W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 1

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 1

W&L at ROANOKE - November 15, 7:00 pm
W&L vs. CABRINI - November 17, 7:00 pm
(at Swarthmore Tournament)
W&L vs. TBA - November 18, TBA
(at Swarthmore Tournament)

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Christine Clancy (Brandeis  '06) is in her first season as the head coach at Washington and Lee after serving as the assistant coach last year.  Before W&L, Clancy spent three years at Colby College, serving as an interim head coach in her final season. As head coach of the Mules, Clancy guided the team to a 22-6 overall record and an NCAA Tournament berth where they advanced to the second round.

The Washington and Lee women's basketball program is participating in its 20th varsity season during the 2012-13 school year.  Over that period of time, the Generals have compiled a 215-267 (.446) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title.

(VWC 60, W&L 58 • Salem, Va. • 2/25/12)
Forward Katy Wilson's layup was blocked as time expired and top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan held on for a 60-58 win over fifth-seeded Washington and Lee in the semifinals of the ODAC tournament at the Salem Civic Center. The Marlins took a 56-55 lead on a pair of free throws by senior forward Kristen Blalock with 2:26 remaining and pushed out to a 60-55 advantage with 1:09 remaining after a layup by senior guard Jocelyn Spencer and a pair of free throws by senior guard Shawnee Lewis. The Generals drew to within two points (60-58) as senior guard Meg Ingram banked in a three-pointer with the shot clock expiring. W&L forced a shot clock violation with 12.9 seconds left and worked the ball around until finding Wilson under the basket with less than two seconds remaining. The Generals could not get another shot off before time expired. W&L took the lead (18-17) on a pair of free throws by forward Rachel Warrick with 6:52 left in the first half and closed the opening 20 minutes with a 6-0 run for a 29-21 lead at the break.  The Generals then hit four of their first six shots from the field in the second half to push out to a 39-27 lead with 16:40 to play. The lead remained at 11 points (43-32) with 14:51 left following a Wilson layup, but the Marlins used a 19-3 run over the next 8:40 to take a 51-46 lead with 6:11 to play.  W&L went 4:56 without scoring during the run, before Wilson ended the drought with a layup at the 5:40 mark to pull the Generals within three points at 51-48.  The Wilson bucket ignited a 9-3 W&L run that saw the Generals claim a 55-54 lead on another Wilson layup with 3:27 left in the game.  The Marlins wrestled the lead back on Blalock's free throws with 2:26 left and held onto the lead the rest of the way. Washington and Lee shot 40.0 percent (18-45) from the floor and was led by Ingram, who scored 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-6 from distance and 7-of-9 from the foul line.  Wilson tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein added 10 points and five rebounds. Senior forward Becca Bolton posted nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Generals and the Maroons will face off for the 37th time, with RC holding a commanding 30-6 record in the all-time series that began during the 1994-95 season. Roanoke has won four of the last six meetings, but W&L swept the two-game series last year.

(W&L 69, RC 59 • Lexington, Va. • 2/3/12)
Five Generals scored in double figures as Washington and Lee defeated Roanoke, 69-59, at the Warner Center. Senior forward Becca Bolton tallied 12 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and one block to lead W&L. Senior guards Kari Ann Pfannenstein and Meg Ingram netted 13 and 12 points, respectively, forward Rachel Warrick notched 12 points and eight rebounds, and forward Katy Wilson contributed 10 points and 11 boards. The Generals took an early 15-7 lead in the first few minutes of the game. A 10-6 run, jumpstarted by RC guard Kayla Lemke, allowed the Maroons to gain a five-point advantage (29-24). Back-to-back layups by Wilson gave the Generals the two-point lead (33-31), but two late free throws by Lemke brought the score to 33-33 at the break. RC took a quick three-point lead by the 18:38 mark in the second stanza (36-33), until a layup by Bolton with 16:19 left in the contest ignited an 11-4 run for the Generals, and was capped by three-point play by guard Annie Gauf to give W&L the nine point lead at 8:46 (50-41). RC then made good on four of its next seven shots from the field, and W&L missed all but two of its 10 attempts as the Maroons brought the game to within two points with 3:32 left on the clock (56-54). Six unanswered points from the Generals occupied the following 1:51 to put them up nine points (63-53). Guard Paxton Gwin netted a trey at 1:07 to pull the Maroons back to within six (63-57), but was not enough as W&L finished out the contest with two made free throws by Warrick and a jumper by Ingram to assume the 10-point victory. The Blue and White netted 42.6 percent of its shots from the field (26-61), compared to RC's 37.5 percent shooting (21-56) in the game. W&L also outrebounded the Maroons, 44-34. For Roanoke, Gwin registered a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds, and guard Tatum McKee recorded nine points, five boards and three steals.

After finishing the 2011-12 campaign with an 8-17 overall record and an 8-12 mark in conference play, Roanoke returns four of its five starters from a season ago, while losing the team's second-best scorer to graduation. Junior guard Paxton Gwinn comes back as the Maroons' leading scorer from last year, averaging 13.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. She was also named to the All-ODAC Third Team. Other strong returners for RC include junior guard Laurel Hankins (8.6 ppg, 1.4 apg), sophomore guard Tatum McKee (7.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 spg) and senior guard Rachel Dellanhunt (5.4 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg).

The Generals and the Cavaliers will meet for just the second time, with CC holding a 1-0 lead in the all-time series. The last time these two teams met up was during the 2008-09 season at the Dickinson Tip-Off Tournament.

