W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 2

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 2

Week 2

W&L at JOHNS HOPKINS - November 25, 4:00 pm

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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. Clancy holds a 2-1 overall record at the helm of the Generals.

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 217-268 (.447) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

(W&L 61, Chatham 39• Swarthmore, Pa. • 11/18/12)
Washington and Lee forced 29 turnovers and had three players with double-digit points in a 61-39 victory over Chatham in the consolation game of the Swarthmore Tip-Off. The Generals recorded 12 steals, and held the Cougars to 30.6 percent (15-49) from the field. Off the bench, first-year guard Alena Hamrick led W&L with 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists. After trading baskets in the first five minutes, W&L went on a 6-0 run to take a 12-6 lead at the 11:40 mark in the opening half. Sophomore guard Annie Gauf capped the stretch with a layup. Chatham guard Rachel McClain made a pair of free throws to cut the advantage to four (12-8), but the Generals rolled off five points to go up 11, 17-8, on a three by Hamrick. The two teams traded buckets the rest of the half with W&L taking a 26-16 lead into the break. The Cougars turned the ball over 15 times in the first and shot 28.6 percent (6-21) from the field. The Generals took care of the basketball with only six turnovers and shot 32.4 percent (11-34) from the field. W&L held a 31-21 lead at the 17:20 mark in the second before stringing together five-straight points to leave Chatham in a 15-point hole (36-21) with 15:12 left in the game. The Generals pushed the advantage to 20 (48-28) on a layup by first-year guard Paige Corvino at the 8:40 mark to put the game away. The Cougars made a late push, but couldn't make up the difference in the 61-39 defeat. Along with Hamrick, senior guard Katy Wilson had 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals, and first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks totaled 10 points and grabbed four boards. Washington and Lee finished at 36.4 percent (24-66) from the field. Chatham struggled from the foul line, converting only nine of its 22 chances for 40.9 percent. W&L held a slight edge on the glass with 42 rebounds compared to 41 for the Cougars. McClain led Chatham with 15 points and three steals. Both guard Marguerite Sargent and forward Carly Zelenak each had seven points.

The Generals and the Blue Jays will meet for the first-ever time on Sunday.

The Blue Jays enter this week with a 1-3 overall record following a 58-39 loss to Haveford on Tuesday. Even with a losing record, JHU is outscoring opponents 219-207 and is registering a 37.2 shooting percentage (89-239) from the field. Senior forward Alex Vassila is averaging a double-double to lead the team, notching 10.8 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game, and also shooting 50.0 percent (18-36) from the field.

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 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 48.2 percent (303-629) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also eighth in both career rebounds (631) and career blocked shots (51). Warrick sits seventh for career free throw percentage, shooting 75.8 percent (135-178) 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. So far this season, Wilson leads the team in points per game (12.0), rebounds per game (6.7) and field goal percentage (45.9 percent), including a 21-point performance in the season-opening 46-34 win over Roanoke.

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. Despite their lack of playing experience at the collegiate level, the rookies have proven themselves to be dangerous opponents on the court at the Swarthmore Tournament. Hamrick averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over the weekend, while shooting 7-8 (.875) from the foul line and being named to the All-Tournament team. She posted 8.5 points per game and 3.0 assists per game, and made 3-of-5 attempts from behind the arc. Corvino, Wildes and Vick also stepped up their game by combining for 22 points, 21 boards and five assists against Cabrini and Chatham.

The Generals will spend the entire month of November on the road, traveling a total of 1,516 miles round trip from Lexington. After already hitting the road for Roanoke and Swarthmore, W&L will also travel to Johns Hopkins and Mary Washington, before hosting its first home contest on December 1. During the 2011-12 campaign, the Generals posted a 6-7 overall record as the away team.

Stealing the ball has become quite the normal for W&L early on, as it is taking the ball away more than twice as much as opponents, 37-16. Senior guard Megan Marks and senior forward Katy Wilson are the biggest theft artists, with both collecting nine steals in the first three contests. In the win over Chatham, four different Generals ended the game with two or more steals, including four by first-year guard Alena Hamrick.

In its three games, W&L made sure to show off its defensive skills. The Generals have held their opponents to just 29.2 percent (47-161) shooting from the field and allowed just 41.0 points per game. Against Roanoke in the season-opener, W&L gave up a mere 34 points, the lowest total points allowed by the Blue and White since the 2006-07 season when the Generals defeated Randolph, 71-34.The only team so far this season to record over 40 points when playing W&L was Cabrini, who notched 50 points in its win over the Generals.

Washington and Lee has dones a fantastic job of defending the three-point arc this season, allowing its opponents to shoot just 3-25 (.120) from beyond the arc in its first three games. In Sunday's 61-39 win over Chatham, the Generals held the Cougars without a three-pointer made in nine attempts. Roanoke shot just 1-for-4 from three (.250) in the opener and Cabrini hit just 2-of-12 attempts (.167).

Rebounding has not been the Generals' strong suit thus far as W&L carries a -7.0 rebounding margin (43.7-36.7) through the first three games. The Generals have had a particularly tough time on the defensive end, where they have allowed a combined 52 offensive rebounds through the first three outings, surrendering a total of 24 second-chance points.

Beginning with this week's matchup against Johns Hopkins, the Blue and White will face four teams that competed in the 2011-12 NCAA Division III Tournament. Combined, the four teams recorded a 6-4 mark in the tournament, with Mary Washington advancing the furthest with a loss in the to finalist George Fox in the quarterfinal round, 68-45. W&L will travel to UMW on November 29, and will also face Guilford on December 1 and York (Pa.) on January 24.

Each of the Generals' first three contests have been decided by more than 10 points, regardless of a win or loss for them. W&L's season-opener featured a 12-point victory over ODAC-foe Roanoke to start 2012-13 with a 1-0 record. At the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament, W&L claimed a 1-1 mark on the weekend, scoring just 34 points in the first contest against Cabrini and losing by 16 points (50-34). In the consolation round, the Generals eased frustrations from the night before to fly past Chatham, 61-39, and win by 22 points.


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