January 14, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 9

GAME 13: W&L (5-7, 2-4 ODAC) vs. Randolph (3-10, 1-5 ODAC)
DATE: January 15, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
TIME: 7:00 pm

GAME 14: W&L at Shenandoah (6-9, 2-4 ODAC)
DATE: January 19, 2013
LOCATION: Winchester, Va.
TIME: 2:00 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 5-7 (.417) 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 220-274 (.445) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(HU 64, W&L 54 • Hollins, Va. • 1/12/13)
Hollins went on an 11-2 run in the final 3:05 of the game to record a 64-54 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. After senior forward Katy Wilson pulled W&L to within one (53-52) on a jump shot at 3:10, HU scored the contest's next nine points to give Hollins its largest lead of the game, 62-52, with 1:02 remaining. Wilson connected on one final shot with 16 seconds left on the clock (62-54), but senior guard Lacie Forest netted both free throw attempts at the 15-second mark for the final 64-54 score. The Generals started the second half with a 9-0 stretch to pull ahead by 10 points (36-26) at the 17:30 mark. Hollins responded by cutting the lead to just three points, 40-37, by 12:59 off a layup by senior guard Jasmine Greene. A pair of free throws and a made jump shot by the Generals pushed their advantage back to seven (44-37), only to have HU junior guard Carrie Cox answer with a three pointer at 10:59 to cut it to 44-40. Hollins chipped away and tied the game at 46-46 on a jump shot by first-year guard Mackenzie Miller with 7:50 left. First-year guard Paige Corvino made one more basket before Hollins went on the 11-2 run to close out the contest. W&L opened the game with a 7-2 run in the first 2:20 of action, capped by a jump shot by Wilson. At 16:21, Greene jump-started a stretch in which Hollins outscored the Generals 8-2 and took a 10-9 lead by the 13:13 mark. The teams exchanged baskets over the next 5:50 in which three lead changes occurred and HU held a 20-17 advantage at 7:23. W&L then scored the contest's next nine points to give itself a six-point lead at the 2:18 mark (26-20). Hollins closed out the half with six more points, while limiting W&L to just one made shot to cut the Generals' lead to two points, 28-26, at the break. Hollins shot 50.9 percent from the floor (27-53), while limiting the Generals to just 37.7 percent from the field (23-61). Both teams struggled from distance as HU and W&L each went 3-for-11 (.273) from three-point range. The Generals had three players score in double figures, including 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Wilson. Senior guard Megan Marks notched 12 points and seven boards, and first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks recorded 11 points and six rebounds.For Hollins, Greene registered a game-high 23 points, while also recording five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Junior forward Chanci Wright registered 12 points and 10 boards, and Forrest tallied eight points, three rebounds, two assists, and a block.

THE RANDOLPH SERIES
W&L and Randolph will meet for the 39th time, with the Generals holding a commanding 29-9 lead in the all-time series. W&L is currently on a nine-game win streak in the series and won by a margin of 21.8 points in those contests. The last time the Generals dropped a game to Randolph was on January 19, 2008.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE WILDCATS
(W&L 82, Randolph 51 • Lexington, Va. • 2/18/12)
Behind forward Katy Wilson's perfect 4-for-4 performance in the second half, the Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 60.0 percent from the floor (15-25) in the final 20 minutes to take down Randolph, 82-51, at the Warner Center. After taking a 39-25 lead into the break, W&L continued to cruise past the WildCats, connecting on eight of its first nine attempts in the first 6:33 of the second stanza, and increasing its advantage to 24 points (59-35). Forward Rachel Warrick had 10 points, while Wilson added six during the run. Randolph was able to pull to within 17 points off a layup by guard Dyllan Peterson with 10:22 left in the game (59-42), but the Generals scored six unanswered points to bring the lead back to 23 points (65-42) at the 8:19 mark. The game continued with back-and-forth baskets, until W&L closed out the contest with a 13-4 run, en route to the 31-point victory. In the first period, the Blue and White jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead at 15:46, as senior forward Becca Bolton made two consecutive layups. W&L then went on to miss seven of its next eight attempts, and allowed the WildCats to tie the game at 14-14 with 11:52 left. A Warrick layup at 10:06 sparked a 25-9 run in the final 10:06 to end the first half with the aforementioned 39-25 lead. For the game, W&L shot 54.4 percent from the floor (31-57), and 80.0 percent from the foul line (12-15), while holding Randolph to just 37.5 percent from the field (21-56). Five Generals posted double-figures in points, led by Warrick with 18. Wilson netted 16 points, Ingram added 15, and Bolton and senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein each registered 10 points. Warrick also grabbed eight rebounds, and first-year guard Annie Gauf dished out four assists. Guard Brianna Lowry recorded a team-high 15 points to lead the WildCats. Guard Chelsea Tyler tallied eight points and five rebounds, and French scored seven points.

