January 1, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 7

GAME 9: W&L (4-4, 1-1 ODAC) at EMORY & HENRY (5-5, 2-0 ODAC)
DATE: Thursday, January 3, 2013
TIME: 7:00 pm

GAME 10: W&L vs. LYNCHBURG (7-3, 2-0 ODAC)
DATE: Saturday, January 5, 2013
TIME: 4:00 pm

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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 4-4 (.500) 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 219-271 (.447) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(W&L 49, SVCC 26 • Lexington, Va. • 12/29/12)
Washington and Lee held Sewanee to just 19.6 percent (9-46) shooting from the field to take a 49-26 win over the Tigers at the Warner Center.  This is the second straight game the Generals held an opponent under 30 points. The Generals (4-4) jumped out to a 9-0 lead by the 13:46 mark, in which three different players knocked down shots from long range. In the next 2:02, Sewanee (4-4) cut the lead to two (9-7), after notching seven unanswered points. W&L then went on a 10-4 run, capped by a trey from senior guard Megan Marks, to push the Generals' advantage to 12 points, 23-11, at 2:23. The teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of the half and the Generals walked into the break with a 25-14 advantage. The Blue and White kept a steady lead to begin the second period. After a jumper by sophomore guard Annie Gauf at the 11:55 mark, W&L scored eight of the next nine points to increase its lead to 19 (42-23) with 4:28 left in regulation. The Generals closed out the contest on a 7-3 run to cruise to the 49-26 victory. For the game, W&L went a season-high 7-for-16 (.438) from three-point range, while limiting Sewanee to just 17.4 percent (4-23) from behind the arc. First-year guard Alena Hamrick led the Generals with a game-high 17 points, and also added four rebounds, three steals and two assists. First-year guard Paige Corvino collected eight points, seven boards and four assists, and Marks tallied five points and eight rebounds.

THE EMORY & HENRY SERIES
W&L and E&H will meet for the 38th time, with the Generals holding a 19-18 edge in the all-time series. The Blue and White claimed a win in nine of the last 10 match-ups and averaged a 20-point margin of victory in the wins.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE WASPS
(W&L 75, E&H 46 • Lexington, Va. • 2/14/12)
Washington and Lee gave up a season-low 46 points to Emory & Henry and held the Wasps to just 29.3 percent shooting from the field (17-58) in a 75-46 victory at the Warner Center. E&H jumped out to an early 7-3 lead with two made layups by forward Carlyta Hamm and a three-pointer from senior forward Ashlyn Baird to open the contest. The Generals then went on to score five unanswered points to take the lead at 16:47, as forward Rachel Warrick converted a layup and put the score at 10-7. Guard Michelle Williams hit a jumper at 16:13 to close the Wasps' gap to one, but a free throw by Warrick at the 15:23 mark ignited a 21-2 run by the Blue and White as they took a 32-11 lead at 6:09. Both teams concluded the period with back-and-forth made shots, as W&L went into the break up 21 points (40-19). The Generals opened the second stanza with two consecutive layups by Warrick, sparking a 15-4 run to increase their lead 32 points (55-23). Guard Valerie Beale made a layup at 14:34 to pull the Wasps within 30 (55-25) and give them just their second completed shot of the half. However, W&L coasted to the win. For the game, W&L connected on 41.4 percent of its shots from the field (29-70), and came away with 16 steals, as the Wasps committed 26 turnovers. The Blue and White also blocked seven shots, one off of their season-best total this season. Three Generals scored in double figures led by Warrick, who recorded 17 points. Senior forward Becca Bolton netted 14 and forward Katy Wilson scored 12. Wilson and Bolton grabbed 12 and seven rebounds, respectively, and guard Megan Marks notched seven points and a career-best six boards. Senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein blocked four shots and Ingram dished out five assists. For E&H, Williams scored a team-high 14 points, but shot just 6-of-20 from the field (.300). She also added four rebounds. Baird registered seven points with six boards and Hamm tallied six points, six rebounds and two assists.

SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY
E&H is entering this week's contest with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference action, after a 75-51 loss to DeSales on December 16. The Wasps were limited to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field (19-57) and committed 31 turnovers. Sophomore guard Jalan McPherson and sophomore forward Carlyta Hamm led the Wasps in scoring with 14 and 10 points, respectively. On the season, E&H is scoring an average of 72.2 ppg, while allowing opponents to register 71.5 ppg. First-year forward Karina Farr is notching a double-double with 13.5 ppg and 11.7 rpg. Sophomore guard Michelle Williams is knocking down a team-high 15.7 ppg and sophomore guard Kristie Langley is tallying 12.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg.


