Game 5: November 22 - W&L (1-3, 0-1) vs. Randolph-Macon (1-3, 0-1)
December 3, 2:00 pm, Lexington, Va.
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 110-106 (.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 four seasons, King has guided the Generals to a 52-33 (.612) 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 202-257 (.440) overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
(Colorado College 68, W&L 48 • Colorado Springs, Colo. • 11/26/11)
Washington and Lee shot just 25.4 percent (16-63) from the floor in falling to Colorado College, 68-48, in the second day of the Colorado College Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday afternoon. The Generals jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening minute of the game and held a slim advantage until the Tigers took their first lead (8-6) on a layup by first-year forward Shelby Hansen at the 15:51 mark. It remained a one possession game at 17-14 with 9:46 left in the first half, but the Generals hit just 2-of-14 shots and turned the ball over seven times in the final nine minutes and change of the first half as the Tigers closed with a 20-6 run for a 37-20 halftime lead. After making good on just 24.1 percent (7-29) of its shots in the first half, W&L's shooting woes continued in the second stanza, hitting just 9-of-34 (.265) from the field and the Tigers' lead swelled to as many as 30 points as they cruised to the 20-point victory. Senior forward Becca Bolton paced the Generals with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Junior forward Rachel Warrick scored 10 points and grabbed six boards, while junior forward Katy Wilson added seven points and nine rebounds. As a team, W&L combined to hit just 3-of-23 (.130) three-point attempts. Colorado College, which shot 45.3 percent (24-53) from the field, was led by senior guard Jordy Stephenson, who notched 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Hansen tallied 12 points and eight rebounds, and senior forward Becky Luetjen had 11 points and nine rebounds.
LAST TIME AGAINST RANDOLPH-MACON
R-MC 79, W&L 66 • 2/26/11 • ODAC Semifinals • Salem Civic Center
Top-seeded Randolph-Macon used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to gain a lead that it would not relinquish in posting a 79-66 win over fourth-seeded Washington and Lee in the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. Following a jumper from forward Katy Wilson that gave the Generals an 11-8 advantage at the 9:00 minute mark of the first half, R-MC scored the game's next 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers from guard Maggie Roy, to grab a 21-11 lead with 6:16 left to play. W&L quickly trimmed its deficit to five points (23-18) on a three pointer by senior guard Allie Long with 4:06 left in the opening period, but the Yellow Jackets quickly pushed back out to a 10-point lead (28-18) and took a nine-point advantage (34-25) into the break. In the second half, R-MC matched the Generals shot-for-shot until W&L used a 7-0 run to turn a 62-46 game into a 62-53 contest on a triple from forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein with 5:24 to play. The rally was short-lived however, as Randolph-Macon came out of a timeout and promptly increased its lead back to 14 points (67-53) by the 4:03 mark as the Yellow Jackets dashed the Generals' hopes of repeating as ODAC champs with the 13-point victory. As a team, R-MC shot 51.7 percent from the floor (30-58), compared to just 40.7 percent (24-59) for the Generals. The Yellow Jackets also held a slim 36-31 advantage on the boards and each team committed 17 turnovers. W&L had five players score in double figures, led by 14 points each from senior center Felice Herman and guard Meg Ingram. Pfannenstein and Long each tallied 11 points and forward Becca Bolton added 10 points. Herman also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Bolton added eight boards three steals and three assists.
The Yellow Jackets were paced by Roy, each poured in a game-high 26 points. Forward Molly Brown added 19 points and nine rebounds and center Taylor Wieczorek chipped in 12 points and seven caroms.
W&L will be facing the Yellow Jackets for the 41st time, with R-MC holding a commanding 33-7 advantage in the all-time series. Three of W&L's seven wins in the series have come in the last seven meetings, as the Generals have posted a 3-4 record against R-MC since the 2008-09 season. Randolph-Macon, the ODAC's preseason No. 1, enters the week scuffling a bit with a 1-3 overall record following an 85-78 setback against Eastern Mennonite last Tuesday. R-MC was outscored 49-40 in the second half after posting a 38-36 lead at the break and despite forcing 25 EMU turnovers, allowed the Royals to hold a 54-33 edge on the boards. The Yellow Jackets were led by senior center Taylor Wieczorek, who netted a team-high 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds. Senior guard Maggie Roy added 13 points and a team-best eight caroms and senior forward Molly Brown chipped in nine points. As a team, R-MC is shooting just 34.8 percent from the floor (81-233) and has been outrebounded 169-149 (42.3-37.3) on the season.
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
The Generals have produced a combined 32.3 percent (73-226) shooting effort in their first four games, including a 16-for-55 effort in the loss to Mary Washington and a 16-for-63 effort in the loss to Colorado College. The 16 made field goals are the least by a W&L squad since last season's opening win over UMW, while the 25.4 percent shooting in the loss to CC was the team's worst since shooting just 21.4 percent (12-56) in a 63-37 loss to Lynchburg on Feb. 12, 2003. Last season, W&L ranked third in the ODAC in field goal percentage, hitting 41.5 percent of its shots from the floor.
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP II
In addition to the Generals woeful shooting in the early going, W&L has been awfully generous with the basketball, turning it over a whopping 71 times (17.8 /game). With the 71 turnovers, W&L claims just two fewer miscues than it does made field goals (73).
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. Currently the Generals are hitting just under 70.0 percent from the line at 29-44 (.699). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein is a perfect 7-for-7 so far and junior forward Rachel Warrick is 12-of-14 (.857).
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 1,200 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is eighth with 1,111 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.
HOME COOKIN' II
The home cookin' that W&L has enjoyed the past several years, has not carried into this season. In addition to an 0-2 record in the Warner Center, W&L is shooting just 31.5 percent (35-111) from the floor in its two home games. The Generals' shooting percentage on the road is slightly higher at 33.0 percent (38-115). W&L is also averaging more rebounds on the road, 39.0-36.5, and scoring 58.0 points in road games, compared to 53.5 points in home games.
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 52-33 record over their careers. All told, they have combined to score 2,966 points and grab 1,249 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 nine more wins. The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.