SCOUTING RANDOLPH
Randolph enters this week with a 3-10 overall record and a 1-5 mark in ODAC action after falling to Bridgewater, 71-58, on Saturday. First-year guard Abigail Bullins led the WildCats' scoring with 14 points, while sophomore forward Jensen Hoover and sophomore guard Chelsea Tyler added 10 points each. Randolph gave away 24 points from the free throw line as the Eagles went 24-for-29 from the charity stripe. On the season, the WildCats are shooting 33.2 percent (261-785) from the field and averaging 56.2 ppg. Junior guard Emilee Dunton paces Randolph's scoring with 10.2 ppg, and Hoover notches 5.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 0.5 spg.

THE SHENANDOAH SERIES
W&L and Shenandoah will meet for the sixth time, with the Hornets claiming a 4-1 record in the all-time series. This will be the first conference matchup between the two teams, as SU became a member of the ODAC beginning in the fall of 2012. The Generals' lone win came on February 3, 2002 at the Warner Center.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE HORNETS
(SU 63, W&L 35  • Winchester, Va. • 2/9/03)
Shenandoah University used an 11-0 run to start the game in cruising to a 63-35 win over Washington and Lee in Winchester, Va. The Hornets hammered the Generals on the boards, claiming a 37-25 edge and forcing 21 W&L turnovers. Sophomore forward Emily Barker led W&L with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Louisa Feve added nine points. Shenandoah was paced by Jenny Gray's 14 points and six rebounds. Dee Fisher chipped in with 12 points and seven boards.

SCOUTING SHENANDOAH
SU enters this week with a 6-9 overall record and a 2-4 ODAC mark following a 63-41 loss to Guilford on Saturday. Junior guard Crystal Petrus notched a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets. SU was limited to just 24.6 percent (14-57) shooting and was outrebounded, 44-38. On the year, Shenandoah holds a -3.6 margin in rebounding and is netting 33.3 percent (284-854) of its shots from the floor. Sophomore forward Holly Chittenden is notching 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 1.8 spg, while Petrus and junior guard Sam D'Amico are registering 9.9 ppg and 9.4 ppg, respectively.

QUEEN OF THE HORNETS
In her first season at Shenandoah, Head Coach CK Calhoun is very familiar with the ODAC, and especially Washington and Lee basketball. Calhoun's sister, Austin Calhoun '03, was a four-year member of the Generals' women's basketball team from 1999-2003.

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 46.5 percent (341-734) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also sixth in career rebounds (707) and eighth in career blocked shots (56). Wilson is also just 16 points from making the all-time scoring list with 846 points. Warrick sits seventh for career free throw percentage, shooting 75.9 percent (148-195) from the foul line.

MARKS ON A ROLL
Senior guard Megan Marks has seen a burst in performance this season, as she has turned into a main contributor to the General's success. In her previous three years with the team, Marks had not averaged more than 1.8 ppg and 1.7 rpg in a season. She has started all 11 games this season, and is notching 5.5 ppg. 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg and a team-high 1.8 spg. She has recorded single-game career highs in points (19), rebounds (8), assists (4) and steals (6) so far this year.

