W&L Women's Basketball ODAC Tournament Notes
W&L (13-12, 11-9) vs. R-MC (14-11, 12-8)
Feb. 23-3:00 pm-Salem Civic Center, Salem, Va.
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THE HEAD GENERAL
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 122-115 (.515). 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 64-43 (.598) 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 214-266 (.446) overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
(W&L 82, Randolph 51 • Lexington, Va. • 2/18/12)
Behind junior forward Katy Wilson's perfect 4-for-4 performance in the second half, Washington and Lee shot 60.0 percent from the floor (15-25) in the final 20 minutes to take down Randolph, 82-51, at the Warner Center. After taking a 39-25 lead into the break, W&L continued to cruise past the WildCats, connecting on eight of its first nine attempts in the first 6:33 of the second stanza, and increasing its advantage to 24 points (59-35). Junior forward Rachel Warrick had 10 points, while Wilson added six during the run. Randolph was able to pull to within 17 points off a layup by first-year guard Dyllan Peterson with 10:22 left in the game (59-42), but the Generals scored six unanswered points to bring back the lead to 23 points (65-42) at the 8:19 mark. The game continued with back-and-forth baskets, until W&L closed out the contest with a 13-4 run, featuring three-pointers by senior guard Allison Sublett and junior guard Megan Marks, en route to the 31-point victory. In the first period, the Blue and White jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead at 15:46, as senior forward Becca Bolton made two consecutive layups. W&L then went on to miss seven of its next eight attempts, and allowed the WildCats to tie the game at 14-14 with 11:52 left, as senior guard Lauren French notched five points during the 9-2 spurt. A Warrick layup at 10:06 sparked a 25-9 run in the final 10:06 to end the first half with the aforementioned 39-25 lead. During the span, the Generals sank five shots from behind the arc, including three triples from senior guard Meg Ingram. For the game, W&L shot 54.4 percent from the floor (31-57), and 80.0 percent from the foul line (12-15), while holding Randolph to just 37.5 percent from the field (21-56). Five Generals posted double-figures in points, led by Warrick with 18. Wilson netted 16 points, Ingram added 15, and Bolton and senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein each registered 10 points. Warrick also grabbed eight rebounds, and first-year guard Annie Gauf dished out four assists.
FIRST MEETING VS. R-MC
(W&L 72, R-MC 63 • Lexington, Va. • 12/3/11)
Senior forward Becca Bolton tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 72-63 win over Randolph-Macon at the Warner Center. Bolton scored eight of her points in the final 3:39 of the game as the Generals broke open a tie game (57-57) with 5:14 remaining in the contest. Junior forward Katy Wilson gave W&L the lead for good (60-57) on a three-point play with 4:41 left and again extended the Generals to a three-point lead (62-59) with a layup at the 4:15 mark. Bolton took over from there, going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 3:03 as W&L pulled away for its fourth straight home win over the Yellow Jackets. The first half featured two ties, but the Generals never trailed after taking a 5-3 lead on a Wilson layup with 16:56 left in the first half. W&L opened a 19-10 lead with 9:59 left in the first half following successive three-pointers by senior guard Meg Ingram, but Randolph-Macon used a 9-0 run over the next 2:12 to tie the game at 19-19. However, the Generals wrestled the lead back on the next possession following a three-pointer by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein en route to posting a 32-27 lead at the halftime break. An 8-2 spurt in the opening 2:37 of the second half extended W&L's lead to 11 points (40-29), but the Yellow Jackets chipped away at the Generals' advantage, eventually knotting the game for a third time at 57-57 on a jumper by senior center Taylor Wieczorek, setting up the game's finishing moments. Ingram scored a season-best 23 points on 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. She also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. Bolton joined her in double-figure scoring, along with Wilson and Pfannenstein. Wilson totaled 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Pfannenstein registered 10 points and five boards. Randolph-Macon was paced by first-year guard Sarah Parsons, who notched a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-5 from distance. Wieczorek contributed 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, but shot just 6-of-23 from the floor.
