W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 12

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 12

W&L at R-MC -
2/7/12, 7:00 pm

W&L at Guilford -
2/10/12, 7:00 pm

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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 118-114 (.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 60-42 (.588) 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 210-265 (.442) overall record.

(W&L 62, Bridgewater 58 • Lexington, Va. • 2/4/12)
A breakaway layup by senior forward Becca Bolton with 23 seconds left to play propelled Washington and Lee to a 62-58 victory over Bridgewater at the Warner Center. Tied at 58-58 with 53 seconds to play, a missed jumper by Bridgewater senior guard Jessie Owens was corralled by junior forward Rachel Warrick, who then found Bolton down court behind the Eagle defense for an easy layup and a two-point lead (60-58) with 23 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, BC turned the ball over leading to a foul on Owens with 12 seconds to go sending senior guard Meg Ingram to the line where she made good on both shots sealing the four-point win. The Generals entered the second period down by 13 points (36-23) as they shot just 27.3 percent from the field (9-33) in the first half. W&L scored five quick points to begin the second half on buckets by Warrick and Bolton, and a free throw by Bolton to bring the score to 36-28 at the 18:13 mark. The Eagles responded with a layup from first year forward Kelsey Taylor to take a 10-point lead (38-28) with 18:11 left in the contest. However, a jumper by junior forward Katy Wilson at 18:09 ignited a 20-4 run by the Blue and White, capped by a layup from senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein which made the score 48-42 in favor of W&L at 7:56. During the run, the Generals connected on eight of their 13 attempts from the floor, including eight points from Ingram on two treys and a layup. The Eagles went on to miss only one of their next seven attempts from the field to bring the score to 55-55 with 2:14 left on the clock. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Holly Morgan at 1:36 gave the Eagles a one-point advantage (58-57), but two turnovers and two missed shots late in the contest held BC at its 58-point state for the remainder of the game. The first 5:01 of the game included two ties and neither team was able to jump ahead, until four made free throws by the Eagles ignited a 15-1 spurt to give them a commanding 24-10 lead at 6:48. Bolton ended the drought with a jumper at 5:51 to pull W&L within 12 points (24-12), but BC fought back and took its largest lead (16 points) as senior guard Sarah Boeren completed a shot from the charity stripe with 4:18 left in the half. W&L was able to make good on its final 4-of-8 shots of the opening period, but allowed BC to score three more times to take the 13-point advantage into the break. The Blue and White connected on 41.4 percent of their shots from the field (24-58) in the game, while holding the Eagles to just 35.1 percent shooting (20-57). The Generals were led by Bolton, who recorded her 11th double-double this season on 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ingram tallied 18 points and five assists, and Wilson notched 12 points and four assists.

W&L will face Randolph-Macon for the 42nd time, with R-MC holding a commanding 33-8 lead in the all-time series. The Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets at the Warner Center earlier this season by a score of 73-63. R-MC enters this week with a 12-9 overall record (10-6 ODAC) after a 77-58 win over Emory & Henry on Saturday. After taking a 35-28 advantage into the break, the Yellow Jackets used five unanswered points to open the second period and bring their lead to 12 points (40-28). Two good free throws by senior center Taylor Wieczorek at 5:25 sparked a 9-2 run for the Yellow Jackets and increased their lead to 23 points (76-53) with 3:27 left in the contest en route to the win. Senior guard Maggie Roy netted a team-high 19 points, and senior forward Molly Brown added 18. First year guard Sarah Parsons notched 16 points and seven rebounds, and Wieczorek tallied 14 points. On the season, three R-MC athletes are averaging at least 14 ppg, with Roy recording 14.8 ppg, Wieczorek registering 14.6 and Parsons netting 14.4 ppg.

W&L will go up against Guilford for the 38th time, with GC holding a 26-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals were taken down by the Quakers earlier this season, as W&L opened its ODAC action with a 68-58 loss at home. GC is entering this week with a 15-5 overall record and a 12-3 mark in conference play after a 61-49 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday. The Quakers kept the contest close in the opening period going into the break with just a two-point deficit (33-31). The game stayed tight in the second half, until GC went scoreless for 3:28 and allowed the Marlins to jump ahead 16 points (60-44) with 3:07 left on the clock. Sophomore center Morgan King netted a team-high 10 points, and added six rebounds, four blocks and two assists. Sophomore forward Gabby Oglesby recorded nine points and junior guard Jaclyn Nucci grabbed eight boards. On the year, GC is completing an ODAC-leading 71.4 percent of its attempts from the line (270-378) and scoring 67.3 ppg. Oglesby is tallying a team-best 15.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Senior guard Jazlyn Gibbs is averaging 13.2 ppg, and junior guard Brittany Atwater is handing out 4.4 apg.

Out of 440 teams in Division III, the Generals are ranked 385th, and last in the ODAC, for field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to sink an average of 40.8 percent of their attempts from the field. W&L will face the ODAC's toughest defense this week with Guilford allowing opponents to score on just 33.6 percent of their attempts.

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 1,437 points and senior forward Becca Bolton is fourth with 1,342 points.  They are the first pair of teammates in program history to enter their senior season already having reached the milestone.

Junior forward Rachel Warrick has figured out the secret to success as she uses the foul line to contribute 35.3 percent of her total points this season (47-133), almost doubling the 20.6 percent the entire team records (249-1,208). Without Warrick's numbers included, the Generals are only counting on 18.8 percent of their points to come from the charity stripe.

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 60-41 record over their careers.  All told, they have combined to score 3,588 points and grab 1,524 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 one more win.  The 2011 class of Allie Long and Felice Herman currently hold the record with a 60-50 career record.

Senior guard Meg Ingram's efforts on the court are crucial to the success of W&L, as her individual performances on gameday often reflect the outcome of the contest. In nine wins this season, Ingram has scored an average of 15.6 points on 37.4 percent shooting from the floor (43-115), compared to the losses where she posts only 10.8 points and decreases her shooting percentage to 28.7 percent from the field (41-143). Ingram's assist count almost doubles from losses to wins as she dishes out 4.8 apg in victories, but only 2.8 during losses.

Senior forward Becca Bolton has not only lit up the floor with her 15.0 ppg and 9.6 rpg, but is now among the top-60 players in the country in two statistical categories. Through games of Feb. 2, she is ranked 36th in number of double-doubles with nine, and resides in 58th place in field goal percentage making 49.8 percent of her shots from the field (109-218). Following the weekend, Bolton stands to rise in the polls as she recorded two more double-doubles and increased her field goal percentage to 50.4 percent (117-232).

W&L's two contests this week feature the two best free throw shooting teams in the conferece, as Guilford leads ,connecting on 71.4 percent of its attempts (270-378), and Randolph-Macon is a close second place, netting 71.0 percent of its shots from the line (338-476). Three R-MC athletes sit in the Top-10 of the conference statistical leaderboards for individual free throw percentage. The Generals are third in the ODAC recording 67.7 percent from the charity stripe this season (249-368).

W&L senior forward Becca Bolton and junior forward Katy Wilson are both are atop the ODAC statistical leaderboards. Bolton is averaging a league-best 6.5 defensive rebounds per game and Wilson is first in offensive rebounds per game recording 4.4.

In its nine wins, W&L is registering almost three more steals per game (9.6) than in its losses (6.8). Senior forward Becca Bolton leads the team with 1.8 spg on the season, and takes the ball away 2.1 times in victories.