GAME 8: DECEMBER 30 - W&L (3-4) AT
4:00 PM, FERRUM, VA.
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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 112-107 (.511). 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 54-34 (.613) 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 204-258 (.441) overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
(W&L 50, Christopher Newport 51 • Newport News, Va. • 12/19/11)
Senior guard Meg Ingram sank two shots from the line with nine seconds to play to give Washington and Lee a 51-50 victory over Christopher Newport. After CNU (5-3) took a 48-42 lead on a Nicole Mitchell jumper with 4:01 to play, W&L (3-4) outscored the Captains 9-2 down the stretch, including making good on 5-of-6 free throws, to eke out the one-point win. After trailing for all of the first half, a jumper by senior forward Becca Bolton gave the Generals their first lead (28-27) with 15:41 left in regulation. Seven lead changes and four ties highlighted the second half, including an 11-4 Generals run allowing W&L to pull ahead by six points (37-31) at 10:29. However, a 9-2 scoring run by CNU put the Captains back up a single point, 40-39, on a free throw from first-year Camry Green with 7:42 to play. A triple from Ingram put W&L back up a pair (42-40) at the 6:59 mark before the Captains scored eight-straight points to assume the aforementioned 48-42 lead and set up the game's final minutes. A jumper by Mitchell began the game (2-0) and launched the Captains on a 20-8 game-opening scoring run. Junior guard Katy Wilson started a nine-point unanswered streak for the Generals at the 9:19 mark (22-13), cutting the CNU lead to four (22-18). Bolton finished off the first half for W&L with two made free throws going into halftime with a 26-22 Captain advantage. Bolton posted her fifth double-double this season with a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. Two other Generals recorded double-digit points as Wilson netted 13 points and Ingram registered 14 points. W&L also outrebounded the Captains 39-29, including 14-10 on the offensive end.
FIRST STAND AGAINST FERRUM
W&L will be facing Ferrum for the first time in program history. The Panthers are members of the USA South Athletic Conference, also consisting of Averett, Christopher Newport, Greensboro, Mary Baldwin, Meredith, Methodist, N.C. Wesleyan, Peace, and Shenandoah. Generals coach Mandy King currently holds a 7-4 record against teams in the USA South. The program's overall record is 13-10. Bryan Harvey, the Panthers' head coach, is in his seventh year with the Ferrum women's basketball team. During his time Harvey has compiled a 109-55 overall record, including a 73-27 conference mark. Harvey's team in 2006-07 won the pogram's first and only USA South regular season title, accumulating a 21-7 overall record. Harvey is assisted by Adam Crawford and Karen Harvey. Ferrum's only NCAA post-season appearance came in 1995.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
W&L will be facing Ferrum for the first-ever meeting between the two. Ferrum enters this week's game with a 6-1 overall record, their only loss on November 19 to then-#22 Howard Payne. The Panthers most recent contest was an 80-55 victory over Peace College on December 3. where they were able to hold the Pacers to only 17 points in the first half, while they soared to 47 points as the first 20 minutes concluded. Twelve different players scored for Ferrum with sophomore center Katy Kipps leading the crew as she netted 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, and added three steals. Junior guard Tesla Akers registered 10 points, and freshman forward Kylene Culler posted nine points and a team-high nine boards. On the season, Ferrum has been outscoring their opponents by an average of 14.9 poinst per game. Akers is averaging a team-high 13.4 ppg, and Kipps and senior center Kristen Keith own 40 total rebounds. The Panthers lead the USA South with the highest field goal percentage at 45.7 percent (204-454).
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
The Generals have produced a combined 34.9 percent (137-392) shooting effort in their first seven 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.
Senior forward Becca Bolton has posted five double-double games and is the only player in the ODAC to average a double-double as she owns 14.4 ppg and 10.3 rpg, ann ODAC leading mark. She also registers 3.4 assists per game along with a 41.2 percent (33-80) shooting effort.
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. After connecting only 5-of-10 attempts from the line against Hollins, the Generals are now hitting 70.5 percent from the line (93-132). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein is a perfect 7-for-7 so far and junior forward Rachel Warrick is 14-of-16 (.875).
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 1,236 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.
HOME COURT 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 53-33 record over their careers. All told, they have combined to score 3,040 points and grab 1,280 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
Five different Generals reside in the Top-five in ten different ODAC statistical categories. Senior forward Becca Bolton finds herself among the leaders in four categories including the chart-toppers 10.3 rpg and 47 defensive rebounds. Junior forward Katy Wilson is right with Bolton with 9.0 rebounds per game (4th) and is also second in offensive rebounds (28). Bolton claims third in points per game (14.3), is third in free throws made (35), and holds second in total boards (72). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein sits at fourth, tied with senior guard Meg Ingram, in three-pointers made with 13, and is fourth in total blocks with eight. Junior forward Rachel Warrick is second in free throw percentage at 87. 5 percent on 14-of-16 shooting.
MAKING THEIR MARK
Along with the Generals influence on the ODAC statistical leaderboards, four current players are also looking to impact the Washington and Lee program record book. Senior guard Meg Ingram already takes the first place spot for career three pointers made with 207 and counting. Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein joins her on that list sitting at fourth (123) and only 20 more shots to claim second behind Ingram. Senior forward Becca Bolton finds her performances on nine of the boards and currently stands at second for both career free throws made (366) and career free throws attempted (477) giving her a fifth place career free throw percentage of 76.7 percent. Junior forward Katy Wilson is the only current General on the record watch who is not a senior.