W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 10

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 10

Game 1:W&L vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 1/24/12
7:00pm, Lexington, Va.

Game 2: W&L at Emory & Henry, 1/28/12
4:00pm, Emory, 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 115-112 (.507).  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 57-40 (.588) 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 207-263 (.440) overall record.

(EMU 75, W&L 55 • Harrisonburg, Va. • 1/21/12)
Eastern Mennonite shot 46.0 percent (29-63) from the floor and forced 24 Washington and Lee turnovers in posting a 75-55 win over the Generals. The Royals held the Generals to just nine points in the initial 9:18 of the game in opening a 10-point advantage (19-9).  W&L cut it to a six point game at 26-20 on a layup by junior forward Katy Wilson with 5:36 left in the first half, but EMU closed the first half with a 10-3 run for a 36-23 lead at the break. Eastern Mennonite opened the second stanza with a 7-0 spurt in the opening 1:51 to stretch its lead to 43-23 with 18:09 to play and the Generals could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as the Royals swept W&L in the season series for the first time since 2007-08. Washington and Lee, which shot just 38.2 percent (21-55) from the floor, was led by junior forward Rachel Warrick's season-high 16 points and seven rebounds.  Senior forward Becca Bolton added 15 points and nine boards, while Wilson had six points, seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Stephanie Rheinheimer paced four Royals in double figure scoring with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range.  First-year guard Shakeerah Sykes contributed 12 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Kayla Yoders added 11 points and seven rebounds.  Sophomore forward Bianca Ygarza chipped in 10 points and six rebounds as well.

(VWC 65, W&L 47 • Virginia Beach, Va. • 1/3/12)
Washington and Lee was held to 12 first-half point and shot just 34.0 percent (17-50) from the field in dropping a 65-47 contest at Virginia Wesleyan. W&L made just 3-of-19 field goal attempts in first half and turned the ball over 17 times in digging a 36-12 deficit at the half. VWC only shot 12-for-31 in the opening 20 minutes, but made good on 7-of-14 three-point attempts and had only five turnovers in assuming the 24-point lead at the break. Virginia Wesleyan scored the first six points of the contest and then assumed a 16-4 lead by the 12:21 mark. A pair of free throws by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein and a jumper by senior forward Becca Bolton trimmed the Marlin lead to 16-8 with 9:40 to play, but the Marlins ended the half on a 20-4 scoring run to assume the 22-point lead at the break. In the second half, the Generals improved to 45.2 percent shooting (14-31) and outscored the Marlins 35-29, but were unable to overcome the halftime deficit. Bolton finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Pfannenstein added 12 points. Junior forward Katy Wilson chipped in five points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Sarah Seipp led the Marlins with 15 points off the bench and Shawnee Lewis netted 11 points as every Marlin that played dented the scoring column. VWC made good on 10-of-23 (.435) three-point attempts and recorded 16 assists.

W&L and VWC will meet for the 40th time with the Marlins holding a 25-14 advantage over the Generals in the all-time series. Earlier this season, VWC defeated W&L on the road at the Battan Center, 65-47. The Marlins enter this week with a 13-3 overall record (10-1 ODAC) after a 95-46 victory over Randolph on Friday. A 16-point performance by first year guard Sarah Seipp in the opening period allowed VWC to walk into halftime with a 31-point lead over the WildCats (56-25). Randolph had 28 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, while VWC posted 18 steals, including eight from Seipp. In the second stanza, the Marlins held the WildCats to just 25.0 percent from the field (7-28) and 8.3 percent from behind the arc (1-12), helping VWC to claim the 31-point win. Seipp led the Marlins with 22 points, nine steals, five rebounds, and three assists. Three others posted double-digit points as senior center Kristen Blalock had 13 points, sophomore guard Katie Tassa put up 11, and  first year guard Brittany Glasco netted 10 points. Tassa grabbed a game-high eight boards, and Glasco added four assists. On the season, the Marlins are shooting 37.2 percent from the floor (384-1034) and forcing opponents in to 142 more turnovers (369-227) in their 16 games. Seipp registers 14.2 ppg and 2.5 apg, and Blalock posts 12.0 ppg with 5.5 rpg.