THE LYNCHBURG SERIES
W&L and Lynchburg will face off for the 37th time, with the Generals holding a 20-16 advantage in the all-time series. In the last three seasons, the Blue and White dropped just one contest to the Hornets.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE HORNETS
(W&L 65, LC 57 • Lexington, Va. • 2/17/12)
A late 20-7 run allowed Washington and Lee to assume a 12-point lead (64-52) en route to a 65-57 win over Lynchburg at the Warner Center. A jumper by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein ignited the aforementioned 20-7 run and turned a 45-44 deficit into a 64-52 advantage with 2:09 left to play. LC pulled to within seven points (64-57) on a three-pointer by senior guard Carly Greenlief and a layup by senior forward Katie Crump with under a minute to go, but the Hornets missed their final five shots from the field as W&L sealed its fifth win in its last six games. After going into the break tied at 24-24, W&L began the second half slowly as it missed five of its first six attempts from the floor, and allowed LC to take a five-point lead by the 15:55 mark (31-26). A layup by Bolton and a three-pointer by Pfannenstein gave the Generals their first lead since late in the first half (33-31). The game continued the back-and-forth progression, until the Pfannenstein jumper began the aforementioned 20-7 run. The Hornets opened the game with a quick 4-0 lead at 18:13 off of a Crump layup. An Ingram trey sandwiched around jumpers by forwards Rachel Warrick and Katy Wilson allowed the Generals to take a five-point lead with 14:01 left in the first half (11-6). W&L took its largest lead of the first half at six points (17-11) with 10:57 to play, before missing its next nine shots from the floor, and allowing LC to creep back to within two (19-17). A three by Ingram at the 3:39 mark ended the drought, and put the Generals back up five (22-17), before LC ended the half on a 7-2 run to deadlock the score at 24-24 going into the break. For the game, the Generals shot 49.1 percent from the floor (27-55). LC made good on 42.1 percent of its attempts from the floor (24-57), but went just 4-for-26 from behind the arc.

SCOUTING LYNCHBURG
LC enters this week with a 7-3 overall record following a 67-59 win over N.C. Wesleyan on Sunday. Sophomore forward Shannon Allan led the Hornets with a game-high 23 points and four steals, while adding five rebounds and two assists. LC shot 46.7 percent (7-15) from long range and 37.5 percent (24-64) from the field and outrebounded N.C. Wesleyan, 50-34. On the season, Allan is leading the Hornets with 18.6 ppg and 6.5 rpg. They are outrebounding opponents by almost 10 points per game (66.0-57.5), while shooting 39.4 percent (248-630) from the field.

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 46.8 percent (320-684) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also sixth in career rebounds (670) and eighth career blocked shots (53). Warrick sits sixth for career free throw percentage, shooting 76.5 percent (143-187) from the foul line.

GIMME THAT BALL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L early on, as it is averaging almost three more steals per game than its opponents, 9.1-6.2. Senior forward Katy Wilson and senior guard Megan Marks are the biggest theft artists, collecting 15 and 16 steals, respectively.


DYNAMITE DEFENSE
In its eight games, W&L showed off its defensive skills. The Generals have held their opponents to just 29.7 percent (127-427) shooting from the field and allowed just 40.9 points per game to lead the ODAC in scoring defense and rank 20th in Division III. Against Southside Virginia Community College, W&L gave up a mere 15 points and just 26 points against Sewanee, the lowest point totals allowed by the Blue and White since the 2006-07 season when it 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 22-16 (.190) 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. Southside Virginia Community College shot just 1-for-14 (.071) from long range 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 -3.5 rebounding margin (40.4-36.9) through the first eight games. The Generals have had a particularly tough time on the defensive end, where they have allowed a combined 115 offensive rebounds, surrendering a total of 65 second-chance points.

KEEP 'EM BELOW 40
The Generals' defense seems to determine the outcome of all the contests thus far. In all four wins this season, the Blue and White held opponents to under 40 points, while each loss resulted in opponents scoring more than 40 points. W&L allowed a season-low 15 points to Southside Virginia Community College in a 57-15 victory, and also held Sewanee to 26 points (49-26).

NO CLOSE CALL
The Generals' six contests have been decided by an average of 21.0 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. W&L's largest victories came against Southside Virginia Community College (72-15), Sewanee (49-26) and Chatham (61-39), while its biggest losses came to Mary Washington (58-38) and Cabrini (50-34).

LET THE NUMBERS TALK
When comparing statistics in the four wins this season to the four losses, the Generals' numbers drastically improve in the victories. In steals alone, W&L more than doubles their average per game by recording 12.8 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 39.7 percent (94-237) from the field in the four wins. In points scored, the Generals are scoring almost 20 more points per game in wins (57.0), as opposed to the 39.8 ppg they are averaging in the losses.

MOVING UP
In the first three games of December, the Generals are noticing an upward trend in performance. Compared to the first three contests of November, W&L has improved in shooting percentage and assists. In the first three games of the season, the Blue and White shot 33.1 percent (56-169) from the field, while improving to 39.3 percent (70-178) in December. When facing Roanoke, Cabrini and Chatham at the beginning of November, the Generals averaged 10.0 apg, compared to the 16.7 apg in the three contests in December.

GET AHEAD FAST
The key to success for the Generals could be the abiltiy to take an early lead. In all four victories this season, W&L has held the lead at the half. Only once has it dropped a contest while walking into the break with an advantage.

MAKING HISTORY
W&L has allowed some of the lowest point totals in the program's history this season. Not only have a pair of opponents scored below 30 points, but the victories came in back-to-back contests. The Generals have not held two opponents in one year to below 30 points since the 2006-07 campaign when they defeated City College of New York, 62-24, and Hollins, 90-26. The only other time W&L allowed below 30 points in back-to-back games was during its inaugural season, taking down Mary Baldwin, 56-27, on January 25, 1994, and Sweet Briar, 57-22, on January 26.

 

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