W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

Game 12: W&L (5-6, 3-3) vs. EMU (8-1, 5-1), Jan. 10 - 7:00 pm
Game 13: W&L (5-6, 3-3) at LC (2-8, 1-5), Jan. 13 - 7:00 pm
Game 14: W&L (5-6, 3-3) at Randolph (3-7, 0-5), Jan. 14 - 4:00 pm

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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 114-109 (.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 56-37 (.602) 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 206-260 (.442) overall record.

(W&L 62, Bridgewater 53 • Bridgewater, Va. • 1/7/12)
Washington and Lee recovered from a 13-point first-half deficit to emerge with a 62-53 win over Bridgewater College. The Eagles opened scoring the game's first six points, prompting W&L to call timeout at the 15:35 mark of the opening half. A layup by junior forward Katy Wilson out of the stoppage put W&L on the board (6-2), but the Eagles scored 12 of the game's next 15 points to go up 18-5 on a Shannan Thorne layup with 9:34 to play.  However, the Generals rallied to outscore BC, 21-6, the rest of the half, including eight points from senior forward Becca Bolton, to assume a 26-24 lead at the break. W&L limited Bridgewater to 3-of-10 shooting and forced seven turnovers during the run. The Eagles began the second half on a 10-4 scoring run to assume a 34-30 lead by the 16:01 mark. BC still led, 43-40, with 7:54 to play before a pair of Bolton layups and four free throws from senior guard Meg Ingram propelled the Generals to a 48-46 lead that they would not relinquish with 5:04 to play. The Blue and White hit four of their last five shots from the field, and 6-of-10 free throws in holding off Bridgewater down the stretch. For the game, the Generals shot 40.8 percent (20-49) from the field and forced Bridgewater into 23 turnovers. BC shot 43.9 percent (18-41) from the floor and out-rebounded the Generals, 30-29. Bolton led W&L with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field to go with 10 rebounds and five steals. Ingram chipped in 13 points and five assists. Wilson contributed a strong floor game with seven points, six steals, five boards and four assists.

W&L will be facing EMU for the 40th time, with the Royals holding a 22-17 advantage in the all-time series. In the last three seasons, the Generals have gone 7-1 against EMU, including three wins during the ODAC Tournament. The Royals currently hold an 8-1 overall record, 5-1 in the ODAC, after an 81-72 victory over Lynchburg. Depsite being held to 39.5 percent shooting (15-38) in the first half, and entering halftime down by one (38-37), the Royals came back to outscore Lynchburg 44-34 in the second stanza on their way to the win. EMU was led by reserve player Bianca Ygarza, who netted 19 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. First year forward Raiven Patterson recorded 11 points with three steals, and three others posted 10-point performances for the Royals. For the year, Ygarza leads the Royals with 14.7 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Patterson and sophomore forward Kala Yoders are recoring 10.6 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. As a team, EMU is shooting an ODAC-leading 43.0 percent from the field (250-581).

W&L will be facing Lynchburg for the 35th time, with W&L holding a slight 19-15  lead in the all-time series. LC is currently 2-9 overall (1-5 ODAC) after a 73-71 loss to Hollins. Nine consecutive points by senior forward Caitlin Falls allowed LC to go up 60-56. A three-pointer by Jasmine Greene brought the score to 69-69 with 40 seconds left. Fouls by the Hornets gave HU the chance to go 4-for-4 from the line and led to the resulting score and loss for LC. First year forward Shannon Allan netted 17 points and recorded eight rebounds. Senior guard Carly Greenlief and Falls each registered 13 points, and sophomore guard Roslyn Alexander grabbed a game-high 10 boards. On the season, first year forward Shannan Thorne leads the team with 12.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, and 2.0 steals per game, and has recorded 2.4 apg. The Hornets are also committing 20.6 turnovers per game.

W&L will be facing Randolph for the 37th time with W&L holding a commanding 27-9 edge over the WildCats in the all-time series. Randolph enters this week with a 3-7 overall record and an 0-5 mark in conference play after a 75-53 loss to Lynchburg. In the first 20 minutes, the WildCats connected on only 11 of their 31 shots (.355) and headed into the break with a 7-point deficit (34-27). In the second half, the WildCats were outscored 26-41. First year guard Brianna Lowry finised the contest with 14 points and four assists. Senior guard Lauren French added 11 points and seven boards for the WildCats, and first year forward Jensen Hoover posted a team-high 11 rebounds. On the season, Lowry leads the team with 13.3 ppg and 3.4 apg. First year center Megan Russel is recording 8.7 ppg along with a team-high 7.0 rpg. The WildCats are shooting just 28.8 percent from the field (165-572), and have been outrebounded by opponents 401-503 in their first 10 games.

The Generals struggle against opponents who shoot better than 40.0 percent against them, with their record at 1-5. When W&L is able to hold the opposing team to below 40.0 percent it is 4-1, with its lone loss to Virginia Wesleyan where the Marlins netted only 36.8 percent from the floor (21-57), but made good on 10-of-23 (.435) form behind the arc. The Blue and White were most successful against FDU-Floram, keeping the Devils' shooting percentage to 34.8 percent (23-66).

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 on 20-of-21 shots (.955) from the free throw line against Roanoke, the Generals went on to shoot 19-of-28 (.679) the next day against Bridgewater. W&L is currently ranked second in the ODAC in free throw percentage at .699 (151-216). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein has netted a league-high 92.3 percent of her attempts (24-26) and junior forward Rachel Warrick is shooting 80.0 percent (20-25).  

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 fifth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,304  points and senior forward Becca Bolton is seventh with 1,212 points.  They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.

In 11 games, W&L has turned the ball over 191 times, 21 more than it has caused this season. With 17.4 turnovers per game, the Generals are averaging only two more made shots each contest (19.6 shots per game) than turnovers.

W&L may be second to last in the ODAC with 114 assists on the season, but the Generals can turn in a good performance when they handle the ball well. W&L is 4-0 when it records more assists than its opponents in a game, averaging 13.2 assists in its five wins, but only 8.2 assists in the Generals' losses. In the recent 70-57 win over Roanoke, guard Meg Ingram dished out nine assists by herself, andcurrently leads the team with 33, and the Blue and White had a 16-8 advantage over the Maroons in assists, their second-best showing this season.

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 55-34 record over their careers.  All told, they have combined to score 3,268 points and grab 1,350 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 five more wins.  The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.

Four different Generals reside in the Top 5 in 11 different ODAC statistical categories. Forward Becca Bolton finds herself among the leaders in eight categories including leading the way with 9.0 rpg, 99 total rebounds, and 52 made free throws, while also holding second in both offensive and defensive rebounds, with 38 and 61, respectively. She also is third in points (170) and points per game (15.5), and sits fourth in field goals made this season (59). Forward Katy Wilson is right with Bolton as she has taken the top spot in offensive rebounds (48), and owns second place in total rebounds (98) and rebounds per game (8.9). Guard Meg Ingram sits second in three-pointers made with 23, and guard Kari Ann Pfrannenstein is third in three pointers made (20), fourth in blocks (12), and sits at the top in free throw percentage (92.3 percent).