GAME 15: W&L (6-8, 3-5 ODAC) vs. Roanoke (7-10, 3-5 ODAC)
DATE: January 22, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
TIME: 7:00 pm
GAME 16: W&L at York (Pa.)(13-4)
DATE: January 24, 2013
LOCATION: York, Pa.
TIME: 7:00 pm
GAME 17: W&L at RANDOLPH-MACON (2-13, 2-5 ODAC)
DATE: January 26, 2013
LOCATION: Ashland, Va.
TIME: 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 6-8 (.429) overall record at the helm of the Generals.
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 221-275 (.446) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).
LAST TIME OUT
(SU 52, W&L 43 • Winchester, Va. • 1/19/13)
Shenandoah jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the opening 8:20 of the game and never trailed in claiming a 52-43 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action. The Generals shot just 28.6 percent (6-21) in the opening 20 minutes and trailed by nine points (26-17) at the halftime break. W&L closed to within six points at 35-29 with 12:20 left in the game as sophomore guard Annie Gauf hit 1-of-2 free throws, but the Hornets responded with an 8-1 run over the next 4:24 to take a 43-30 lead with 7:56 remaining. The Generals cut it back to seven points (45-38) on a pair of free throws by first-year guard Paige Corvino with 2:43 left but could get no closer as the Hornets claimed their fifth win in six all-time meetings with W&L. For the game, Washington and Lee shot just 33.3 percent (14-42) from the field and committed 20 turnovers. Senior forward Rachel Warrick scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior forward Katy Wilson added 10 points and nine boards, while Corvino totaled nine points. Shenandoah, which shot just 32.1 percent (18-56) from the floor but committed only 11 turnovers, was led by junior guard Sara D'Amico's 13 points. Senior forward Nicole Gilbertson added 10 points and eight rebounds.
THE ROANOKE SERIES
W&L and Roanoke will meet for the 38th time, with the Maroons holding a 30-7 advantage in the all-time series. In the season-opener for both teams this year, the Generals defeated RC, 46-34, on the road. W&L is on a three-game winning streak against the Maroons.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE MAROONS
(W&L 46, RC 34 • Roanoke, Va. • 11/15/12)
Washington and Lee forced 28 turnovers and limited Roanoke to just 29.2 percent (14-48) shooting in posting a 46-34 win over the Maroons in the season opener for both teams. The Generals held Roanoke scoreless for the opening 5:25 of the game and never looked back after opening an early 6-0 lead. The Maroons recovered to close to within 15-13 at the 5:32 mark, but a 9-0 run spearheaded by six points from senior forward Katy Wilson, increased the Generals' advantage to 24-13 with 19 seconds left in the half. Roanoke drilled a three-pointer with seven seconds left in the half and W&L carried a 24-16 lead into the break. Roanoke opened the second stanza with seven-straight points to cut it to a one-point game (24-23) just 1:56 in. However, the Generals used a 10-2 run keyed by six more points from Wilson, to push out to a 34-25 lead at the 15:03 mark. The Maroons chipped away at the lead and eventually cut it to a 35-32 game with 10:28 remaining, but the Generals again responded with a run to push out to a 42-32 lead with 5:40 to play. W&L limited Roanoke to just 1-for-8 shooting and forced five turnovers the rest of the way in winning its first game under the direction of new Head Coach Christine Clancy. The Generals shot just 37.0 percent (20-54) from the floor and were out-rebounded 42-31, but W&L turned the ball over just 13 times in the contest. Wilson led the way with 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting. She also grabbed eight rebounds and notched five steals. Senior forward Rachel Warrick scored nine points, while sophomore guard Annie Gauf dished a team-high five assists. Senior guard Megan Marks added three points, five rebounds and six steals. Roanoke was led by junior guard Paxton Gwin, who had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Roanoke enters this week with a 7-10 overall record and a 3-5 mark in ODAC action following a 93-67 win over Randolph on Saturday. Three players scored in double figures for the Maroons, including a game-high 26-point performance by junior guard Laurel Hankins. First-year guard Kelsey Smith notched 16 points and junior guard Paxton Gwin registered 10 points. On the season, Gwin is pacing RC with 14.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.1 spg. Hankins is averaging 10.0 ppg and 1.8 apg, while sophomore guard Tatum McKee is recoding 8.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.7 spg.
THE YORK SERIES
W&L and York will meet for the first time on Thursday. The Generals are 7-8 all-time against teams in the Capital Athletic Conference, and dropped a 56-38 decision to Mary Washington earlier this season.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
York enters this week with a 13-4 overall mark after a 50-47 loss to Mary Washington on Saturday. Junior forward Brittany Hicks led the Spartans with 18 points, while junior forward Kristen Haley notched 17 points and four rebounds. YC was held to just 31.1 percent (14-45) from the field and was out-rebounded by the Eagles, 42-26. On the year, the Spartans are holding opponents to just 32.1 percent (306-953) from the floor and are averaging 58.4 ppg. Hicks is pacing YC with 16.1 ppg and 10.8 rpg, while Haley is recording 13.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.6 spg.
