Game 6: December 7 - W&L (2-3, 1-1 ODAC) vs. Hollins (3-4, 2-1 ODAC)
6:00 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 111-106 (.512). 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 53-33 (.616) 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 203-257 (.441) overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
(W&L 72, Randolph-Macon College 63 • Lexington, Va. • 12/03/11)
Senior forward Becca Bolton tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead Washington and Lee to a 72-63 win over Randolph-Macon. Bolton scored eight of her points in the final 3:39 of the game as the Generals broke open a tie game (57-57) with 5:14 remaining in the contest. Junior forward Katy Wilson gave W&L the lead for good (60-57) on a three-point play with 4:41 left and again extended the Generals to a three-point lead (62-59) with a layup at the 4:15 mark. Bolton took over from there, going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 3:03 as W&L pulled away for its fourth straight home win over the Yellow Jackets. The first half featured two ties, but the Generals never trailed after taking a 5-3 lead on a Wilson layup with 16:56 left in the first half. W&L opened a 19-10 lead with 9:59 left in the first half following successive three-pointers by senior guard Meg Ingram, but Randolph-Macon used a 9-0 run over the next 2:12 to tie the game at 19-19. However, the Generals wrestled the lead back on the next possession following a three-pointer by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein en route to posting a 32-27 lead at the halftime break. An 8-2 spurt in the opening 2:37 of the second half extended W&L's lead to 11 points (40-29), but the Yellow Jackets chipped away at the Generals' advantage, eventually knotting the game for a third time at 57-57 on a jumper by senior center Taylor Wieczorek, setting up the game's finishing moments. Ingram scored a season-best 23 points on 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. She also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. Bolton joined her in double-figure scoring, along with Wilson and Pfannenstein. Wilson totaled 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Pfannenstein registered 10 points and five boards. Randolph-Macon was paced by first-year guard Sarah Parsons, who notched a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-5 from distance. Wieczorek contributed 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, but shot just 6-of-23 from the floor.
Last Time against Hollins
W&L 82, HU 50 • 2/01/11 • Warner Center • Lexington, Va.
Senior guard Allie Long connected on a program-best seven three-pointers in helping Washington and Lee cruise to an 82-50 triumph over Hollins University . W&L recorded the first basket of the contest on a three-point shot by forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein and never relinquished the lead in the contest. Hollins kept the contest close for much of the opening half, remaining within three points, 15-12, with 12:14 left in the opening stanza. However, the Generals used a 24-3 run over the next 8:53 to assume a commanding 39-15 lead at the 3:21 mark, fueled by 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the arc from Long. Forward Becca Bolton chipped in six points during the run and W&L forced six HU turnovers and held the visitors scoreless over a span of 8:10. Both teams exchanged baskets to close the opening stanza, as the Generals entered the break with a 47-23 advantage. W&L shot an impressive 50.0 percent (17-34) in the opening 20 minutes, while holding Hollins to just 33.3 percent (8-24) from the field. HU's struggles continued in the opening minutes of the second half, as it was held without a field goal until the 15:44 mark when guard Jasmine Greene connected on a layup, leaving the score at 56-27 in favor of the Generals. W&L continued to pull away, recording its 14th consecutive win against Hollins. For the game, W&L shot 42.9 percent (30-70), including 10-for-28 (35.7%) from deep. Hollins was held to just 35.4 percent (17-48) from the field, while also committing 21 turnovers. Long led the Generals in scoring for the second-consecutive contest, tallying 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from deep. W&L had four other players record double-digit points, as Bolton added 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds, Pfannenstein contributed 11 markers and senior center Felice Herman recorded 10 points. Senior guard Tamara Phillips paced HU with 12 points and six rebounds.
W&L will be facing HU for the 36th time, with the Generals holding a commanding 29-6 advantage in the all-time series. W&L claims a 14-game win streak over Hollins, not losing since the '03-'04 season. HU currently holds a 3-4 overall record coming off of a 64-49 victory over Peace on Sunday. Junior guard Jasmine Greene recorded a game-high 15 points, also notching four assists and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Brandi Chesne was another Hollins player to net double-digits with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Hollins held Peace to 30.0 percent (15-50) from the field and 15.4 percent (2-13) from outside the arc. HU was only able to shoot 38.6 percent (27-70), and 10 percent (1-10) from three-point range. Greene is leading HU, averaging 16.7 ppg. and has picked up 19 steals this season. HU opponents have doubled the Hollins' block count with HU at nine in five games and the opposition at 18.
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
The Generals have produced a combined 34.3 percent (98-286) shooting effort in their first five 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 88 times (17.6 /game). With the 88 turnovers, W&L claims just 10 fewer miscues than it does made field goals (98).
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 44-63 (.698). 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 1,223 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is eighth with 1,128 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 28-11 (.718) 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.
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.
Senior forward Becca Bolton has gained a lot of ground in the ODAC rankings this season as she owns five spots on the conference's Top-10 statistical leaderboards. Bolton claims the top position in overall and defensive rebounding, averaging 10.0 and 6.8 per game, respectively. In assists per game, Bolton stands at third with 3.8 apg. and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.2). Additionally, Bolton has registered the highest number of double-doubles (3) and 10-rebound games (3) in the conference this season.