W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 11

Game 19: W&L (5-13, 3-7) vs. Eastern Mennonite (15-4, 9-1)
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 26-17, EMU

Game 20: W&L (5-13, 3-7) vs. Roanoke (8-10, 4-6)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm
Location: Roanoke, Va.
Series Record: 31-18, RC

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 14-28.

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 229-293 (.437) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
Hollins 62, W&L 53 • Roanoke, Va. • 2/1/14
Hollins first-year guard Taylor Catron broke a 55-55 tie with 6:05 remaining by scoring five straight points as Hollins held off Washington and Lee, 66-64, in ODAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon. Neither team led by more than six points in the second half until Catron ignited an 8-0 run that gave HU a 63-55 lead with 3:34 left in the contest. The Generals (5-13, 3-7) responded with a 7-0 run that included a three-pointer from junior guard Annie Gauf that cut it to a one-point game (63-62) with 1:47 remaining. Hollins (6-13, 1-9) stretched back out to a 65-62 lead following a pair of free throws by senior center Chanci Wright with 1:15 left, but first-year guard Jackie Clifford drilled two of her own to make it a 65-64 game with 20 seconds remaining.  Clifford then fouled Hollins’ first-year guard Jewell Parfitt with 15 seconds remaining, sending her to the line for a 1-and-1. Parfitt missed and sophomore guard Paige Corvino grabbed the rebound, but was called for a charge six seconds later. A foul by sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks sent Wright back to the line for two shots. She missed the first and made the second, giving HU a 66-64 lead with seven seconds remaining. Gauf missed at the buzzer giving Hollins its sixth-straight win over W&L, including earlier this season. HU led by as many as seven points (26-19) in the first half, but the Generals went 9-for-10 from the foul line in the opening stanza to pull within four points (32-28) at the break.  W&L finished the game 21-of-22 from the charity stripe and committed just 10 turnovers.  However, the Generals shot a mere 33.3 percent (19-57) from the floor. Gauf registered a career-high 21 points to lead W&L in scoring. She was a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line and contributed four assists. Clifford posted 10 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the line, while sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick tallied eight points and 12 rebounds. Corvino added seven points and 11 boards. Parfitt notched a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Hollins. Wright logged 14 points and eight rebounds, while Catron had 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

THE EASTERN MENNONITE SERIES
W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be facing off for the 44th time, with the Royals holding a 26-17 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, EMU defeated W&L, 68-58, in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals. The Generals last defeated the Royals, 86-56, on February 24, 2011 in an ODAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup.

SCOUTING THE ROYALS
Eastern Mennonite enters the week with a 15-4 overall record and a 9-1 ODAC mark after defeating Emory & Henry, 70-50, on Saturday. The Royals won their sixth straight and took over sole possession of first place in the ODAC. The Royals forced their hosts into 18 turnovers and shot 44.1 perfect (26-59) from the field. Four EMU players scored in double figures headed by senior forward Bianca Ygarza, who had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Steph Rheinheimer had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Shakeerah Sykes added 14 points and a game-high three steals, while sophomore forward Jess Rheinheimer chipped in 10 markers. For the season, Ygarza leads EMU with 14.1 points per game and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per outing. Jess Rheinheimer averages 11.0 points and a team-high 42.9 three-point shooting percentage (24-56), while Sykes is the only other Royal in double-figures, averaging 10.0 points per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST EASTERN MENNONITE • EMU 68, W&L 58 (2/21/13)
Forward Katy Wilson scored the 1,000th point of her career for the eighth-seeded Washington and Lee women’s basketball team, but top-seeded Eastern Mennonite held on for a 68-58 victory in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. The Royals (19-5) led the entire contest, and held a 48-38 lead over the Generals (9-15) with 11:30 left in the game. W&L scored 14 of the next 19 points, highlighted by six points from forward Rachel Warrick, to cut the deficit to one (53-52) with 6:03 remaining on the clock. EMU countered with four points by guard Keyla Baltimore to push the lead back to five, 57-52, with just over four minutes in the game. Wilson connected on two free throws on the ensuing possession, and after a turnover by the Royals, Wilson dropped in a layup to pull the Generals within one, 57-56, at the 3:02 mark. Eastern Mennonite would seal the game by scoring the next six points and holding on for the 10-point victory (68-58). Wilson became the 10th player in program history with 1,000 points and finished her career with 1,013. She led the team with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and grabbed 12 boards. Warrick totaled 16 points with three rebounds and five assists. Baltimore led the Royals with 16 points and four rebounds. Forward Raiven Patterson added 11 points and four rebounds. Through the first nine minutes of the game, neither team gained a significant advantage before EMU went on an 11-5 run to take a 25-19 lead at the 7:01 mark. Guard Steph Rheinheimer started the spurt with a three and forward Kala Yoders capped it with a pair of free throws. W&L cut it to four, 25-21, on a basket by Wilson, but then Patterson scored seven straight to put the Royals up, 32-21, with 3:30 left in the half. The Generals chipped away at the lead, including a layup by Wilson at the 1:07 mark which put her over 1,000 points, to head into halftime down, 38-30. For the game, W&L shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the field and 22.2 percent (2-9) from behind the arc. EMU connected on 21-of-50 (42.0 percent) from the floor and 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from long distance. The Royals took 27 free throws (24-27) compared to just four (4-4) for the Blue and White. W&L held the rebounding advantage, 32-28.

