W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 12

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 12

GAME 20: W&L (7-12, 4-8 ODAC) vs. Emory & Henry (7-13, 4-8 ODAC)
DATE: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.

GAME 21: W&L at Lynchburg (12-8, 7-5 ODAC)
DATE: Thursday, February 7, 2013
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Lynchburg, Va.

GAME 22: W&L vs. Hollins (7-13, 3-9 ODAC)
DATE: Saturday, February 9, 2013
TIME: 2:00 pm
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.

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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 7-12 (.368) 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 222-279 (.443) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

(VWC 58, W&L 55 • Lexington, Va. • 2/213)
Senior forward Rachel Warrick missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime, as Virginia Wesleyan edged Washington and Lee, 58-55, at the Warner Center. Despite trailing the entire game, the Generals used a 7-2 spurt, capped with a free throw by senior forward Katy Wilson to tie the contest at 43-43 with 6:15 left in regulation. The Marlins answered with two consecutive baskets to retake the lead (47-43) at 5:36. Senior guard Megan Marks responded with a three to pull within one (47-46) at the 4:45 mark. Over the next three minutes, the two teams exchanged baskets with VWC holding a 56-52 advantage with 1:12 remaining on the clock. After a missed free throw by sophomore forward Kerri-Leanne Taylor, sophomore guard Annie Gauf split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to three, 56-53, with 37 ticks left. A foul by first-year guard Paige Corvino sent senior guard Rachel Miller to the line for two. Miller connected on both free throws to extend the lead to five (58-53). With seven seconds left, Warrick made a layup to bring the Generals back within three. W&L fouled again, sending sophomore forward Nancy Kelly to the line, who missed both shots with six seconds left. The Generals passed the ball up the court, with Warrick's game-tying three missing the target. W&L shot 41.2 percent (21-51) from the floor for the game, while going 5-for-10 from distance and holding VWC to 27.8 percent (5-18) from behind the arc.The first 5:23 of the game featured two ties with neither team able to take control until a jumper by Conley started a 7-0 run for the Marlins, in which they jumped out to a 14-5 lead by 11:34. VWC extended its lead before intermission by ending the half on a 10-4 run to enter the break with a 29-18 advantage. Three players scored in double-figures for W&L, with both Warrick and Corvino each registering 15 points. Wilson filled the stat sheet with 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Marks notched five points, eight boards, two steals and one block.

(W&L 60, E&H 49 • Emory, Va. • 1/3/13)
Washington and Lee held an opponent to less than 50 points for the sixth time in nine games and never trailed in a 60-49 win over Emory & Henry at the King Center. The Generals held the Wasps to just 30.9 percent (21-68) shooting from the floor and 3-of-13 (.231) from the three-point line.  E&H also made just 4-of-13 (.308) free throws in the contest. W&L built a nine-point lead (16-7) with an 8-0 run midway through the first half.  Emory & Henry responded with an immediate 8-0 run of its own to cut the W&L lead to 16-15 with 7:03 left in the half, but the Generals got back-to-back layups from first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks to push the lead back to five points (20-15) en route to a 24-20 lead at the break. The Generals maintained a slim lead through the opening six minutes and change of the second period, but a 9-0 run keyed by four points from senior forward Katy Wilson and three from first-year guard Paige Corvino pushed the lead to 10 points (42-32) with 9:05 to play.  The Wasps would get no closer than six points (45-39) the rest of the way as the Generals pulled away for the win. Wilson led W&L with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor.  She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, dished four assists and collected three steals.  Hendricks finished with a career-high 14 points, while first-year forward Wesleigh Vick contributed eight points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Kristie Langley led E&H with 16 points. Sophomore forward Carlyta Hamm scored 12 points, while junior forward JoBeth Wright grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, to go with six points.

W&L and will face off for the 39th time, with the Generals holding a 20-18 advantage in the all-time series. E&H enters this week with a 7-13 overall record and a 4-8 conference mark after losing to Eastern Mennonite, 83-51, on Saturday. The Wasps shot 29.5 percent (18-61) from the field and turned the ball over 21 times. First-year forward Karina Farr led E&H with nine points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Jalan McPherson registered nine points and three boards. On the season, E&H is giving up 72.2 ppg and allowing 41.8 percent (527-1262) from the floor. Sophomore guard Michelle Williams paces the Wasps with 12.7 ppg. Farr is averaging 11.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 1.8 apg, while junior forward JoBeth Wright is notching 7.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 2.0 spg. The Blue and White is currenlty on a nine-game winning streak over the Wasps that includes a 60-49 win over E&H earlier this season.

(LC 60, W&L 50 • Lexington, Va. • 1/5/13)
After trailing in the first half, 22-21, Lynchburg pulled ahead by as many as 11 points in the second, and finished with a 60-50 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. The Hornets scored the first six points after intermission to take a 27-22 lead just 2:44 into the second half. Sophomore center Lauren Penley paced the run after sandwiching two baskets around a jumper by sophomore guard Katie Reeves. The Generals then pulled to within two (32-30) as first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks capped an 8-5 run with a jumper at the 13:35 mark. LC netted its next seven baskets, while W&L made just 2-of-13 attempts, to give the Hornets their largest lead of the contest (49-38) with 5:51 left in regulation. The Generals rattled off seven straight points to close within four points at the 4:12 mark, but they could not complete the comeback as LC walked away with the 60-50 victory. Senior forward Katy Wilson opened the game's scoring with a layup at 19:48. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the half, which featured five ties but just two lead changes. The Hornets led by as many as five points, 15-10, with 9:36 left in the half, but the Generals tied up the contest by the 7:29 mark (15-15) and closed out the remaining 6:50 on a 7-4 run to claim a 22-21 advantage at the break. Lynchburg shot 46.8 percent (22-47) from the floor, but limited W&L to just 28.1 percent (16-57) from the field. Wilson recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Generals, while going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Megan Marks notched nine points, seven boards and three assists, and first-year guard Paige Corvino registered nine points and four rebounds. For the Hornets, three players scored in double-digits, including a game-high 16 points from first-year forward Chaney Forbush. Penley collected 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and sophomore forward Shannon Allan recorded 14 points, seven helpers and three boards.

