GAME 18: W&L at Hollins
Jan. 31, 7:00 pm
Game 19: W&L vs. Roanoke
Feb. 3, 7:00 pm
Game 20: W&L vs. Bridgewater
Feb. 4, 4:00 pm
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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 116-113 (.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 58-41 (.586) 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 208-264 (.441) overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
(W&L 71, E&H 50 • Emory, Va. • 1/28/12)
Washington and Lee used a dominant second-half performance in defeating Emory & Henry, 71-50, at the King Center. W&L turned a four-point halftime lead (30-26) into a 21-point win by outscoring the Wasps, 41-24, and shooting 53.6 percent (15-28) from the field in the second half. After taking the aforementioned four-point lead into the break, W&L opened the second period on a 19-9 scoring burst to take a 49-35 lead on a four-point play by senior guard Meg Ingram at the 12:58 mark. W&L's lead was at 13 points (53-40) at the 8:37 mark, before it used an 8-2 run, capped by a layup by junior forward Katy Wilson, to extend to a 19-point advantage (61-42) with just 5:58 to play, en route to the win. The Blue and White forced 12 second-half turnovers out of the Wasps and out-rebounded E&H, 18-11, in the final 20 minutes. Washington and Lee finished the contest at 44.1 percent shooting (26-59) from the floor, while limiting Emory & Henry to 38.2 percent (23-60) from the field. W&L also held a 38-34 edge on the boards and went to the line 18 times, making good on 15 of its attempts, while E&H only made two trips to the charity stripe. Wilson and Ingram each scored a team-high 19 points. Senior forward Becca Bolton added 10 points and 12 rebounds and junior forward Rachel Warrick netted 12 points. E&H was led by Kristie Langley, who totaled 11 points. Carylta Hamm and Michelle Williams each scored 10 points. Hamm also added a team-best seven rebounds.
W&L and Hollins will meet for the 37th time, with W&L holding a commanding 29-7 advantage over HU in the all-time series. Hollins' 63-56 defeat over the Generals earlier this season was the first win for the green and gold against a Mandy King team since her opening season at W&L. HU is entering this week with a 7-10 overall record, and a 6-7 mark in conference play, after a 72-59 victory over Randolph last weekend. Hollins walked into the break with a 30-24 lead despite its 9-of-32 shooting performance from the field in the first half (.281). The second period brought better results as HU shot 50.0 percent from the floor (13-26) and held the WildCats to only 36.1 percent shooting (13-36) on its way to the 13-point win. As a team, Hollins connected on only 20.0 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc (4-20), but was able to outrebound the WildCats, 62-33. First year forward Lauren Morris was a full-court threat as she tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Two others recorded double-digits, as junior guard Lacie Forrest netted a team-high 19 points and added 11 boards, and junior guard Jasmine Greene notched 18 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, Greene is leading with 16.8 ppg and is grabbing 7.5 rpg. Forrest is registering 12.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg, and Morris has 10.1 ppg with a team-high 7.6 rpg.
