W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 9

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 9

GAME 15: W&L at Eastern Mennonite
January 21, 3:00pm - Harrisonburg, Va.


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Mandy King (Southern Maine '98) is in her ninth season as the head coach at Washington and Lee.  King is W&L's all-time wins leader with a career record of 115-111 (.509).  She has led W&L to school-record win totals four times in her nine seasons, including a program-best 19-8 mark last season.  Over the last four seasons, King has guided the Generals to a 57-39 (.594) overall record, culminating in the 2009-10 team winning the program's first-ever conference title.

The Washington and Lee women's basketball program is participating in its 19th varsity season during the 2011-12 school year.  Over that period of time, the Generals have compiled a 207-262 (.441) overall record.

(W&L 67, Randolph 50 • Lynchburg, Va. • 1/14/12)
Washington and Lee closed the first half with a 20-4 run en route to posting a 67-50 victory over Randolph College at the RAD Center. Sparked by seven points from senior guard Meg Ingram in the opening 7:39 of the game, the Generals (6-8, 4-5) jumped out to an early 13-1 lead.  Randolph (3-9, 0-7) cut it to a seven-point game (16-9) at the 7:28 mark, but seven points by junior forward Katy Wilson and six each from Ingram and senior forward Becca Bolton in the final seven minutes and change gave W&L a commanding 36-13 lead at the halftime break. W&L extended its lead to 45-16 just 3:43 into the second half and cruised the rest of the way, carrying at least a 17-point advantage the rest of the way. Ingram paced four Generals in double figures with a game-high 20 points, four assists and three steals.  Bolton finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while Wilson posted 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Junior forward Rachel Warrick chipped in 10 points and five rebounds, shooting 8-of-10 from the foul line. The WildCats were led by sophomore guard Courtney Bouchard's nine points and eight points apiece from first-year forward Jensen Hoover and junior guard Olivia Johnson.  Hoover grabbed nine rebounds and Johnson snared eight boards.

(EMU 64, W&L 62 • Lexington, Va. • 1/10/12)
A layup by sophomore forward Bianca Ygarza with 31 seconds left in regulation broke a 62-62 tie to propel Eastern Mennonite to a 64-62 win over Washington and Lee. With the scoreboard showing 9:50 to play, a three-pointer by senior guard Marla Young jumpstarted a 23-7 game-ending run by the Royals that was topped by the game-winner from Ygarza. During this stretch, the Generals turned the ball over seven times, and netted only two of their nine attempts from the field. Conversely, EMU knocked down 11 of its final 16 shots from the floor as seven different players scored during the spurt.  With 1:26 left in regulation, EMU sophomore guard Stephanie Rheinheimer knocked down a trey to tie the game (62-62), and set up the frantic final minute. Following Ygarza's layup, W&L senior forward Becca Bolton missed a potential game-tying shot, and the rebound was pulled down the Royals' sophomore forward Kala Yoders. However, a subsequent turnover by EMU led to one final chance for the Generals to tie or take the lead, but a desperation three by junior forward Rachel Warrick was off the mark and the Royals escaped with the two-point win. After W&L scored the first four points of the game, EMU went on a 7-0 run capped by a layup by Yoders with the clock at 16:34. The Generals then went on to take the lead (17-15) at the 10:12 mark as senior guard Allison Sublett sank a three-pointer. W&L continued to increase its lead throughout the first half, connecting on 14-of-26 shots from the field (.538), including junior forward Katy Wilson tallying 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first 20 minutes. As a team, W&L shot 49.1 percent from the field (26-53) and forced EMU into 19 turnovers. The Royals shot 46.6 percent from the floor (27-58), including 64.0 percent (16-25) in the second half, and outrebounded W&L 36-29. Wilson posted a game-high 19 points, and also grabbed seven rebounds. Senior guard Meg Ingram recorded 13 points with eight assists and three steals. Bolton added 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Leading the Royals was Yoders, who registered 13 points and grabbed seven boards. Ygarza netted 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, and also had five rebounds. Sophomore guard Keyla Baltimore chipped in eight points, five boards, three assists, and three steals.

