just 9-of-24 from the field. First-year guard Kara Dayon and sophomore guard Jalessa Lewis each added 11 points and eight rebounds and Dayon added five assists and two steals. On the season, Dayon leads FDU with 14.8 points per game to go with 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Lewis is averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game and Carter is averaging 11.8 points per contest. The Devils as a team are shooting just 34.7 percent (111-320) from the field and are being outrebounded 48.5-45.8 on average.
SCOUTING COLORADO COLLEGE
The Tigers and Generals are meeting for the first time in series histoy, with both schools opening tournament play looking for their first victories of the season. CC enters 0-3 following a 60-56 loss to Augustana on Sunday. The Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 33.3 percent (18-54) from the floor in the loss to Augustana. Senior forward Becky Luetjen and senior guard Jordy Stephenson each tallied a team-high 13 points, while Luetjen also coralled a team-best nine boards and Stephenson notched three blocks, three assists and two steals. Luetjen is averaging a double-double with a team-high 16.0 points adn 10.0 rebounds per game. Stephenson is the only other Tiger to average at least 10 points, with 13.0 points per game. The Tiger average a shade under 61.0 points per game (60.7) and are being outrebounded 42.3 to 37.3. Poor shooting has been a staple in CC's three games thus far as the Tigers are shooting just 38.1 percent as a team (69-181) and their opponents check in at 39.6 percent (67-169) from the field.
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
The Generals have produced a combined 31.5 percent (35-111) shooting effort in their first two games, including a 16-for-55 effort in the loss to Mary Washington in the season-opener. The 16 made field goals were the least by a W&L squad since last season's opening win over the Eagles, while the 29.1 percent shooting was the team's worst since shooting just 28.1 percent (16-57) in a 55-52 loss to Guilford on Dec. 2, 2009. Last season, W&L ranked third in the ODAC in field goal percentage, hitting 41.5 percent of its shots from the floor.
TAKE THAT CHARITY
The Generals are more than willing to accept a handout whenever it involves heading to the charity stripe. Last season, W&L ranked second in the conference and 35th nationally with a .741 team free throw percentage. Though the Generals were just a modest 11-of-16 (.688) from the line against Mary Washington, W&L rebounded to connect on 17-of-20 (.850) free-throw attempts agains Guilford. The Generals' seven returning players all shot better than 71 percent from the stripe last season and combined to hit 79.5 percent (287-361) of their free throws for an average of 10.6 points per game at the charity stripe. Senior forward Becca Bolton led the way last season with an .814 free throw percentage (91-113), while senior guard Meg Ingram hit 81.3 percent (65-80) of her shots from the line.
THE MILLENNUM CLUB
Nine players currently reside in the school's millennium club for having scored 1,000 points in a career. The Generals' current squad claims two members of this exclusive club. Senior guard Meg Ingram ranks sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,189 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is ninth with 1,068 points. They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.
Washington and Lee loves playing in the friendly confines of the Warner Center where it has produced a 27-11 (.711) overall record since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The Generals went 11-2 at home last year, falling to a Top 10-ranked Christopher Newport club and ODAC runner-up Roanoke by a combined five points.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Senior forward Becca Bolton and junior forward Katy Wilson both notched a double-double in the season-opening loss to Mary Washington. Bolton totaled 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Wilson collected 10 points and 12 boards. It was the first time that a W&L duo had both achieved the feat since Bolton (14 pts., 10 reb.) and Wilson (13 pts. , 10 reb.) accomplished a double-double in a 64-56 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the 2010 ODAC Tournament. For Bolton, it was her 27th career double-double. For Wilson, it was just the third double-double of her career.
The Generals' senior class comprises 3/5 of the starting lineup and nearly half of the team's roster for the 2011-12 season. However, the class' contributions are far more reaching that that of just this year's team. They have helped to make a program. Guards Meg Ingram, Kari Ann Pfannenstein and Allison Sublett, along with forward Becca Bolton, have helped lead the Generals to three-straight winning seasons and a 51-32 record over their careers. All told, they have combined to score 2,870 points and grab 1,209 rebounds, which accounts for over 52 percent of all the scoring and 40 percent of all the rebounding during their time with the squad. More importantly, they have twice raised the program record for wins in a season and claimed the first conference title in school history. They can graduate as the winningest class in program history with 10 more wins. The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.