MARKING THE MAROONS
W&L and Roanoke will face off for the 36th time this week, with RC boasting a 30-5 record in the all-time series. The Generals have their first chance in the history of the program to sweep Roanoke in regular-season action after a 70-57 W&L victory earlier this seson. RC begins this week with a 4-10 overall record (4-7 ODAC) as its most recent contest resulted in a 67-62 overtime loss to Guilford. The Maroons were able to connect on 11-of-23 attempts from the field (.478) and hold GC to just 32.4 percent shooting from the floor (12-37) in the opening period, allowing both teams to go into halftime with a 30-30 tie. At the end of the final 20 minutes, the game was at 57-57 to bring the teams into overtime. Roanoke was only able to knock down four shots, compared to Guilford's eight, ending the first overtime, and the contest, down by five to give the final score. As a team, Roanoke shot just 39.0 percent from the field (23-59). Sophomore guard Paxton Gwin led the Maroons with 17 points and added nine rebounds. Senior center Nicci Moats grabbed a game-high 19 boards with 14 points, and sophomore guard Laurel Hankins netted 12 points. On the year, RC is shooting just 39.2 percent from the field (312-795) and 63.2 percent from the line (187-296). Moats is averaging a team-high 13.2 ppg and 11.7 rpg, and Gwin is recording 12.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THE EAGLES
W&L will go up against Brigewater for the 37th time, with BC having a 27-9 lead in the all-time series. Earlier this season, the Generals traveled to Bridgewater where the Eagles were taken down by a score of 62-53. BC enters this week with an 11-6 overall record, and a 7-5 record in conference play after a 68-49 win over Lynchburg last week. The Eagles clamped down on LC, as they held the Hornets to just 37.0 percent from the field (10-27) and caused them to commit almost double the turnover count (11-6) in the first half, allowing BC to enter the intermission with a 32-27 lead. In the second period, the Eagles soared to a 54.2 percent shot from the field (13-24), while keeping LC to 26.7 percent from the floor (8-30) and outscoring them 36-22. As a team, BC shot 46.3 percent from the floor (25-54), but made good on just one attempt from three-point range (1-11). Junior guard Jessica Mullen recorded a game-high 19 points, including 7-of-14 shooting from the field (.500) and added four assists. First year center Shannan Thorne notched 14 points and six rebounds, and senior guard Jenny Logan tallied nine points, four assists and three steals. On the season, Mullen leads with 18.1 ppg and 3.8 spg, and Logan registers 9.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The Eagles are outscoring opponents 62.1-57.1.
GET 'EM BELOW 40
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 6-2, with both losses to Virginia Wesleyan with the Marlins netting only 36.8 percent from the floor (21-57) in game one, and just 39.0 percent shooting (23-59) in the second matchup. In their most recent win, the Blue and White held Emory & Henry to just 38.3 percent shooting from the field (23-60).
GO DEFENSE GO
Out of 440 teams in Division III, the Generals are ranked 386th, 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.
THE MILLENIUM 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 third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,387 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is seventh with 1,302 points. They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.
Junior forward Rachel Warrick has figured out the secret to success as she uses the foul line to contribute 36.4 percent of her total points this season (40-110), almost doubling the 20.7 percent the entire team records (209-1,009). Without Warrick's numbers included, the Generals are only counting on 18.8 percent of their points to come from the charity stripe.
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 58-40 record over their careers. All told, they have combined to score 3,475 points and grab 1,465 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 three more wins. The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.
COUNTING ON YOU
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 seven wins this season, Ingram has scored an average of 15.7 points on 37.9 percent shooting from the floor (33-87), compared to the losses where she posts only 9.9 points and decreases her shooting percentage to 29.3 percent from the field (36-123). Ingram's assist count almost doubles from losses to wins as she dishes out 4.6 apg in victories, but only 2.6 during losses.
THE RETURN OF LIGHTNING BOLTON
Senior forward Becca Bolton has not only lit up the floor with her 15.3 ppg and 9.3 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 nine, and resides in 52nd place in field goal percentage making 50.5 percent of her shots from the field (100-198). Most recently against Emory & Henry, Bolton recorded her ninth double-double on 12 rebounds and 10 points.
TO THE LINE WE GO
In all seven wins this season, the Generals have given the "charity stripe" a whole new meaning by making 77.4 percent of their shots from the line (120-155). These points have been crucial to the success of W&L as its average margin of victory is just 11.4 points, and its foul line makes are at 17.1 per win.
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
On top of W&L completing 77.4 percent of its free throw attempts in its wins, the Generals are 7-2 when they take more free throws in a game than their opponents. In these nine contests, opponents are committing more fouls, 19.2 per game compared to W&L's 14.7 fouls.
TAKE THAT BALL
In its seven wins, W&L is registering almost four more steals per game (10.3) than in its losses (6.6). Senior forward Becca Bolton leads the team with 1.8 spg on the season, and takes the ball away 2.3 times in victories.