December 12, 2012

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 4

Game 7: W&L (2-4) vs. SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA C.C.
Sunday, December 16 - 1:00 pm

PDF version of notes here.

 

THE HEAD GENERAL
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 2-4 (.333) overall record at the helm of the Generals.

ALL-TIME RECORD
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 217-271 (.445) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(GC 60, W&L 45 • Lexington, Va. • 12/1/12)
Guilford went on a 16-0 run in the final 6:41 of the first half to turn a two-point deficit into a 14-point lead, and never looked back as the Quakers defeated the Washington and Lee, 60-45, on at the Warner Center. After W&L took a 20-18 lead off a three-pointer by sophomore guard Annie Gauf at the 7:12 mark, GC sophomore guard Brittany Drew tied the game at 20-20 with a layup at 6:41.  First-year guard Lila Scott then hit back-to-back three pointers just 37 seconds apart to push the Quakers' lead to six points (26-20) with 5:25 left to go. In the final 5:00, GC netted eight points with three different players scoring to take a 34-20 lead into intermission. Less than a minute into the second stanza, senior forward Katy Wilson ended the Generals' scoring draught with a layup at 19:10 (34-22). However, the Quakers answered back with four consecutive baskets over the next 1:31 to stretch their lead to 20 (42-22) with 16:43 left on the clock. A layup by Wilson at 16:27 ignited a 12-3 run by W&L that included eight points by Wilson and allowed the Blue and White to pull within 11, 45-34, by the 12:21 mark. Two field goals in the next 46 seconds by junior center Morgan King brought GC's lead back to 14 points (48-34). The Generals got no closer than 15 points the rest of the contest as the Quakers pulled away for their third-straight win over the Blue and White. For the game, Guilford limited W&L to just 32.8 percent (20-61) shooting from the field, while holding a 47-31 advantage in rebounds. Wilson led W&L, notching her first double-double of the season on a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. First-year guard Alena Hamrick recorded nine points, four rebounds and one block, and Gauf added seven points, four assists and two boards. Junior forward Gabby Oglesby led GC in scoring with 15 points, while senior guard Brittany Atwater paced the Quakers with five points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Scott also added eight points and sophomore forward Logan Hardin registered five points and four boards.

HITTING THE BOOKS
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 lists. Wilson's 47.5 percent (317-688) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also sixth in career rebounds (652) and eighth career blocked shots (52). Warrick sits sixth for career free throw percentage, shooting 76.4 percent (139-182) from the foul line.

WATCH OUT FOR WILSON
Senior forward Katy Wilson came back as the returning leading scorer and rebounder from last season and she is still among the top performers on the team this year. So far this season, Wilson leads the team in rebounds per game (7.8), points per game (11.2) and field goal percentage (.408, 31-76). She has registered double-digit points twice this year, including a 21-point performance over Roanoke in the season-opener, and claimed her first double-double on the year against Guilford with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

FIRST-YEAR FRENZY
First-year guard Alena Hamrick is starting her W&L career with a bang, as she is averaging 10.7 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game coming off the bench. At the Swarthmore Tournament, she was named to the All-Tournament team after registering 12.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg over that weekend, while shooting 7-8 (.875) from the foul line. She also added 3.0 assists per game, and made 3-of-5 attempts from behind the arc. Hamrick has notched double-digit points in four of the Generals' six contests and is also recoring an 80.0 percent mark (12-15) from the charity stripe.

GIMME THAT BALL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L early on, as it is averaging almost two more steals per game than its opponents, 8.8-7.2. Senior forward Katy Wilson is the biggest theft artist, collecting 15 steals in the first six 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.

DYNAMITE DEFENSE
In its six games, W&L showed off its defensive skills. The Generals have held their opponents to just 33.0 percent (112-339) shooting from the field and allowed just 47.7 points per game to lead the ODAC in scoring defense and rank 27th in Division III. 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. Only two teams have recorded over 50 points against W&L this season, as Mary Washington notched 56 points and Guilford tallied 60.

HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Washington and Lee has done a fantastic job of defending the three-point arc this season, allowing its opponents to shoot just 17-79 (.215) from beyond the arc to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage defense. In the 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). Johns Hopkins was also stifled from distance, making just 2-of-15 shots (.133).

VERTICALLY CHALLENGED
Rebounding has not been the Generals' strong suit thus far as W&L carries a -6.0 rebounding margin (42.7-36.7) through the first six games. The Generals have had a particularly tough time on the defensive end, where they have allowed a combined 87 offensive rebounds, surrendering a total of 54 second-chance points.

OPPONENTS IN THE TOURNAMENT
During the 2012-13 campaign, 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 to finalist George Fox in the quarterfinal round, 68-45. Against the 2012 Centennial Conference Champion, Johns Hopkins, the Generals dropped a 47-42 decision, and then they fell to then-No. 19 Mary Washington, 56-38, on the road. W&L hosted Guilford for its first home contest on December 1, dropping a 60-45 decision. The Generals will face one more tournament team in York (Pa.) on January 24.

NO CLOSE CALL
The Generals' six contests have been decided by an average of 14.7 points, regardless of a win or loss. 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. W&L then dropped the next three games, losing to Johns Hopkins by five points (47-42), Mary Washington by 18 (56-38) and finally falling to Guilford by 15 points (60-45).

LET THE NUMBERS TALK
When comparing statistics in the two wins this season to the four losses, the Generals' numbers drastically improve in the victories. In steals alone, W&L triples their average per game by recording 15.5 steals per win, but just 5.5 in the dropped contests. The shooting troubles are highlighted in the losses as W&L shoots 28.8 percent (61-212) from the floor in the four games, while improving to 36.7 percent (44-120) from the field in the pair of wins. In points scored, the Generals are scoring almost 13 more points per game in wins (53.5), as opposed to the 39.8 ppg they are averaging in the losses.

SLOW STARTERS
The Generals seem to be off to a rough start to the 2012-13 season with a 2-4 record, but this has been the case four out of the last five years for the program. Only during the 2010-11 campaign did the Blue and White post a winning mark after the first six games. There is reason for hope, as three of the four times the team held a losing record at this point they came back around and finished the season above .500.

 

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