NO CLOSE CALL
The Generals' 11 contests have been decided by an average of 20.0 points, regardless of a win or loss. W&L's season-opener featured a 12-point victory over ODAC-foe Roanoke to start 2012-13 with a 1-0 record. W&L's largest victories came against Southside Virginia Community College (72-15), Sewanee (49-26) and Chatham (61-39), while its biggest losses came to Mary Washington (58-38) and Cabrini (50-34).

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 20.4 percent (32-157) from beyond the arc to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage defense. In a 61-39 win over Chatham, the Generals held the Cougars without a three-pointer made in nine attempts. Southside Virginia Community College shot just 1-for-14 (.071) from long range and Cabrini hit just 2-of-12 attempts (.167). Johns Hopkins was also stifled from distance, making just 2-of-15 shots (.133).

LET THE NUMBERS TALK
When comparing statistics in the five wins this season to the seven losses, the Generals' numbers drastically improve in the victories. In steals alone, W&L doubles its average per game by recording 12.0 steals per win, but just 6.1 in the dropped contests. The shooting troubles are highlighted in the losses as W&L shoots 30.8 percent (119-386) from the floor in the five defeats, while improving to 40.1 percent (19-71) from the field in the five wins. In points scored, the Generals are scoring over 13 more points per game in wins (57.6), as opposed to the 44.4 ppg they are averaging in the losses.

MAKING HISTORY
W&L has allowed some of the lowest point totals in the program's history this season. Not only have a pair of opponents scored below 30 points, but the victories came in back-to-back contests. The Generals have not held two opponents in one year to below 30 points since the 2006-07 campaign when they defeated City College of New York, 62-24, and Hollins, 90-26. The only other time W&L allowed below 30 points in back-to-back games was during its inaugural season, taking down Mary Baldwin, 56-27, on January 25, 1994, and Sweet Briar, 57-22, on January 26.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
It may be hard to recognize the Generals' improvements over the last few weeks, but aside from the three-straight losses, W&L has improved on many aspects of its game. In November, the Blue and White was averaging just 44.2 ppg in the five contests and only scored over 50 points in one of those games. Even with a 1-3 record in January, the Generals are now registering 53.0 ppg and eclipsed the 50-point mark twice. W&L's rebound count may not differ much from then and now (37.8-37.5), but it is allowing opponents to grab 7.3 less rebounds per game than in November (41.8-34.5). If that isn't enough, the Generals still lead the ODAC in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opposing teams to just 20.4 percent (32-157) from long range.

FIRST-YEAR FRENZY
After using the first couple of months to adjust to the college scene, three active first-years in forwards Shelbi Hendricks and Wesleigh Vick and guard Paige Corvino are now making great impacts on the team's performances. In the loss to Eastern Mennonite, they tallied the top-three point totals for the Generals, including a double-double by Vick on 10 points and 10 rebounds. With Hendricks' nine points and Corvino's eight, the three registered more than half of the team's 48 total points. Against Hollins, Hendricks netted 11 points to go along with six boards. Corvino tied with two other Generals for a team-high seven rebounds and Vick added another six points. So far this season, Hendricks is averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg, Corvino is collecting 5.3 ppg and 1.4 spg, and Vick is notching 4.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg.

SCORING BLUES
The Generals may be one of the worst shooting teams in the league (.348), but they are about to face the only three teams worse than themselves. Randolph, Shenandoah and Roanoke are W&L's next three opponents and they bottom-out the ODAC's shooting percentages, sitting right below the Generals in the rankings. On Tuesday, they will face Randolph, which is currently ranked 11th in the conference with a shooting percentage of 33.2 percent (261-785). The Blue and White travel to Shenandoah on Saturday to matchup against a team that is registering 33.3 percent (284-854) from the field, and then W&L hosts the worst shooting team in the ODAC (.327), Roanoke, next week.

 

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