W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

Game 12: W&L (3-8, 1-3) vs. Lynchburg (6-7, 3-1)
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 5:30 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 20-18, W&L

Game 13: W&L vs. Virginia Wesleyan (10-3, 4-0)
Date: Saturday, January 18, 4:00 pm
Location: Norfolk, Va.
Series Record: 28-14, VWC

Game Notes

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.

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 12-24.

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 227-291 (.438) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

Emory & Henry 61, W&L 36 • Emory, Va. • 1/11/14
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 24.5 percent (12-49) from the field en route to a 61-36 loss at Emory & Henry on Saturday. The Wasps (3-10, 1-3 ODAC) took a 12-3 lead by the 12:51 mark of the first half. The Generals (3-8, 1-4 ODAC) netted the next four points on two free throws and a layup by first-year forward Samantha Sharman to cut the lead to five, 12-7, at the 10:07 mark. E&H sophomore forward Karina Farr tallied the next five points to push the advantage to 17-7 with 8:44 remaining in the half. After four straight points by the Generals off layups by sophomore guard Annie Gauf and sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick closed the gap to six (17-11), E&H finished the period on an 11-0 run, which spanned the final 6:42. The Wasps held the Blue and White to 4-of-15 (16.0 percent) shooting from the floor in the half and forced 12 turnovers. In the second, Emory & Henry stretched the lead to as many as 28 (57-29) with 4:33 left in the game. The Generals outscored the Wasps, 7-4, in the closing minutes to reach the final margin. For the game, the Blue and White turned the ball over 24 times compared to just 10 for E&H. The Wasps totaled 16 steals and 12 assists, while the Generals notched five steals and six assists. Vick led W&L with nine points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks added seven points and Gauf had eight points, three rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Kristie Langley totaled a game-high 18 points for the Wasps, while Farr notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also added four steals. E&H ended the game 24-of-73 (32.9 percent) from the field, 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from behind the arc and 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe. Along with shooting 24.5 percent from the field, W&L finished at 20.0 percent (2-10) from downtown and 58.8 percent (10-17) from the free throw line.  

 W&L and Lynchburg will be facing off for the 39th time, with the Generals holding a slight 20-18 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Hornets defeated the Generals two times, which marked the first time LC beat W&L twice in one year since the 2007-08 season. The Generals last defeated Hornets, 65-57, on February 17, 2012.

Lynchburg enters the week with a 6-7 overall record and an 3-1 conference mark. The Hornets recently snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Randolph-Macon, 76-74, on Saturday. Junior forward Shannon Allan led the offense with 23 points, while sophomore forward Chaney Forbush notched a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, Allan leads the team with 16.2 points per game and pulls in 5.6 rebounds per contest. Forbush is also averaging double-figures (13.0) and records a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. First-year guard Charmaine Hairston posts 8.5 points and a team-high 1.3 steals per outing.

Lynchburg College closed the game with a 17-6 run over the final 6:48 to claim a 56-47 win over Washington and Lee at Turner Gym. The Generals claimed a 41-39 lead with 6:48 left in the game on a jumper by forward Wesleigh Vick.  However, the Hornets used a 7-2 run keyed by five points from center Lauren Penley, to push out to a 46-42 lead with 5:20 to play. W&L pulled back to within two points (46-44) on a layup by forward Rachel Warrick at the 4:52 mark, but W&L went just 1-for-6 from the floor and 1-for-3 from the foul line, scoring just three points the rest of the way as LC pulled away for the win. Lynchburg led by as many as 12 points (22-10) in the first half, but the Generals closed with a 15-6 run in the final 6:45 to pull within three points (28-25) at the break. W&L then opened the second half with a 10-2 surge to push out to a 35-30 lead at the 12:46 mark, but a 7-0 spurt by the Hornets gave them the lead back (37-35) and set up the game-ending run. As a team, the Generals shot just 29.3 percent (17-58) from the field and hit only 2-of-12 (.167) three-point attempts.  Vick led the way with a career-high 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.  Warrick totaled 10 points and guard Annie Gauf notched nine points and seven boards. Lynchburg shot 35.0 percent (21-60) from the floor, but was just 1-of-10 (.100) from distance. The Hornets were paced by Penley, who scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds.  She scored 12 of the team's final 15 points to close the game. Forward Shannon Allan chipped in 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

 W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be facing off for the 43rd time, with the Marlins holding a 28-14 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, VWC won the only contest between these two teams, 58-55, on February 2. The Marlins are currently on a four-game winning streak against the Generals. The Blue and White last defeated VWC, 53-43, on January 4, 2011.

