Game 10: W&L (3-6, 1-2 ODAC) vs. Hollins
(3-7, 0-3 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 5:30 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 29-10, W&L
Game 11: W&L vs. Emory & Henry (2-9,
Date: Saturday, January 11, 4:00 pm
Location: Emory, Va.
Series Record: 22-18, W&L
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. All archived interviews can be found there as well.
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 12-22.
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 227-289 (.440) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).
LAST TIME OUT
Apprentice 64, W&L 61 • Lexington, Va. • 1/3/14
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team was held to 25.9 percent (7-27) from the field in the first half and improved to 65.0 percent (13-20) in the second half, but could not overcome a 12-point halftime deficit in falling to Apprentice, 64-61, on Friday night at the Warner Center. The Lady Builders (8-3) held the Generals (3-6) to just 1-of-7 shooting (.142) from the field as they jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first 4:20 of the game. The Blue and White put together an 11-6 run to pull within five (18-13) with 9:08 left to play, but that would be as close as it would get in the opening half as Apprentice headed into the locker room with a 33-21 lead. Despite trailing by 14 points (51-37) with 9:09 left to play in regulation, the Generals used a 13-5 spurt, capped with a free throw by junior guard Annie Gauf, to pull within four points (55-51) with 3:30 left in the game. However, the Lady Builders responded with a quick 8-4 run to increase their lead to eight (63-55) with just 21 seconds left to play. The Generals got two free throws each down the stretch from sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks and first-year forward Samantha Sharman to make it a one possession game (64-61) with three seconds left to play, but Apprentice ran out the clock for the victory. For the game, Apprentice outrebounded W&L, 42-33, and forced a Generals' season-high 25 turnovers, including 14 steals. On the flip side, the Generals outscored the Lady Builders by 14 points at the free throw line, hitting 20-of-30 charity tosses in the contest. Apprentice was whistled for 24 personal fouls and three technical fouls, which allowed W&L to climb back into the contest. Sharman led all scorers with a career-high 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 shooting from the line. She also grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick also tallied a career-high point total (17) and tied her career-best in rebounds (12). She finished 8-of-9 from the floor. First-year guard Jackie Clifford chipped in 11 points and three assists. Apprentice was paced by Kenya Wilkerson, who totaled 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Courtney Collins notched 15 points and had three steals and April McCoy added nine points and 10 rebounds..
THE HOLLINS SERIES
W&L and Hollins will face off for the 40th time, with the Generals holding a 29-10 lead in the all-time series. Last season, Hollins won both contests between these two teams, marking the second consecutive year Hollins has defeated the Blue and White twice in one season. W&L last defeated Hollins, 82-50, in Lexington on February 1, 2011.
Hollins enters the week with a 3-7 overall record and a 0-3 conference mark. Hollins snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating Cedar Crest, 62-30, on January 4. HU will take on Southern Virginia on Monday before making the trip to Lexington. This meeting between Hollins and W&L is a non-conference game and will not count toward its conference record. W&L will travel to Hollins on February 1 for its conference matchup. On the season, senior center Chanci Wright leads the team with 10.7 points per game and pulls in 10.8 rebounds per contest. Earlier in the season, she tied a school record with 22 rebounds in a 70-59 win over Hood at the Days Inn Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Dickinson College. The record was originally set when Kris Schmuck grabbed 22 rebounds against Mary Baldwin College in 1988. First-year guard Taylor Catron records 9.5 points per game and has a team-high 24 assists on the season, while first-year guard Jewell Parfitt posts 8.9 points and a team-high 2.3 steals per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST HOLLINS • Hollins 64, W&L 56 (2/9/13)
Hollins used a 14-3 run midway through the second half to pull away for a 64-56 win over Washington and Lee. The Generals held a 46-43 lead with 11:06 left, but Hollins' guard Lacie Forrest made a triple 18 seconds later to begin the decisive run. Forrest followed her three-pointer with a jumper the next time down the floor for a 48-46 lead and forward Lauren Hays hit a jumper to extend the lead to 50-46. Forward Shelbi Hendricks nailed a triple to cut the HU lead back to one point (50-49), but Forrest canned another three-pointer and added a jumper at the 7:27 mark to cap the run and give Hollins a 57-49 lead. The Generals trimmed their deficit to three points (59-56) following a jumper by guard Megan Marks with 1:41 left but could get no closer as HU claimed its fourth straight win over W&L. As a team, the Generals shot just 32.8 percent (21-64) from the floor and were out-rebounded 48-28. Forward Katy Wilson led W&L with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, while forward Rachel Warrick added 13 points. Marks chipped in 11 points and Hendricks posted nine points.
THE EMORY AND HENRY SERIES
W&L and Emory & Henry will be facing off for the 41st time, with the Generals holding a slight four-game advantage (22-18) in the all-time series. Last season, the Blue and White defeated the Wasps three times and are currently on an 11-game winning streak against E&H. The Generals last lost to the Wasps in overtime, 82-81, on February 22, 2008.