LAST MEETING VS. R-MC
(W&L 78, R-MC 67 • Ashland, Va. • 2/7/12)
Washington and Lee led from wire-to-wire as it swept the season series with Randolph-Macon for the first time ever with a 78-67 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Generals shot 49.1 percent (27-55) from the floor in the contest, hitting seven of their first 11 shots in opening a 15-2 lead just 5:48 into the contest. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets went 1-of-14 from the floor before senior center Taylor Wieczorek scored at the 13:46 mark to make it an 11-point game (15-4). Washington and Lee continued to pour it on through the opening 20 minutes, extending to a 21-point lead (37-16) on a layup by junior forward Rachel Warrick with 3:01 to play in the half en route to a 39-20 lead at halftime. W&L kept the pressure on R-MC at the start of the second half, using a layup by senior guard Meg Ingram and a Warrick jumper to extend to a 43-20 lead just 44 seconds into the final frame. The Generals' lead swelled to 27 points (55-28) on a three-pointer by first-year guard Annie Gauf at the 14:57 mark, but Randolph-Macon chipped away at the W&L advantage, eventually cutting it to 12 points (61-49) on a pair of free throws by senior guard Jillian Asay with 6:47 left to play. However, W&L responded with five straight points to push the lead back to 17 points (66-49) and the lead remained as much as 19 points (78-59) with just 2:05 to play. The Generals had five players score in double figures led by Ingram, who scored a season-best 28 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from distance. She also nailed all 10 of her free throws, grabbed seven rebounds and dished six assists. Junior forward Katy Wilson notched 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Warrick also contributed 14 points. Senior forward Becca Bolton added 10 points and eight boards. Randolph-Macon was limited to 32.9 percent (23-70) shooting for the game, including 1-of-15 (.067) from the three-point line. The Yellow Jackets were led by Wieczorek's 17 points and 13 rebounds. First-year guard Sarah Parsons had 13 points and sophomore forward Christina Phelps had 10 points and six rebounds.
W&L claimed its first-ever regular-season sweep of R-MC this season, beating the Yellow Jackets by an average margin of 10 points in the two contests. This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams in the ODAC Tournament, with the Yellow Jackets recording a perfect 6-0 record against the Generals in those games. All-time, W&L is 9-33 against R-MC. Senior guard Meg Ingram has been successful against R-MC this season, recording 28 and 23 points, respectively. in the two games. Junior forward Katy Wilson and senior forward Becca Bolton have each posted a double-double while facing the Yellow Jackets this year, Bolton registering 17 points and 11 boards in the first meeting and Wilson notching 14 points and 13 rebounds in the rematch.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
Randolph-Macon will enter this week's contest as the No. 5 seed, after registering a 14-11 overall record and 12-8 conference mark in the regular season. The Yellow Jackets have won four of their six contests in the month of February and are coming into the tournament after a 74-66 loss at Hollins on Saturday. On the season, R-MC is led by senior center Taylor Wieczorek who is scoring 14.8 ppg on 47.0 percent shooting from the field (147-313), and logging 9.4 rpg. In 14 wins this season, Wieczorek has netted 50.9 percent of her shots (84-165), compared to her 42.6 percent mark (63-148) in the 11 losses. Against the Generals, she was held to just 32.4 percent from the floor (12-37), but was able to record 15.5 ppg and 14.5 rpg. Senior guard Maggie Roy supports Wieczorek on the scoreboard, netting 14.6 ppg and adds 3.4 apg and 2.2 spg.
The Generals' senior class comprises 3/5 of the starting lineup and nearly half of the team's roster for the 2011-12 season. The quartet of forward Becca Bolton, and guards Meg Ingram, Kari Ann Pfannenstein and Allison Sublett showed the Generals fans just how important they are to the success of the team in the 82-51 win over Randolph on Saturday, their final game at the Warner Center. The Class of 2012 netted a total of 35 points, behind 55.5 percent shooting from the field (15-27), and also grabbed 16 rebounds, making up more than 45 percent of the team's total numbers in both categories.
The month of February sits well in Coach King's plans, as her teams have gone 29-15 in regular-season play since the 2005-06 season, not losing more than four games total each year. The 2012 Generals are currently on their longest winning streak of the season (3), which is tied for best in the ODAC for active streaks. This February, the Generals are 6-1.
USING THE FIELD
In its 13 wins, the W&L team performances yield far greater results than in its 12 losses. The Generals are posting a 43.3 percent mark from the floor (318-734), 68.6 ppg and grabbing 9.5 spg in the victories, but can only make good on 35.3 percent of their attempts, net only 54.9 ppg and take away 6.5 spg in the losses.
BRING IT ON
The Generals are peaking at the right time following three home victories in five days. W&L gave up a season-low 46 points to Emory & Henry last Tuesday, and then recorded a season-best winning margin of 31 points (82-51) against Randolph on Saturday. The Wasps were also-held to just 29.3 percent shooting (17-58), the lowest mark against the Generals this season, and W&L was able to connect on a season-high 54.4 percent of its shots from the field (31-57) in the win over the WildCats.