W&L and Lynchburg will meet for the 38th time, with the Generals holding a 20-17 advantage in the all-time series. Depsite both teams being in the ODAC, the game will be played as a non-conference matchup. LC enters this week with a 12-8 overall mark and a 7-5 record in ODAC action following a 61-52 loss to Guilford on Saturday. The Hornets struggled from the free throw line as they went 7-for-16 (.438), while also being out-rebounded, 43-34. Sophomore guard Katie Reeves led LC's scoring with 14 points. Sophomore forward Shannon Allan tallied 12 points and six rebounds and sophomore center Lauren Penley grabbed 13 boards. For the year, the Hornets are averaging 61.4 ppg and shooting 38.6 percent (464-1202) from the floor. Allan is averaging 17.9 ppg, 1.6 spg and 1.3 bpg. Penley is notching 8.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg, and first-year guard Chaney Forbush is registering 7.6 ppg and 3.2 apg.

(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. 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 a 62-52 lead 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 two free throws 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. At 16:21, Greene jump-started a stretch in which Hollins out-scored the Generals 8-2 and took a 10-9 lead by the 13:13 mark. The teams exchanged baskets over the next 5:50 and HU held a 20-17 advantage at 7:23. W&L 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. 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.

W&L and Hollins will meet for the 39th time, with the Generals holding a commanding 29-9 lead in the all-time series. HU enters this week with a 7-13 overall record and a 3-9 ODAC mark after dropping a 59-49 decision to Shenandoah on Saturday. Hollins was held to just 23.3 percent (14-60) shooting from the field, while SU recorded a 49-37 advantage in rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Greene led all players with 27 points, and senior guard Lacie Forrest notched eight points, five rebounds and one steal. On the season, HU is allowing opponents to score 64.8 ppg and is shooting 39.2 percent (454-1157) from the floor. Greene leads the league with 20.2 ppg, while junior forward Chanci Wright is averaging 8.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 1.3 apg.

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 four seasons here. Combined, the two captains are present on five of W&L's Top 10 career lists. Wilson's 45.7 percent (373-816) mark from the field puts her fourth for career field goal percentage, and she is also fifth in career rebounds (775), eighth in career blocked shots (64) and 10th in career points (919). Warrick sits sixth for career free throw percentage, shooting 75.9 percent (164-216) from the foul line.

First-year guard Paige Corvino has exploded onto the scene recently. In the last three contests, Corvino averaged 11.0 ppg, including a career-best 15 points in games against Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan. She went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line and shot 63.6 percent (7-11) from three-point range, highlighted by a 3-for-4 performance from behind the arc against the Marlins at the Warner Center. Corvino also shot 55.6 percent (10-18) from the field, while playing 22.0 minutes per game.

Washington and Lee has done a fantastic job of defending the three-point arc this season, allowing its opponents to shoot just 22.2 percent (59-266) from beyond the arc to lead the league and sit tenth in the nation 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) and Roanoke shot 12.5 percent (2-16) in the teams' second meeting.

In two of the Generals' last three contests, they have showcased their two best offensive performances of the season. Against Randolph-Macon, the Generals shot above 40 percent for both field goal and three-point percentage for the first time all season. From the floor, W&L made good on 41.9 percent (26-62), while going 3-for-7 (.429) from distance. In the loss to Virginia Wesleyan, the Generals shot 41.2 percent (21-51) from the floor and went 5-for-10 from behind the arc, their highest three-point field goal percentage this year.

Senior forward Katy Wilson has played an important role in W&L's success this season, averaging a team-best 10.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.8 spg and 0.9 bpg. Wilson has recorded a double-double four times this year and has netted double-digit points in 11 contests, including a season-high 21 points against Roanoke on November 15. She is also ranked in the top eight in four of the ODAC's statistical rankings. For defensive rebounds, Wilson is sitting fifth in the league (5.5 rpg), offensive rebounds (3.2 rpg) and total rebounds (8.6 rpg), and eighth in blocks (0.9 bpg).

The Generals are familiar with the teams on the schedule week, as they has already played the trio of opponents once this season. When facing Emory & Henry, Lynchburg and Hollins, the Generals went 1-2, claiming its lone win over the Wasps. The second time around could bring greater results as the Blue and White has improved on aspects that struggled in the past. Against the three teams, W&L averaged 35.8 percent (59-165) shooting from the field and just 28.9 percent (11-38) from three-point range, but have gone 38.9 percent (68-175) from the floor and 32.1percent (9-28) from behind the arc in the last three games. The Generals also have better numbers in steals per game (8.0-6.7) and in points off of turnovers per game (14.4-10.3).


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