SCOUTING THE WASPS
Emory & Henry enters the week with a 2-9 overall record and an 0-3 conference mark. The Wasps are currently on a two-game losing streak and will look to snap that when they take on Salem on Tuesday. On the season, junior guard Kristie Langley leads the offense with 13.8 points per game and pulls in 5.7 rebounds per contest. Sophomore forward Karina Farr is also averaging double-figures (11.1) and records a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. First-year guard Megan Jacoby dishes out a team-high 2.8 assists per outing, while senior forward JoBeth Wright corrals 1.8 steals per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST EMORY & HENRY • W&L 69, E&H 48 (2/18/13)
Washington and Lee shot 75.0 percent (18-24) from the field in the first half to take a 42-23 lead into halftime en route to a 69-48 victory over Emory & Henry in the 2013 ODAC Tournament. E&H came as close as 11 points (26-15) in the first half, but W&L entered the break with the 42-23 advantage. Forward JoBeth Wright cut the lead to 17 (42-25) to open the second half on a layup with 19:36 on the clock. The teams traded baskets over the next 3:27, but the Generals kept pace with the Wasps' shooting for the remainder of the game and the lead never dipped below 17 points. W&L finished the contest shooting 58.1 percent (25-42) from the floor, while Emory & Henry was held to just 32.8 percent (20-61). Forward Katy Wilson led all players with 18 points. She also recorded career-bests with seven assists and six blocks, and added four rebounds and two steals for the Blue and White. Guard Paige Corvino notched 16 points, Rachel Warrick scored 12 and guard Megan Marks netted 10 points.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The class makes up 56.4 percent of the points, 50.9 percent of the assists, 59.7 percent of the rebounds and an impressive 66.6 percent of the steals. These four combine to shoot 41.1 percent (111-of-270) from the field and 58.7 percent (54-of-92) from the charity stripe this season.
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS
Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick and sophomore guard Paige Corvino lead the team on the glass, combining for 127 rebounds (14.1 per game) this season. The duo combine for 34.6 percent of the team's rebounds. Vick and Corvino are ranked in the Top 10 in the ODAC in rebounds per outing. Vick is ranked sixth in the ODAC with 8.1 rebounds per game, while Corvino is in ninth place, averaging 7.8 boards per outing. Over their careers, the duo have combined to record eight 10-plus rebound contests.
PILFERING THE PILL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L, as it is averaging one more steal per game than its opponents. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino and sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks are the biggest theft artists, collecting 19 and 18 steals, respectively, this season. Corvino leads the team with 2.4 steals per contest, while Hendricks corrals 2.0 per outing. First-year guard Jackie Clifford is not far behind, recording 14 steals on the year to average 1.6 per game.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
The Generals have 140 points off of turnovers this season, which is 15.5 points per game. That equates to 27.4 percent of the Generals' scoring production. Of the 140 points scored by the Generals, 50 (35.7 percent) were the direct result of a steal.
Paige Corvino ranks second in the ODAC with 19 steals for an average of 2.4 per game, while Shelbi Hendricks is ranked seventh with 18 steals (2.0 per game). Jackie Clifford sits in 11th place in the conference with 2.8 assists per game and Samantha Sharman is ranked 10th with a .491 field-goal percentage. As a team, the Blue and White rank seventh in the ODAC with 40.8 rebounds per game, including ranking fifth in defensive rebounds per outing (27.6). The Generals are out-rebounding their opponents 40.8 to 40.6 for a margin of +0.2 per game, which is the sixth-best mark in the league. The Blue and White are holding its opponents to 61.2 points per game, which is the fourth-best mark in the ODAC. The Generals are also forcing 15.4 turnovers per game, while also corralling 7.7 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the conference.
SHARMAN CAREER HIGH
Samantha Sharman recorded a career-high in both points and free throws in the game against Apprentice on January 3. Sharman led all scorers with a new career-high 20 points. Her previous mark was 19 points, which she set against Averett. She also went 10-12 from the foul line, which is the first time a player has made 10 or more free throws in a game since Meg Ingram hit 10-of-10 against Randolph-Macon on February 7, 2012. She is averaging 8.8 points per game.
VICK CAREER HIGH
Wesleigh Vick stepped back into the offensive spotlight after she set a new career-high in points with 17 in the 64-61 loss to Apprentice. He previous mark was 14 points, which she set against Lynchburg on February 7, 2013. She also pulled in 12 rebounds against Apprentice with tied her career-high that she set against Randolph earlier this season. She is averaging 9.1 points and 8.1 rebounds on the year.
Shelbi Hendricks' and Wesleigh Vick's double-double performances against Gallaudet marked the first time since 2011 that two W&L players notched a double-double in the same game. Hendricks posted 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Vick recorded 12 points and 10 boards. The last time this happened, Becca Bolton posted 11 points and 14 rebounds and Katy Wilson recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds against Mary Washington on November 15, 2011.
First-year twins Darby and Sydney Lundquist both scored their first collegiate points with 47 seconds left on the clock in the game at Randolph on November 20. As Darby made a jump shot from the short corner on the right side, Sydney was fouled underneath the basket. Sydney sunk 1-of-2 free throws as the twins from Chattanooga, Tennessee notched their first points at the same time.