THE RANDOLPH-MACON SERIES
W&L and R-MC will meet for the 44th time, with the Yellow Jackets claiming a 33-10 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Generals swept a three-game series between the teams, including a 78-69 win over R-MC in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE YELLOW JACKETS
(W&L 78, R-MC 69 • Salem, Va. • 2/23/12)
Washington and Lee shot 57.7 percent (15-26) in the second half to defeat Randolph-Macon, 78-69, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center. After going into the break with a seven-point lead (37-30), W&L began the second stanza on an 11-4 run capped by a layup from senior forward Becca Bolton at the 16:33 mark to increase its advantage to 14 points (48-34). R-MC closed to within seven points at 12:36 (50-43) with a pair of Sarah Parson free throws, but the Generals went 8-of-9 from the floor over the next 5:53 to bring the margin to 16 points with 6:22 left in the contest (67-51). R-MC senior guard Maggie Roy fought back with a trey at 5:47 to make it 67-54, however, W&L pushed the lead back to 15 points with 5:02 left in cruising to the nine-point victory. The first period featured five ties and no true advantage from either team until two free throws by Ingram at 12:19 ignited a 12-4 run by the Blue and White, increasing its lead to eight (25-17) with 7:19 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets answered with five unanswered points to bring their deficit to three points (25-22) by 5:11, only to have W&L score four more times in the half and take the 37-30 lead into the intermission. The Generals held R-MC to just 37.2 percent shooting from the field (28-78) and 4-of-14 (.286) from three-point range. W&L also blocked eight shots. Ingram led W&L, notching 23 points and eight assists. Bolton was one rebound shy of a double-double, recording 19 points, nine boards and four assists. Forward Rachel Warrick scored 15 points and forward Katy Wilson registered 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. For the Yellow Jackets, Roy led with 20 points and five assists. Senior center Taylor Wieczorek logged 16 points and eight points and Parsons added 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
R-MC enters this week with a 2-13 overall record and a 2-5 mark in conference action following a 80-56 victory over Hollins on Saturday. First-year forward forward Katie Anderson and sophomore guard Sarah Parsons each scored a game-high 21 points. Anderson added seven rebounds and Parsons collected five steals. On the season, the Yellow Jackets are allowing opponents to shoot 43.8 percent (435-994) from the field and are being out-rebounded 44.2-34.7. Anderson is pacing R-MC with 14.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg, while Parsons registers 11.8 ppg and 1.2 spg.
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 five of W&L's Top 10 career lists. Wilson's 46.1 percent (349-7457) mark from the field puts her fourth for career field goal percentage, and she is also sixth in career rebounds (728) and eighth in career blocked shots (60). After recording 10 points against Shenendoah, Wilson is now 10th in career points with 864. Warrick sits sixth for career free throw percentage, shooting 76.7 percent (158-206) from the foul line.
NO CLOSE CALL
The Generals' 14 contests have been decided by an average of 15.2 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).
By allowing opponents to score just 48.2 ppg this season, the Generals' scoring defense isn't only topping the ODAC charts. According to the most recent NCAA Statistical rankings released on January 17, W&L is 36th in the nation after holding opposing teams to just 50.7 ppg in 13 contests. Guilford sits 38th in the coutry, allowing opponents to average 50.9 ppg.
WATCH OUT FOR WILSON
Senior forward Katy Wilson has played an important role in W&L's success this season, averaging a team-best 10.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.7 spg and 0.9 bpg. Wilson has recorded a double-double twice this year and has netted double-digit points in seven contests, including a season-high 21 points against Roanoke on November 15. She is also ranked in the top six in four of the ODAC's stastical rankings. For defensive rebounds, Wilson is fourth in the league at 5.1 rpg, while sitting fifth in offensive rebounds (3.2 rpg) and total rebounds (8.4 rpg) and sixth in blocks (0.9 bpg).
HELP ME OUT
W&L has seen more success when the passing is on target, as it is a perfect 5-0 when the team records more assists than opponents. It has won just one game when opponents collect more assists. Leading the team with 2.9 apg is sophomore guard Annie Gauf, who is currently ranked eighth in the ODAC. Senior forward Katy Wilson is close behind, notching 2.5 apg.
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 21.5 percent (40-186) 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 Johns Hopkins hit just 2-of-15 (.133). Most recently, Shenandoah was stifled from distance, making just 2-of-12 shots (.167).
LET THE NUMBERS TALK
When comparing statistics in the six wins this season to the seven losses, the Generals' numbers drastically improve in the victories. In steals alone, W&L more than doubles its average per game by recording 11.2 steals per win, but just 5.8 in the dropped contests. The shooting troubles are highlighted in the losses as W&L shoots 31.1 percent (133-428) from the floor in the defeats, while improving to 39.0 percent (134-344) from the field in the six wins. In points scored, the Generals are scoring 15 more points per game in victories (57.2), as opposed to the 44.2 ppg they are averaging in the losses.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
It may be hard to recognize the Generals' improvements over the last few weeks, but W&L has improved in many aspects of its game. In November, the Blue and White was averaging just 44.2 ppg in five contests and only scored over 50 points in one of those games. Even with a 2-4 record in January, the Generals are now registering 51.7 ppg and eclipsed the 50-point mark three times. W&L's rebound count may not differ much (37.8-37.6), but it is allowing opponents to grab 7.1 less rebounds per game than in November (41.8-34.7).
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. In the 55-54 win over Randolph, Hendricks registered her first career double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds. So far this season, Hendricks is averaging 7.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg, Corvino is collecting 5.2 ppg and 1.5 spg, and Vick is notching 4.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg.
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