W&L vs. Emory & Henry -
February 14, 7:00 pm
W&L vs. Lynchburg -
February 17, 7:00 pm
W&L vs. Randolph -
February 18, 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 119-115 (.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 61-43 (.587) 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 211-266 (.442) overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
(Guilford 62, W&L 43 • Greensboro, N.C. • 2/11/12)
Guilford College used a 25-7 run over the final 7:10 of the first half and initial 3:50 of the second half in posting a 62-43 win over Washington and Lee at Ragan-Brown Fieldhouse. The Generals jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead early and trailed 15-13 with 7:10 left in the first half. However, W&L shot just 2-for-8 for the remainder of the half and senior guard Jazlyn Gibbs scored seven points to key a 16-5 GC run to end the half. The Generals ended the opening stanza shooting 7-of-25 (.280) from the floor as Guilford posted a 31-18 lead at the break. W&L's cold shooting persisted at the beginning of the second half as the Generals hit just one of their first four shots and the Quakers used a 9-2 spurt to take a 40-20 lead at the 16:10 mark. Consecutive three-pointers from senior guard Meg Ingram over the next 1:04 sparked a 20-8 run that brought W&L to within 48-40 with 8:49 to play, but an 8-0 Quaker run over the next 4:05 pushed the GC lead back to 16 points (56-40) with 4:44 remaining. The Generals would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way as Guilford claimed the season sweep. For the game, W&L shot 50.0 percent (7-14) from three-point range, but the Generals managed just 10-for-39 shooting (.256) from inside the arc. Guilford also claimed a 41-32 advantage on the boards. Ingram led the Generals in scoring with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from distance. She also had a game-high eight assists. Junior forward Katy Wilson had 13 points and six rebounds, while senior forward Becca Bolton scored four points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Guilford was paced by sophomore forward Gabby Oglesby's 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and junior guard Brittany Atwater posted 13 points and eight boards. Gibbs chipped in 11 points.
ESTIMATING EMORY & HENRY
W&L and E&H will meet for the 37th time this week, with the all-time series at a draw, 18-18, after the Generals defeated the Wasps, 71-50 earlier this season. Over the past five years, Coach King has led the Blue and White to a 9-1 record against E&H in regular-season action. E&H enters this week with a 2-17 overall mark (1-16 ODAC) and has lost seven straight following a 61-59 loss to Randolph on Saturday. Neither team could gain a solid advantage as the first period began, until the WildCats broke away with a 10-2 run to put them up 24-16 at the 6:55 mark. The Wasps fought back, connecting on three of their final four shots in the half, and brought their deficit to four (31-27) going into the break. Five ties were featured in the second half as both teams struggled to gain the upper hand once again. With the score at 57-57 with 43 seconds left on the clock, a jumper by Randolph broke the tie and kept the WildCats ahead for the remainder of the contest. As a team, E&H shot just 37.1 percent from the field (13-25) and did not make a single attempt from behind the arc (0-16). Two players recorded double-doubles as first year guard Kristie Langely recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds and first year forward Carlyta Hamm notched 14 points and 13 boards. For the season, Langely is nettng a team-best 12.2 ppg and adding 5.0 rpg, and Hamm registers 9.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg.
LOOKING AT LYNCHBURG
W&L and LC will face off for the 36th time this week, with the Generals boasting a 19-16 edge in the all-time series. Earlier this year, W&L lost at Lynchburg, 67-57. The Hornets enter this week with an 8-15 overall record, and a 7-11 mark in ODAC action after a 64-56 loss to Guilford on Saturday. LC was able to keep the game close in the opening period, going into the break with just a two-point deficit (32-30). The second half brought shooting troubles for the Hornets as they connected on only 7-of-30 shots from the floor (.233) and were outscored 32-26 to give the final score. First year forward Shannan Allan netted a game-high 22 points, including a 10-of-11 performance at the line, and added nine rebounds and two blocks. Senior guard Carly Greenlief notched 12 points and three steals, and sophomore forward Caleigh Patterson recorded 10 boards and nine points. For the year, Allan is leading the team with 14.5 ppg and 7.7 rpg.