THE LEADING GENERALS
Two W&L players have landed on the NCAA statistical leaderboards this season, as senior forward Becca Bolton and senior guard Meg Ingram have broken the top 70 in their respective categories. As of contests through February 16, Bolton is 42nd in number of double-doubles with 11, and her 49.9 percent shooting (130-263) sits 58th. Ingram's 2.3 three-point field goals per game put her 57th on the rankings, and she is also 66th in free throw percentage posting a 82. 4 percent mark (61-74). Both Generals will look to improve on their standings as Bolton is now hitting 50.4 percent of her attempts (143-284) from the field and Ingram is netting 2.4 three-pointers per game.
RISE OF THE JUNIORS
In the Generals' last three wins, juniors Megan Marks, Rachel Warrick and Katy Wilson have stepped into the spotlight, posting some of their best numbers of the season. Warrick has averaged 15.3 points in the stretch, including a season-best 18 points against Randolph on Saturday, posting a 60.6 percent mark from the floor (20-33), and grabbing 5.0 rpg and 1.3 spg. Dishing out 3.0 apg and blocking 1.7 shots per game, Wilson has recorded 12. 7 ppg on 60.0 percent shooting (18-30) and added 8.0 rpg. Marks may have appeared in only two of the three contests, but she was able to register two season-bests, notching seven points and six rebounds in the win over Emory & Henry last Tuesday.
LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS
Here's a look at how W&L and R-MC fared in the conference statistics this season:
Points Per Game: 7th - 62. 0 ppg 2nd - 69.7 ppg
Rebounds Per Game: 10th - 37.5 rpg 6th - 41.4 rpg
Assists Per Game: 7th - 12.7 apg 8th - 11.5 apg
Steals Per Game: 7th - 8.1 spg 5th - 9.8 spg
FG Shooting %: 4th - 39.4% (563-1.428) 7th - 38.9% (618-1,588)
3FG Shooting %: 6th - 28.5% (127-446) 8th - 28.1% (96-281)
FT Shooting %: 3rd - 68.2% (298-437) 1st - 72.3% (409-566)
LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING
Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein may not be listed as one of the top ODAC athletes in free-throw percentage due to her being 12 attempts shy of qualifying, but she has managed to make herself known at the line, boasting a 92.7 percent mark from the charity stripe this season (38-41). She has also become the most efficient free throw shooter in the history of the program, connecting on 82.0 percent of her attempts (91-111) in four years.
If the Generals were to win over Randolph-Macon on Thursday, it would be just the second time in program history W&L has posted a perfect 3-0 record against a single opponent in one season. The only other year for the Generals to do this was in the 2010-11 season, when they defeated Eastern Mennonite in the first round after sweeping the season series, and later went on the win the program's first-ever ODAC Championship.
COME FROM BEHIND
After sitting at just 7-11 to begin the month of February, the Blue and White have managed to bring a 13-12 overall record into the ODAC Tournament, after winning six of their last seven contests. The 82-51 victory over Randolph pushed the Generals above the .500 mark for the first time this season. When W&L enters the tournament at or above .500, it has posted a cumulative 6-7 record in tournament action.
GOING THE DISTANCE
R-MC is at its weakest when defending three-point attempts, allowing opponents to net 35.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc, a mark that sits last in the ODAC. Senior guard Meg Ingram could cause problems for R-MC, as she makes more three-point field goals than any other player in the league (2.4 per game). W&L holds a record of 10-4 when it is able to make more three-pointers in a game than its opponent.
BATTLE AT THE BOARDS
Together, W&L and R-MC feature the top three rebounders in the ODAC, with R-MC's Taylor Wieczorek leading the conference with 9.4 rpg. Senior forward Becca Bolton is second at 9.2 rpg and junior forward Katy Wilson is third, averaging 8.8 rpg.
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
The 2012 team has seen plenty of action and success in the ODAC Tournament. In ODAC action, three current Generals have averaged double-figure points in tournament appearances. Below is a quick look at some tournament statistics:
|Bolton||6||13.3||9.3||Scored 21 pts. vs. BC in 2009 ODAC quarterfinals|
|Ingram||6||12.0||2.0||Registered 19 pts. and 4 assists vs. GC in 2010 quarterfinals|
|Pfannenstein||6||7.7||1.6||Recorded 2 double-figure pt. games in last season's tournament|
|Wilson||5||10.0||8.0||Netted 13 pts.in Championship game vs. VWC in 2010|
|Warrick||5||5.4||3.4||Grabbed 10 rebounds in win over EMU in 2010|
MASTERING THE CENTER
In the past two seasons, the Generals have stepped up their game at the Salem CIvic Center, connecting on 45.7 percent of their shots from the floor (123-269) and averaging 70.0 ppg, while the teams shot just 41.5 percent (1,287-3,101) and averaged 65.5 ppg during the regular season. The Blue and white also held opponents to 41.0 percent shooting (190-266) and 60.8 ppg in games at the Center.