W&L Women's Basketball Game Notes - Week 5

W&L Women's Basketball Game Notes - Week 5

Game 7: December 19 - W&L (2-4) at Christopher Newport (5-2)
5:30 pm, Newport News, Va.

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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 111-107 (.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 53-34 (.609) 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 203-258 (.440) overall record.

(Hollins University 63, W&L 56 • Lexington, Va. • 12/07/11)
Hollins University recovered from an 11-point first-half deficit to post a 63-56 win over Washington and Lee. The Generals assumed a 26-15 lead with 6:40 left in the first half on a layup by junior forward Katy Wilson and held the same 11-point advantage (28-17) following a jumper by senior forward Becca Bolton at the 5:54 mark.  However, an 11-0 run by Hollins, keyed by five points from junior guard Lacie Forrest and four points by junior guard Jasmine Greene , knotted the score at 28-28 with 2:58 left before the break. A three-pointer by W&L senior guard Meg Ingram gave the Generals the lead right back en route to holding a 32-30 advantage at the half. Another Ingram triple extended the W&L lead to 35-30 at the start of the second stanza, but a 6-0 run featuring a pair of buckets by Greene, gave Hollins its first lead of the game (36-35) with 17:29 to play.  The Generals took the lead back (39-37) on a jumper by senior guard Allison Sublett with 15:54 left and did not trail again until Hollins took the lead for good at 47-44 on a three-point play by sophomore forward Chanci Wright with 11:28 left to play. The Hollins lead swelled to as many as seven points at 55-48 with 6:04 remaining, but the Generals climbed to within two points (55-53) on a three-point play by Bolton with 4:31 left in the contest.  However, that would be as close as the Generals would get as W&L made good on just 2-of-7 field goal attempts and missed all three of its free throws the rest of the way. Bolton led the Generals with her fourth double-double of the season, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Ingram notched 13 points, while Wilson tallied 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Hollins, which posted its first win over W&L since the 2003-04 season, was led by Forrest's 19 points.  First-year forward Lauren Morris notched 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and Greene tallied 11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Last Time against Christopher Newport
(CNU 81, W&L 76 •11/20/10 • Warner Center • Lexington, Va.)
All-America senior guard Chelsie Schweers scored 33 points, including 29 in the second half, to lead No. 4 Christopher Newport to an 81-76 victory over Washington and Lee. W&L jumped out to an early eight-point advantage (15-7) just 5:13 into the contest as forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein connected on a trio of three-point baskets. The Generals retained the lead until the 10:03 mark, when a jumper by CNU (2-0) guard Lauren Gural tied the contest at 17-17. The Captains claimed a one-point advantage at 7:47 when guard Nicole Mitchell made a jumper for a 21-20 lead, but W&L closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 9-4 run, including six points from guard Katy Wilson, to take a 29-25 halftime lead. Schweers came alive in the second half, as she went 8-for-13 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. CNU's second-half scoring started with Schweers, as she made her first two shots of the half and senior forward Jessica Moore connected on a layup to knot the game at 34-34. Both teams exchanged three-point baskets to tie the game at 37-37 with 13:57 to play, but a foul by W&L guard Meg Ingram sent Schweers to the line where she sank a pair of free throws to give the Captains the lead (39-37) for good with 13:31 remaining in the contest. The Captains used a 17-5 run over a 4:36 stretch to turn a 56-55 lead into a 73-60 advantage with 2:38 remaining. The Generals pulled to within three points in the final minute of the contest, but costly turnovers prevented W&L from getting any closer. For the game, the Generals shot 47.2 percent from the field (25-53), and 54.5 percent (12-22) from behind the arc. The 12 three-point shots by W&L tied a program record for three's in a game, last occurring on Jan. 9, 2010 against Randolph College. As a team, CNU shot 43.1 percent (28-65) from the floor and 65.6 percent (21-32) from the free throw line. The Generals had four players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Ingram. Pfannenstein chipped in 16 points while Wilson added a career-high 17 points. The Generals' final double-digit scorer was forward Rachel Warrick, who finished with 10 points. Schweers paced the Captains with her game-high 33 points. Moore contributed 14 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Mitchell finished with 13 points.

Scouting the Captains
CNU enters with an overall record of 5-2 and is coming off a 52-48 loss at No. 21 Mary Washington on Saturday. The Captains nearly erased a 13-point deficit (34-21) late in the first, managing to tie the game at 40-40 with just over 8:00 to play, but the Eagles managed to hold the Captains to just three field goals the remainder of the game in ekeing out the win. Sophomore forward Nicole Mitchell and senior guard Jerlisa Bowser each netted a team-best nine points, while first-year center Camry Green added eight points and eight rebounds. On the year, Mitchell leads the team with 11.3 points on 56.3 percent shooting (36-64) from the field, while grabbing 6.1 rebounds. Bowser is second on the team with 10.9 points on average and sophomore Tia Perry is posting 9.7 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds on average. As a team, CNU is shooting 45.4 percent from the floor (191-421), while limiting its opponents to just 32.5 percent shooting (128-394). The Captains also boast a 42.0-34.6 advantage on the boards on average.

The Generals have produced a combined 34.9 percent (120-334) shooting effort in their first six 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.

Lightning Bolton
Senior forward Becca Bolton has posted four double-double games and is the only player in the ODAC to average a double-double as she owns 14.1 ppg and 10.0 rpg, an ODAC leading mark. She is registering 3.8 assists per game along with a 39.7 percent (29-73) shooting effort.

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.  After connectly only 5-of-10 attempts from the line against Hollins, the Generals are now hitting just 69.0 percent from the line (44-63). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein is a perfect 7-for-7 so far and junior forward Rachel Warrick is 12-of-14 (.857).

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 1,236 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is eighth with 1,143 points.  They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.

Homecourt Disadvantage
Washington and Lee is becoming victim to its own court as the Generals have begun the season at 1-3 at the Warner Center. The statistics have suffered as W&L has recorded a 35.8 percent mark from the field at home (82-229) and committed an average of 16 turnovers over the four 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 3,008 points and grab 1,265 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.

The Leading Generals
Four different Generals currently reside in the Top-five in nine different ODAC statistical categories. Senior forward Becca Bolton finds herself among the leaders in four categories including a chart-topping 10.0 rpg. Junior forward Katy Wilson  is right behind Bolton with 9.7 rebounds per game (2nd) and is also fourth in offensive rebounds (26). Bolton is second in defensive rebounds (40), and fifth in both points per game (14.3) and free throws made (28). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein sits third in three-pointers made (13), and is fourth in total blocks with eight. Junior forward Rachel Warrick is fourth in free throw percentage at 85.7 percent on 12-of-14 shooting.