W&L will be facing E&H for the 36th time with the Wasps holding a 18-17 edge over the Generals in the all-time series. Since the 2006-07 season, the Blue and White have been 9-1 against E&H outscoring them 739-574 and winning by a margin of 16.5 ppg. E&H enters this week with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-9 mark in conference play after a 71-53 win over Randolph on Saturday broke a 10-game losing streak for the Wasps. First year center Carlyta Hamm came out in strong in the first half with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting (.667) from the field helping E&H post a 46.7 percent mark (14-30) from the floor and go into the break with an eight point lead (34-28). The second period brought more success as the Wasps outrebounded the WildCats 32-16 and increased their lead to 18 points to give the final score. As a team, E&H shot 40.0 percent from the field (28-70). First year guard Kristie Langley led the team with a double-double on 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Ham added another 15 points and 10 boards for E&H. On the season, the Wasps are shooting just 34.4. percent from the field (246-715) and only connecting on 26.2 percent of their attempts from three point range (62-237). Sophomore guard Jalan McPherson leads the team with 13.4 ppg, and Langley is netting 10.3 ppg with 6.5 rpg. First year guard Meredith Grant averages a team-high 8.0 rpg.

The Generals struggle against opponents who shoot better than 40.0 percent against them, with their record at 1-8. When W&L is able to hold the opposing team to below 40.0 percent it is 5-1, 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) from behind the arc. The Blue and White were most successful against Randolph, holding the WildCats to just 30.5 percent shooting from the field (18-59).

Out of 440 teams in Division III, the Generals are ranked 377th, and last in the ODAC, for field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to sink an average of 41.0 percent of their attempts from the field. W&L sits even lower, at 413th, in three point percentage defense with opponents connecting on 34.9 percent of their shots behind the arc.

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 third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,347 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is seventh with 1,279 points.  They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.

In 15 games, W&L has turned the ball over 271 times, 23 more than it has caused this season. With 18.1 turnovers per game, the Generals are averaging only 2.5 more made shots each contest (20.6 shots per game) than turnovers. Most recently, Eastern Mennonite forced W&L into its second worst showing this season with 24 turnovers, compared to the Royals' 13.

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 57-39 record over their careers.  All told, they have combined to score 3,390 points and grab 1,426 rebounds, which accounts for over 54 percent of all the scoring and 38 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 four more wins.  The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.

Senior guard Meg Ingram's efforts on the court are crucial to the success of W&L as her individual performances on gameday often reflect the outcome of the contest. In six wins this season, Ingram has scored an average of 15.2 points on 37.0 percent shooting from the floor (27-73), compared to the losses where she posts only 8.7 points and decreases her shooting percentage by almost 10 percent (27.1). Defensively, Ingram only grabs 1.2 rpg when the Generals lose, but is able to record 3.2 rpg during the victories.

Senior forward Becca Bolton has not only lit up the floor with her 15.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg, but is now among the top-55 players in the country in two statistical categories. She is ranked 41st in number of double-doubles with seven, and resides in 55th place in field goal percentage making 50.6 percent of her shots from the field (91-179). Most recently against Eastern Mennonite, Bolton sank seven of her 13 attempts from the floor to give her a 53.8 shooting percentage in the contest.

In all six wins this season, the Generals have given the "charity stripe" a whole new meaning by making 76.6 percent of their shots from the line (105-137). These points have been crucial to the success of W&L as its average margin of victory is just 9.8 points, and its foul line makes are at 17.5 per win.

On top of W&L completing 76.6 percent of its free throw attempts in its wins, the Generals are 6-2 when they take more free throws in a game than their opponents. In these eight contests, opponents are committing more fouls, 19.3 per game compared to W&L's 14.1 fouls.

In its six wins, W&L is registering four more steals per game (10.8) than in its losses (6.8). Forward Becca Bolton leads the team with 2.0 spg on the season, and takes the ball away 2.7 times in victories.