November 18, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 2

Game 1: W&L st Randolph
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 30-10

Game 2: W&L at Methodist
Date:
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 pm
Location:
Fayetteville, N.C.
Series Record: First meeting between W&L and Methodist

Game Notes

MEDIA NOTE
Following the game, Head Coach Christine Clancy 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 10-17.

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 225-284 (.442) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(W&L, 65, Gallaudet, 52 • Lexington, Va. • 11/17/13 • W&L Tip-Off Tournament
The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team used a 14-3 second-half run to pull away for a 65-52 victory over Gallaudet in the consolation game of the W&L Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Generals (1-1) led by four points (33-29) at the break and clung to a one-point advantage (39-38) at the 16:19 mark before going on the game-deciding run. Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick got things started with a jumper at 16:01 and W&L’s defense forced three turnovers and held the Bison (0-2) to just 1-for-6 shooting during that stretch in claiming a 53-41 lead by the 10:30 mark. An 8-1 Gallaudet run midway through the second stanza cut it to a five-point game (54-49) with 8:21 left, but the Generals pushed back out to a nine-point lead (58-49) just over two minutes later in pulling away for the 13-point win. W&L shot just 38.0 percent (27-71) from the field, but committed only eight turnovers while racking up 16 assists. First-year guard Jackie Clifford paced the Generals with a game-high 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Vick totaled 12 points and 10 boards. Senior forward Lindsay Stergio led the way for the Bison, totaling 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Gallaudet shot just 32.8 percent (20-61) from the floor.

FACING RANDOLPH
W&L and Randolph will face off for the 41st time, with the Generals holding a 30-10 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the two teams split, with the Generals earning a 55-54 home-victory on January 15 and the WildCats posting a 60-58 win on February 13 at the RAD Center.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE WILDCATS
(Randolph, 60, W&L, 58 • Lynchburg, Va. • 2/13/13)
Guard Emilee Dunton scored the last four points of the game in leading Randolph College to a 60-58 win over Washington and Lee. The Generals claimed a 58-56 lead with 2:08 left on a layup by senior forward Rachel Warrick. Dunton was fouled 20 seconds later, hitting a pair of charity tosses to pull the WildCats even with 1:48 left.  Warrick missed a jumper the next time down the floor and Dunton pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 1:28 left.  This time she hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Randolph a 59-58 lead. Warrick missed again for the Generals with 1:09 left, but Dunton was called for an offensive foul with 0:39 left, giving the ball back to W&L. Senior forward Katy Wilson missed a layup with :08 left and Warrick missed following an offensive rebound. Dunton grabbed the Warrick miss and was fouled, hitting 1-of-2 free throws to give the WildCats a 60-58 lead. Randolph secured Dunton’s second miss, but turned the ball over with :03 left, giving the Generals one final chance to win or tie. Wilson’s jumper at the buzzer was not true, giving Randolph its first win against W&L since 2006. Randolph led by as many as eight points (23-15) in the first half after holding a 31-15 rebounding advantage in the opening 20 minutes. The Generals battled back to pull within a single point (28-27) at the halftime break on a three-pointer by senior guard Megan Marks with eight seconds remaining. W&L snatched the lead on a Wilson layup at the 17:49 mark of the second half and led by as many as six points on two occasions, the last occurring at 48-42 following a three-pointer by guard Annie Gauf with 7:48 left. The Generals held the lead until Dunton hit two free throws to make it a 53-52 lead for Randolph with 4:30 remaining. The two teams then went back-and-forth until Dunton gave RC the lead for good with 1:28 to play. The Generals shot just 29.5 percent (18-61) from the field and were out-rebounded 50-37.  However, W&L did shoot 17-of-19 (.895) from the foul line. Warrick led the way with 20 points and six rebounds. Wilson totaled 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while Marks had 11 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Randolph made good on 22-of-61 (.361) shots from the field, but shot just 12-of-21 (.571) from the charity stripe. Dunton tallied team-high 16 points and six boards, while forward Jensen Hoover had 14 points and 10 boards. Guard Abigail Bullins notched 12 points and six rebounds as well.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Randolph enters the game with a 2-0 record after defeating William Peace, 90-36, and Averett 73-63, last weekend. The WildCats’ 90 points fell one point short of its record for most points in a 40-minute game. Randolph scored the first six points and never trailed against William Peace, taking down a Pacer team that defeated the WildCats by 25 last season. The WildCats had four players in double figures for scoring, led by a career-high 21 from junior Jensen Hoover and 17 from sophomore Abigail Bullins. Randolph won its second game the next day, moving to 2-0 for the first time in almost two decades. Coming off its third-highest point total in program history, Randolph defeated Averett, 73-63. The Cougars scored the first basket of the game, but that was the last time the WildCats would trail. Bullins led all scorers with 17.0 points, while Hoover and junior forward Allie Druffel added 15.0 and 12.0, respectively. On the season, Hoover is averaging a team-leading 18.0 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per outing, while Bullins has posted 17.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. First-year Brie Holdren and Druffel are also averaging double-digits, with Holdren posting 11.0 points and Druffel recording 10.0 points per contest. First-year forward Korin Harris has also made an impact on the court, averaging 7.0 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds per game.

