November 26, 2012

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 3

GAME 5: W&L at No. 13 MARY WASHINGTON - Nov. 29, 7:00 pm
GAME 6: W&L vs. GUILFORD - Dec. 1, 4:00 pm

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THE HEAD GENERAL
Christine Clancy (Brandeis  '06) is in her first season as the head coach at Washington and Lee after serving as the assistant coach last year.  Before W&L, Clancy spent three years at Colby College, serving as an interim head coach in her final season. As head coach of the Mules, Clancy guided the team to a 22-6 overall record and an NCAA Tournament berth where they advanced to the second round. Clancy holds a 2-2 overall record at the helm of the Generals.

ALL-TIME RECORD
The Washington and Lee women's basketball program is participating in its 20th varsity season during the 2012-13 school year.  Over that period of time, the Generals have compiled a 217-269 (.447) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(JHU 47, W&L 42 • Baltimore, Md. • 11/25/12)
Johns Hopkins closed with a 20-6 run to produce a 47-42 win over Washington and Lee at Goldfarb Gymnasium. W&L broke open a tie game (27-27) with a 9-0 run to assume a 36-27 lead with 9:05 left in the contest.  Sophomore guard Annie Gauf opened the run with a three-point play, followed by four straight points from senior forward Rachel Warrick.  First-year guard Alena Hamrick closed out the surge with a layup. Johns Hopkins responded with a 12-2 run over the next 3:39 to snatch the lead back (39-38) following a layup by first-year guard Katie Clark with 5:26 left in the contest. Neither team could change the scoreboard until Gauf gave the Generals the lead back (40-39) on a pair of free throws at the 3:10 mark.  However, the Blue Jays wrestled the lead back after four straight points by senior forward Alex Vassila gave them a 43-40 lead with 1:05 remaining. Hamrick pulled W&L to within one point (43-42) on a jumper with 49 seconds remaining, but Vassila hit a layup 18 seconds later and sophomore guard Stacy Fairey hit a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left for the final margin. The Generals jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the game and held an 18-17 lead at the break. For the game, W&L shot just 28.6 percent (16-56) from the floor and committed 20 turnovers. However, the Generals' defense limited Hopkins to just 30.8 percent (20-65) shooting and W&L held a 46-38 advantage on the boards. Hamrick led the Generals with a season-high 15 points, while Gauf totaled 10 points and five rebounds. Warrick notched eight points and senior forward Katy Wilson registered six points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Blue Jays were led by Vassila, who recorded 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

THE MARY WASHINGTON SERIES
The Generals and UMW will meet for the 12th time, with the Eagles claiming an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series. UMW has won four of the last five meetings between the two teams and has held W&L to just 52.8 points per game in those contests.

LAST TIME AGAINST MARY WASHINGTON
(UMW 64, W&L 48 • Lexington, Va. • 11/15/11)
Mary Washington limited Washington and Lee to just 29.1 percent (16-55) shooting from the floor in posting a 64-48 win over the Generals in the season-opener for both teams at the Warner Center. The game was tied at 14-14 with 11:04 left in the first half, but the Eagles 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 from senior guard Katie Wimmer and 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 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. Forward Brieneke Matthes chipped in 11 points in 12 minutes of action.

EVALUATING THE EAGLES
UMW enters this week with a No. 13 ranking in the Division III USA Today Coaches Poll after starting the season 4-1 overall. Over the weekend, the Eagles traveled to Fayetteville, N.C., where they faced Greensboro and N.C. Wesleyan in the Methodist Thanksgiving Tournament. UMW dropped its lone contest of the season to the Pride on Saturday, 55-41, and then went on to defeat the Bishops, 58-48, on Sunday. Junior guard Sam Partonen is averaging a team-high 15.2 ppg, while junior forward Aby Diop is collecting 11.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg. As a team, UMW is shooting 42.0 percent from the field (110-262) and limiting opponents to 52.8 ppg.

THE GUILFORD SERIES
W&L and GC will face off for the 39th meeting, with the Quakers holding a 27-11 lead in the all-time series. Last season, GC swept the series by winning on November 22, 68-59, at the Warner Center and in Greensboro on February 10, 62-43. In the last five contests between the two teams, the Quakers have outscored the Generals, 303-283, while averaging 60.6 points per game compared to W&L's 56.6 points per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST GUILFORD
(GC 62, W&L 43 • Greensboro, N.C. • 2/10/12)
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 the Ragan-Brown Field House. 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. 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 forward Gabby Oglesby's 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and guard Brittany Atwater posted 13 points and eight boards.  Gibbs chipped in 11 points.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Guilford enters this week with a 3-1 overall record following a 75-42 victory over Averett on November 20. Junior forward Gabby Oglesby paced the Quakers with 19 points and six rebounds, while shooting 8-for-16 from the field (.500). Junior center Morgan King and sophomore guard Brittany Drew also posted double-digit points with 12 and 10, respectively. On the season, the Quakers are outscoring opponents 267-192 and holding teams to just a 25.3 shooting percentage (64-253). King and Oglesby are each recording a team-leading 9.8 ppg, while Morgan is also adding 8.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game. Senior forward Jaclyn Nucci is tallying a team-best 8.8 boards per game, and adding 8.0 ppg and 2.0 bpg.