Cabrini's Deana DiAmico scored eight of her game-high 26 points during a decisive 14-1 run over the game's final 4:01 to propel the Cavaliers to a 72-58 win over the Washington and Lee on day two of the Dickinson Tip-Off Tournament. DiAmico was a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point territory and set a tournament record for three-pointers made with 13 over two games. Forward Kara Nadeau's jumper cut the Cavalier (1-1) lead to just one at 58-57 with 4:28 remaining, before the Generals (0-3) missed their final eight shots as Cabrini pulled away for the win. The Generals held a slim 31-28 lead at the break, but shot just 34.4 percent in the second half (11-of-32) compared to 51.9 percent (14-of-27) for Cabrini. Forward Felice Herman led three Generals in double figures with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting before fouling out with 3:38 remaining. Nadeau added 12 points and seven rebounds, while guard Megan Ingram chipped in 11 points and three assists for W&L.

Cabrini returns eight players, including three starters, from the 2011-12 team that went 12-14 overall. Junior guard Brittany Sandone comes back as the Cavaliers' leading scorer a season ago, as she averaged 11.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg while starting all 26 contests. Other starters returning to the CC line-up are junior forward Colleen Stewart and junior guard Annie Rivituso. Stewart appeared in 26 games with 24 starts and notched 5.0 rpg, 4.0 ppg and 0.6 bpg, and Rivituso collected 6.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 24 starts.

The Generals and the Garnet could potentially meet for the fourth time, as W&L holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. The teams last met during the 2006-07 season when the Generals claimed 52-45 win over SU at the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament.

Washington and Lee claimed its first in-season tournament title since the 1997-98 season with a 52-45 win over Swarthmore in the championship game. The Generals led by as much as six in the opening half, taking a 12-6 lead with 14:23 to play, but the Garnet responded and led by three, 26-23, at the half. SC extended the lead to five, 28-23, in the second half, but W&L countered with a 13-3 run, capped off by a three-pointer by forward Kristen Krouchick to take a 38-31 advantage with 8:08 to play in the contest. SU would cut the Generals' lead to one, 40-39, with 3:18 left, yet could not get any closer as W&L pulled away for the seven-point win.

After finishing the 2011-12 campaign with a 9-15 overall record, Swarthmore returns three starters from a season ago, including its two leading scorers. Junior guard Katie Lytle comes back as the Garnet's top scorer by averaging 13.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.7 spg and 1.4 apg. SU will also feature sophomore guard Elle Larsen, who tallied 12.8 ppg and 6.2 rpg, and junior guard Kayla Moritzky, who collected 8.0 ppg and 3.1 apg.

W&L and the Cougars could meet for the first time this weekend at the Swarthmore Tournament.

Chatham ended the 2011-12 season with a 4-21 overall record. The Cougars' roster features just two seniors, along with three juniors, five sophomores and three first-years.

Though W&L features a young team this season, the Blue and White is looking to prove the critics wrong as it was chosen to finish 12th out of 12 teams in the ODAC Preseason Poll. Defending  conference champion Guilford was selected first, while Eastern Mennonite, Virginia Wesleyan, Bridgewater and Randolph-Macon wrapped up the Top 5. Lynchburg, Hollins, Roanoke, Emory & Henry, Shenandoah and Randolph were selected in spots 6-11.

The Generals are anchored by three senior captains in guard Megan Marks and forwards Rachel Warrick and Katy Wilson. Last season, the trio combined for 583 points and 387 rebounds in 1,816 minutes of play.

The classroom isn't the only place senior forwards Rachel Warrick and Katy Wilson have been reaching for the books, as they have also made a dent in the W&L record books during their last three seasons. Combined, the two captains are present on four of W&L's Top 10 career record lists. Wilson's 48.3 percent (286-592) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also eighth in both career rebounds (611) and career blocked shots (47). Warricks sits sixth for career free throw percentage, shooting 76.4 percent (133-174) from the foul line.

Senior forward Katy Wilson comes back as the top returning scorer and rebounder from the 2011-12 campaign. She was named Third Team All-ODAC after starting in all 27 games for W&L, and averaged 11.8 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game. She also recorded a team-leading 50.0 percent (137-274) from the field last season.

W&L's roster will feature 11 members in 2012-13, with five of those being first-years. The Generals welcome guards Paige Corvino and Alena Hamrick, and forwards Katie Wildes, Wesleigh Vick and Shelbi Hendricks as the newest members of the Blue and White. Corvino hails from Clarendon Hills, Ill., earning four letters and honorable mention all-area honors at Fenwick High School. Wildes is from Massapequa Park, N.Y., and was a four-year letterwinner at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, while Vick was a four-time all-conference honoree at St. David's School in Raleigh, N.C. Hamrick participated in basketball at three different high schools and helped lead her teams to one district and three region championships. From Louisville, Ky., Hendricks collected all-district laurels four times and garnered all-region accolades for three seasons while playing at Kentucky Country Day.

Along with Wilson, the Generals return three more players who made an impact on the court last season in seniors Megan Marks and Rachel Warrick and sophomore Annie Gauf. Warrick started in all but one game during 2011-12, and recorded 8.1 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. Gauf notched 2.4 ppg and 1.3 apg in 26 appearances, and Marks entered the court in 25 games to register 1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.0 apg.

In the program's previous 19 seasons, W&L has claimed just a 4-12 record on opening day while on the road. Three of the four wins have come in the last seven years, with the most recent opening day victory coming at Mary Washington during the 2010-11 season when the Generals defeated the Eagles, 54-49.


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