THE METHODIST SERIES
The Generals and the Methodist Monarchs will meet for the first time in the history of both programs.

SCOUTING THE MONARCHS
The Methodist Monarchs enter the game with a 1-1 overall record after competing in the Jean Edge Classic last weekend. Methodist suffered a 55-43 loss to Case Western on day one. The Monarchs shot just 27.0-percent from the field and had 18 turnovers. Playing in her first game since the 2011-12 season, senior guard Jackie Lyles scored a team-high 11 points, and junior forward Chandler Christensen chipped in 10 points. Lyles also had five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Sophomore forward Ayanna Pegues finished with seven points and five rebounds, and first-year guard Jalisia Campbell grabbed a team-best six rebounds. A day after missing 17 of their first 20 field goal attempts, the Monarchs defeated Wesley, 67-56, on the second day of the Jean Edge Classic. MU held a 30-18 advantage in rebounds and converted on 40.0 percent of its three-point field goal attempts (4-10) in the first half. Additionally, it held WC to a 20.7 percent field goal percentage (6-29) and forced 17 turnovers. First-year guard Maya Banks paced MU with a team-best 21 points in just 25 minutes on the court, earning all-tournament honors. Pegues had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Lyles totaled 11 points, five boards and five steals. Christensen finished with seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks. On the season, Banks leads the team with 13.5 points and 3.0 steals per contest. Lyles and Pegues also average double-digits, with each recording 11.0 points per game. Pegues also pulls in a team leading 6.0 rebounds per outing, while sophomore guard Allison Dones dishes out 3.5 assists per game.

OUT OF THE GATES
First-year Jackie Clifford was the first rookie to score 15 or more points in a game during the first week of competition since Kristen Krouchick scored 19 in her career opener against Peace on November 23, 2004. Clifford notched 18 points in the second game of her career in the 65-52 win over Gallaudet on Sunday. Clifford was the 11th first-year in W&L history to notch 15 or more points in the first week. To improve on this statistic, her 18 points was just the seventh time a first-year has posted 18-or-more points in a game during the first week of competition.

SOPHOMORE LOVE
The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The squad makes up 49.1 percent of the points, 44.4 percent of the assists and 75.0 percent of the steals.

SEEING DOUBLE
Hendricks’ and Vicks’ 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.

ODAC LEADERS
Corvino leads the ODAC with seven steals for an average of 3.5 per game, while Annie Gauf is ranked fourth in the conference with 4.5 assists per contest. As a team, the Blue and White rank third in the ODAC with 48.0 rebounds per game, including ranking third in offensive rebounds per outing (19.5). The Generals are also forcing 15.5 turnovers per game, the sixth-best mark in the league, while also corralling 5.0 steals per game, which ranks third.