HITTING THE BOOKS
The classroom isn't the only place senior forwards Rachel Warrick and Katy Wilson have been reaching for the books, as they have also made a dent in the W&L record books during their last three seasons. Combined, the two captains are present on four of W&L's Top 10 career lists. Wilson's 47.8 percent (306-640) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also seventh in career rebounds (644) and eighth career blocked shots (52). Chrissy Burghardt '99 is sixth for career rebounds with 53 and Felice Herman '11 is seventh in career blocks with 68. Warrick sits seventh for career free throw percentage, shooting 76.1 percent (137-180) from the foul line.

WATCH OUT FOR WILSON
Senior forward Katy Wilson came back as the returning leading scorer and rebounder from last season and she is still among the top performers on the team this year. So far this season, Wilson leads the team in rebounds per game (8.2) and is second in points per game (10.5) and field goal percentage (.417, 20-48). She has registered double-digit points twice this year, including a 21-point performance over Roanoke in the season-opener.

FIRST-YEAR FRENZY
First-year guard Alena Hamrick is starting her W&L career with a bang, as she is averaging 11.0 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game coming off the bench. At the Swarthmore Tournament, she was named to the All-Tournament team after registering 12.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg over that weekend, while shooting 7-8 (.875) from the foul line. She also added 3.0 assists per game, and made 3-of-5 attempts from behind the arc. Hamrick has notched double-digit points in the Generals' last three outings and leads the team with an 83.3 percent mark (10-12) from the charity stripe.

BACK ON THE ROAD
The Generals will spend the entire month of November on the road, traveling a total of 1,516 miles round trip from Lexington. After already hitting the road for Roanoke, Swarthmore and Johns Hopkins, W&L will also travel to Mary Washington, before hosting its first home contest on December 1. During the 2011-12 campaign, the Generals posted a 6-7 overall record as the away team.

GIMME THAT BALL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L early on, as it is taking the ball away 16 more times than its opponents, 41-25. Senior guard Megan Marks and senior forward Katy Wilson are the biggest theft artists, with Wilson collecting 11 steals in the first four contests and Marks grabbing nine. In the win over Chatham, four different Generals ended the game with two or more steals, including four by first-year guard Alena Hamrick.

DYNAMITE DEFENSE
In its four games, W&L showed off its defensive skills. The Generals have held their opponents to just 29.6 percent (67-226) shooting from the field and allowed just 42.5 points per game to lead the ODAC in scoring defense. Against Roanoke in the season-opener, W&L gave up a mere 34 points, the lowest total points allowed by the Blue and White since the 2006-07 season when the Generals defeated Randolph, 71-34.The only team so far this season to record 50 points or more when playing W&L was Cabrini, who notched 50 in its win over the Generals.

HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Washington and Lee has done a fantastic job of defending the three-point arc this season, allowing its opponents to shoot just 9-for-57 (.158) from beyond the arc in its first four games. In the 61-39 win over Chatham, the Generals held the Cougars without a three-pointer made in nine attempts. Roanoke shot just 1-for-4 from three (.250) in the opener and Cabrini hit just 2-of-12 attempts (.167). Johns Hopkins was also stifled from distance, making just 2-of-15 shots (.133).

VERTICALLY CHALLENGED
Rebounding has not been the Generals' strong suit thus far as W&L carries a -3.2 rebounding margin (42.2-39.0) through the first four games. The Generals have had a particularly tough time on the defensive end, where they have allowed a combined 64 offensive rebounds, surrendering a total of 35 second-chance points.


OPPONENTS IN THE TOURNAMENT
During the 2012-13 campaign, the Blue and White will face four teams that competed in the 2011-12 NCAA Division III Tournament. Combined, the four teams recorded a 6-4 mark in the tournament, with Mary Washington advancing the furthest with a loss to finalist George Fox in the quarterfinal round, 68-45. Against the 2012 Centennial Conference Champion, Johns Hopkins, the Generals dropped a 47-42 decision. W&L will travel to UMW on November 29, and will also face Guilford on December 1 and York (Pa.) on January 24.

NO CLOSE CALL
Each of the Generals' contests have been decided by an average of 13.8 points, regardless of a win or loss for them. W&L's season-opener featured a 12-point victory over ODAC-foe Roanoke to start 2012-13 with a 1-0 record. At the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament, W&L claimed a 1-1 mark on the weekend, scoring just 34 points in the first contest against Cabrini and losing by 16 points (50-34). In the consolation round, the Generals eased frustrations from the night before to fly past Chatham, 61-39, and win by 22 points. W&L then traveled to Johns Hopkins, where the Blue Jays snatched a five-point win (47-42), making it the Generals' closest game this season.


BATTLE OF THE DEFENSES
Guilford and W&L feature two of the toughest defenses in the ODAC, as the Quakers are atop the conference in field goal percentage defense after allowing opponents to shoot just 25.3 percent from the field (64-253). The Generals are ranked third in the same category, holding opponents to just 29.6 percent from the floor (67-226).

 

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