W&L will be facing EMU for the 41st time with the Royals holding a 23-17 advantage over the Generals in the all-time series. EMU enters this week with an 11-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in conference play after a 60-50 win over Guilford on Saturday. After shooting just 27.0 percent from the field (10-27), including 0-for-6 form behind the arc, in the first half the Royals went into halftime trailing by two points (29-27). EMU sprang back in the second half, connecting on 11-of-25 attempts from the floor (.440) and held Guilford to just 36.4 percent from the field (8-22) to outscore the Quakers 33-21 in the final 20 minutes. First year guard Shakeerah Sykes netted a team-high 14 points for EMU and grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Bianca Ygarza and sophomore guard Stephanie Rheinheimer each notched 11 points, with Ygarza adding a game-high 11 boards. On the season, the Royals are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and are averaging 74.7 points per game. Ygarza leads the team with 13.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg. First year forward Raiven Patterson is registering 10.6 ppg with 2.4 apg, and sophomore forward Kala Yoders is recording 10.0 ppg and 6.2 rpg.

The Generals struggle against opponents who shoot better than 40.0 percent against them, with their record at 1-7. When W&L is able to hold the opposing team to below 40.0 percent it is 5-1, with its lone loss to Virginia Wesleyan where the Marlins netted only 36.8 percent from the floor (21-57), but made good on 10-of-23 (.435) from behind the arc. The Blue and White were most successful against their most recent opponent, Randolph, holding the WildCats to just 30.5 percent shooting from the field (18-59).

The Generals are more than willing to accept a handout whenever it involves heading to the charity stripe. Last season, W&L ranked second in the conference and 35th nationally with a .741 team free throw percentage.  Most recently, the Generals went 18-for-22 from the line (.818) against Randolph, including an 8-of-10 performance from junior forward Rachel Warrick. W&L is currently ranked third in the ODAC in free throw percentage at .697 (182-261). Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein has netted a league-high 92.3 percent of her attempts (24-26).  

Nine players currently reside in the school's millennium club for having scored 1,000 points in a career.  The Generals' current squad claims two members of this exclusive club.  Senior guard Meg Ingram ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,341 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is seventh with 1,264 points.  They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.

In 14 games, W&L has turned the ball over 247 times, 12 more than it has caused this season. With 17.6 turnovers per game, the Generals are averaging only three more made shots each contest (20.6 shots per game) than turnovers.

W&L may be in the bottom half of the ODAC with 158 assists on the season, but the Generals can turn in a good performance when they handle the ball well. W&L is 5-1 when it records more assists than its opponents in a game, averaging 13.5 assists in its five wins, but only 9.6 assists in its losses. In the recent 70-57 win over Roanoke, guard Meg Ingram dished out nine assists by herself, and currently leads the team with 49, and the Blue and White had a 16-8 advantage over the Maroons in assists, their second-best showing this season.

The Generals' senior class comprises 3/5 of the starting lineup and nearly half of the team's roster for the 2011-12 season.  However, the class' contributions are far more reaching that that of just this year's team.  They have helped to make a program.  Guards Meg Ingram, Kari Ann Pfannenstein and Allison Sublett, along with forward Becca Bolton, have helped lead the Generals to three-straight winning seasons and a 57-38 record over their careers.  All told, they have combined to score 3,364 points and grab 1,411 rebounds, which accounts for over 54 percent of all the scoring and 38 percent of all the rebounding during their time with the squad.  More importantly, they have twice raised the program record for wins in a season and claimed the first conference title in school history.  They can graduate as the winningest class in program history with four more wins.  The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.

In all six wins this season, the Generals have given the "charity stripe" a whole new meaning by making 76.6 percent of their shots from the line (105-137). These points have been crucial to the success of W&L as its average margin of victory is just 9.8 points, and its foul line makes are at 17.5 per game.

On top of W&L completing 76.6 percent of its free throw attempts in its wins, the Generals are 6-2 when they take more free throws in a game than their opponents. In these eight contests, opponents are committing more fouls, 19.3 per game compared to W&L's 14.1 fouls.