January 27, 2014

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 10

Game 16: W&L (4-11, 2-6) vs. Shenandoah (7-10, 4-4)
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 5-2, SU

Game 17: W&L (4-11) vs. Salem (14-3)
Date: Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 1-0, W&L

Game 18: W&L (4-11, 2-6) vs. Hollins (5-12, 0-8)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2:00 pm
Location: Roanoke, Va.
Series Record: 29-11, W&L

Game notes

MEDIA NOTE
Following the game, Head Coach Christine Clancy or a player takes a minute to answer some questions about her team's performance. The interview is normally up 20 minutes after the game and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/wlusports.

THE HEAD GENERAL
Christine Clancy (Brandeis  '06) is in her second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee after serving as the assistant coach during the 2011-12 season. In her first season at the helm of the program, Clancy led a W&L team picked to finish last in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to the No. 8 seed out of 12 teams for the conference tournament.  The Generals won a first round contest before falling to top-seeded Eastern Mennonite, 68-58, in the quarterfinals.  W&L ended the season with a 9-16 overall record and finished among the league leaders in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. Coach Clancy's overall record as a head coach at W&L is 13-27.

ALL-TIME RECORD
The Washington and Lee women's basketball program is participating in its 21st varsity season during the 2013-14 school year.  Over that period of time, the Generals have compiled a 228-294 (.436) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
W&L 69, Bridgewater 66 • Lexington, Va. • 1/25/14
Sophomore guard Paige Corvino hit the game-winning free throws with 23 seconds in the game to push Washington and Lee to a 69-66 win over Bridgewater on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center. With the game tied at 66-66, Bridgewater (5-11, 3-5) senior forward Molly Shelley fouled Corvino with 23 ticks on the clock. Corvino made both foul shots, giving the W&L (4-11, 2-6) a 68-66 lead, and then stole the ball on the ensuing possession and was sent back to the line for two shots. She then hit 1-of-2 and the Eagles couldn't get a shot off as the Generals picked up their first win in seven games. Bridgewater led 66-64 with 2:08 on the clock, when junior guard Annie Gauf was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws to pull the Generals within one (66-65). On the ensuing possession, sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks was fouled on the rebound and went to the line for two shots. Hendricks made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and tied the game at 66-66 with 55 seconds left to play, setting up Corvino's winning foul shots. The Generals controlled the beginning of the first half as they held a steady lead until 16:26 when the Eagles took a 9-8 advantage off a free throw from senior forward Holly Morgan. Bridgewater saw its lead grow to as many as eight points over the next 7:41, but the Generals closed out the first half with a 16-6 run to take a 35-33 advantage at the half. For the game, W&L shot 45.0 percent (27-60) from the field, while the Eagles shot 40.3 percent on 25-of-62 shooting. The Blue and White outrebounded Bridgewater, 40-31, and had a 17-13 advantage in assists. First-year guard Jackie Clifford paced the Generals with 15 points and five rebounds, while adding two assists, two blocks and one steal. Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick notched 14 points and eight rebounds and first-year forward Samantha Sharman added 12 points and four boards. Gauf chipped in seven points and dished out a game- and career-high nine assists on the afternoon. For the Eagles, Shelley led all scorers with 21 points. Sophomore guard Cassidy Burkholder and first-year forward Heather Cantrell tallied 13 points. Cantrell also pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds and blocked three shots. Morgan chipped in with 11 points, three assists and four rebounds.

THE SHENANDOAH SERIES
W&L and Shenandoah will be facing off for the eighth time, with the Hornets holding a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Shenandoah enters the week with a 7-10 overall record and a 4-4 ODAC mark after losing to Lynchburg, 60-53, on Saturday. Senior guard Crystal Petrus had 15 points for the hosts with sophomore guard Imani Heggins adding 13 and both sophomore guard Ashley McGhee and junior forward Holly Chittenden had 10 each. Lynchburg outscored SU, 38-24, on points in the paint and had a 39-29 advantage on the glass. For the season, Heggins leads SU with 14.9 points per game, followed by Chittenden and Petrus with 11.9 points per outing. Heggins also corrals a team-high 2.3 steals per game, while Chittenden pulls in a team-high 8.5 rebounds per contest.

LAST TIME AGAINST SHENANDOAH • W&L 54, SU 36 (2/16/13)
Washington and Lee took the lead with 10:45 left in the first half and never relinquished the advantage as the Generals defeated Shenandoah, 54-36, at the Warner Center. Neither team could get separation in the first 8:52 of the contest, which featured five lead changes and two ties. With the game tied at 8-8 at 10:45, a foul by forward Sarah Dixon sent forward Rachel Warrick to the line. She made both attempts to put W&L up by two, 10-8. The Blue and White extended its lead to as many as eight points (18-10) by the 5:23 mark, and walked into the break with a seven-point advantage, 23-16. The Generals started the second period on a 4-0 run to take their largest lead (11), 27-16, at 17:06. SU continued to stay in the contest, cutting the deficit to eight (36-28) with 8:52 left off a layup by guard Crystal Petrus. W&L answered with a 16-2 stretch over the next six minutes to pull ahead by 22 points, 52-30, at the 2:53 mark, and did not allow the Hornets to come any closer than 18 to take the win. W&L out-rebounded SU, 40-32, while also forcing the Hornets into 24 turnovers. Shenandoah's 36 points represented the lowest point total recorded by the team all season. Forward Katy Wilson paced the Blue and White with a game-high 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Forward Wesleigh Vick notched 10 points and six boards, and guard Annie Gauf collected seven points, five rebounds, five steals and three helpers. For the Hornets, Petrus scored a team-best 11 points, and added four rebounds and a pair of steals. Guard Imani Heggins recorded nine points, two boards, four steals and two blocks.