VIrginia Wesleyan enters the week with a 10-3 overall record and an ODAC-leading 4-0 conference mark. VWC is coming off a 56-52 win over defending ODAC champions, Guilford, on Saturday. Junior guard  Brittany Glasco led all scorers with 20 points and pulled in nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Kelly Jones recorded 13 points and four steals. On the season, junior guard Andrea Paphites leads the team with 15.3 points, 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. Three other players also average double-figures. Junior forward Nancy Kelly averages 12.0 points per game, while Glasco and Jones record 11.7 and 11.5 points, respectively. First-year guard Charmaine Hairston posts 8.5 points and a team-high 1.3 steals per outing. Kelly also pulls in a team-high 7.2 boards per game.

Forward Rachel Warrick missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime, as Virginia Wesleyan edged the Washington and Lee women's basketball team, 58-55, at the Warner Center. Despite trailing the entire game, the Generals used a 7-2 spurt, capped with a free throw by 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. 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 forward Kerri-Leanne Taylor, guard Annie Gauf split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to three, 56-53, with 37 ticks left. Each squad failed to score on their next possessions, but a foul by guard Paige Corvino sent 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 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 Marlins were able to out-rebound the Generals, 40-31, and held a 10-5 advantage in second-chance points. 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. Guard Andrea Paphites paced the Marlins with 14 points. Conley recorded 10 points and Miller collected 10 points and three steals. Taylor led the team in rebounds, grabbing a game-high 13.

Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick and sophomore guard Paige Corvino lead the team on the glass, combining for 161 rebounds (14.6 per game) this season. The duo combine for 36.0 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 fifth in the ODAC with 8.7 rebounds per game, while Corvino is in ninth place, averaging 7.4 boards per outing. Over their careers, the duo have combined to record 10 10-plus rebound contests. Vick has notched 10+ rebounds in the last three games. The last time a W&L player has done that was when forward Becca Bolton recorded five consecutive games with 10+ rebounds during the 2011-12 season.

The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The class makes up 56.6 percent of the points, 48.0 percent of the assists, 58.6 percent of the rebounds and an impressive 61.7 percent of the steals. These four combine to shoot 40.4 percent (128-of-317) from the field and 60.9 percent (64-of-105) from the charity stripe this season.

The Generals have 148 points off of turnovers this season, which is 13.5 points per game. That equates to 24.8 percent of the Generals' scoring production. Of the 148 points scored by the Generals, 56 (37.8 percent) were the direct result of a steal.

Paige Corvino ranks sixth in the ODAC with 20 steals for an average of 2.0 per game, while Shelbi Hendricks is ranked 15th with 18 steals (2.0 per game). Jackie Clifford sits in 10th place in the conference with 2.7 assists per game and Annie Gauf is ranked 12th with 2.6 assists per contest. As a team, the Blue and White ranks sixth in the ODAC with 40.6 rebounds per game, including ranking fifth in defensive rebounds per outing (27.6). The Blue and White is holding its opponents to 61.1 points per game, which is the fourth-best mark in the ODAC. The Generals are also forcing 15.0 turnovers per game, while corralling 7.4 steals per game, which ranks 11th in the conference.

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 20 and 18 steals, respectively, this season. Corvino leads the team with 2.0 steals per contest, while Hendricks corrals 1.8 per outing. First-year guard Jackie Clifford is not far behind, recording 16 steals on the year to average 1.6 per game.

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.