Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Notes - Week #2

Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Notes - Week #2

W&L (0-1)
  GUILFORD (1-2)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Lexington, Va. • 7:00 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 109-104 (.512).  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 three seasons, King has guided the Generals to a 51-31 (.622) 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 201-255 (.440) overall record.

W&L carries an 8-9 overall record in its first ODAC game of the season.  After beginning the program with five straight losses in the ODAC opener, the Generals have gone 8-4 in their opening ODAC game of the season since the 1999-2000 season.  W&L is slightly better when opening on the road (4-3) than at home (4-6). 

(Mary Washington 64, W&L 48 • Lexington, Va. • 11/15/11)
Mary Washington limited the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team to just 29.1 percent (16-55) from the floor in posting a 64-48 win over the Generals in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. The game was tied at 14-14 with 11:04 left in the first half, but the Eagles (1-0) held the Generals scoreless for the next 6:40 in opening a seven-point lead (21-14) that they would eventually carry into halftime (25-18). Mary Washington then opened the second stanza with a 12-3 run keyed by four points each from senior guard Katie Wimmer and sophomore guard Sam Partonen for a 37-21 lead with 15:16 to play. W&L used an 8-0 run featuring five points from senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein to slice it back to eight points (37-29) with 12:52 to play.  However, five straight points from Wimmer pushed the lead back to 12 points (42-30) with 11:28 to play and the Generals would get no closer for the remainder of the contest. The Generals were led by Pfannenstein, who notched 13 points and five rebounds.  Senior forward Becca Bolton recorded 11 points and 14 rebounds, while junior forward Katy Wilson posted 10 points and 12 boards. Wimmer paced Mary Washington with a game-high 16 points and three steals.  Senior guard Jenna McRae chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.  Both eclipsed the 1,000 career point barrier in the contest.

(W&L 57, Guilford 54 • Greensboro, N.C. • 2/11/11)
Guard Meg Ingram scored seven of her 15 points in the extra session to lead Washington and Lee to a 57-54 overtime victory over Guilford at Ragan-Brown Field House. The Generals trailed 45-43 with under two minutes to play in regulation, but Ingram hit a pair of free throws with 1:22 left to knot the score at 45-45 and senior guard Allie Long gave W&L a 48-45 lead when she drilled a three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining.  However, the Quakers tied the game with 17 seconds left on a three-pointer by guard Jazlyn Gibbs.  Senior center Felice Herman had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but her jumper was blocked by GC center Morgan King as time expired. Ingram gave W&L a 51-48 lead when she hit a triple at the 3:06 mark of the overtime period and she extended the lead to six points (54-48) by drilling 3-of-4 free throws over the next 1:11 of game action.  Guilford cut the margin in half when guard Brittany Atwater canned a three-pointer the next time down, but Herman gave W&L a 56-51 lead on a jumper with 27 seconds left.  Guard Logan Terry nailed another Quaker triple with 17 seconds left and Ingram split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds showing on the clock to give the Generals a 57-54 lead.  Gibbs’ three-pointer with two seconds left would not go and W&L escaped with the three-point overtime win. The Generals shot just 38.5 percent (20-52) from the floor, but out-scored the Quakers 13-4 at the charity stripe.  Guilford made good on just 29.9 percent (20-67) of its shots, but hit 10-of-24 (.417) from beyond the arc. Forward Becca Bolton led W&L with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Ingram dished seven assists to go with her 15 points.  Long chipped in nine points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds. Atwater paced Guilford with 11 points, while guard Kayla Adams and Terry notched nine points apiece.  King added six points and 11 rebounds.

The Quakers were picked to finish second and received one first-place vote in the ODAC preseason coaches poll after returning four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 15-12 overall and 10-10 in conference play.  Despite the preseason hype, the Quakers have begun the season with a 1-2 overall record after dropping games to Greensboro (59-49) and Concordia-Morehead (64-50), and defeating Peace (66-41).  Most recently, Guilford participated in a tournament at Peace, knocking off the home-standing Pacers in the consolation game, 66-41.  In that game, the two teams both shot below 31 percent from the floor, but the Quakers held a 66-39 rebounding advantage that led to 19 more shots as they hoisted 83 shots, making 25 of them (30.1%).  Sophomore forward Gabby Oglesby led GC with 14 points and six rebounds, while sophomore center Morgan King had 10 points and 10 boards.  First-year forward Amber Weaver chipped in 10 points as well.  For the season, Guilford is shooting just 29.9 percent from the floor and 23.4 percent from three-point range.  Oglesby leads the way with averages of 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while senior guard Jazlyn Gibbs and King both average 7.7 points per outing.  King averages a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game, while Gibbs averages 4.3 boards per game and has a team-best five steals.

Washington and Lee and Guilford will be meeting for the 37th time, with the Quakers holding a 25-11 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1994-95 season.  After dropping 20 of the first 21 games in the series, W&L has recovered to win 10 of the last 15 games, including each of the last four.  The Generals have typically struggled offensively against Guilford, averaging just 58.2 points per game across the series.  Additionally, W&L carries just a 5-12 overall record against Guilford at home.

The Generals produced a dismal shooting effort in the loss to Mary Washington in the season-opener, connecting on just 16-of-55 (.291) shots from the floor.  The 16 made field goals were the least by a W&L squad since last season’s opening win over the Eagles, while the 29.1 percent shooting was the team’s worst since shooting just 28.1 percent (16-57) in a 55-52 loss to Guilford on Dec. 2, 2009.  Last season, W&L ranked third in the ODAC in field goal percentage, hitting 41.5 percent of its shots from the floor.

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.  Though the Generals were just a modest 11-of-16 (.688) from the line against Mary Washington, look for that percentage to pick up as the season rolls along.  The Generals’ seven returning players all shot better than 71 percent from the stripe last season and combined to hit 79.5 percent (287-361) of their free throws for an average of 10.6 points per game at the charity stripe.  Senior forward Becca Bolton led the way last season with an .814 free throw percentage (91-113), while senior guard Meg Ingram hit 81.3 percent (65-80) of her shots from the line.

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 1,183 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is ninth with 1,053 points.  They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.

Washington and Lee loves playing in the friendly confines of the Warner Center where it has produced a 27-10 (.730) overall record since the beginning of the 2008-09 season.  The Generals went 11-2 at home last year, falling to a Top 10-ranked Christopher Newport club and ODAC runner-up Roanoke by a combined five points.

Senior forward Becca Bolton and junior forward Katy Wilson both notched a double-double in the season-opening loss to Mary Washington.  Bolton totaled 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Wilson collected 10 points and 12 boards.  It was the first time that a W&L duo had both achieved the feat since Bolton (14 pts., 10 reb.) and Wilson (13 pts. , 10 reb.) accomplished a double-double in a 64-56 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the 2010 ODAC Tournament.  For Bolton, it was her 27th career double-double.  For Wilson, it was just the third double-double of her career.

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 51-31 record over their careers.  All told, they have combined to score 2,846 points and grab 1,198 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 10 more wins.  The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.