THE ROANOKE SERIES
W&L and Roanoke will be facing off for the 40th time, with the Maroons holding a 31-8 edge in the all-time series. Earlier this season, the Generals took down the Maroons, 67-63, on November 26.

SCOUTING THE MAROONS
Roanoke enters the week with an 8-10 overall record and a 4-6 ODAC mark after falling to Shenandoah, 73-70, on Saturday. The Maroons led in many statistical categories for the day including field goal percentage (48.2-41.8), free throw percentage (73.3-69.2) and rebounds (35-32). However, Roanoke committed 22 turnovers, 18. Senior guard Paxton Gwin led the team in scoring with 25 points, shooting 11-18 from the field.  She finished the game with four rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Laurel Hankins was the only other Maroon scoring in double-digits, as she finished with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the season, Gwin leads the team and is second in the ODAC with 19.0 points per game, while Hankins adds 12.5 points per outing. Junior guard Tatum McKee chips in 10.2 points per game, while recording a team-high 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.

LAST TIME AGAINST ROANOKE • W&L 67, RC 63 (11/26/13)
Forward Shelbi Hendricks notched a career-high 29 points and recorded six steals as the Generals opened their conference schedule with a 67-63 victory over the Roanoke Maroons at the Warner Center. Roanoke seized control of the contest early in the first half with a 15-9 run in the first six minutes. W&L fought back, taking the lead for the first time at the 10:32 mark (17-15) off a jumper by sophomore foward Katie Wildes that was assisted by guard Jackie Clifford. The Blue and White never let the lead slip the rest of the half, as it took a 29-26 edge going into the intermission. A three-point basket by Tatum McKee at the start of the second half tied the game at 29-29, but a Hendricks triple sparked a 13-2 run that gave W&L a 42-31 lead with 15 minutes left to play. RC gradually chipped away at the Generals’ lead and sliced it to just two points (51-49) on a old-fashioned three-point play by Hannah Ward at the 7:59 mark. That was as close as the Maroons would get as W&L closed out the final minute with four free throws from Hendricks to secure the 67-63 victory. W&L shot 46.6 percent (27-58) from the floor and held a 41-40 advantage on the glass. Hendricks scored a game-high 29 points on 11-18 shooting from the floor. She also posted a game-high six steals and pulled in six rebounds. Wildes was the only other General in double-digits, recording her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while first-year forward Samantha Sharman was one point away from a double-double of her own. She finished the game with nine points and 10 rebounds. Roanoke shot 35.8 percent (24-67) from the field and was paced by senior guard Paxton Gwin, who tallied 12 points and six rebounds. McKee also recorded 12 points and had a team-high three steals. Guard Kelsey Smith chipped in 10 points and six boards.

NEW HIGHS
W&L set a new season-high for free-throw percentage in a game after making 21-of-22 from the line (95.5 percent) in the 66-64 loss to Hollins in Roanoke, Va. It’s previous high was 90.0 percent when the Blue and White shot 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in a 60-48 loss to Hollins in Lexington, Va. The best percentage the Generals have had this season when attempting 20+ free-throws was 76.7 percent when they made 23-of-30 in a 96-76 loss at Randolph-Macon. The Generals were just one hundreth of a point away from tying the program record of 95.6 percent when the team went 22-of-23 from the line at Emory & Henry on January 12, 2002. Another high was set when junior guard Annie Gauf notched 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including a perfect 7-of-7 mark from the charity stripe. Her previous career-high was 15 points, which she set in a 61-52 win over Shenandoah on January 28.

DROPPING DIMES
Junior guard Annie Gauf set a new career-high in assists in a 69-66 victory over Bridgewater on January 25. 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. She currently leads the team with 49 assists on the season to average 2.9 per game, which ranks eighth in the conference. For her career, she has 168 assists and is just 45 away from surpassing Kristen Krouchick (2004-08) on W&L’s Top-10 list for career assists.

STARTING PRODUCTION
In a 96-76 loss to Randolph-Macon on January 23, 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.

HITTING THE CENTURY MARK
Sophomore forwards Wesleigh Vick and Shelbi Hendricks reached 100 career made field goals following a 61-52 win over Shenandoah on January 28. Hendricks has made 103-of-272 for a career percentage of 37.9, to average 7.5 points per game over her two seasons. Vick has made 109-of-242 for a percentage of 45.0 to average 6.3 points per game over her career.

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