WRAPPING UP THE WILDCATS
W&L will take on Randolph for the 38th time this week, with the Generals holding a commanding 28-9 advantage over the WildCats in the all-time series. W&L downed Randolph earlier this season, 67-50, on the road. The Blue and White have not dropped a contest against the WildCats since the 2008-09 season when the teams split a pair of matchups. Randolph enters this week's game with a 4-19 overall record (1-17 ODAC) after claiming its first ODAC win this season over Emory & Henry on Saturday. The WildCats went into halftime with a 31-27 lead, and came out strong in the second period netting 39.1 percent of their shots from the field (9-23) and 78.6 percent from the foul line (11-14). Attempts from the stripe were crucial in the final minutes as first year guard Chelsea Tyler made one with one second left in the game to seal the two-point victory for Randolph. Tyler led the team with 14 points, five steals and three assists. Two other WildCats scored in double figures, as first year guards Brianna Lowry and Bonnie Bishop recorded 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Bishop added a team-high seven rebounds. On the season, Lowry is averaging 11.0 ppg and 2.9 spg. First year center Megan Russell is grabbing 7.7 rpg with 8.9 ppg.
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
Out of 440 teams in Division III, the Generals are ranked 359th, and last in the ODAC, for field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to sink an average of 40.1 percent of their attempts from the field in games. W&L will face the next three worst defenses in the league, with Randolph being just above the Generals, allowing 39.9 percent of opponents' shots to go in.
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 second on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,480 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is fourth with 1,356 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 account for 33.3 percent of her total points this season (50-150). As a team, the Generals only count on only 20.2 percent of their offense to come from the line (269-1,329). Furthermore, without Warrick's numbers included, the Generals are only counting on 18.6 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 61-42 record over their careers. All told, they have combined to score 3,659 points and grab 1,563 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. With the win over Randolph-Macon last Tuesday evening, the 2012 class is now the winningest class in program history, passing the 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman who recorded 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 10 wins this season, Ingram has scored an average of 16.8 points on 38.8 percent shooting from the floor (50-129), compared to the losses where she posts only 11.8 points and decreases her shooting percentage to 29.5 percent from the field (46-156). Ingram's assist count is also affected from losses to wins as she dishes out 4.9 apg in victories, but only 3.2 during losses.
THE RETURN OF LIGHTNING BOLTON
Senior forward Becca Bolton has not only lit up the floor with her 14.3 ppg and 9.6 rpg, but is now among the top-55 players in the country in two statistical categories. She is ranked 29th in number of double-doubles with eleven, and resides in 48th place in field goal percentage making 51.0 percent of her shots from the field (122-239) in games through February 9. Bolton will likely move around in the rankings as she has now completed 49.4 percent of her shots (124-251).
CONTROLLING THE LINE
W&L's three contests this week feature the three worst free-throw shooting teams in the conference. Emory & Henry is last connecting on just 59.0 percent of its shots (167-283), Randolph is at 61.9 percent (288-465), and Lynchburg stands at 64.3 percent (250-389). The Generals are third in the ODAC recording 68.1 percent from the charity stripe this season (269-395) with senior guard Meg Ingram sitting third in the conference for free percentage at 81.7 percent (78-95).
W&L senior forward Becca Bolton and junior forward Katy Wilson are both are atop the ODAC statistical leaderboards. Bolton is averaging a league-best 6.5 defensive rebounds per game and Wilson is first in offensive rebounds per game recording 4.5.
The month of February sits well in Coach King's plans, as her teams have gone 29-15 in regular-season play since the 2005-06 season, not losing more than four games total each year. The 2012 Generals began this month with their longest winning streak of the season (3) before losing to Guilford on the road. This month's record currently stands at 3-1 as W&L concludes the regular season hosting three teams whose ODAC records combined add up to only nine wins.