THE SALEM SERIES
W&L and Salem will be facing off for the second time, with the Generals holding a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series. Last time these two teams faced off was during the 1993-94 season. The Generals won that game, 78-40, in Salem, N.C.

SCOUTING THE SPIRITS
Salem enters the week with a 14-3 overall record after defeating Wesleyan (Ga.), 81-40, on Saturday. Senior guard Satavia Taylor led the Spirits with 25 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Jasmine Shabazz finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while senior guard Lasashia Connelly recorded 11 points and five boards. Salem won the rebounding battle 58-29 and forced Wesleyan into 23 turnovers. For the season, Taylor leads SC with 22.7 points per game, followed by Shabazz with 12.5 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per outing. Taylor also adds 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.6 steals per contest.

THE HOLLINS SERIES
W&L and Hollins will be facing off for the 41st time, with the Generals holding a 29-11 advantage in the all-time series. Earlier this season, Hollins defeated W&L, 60-48, in a non-conference matchup on January 8th in Lexington, Va.

SCOUTING HOLLINS
Hollins enters the week with a 5-12 overall record and a 0-8 ODAC mark after losing to Virginia Wesleyan in overtime, 68-55, on Saturday. First-year Jewell Parfitt finished with a team-high 19 points, while senior forward Chanci Wright posted her second double-double in as many games when she recorded 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds.  Hollins outrebounded the Marlins, 54-46, but Hollins hit just 13 of its 23 free throws for 56.5 percent. For the season, Wright leads HU with 10.5 points per game, followed by Parfitt with 10.1 points and a team-high 1.8 steals per outing. Wright also pulls in a team-high 11.1 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST HOLLINS • HU 60, W&L 48 (1/8/14)
Washington and Lee shot just 30.0 percent (18-60) from the floor in falling to Hollins by a score of 60-48 in women's basketball action at the Warner Center. The Generals hit just two of their first nine shots from the floor in falling behind 12-4 in the opening 7:10 of the contest. W&L then went on an 8-2 run, keyed by four points from sophomore forward Katie Wildes, to slice it to a two-point game (14-12) with 8:37 left in the half. That would be as close and the Generals would get, however, as Hollins used an 8-0 surge over the next 3:14 to push out to a 10-point advantage (22-12) with 5:12 to play en route to a 28-21 lead at the break. W&L closed to four points (32-28) early in the second half on a jumper by first-year forward Samantha Sharman at the 16:22 mark, and remained within single digits of Hollins for much of the second half. However, cold shooting from the floor limited a comeback attempt. After a three-pointer by sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick at the 8:40 mark made it a five-point game (46-41), the Generals managed to hit just two of their final 14 shots from the floor in dropping their fifth-straight game to HU. Sharman, sophomore guard Paige Corvino and first-year guard Jackie Clifford led W&L with 10 points apiece. Vick and Wildes scored eight points each, with Vick corralling a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior center Chanci Wright paced Hollins with 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Britney Campbell added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

DROPPING DIMES
Junior guard Annie Gauf set a new career-high in assists in the 69-66 victory over Bridgewater on Saturday. She dished out nine assists with four turnovers for a positive 2.2 assists-to-turnover ratio and was one shy of joining W&L's Top-5 list for assists in a game. For the week, she tallied 13 assists to average 6.5 per game. She currently leads the team with 41 assists on the season to average 2.9 per game, which ranks ninth in the conference. For her career, she has 158 assists and is just 56 away from surpassing Kristen Krouchick (2004-08) on W&L's Top-10 list for career assists.

MOVING UP
W&L has had a stretch of poor shooting, but in the past two games the Generals improved to 45.6 percent shooting (53-116) and 72.9 from the foul line (35-48). In the loss to Randolph-Macon, the Blue and White notched a season high in points, posting 76 points on 26-of-56 shooting. In the 69-66 win over Bridgewater, the Generals tied a season high with 27 made baskets (27-60). In the four games prior, W&L shot 28.6 percent from the field (61-213) and 14.2 percent from behind the arc (8-56) in the four games following the loss. The Blue and White were held under 50 points in all four games, including two games under 40 points. The last time a W&L team has not reached 50 points was during the beginning of last season when the Generals recorded four consecutive games with 49 points or less. To further this point, the last Generals team to recorded less than 40 points in two-of-three games was during the 2002-03 season.

STARTING PRODUCTION
In the 96-76 loss to Randolph-Macon, W&L had all five starters score in double figures. The last time a Generals' team has done that was on February 17, 2012 when Becca Bolton, Meg ingram, Katy Wilson, Rachel Warrick and Kari Pfannenstein all scored more than 10 points.