W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 8

GAME 11: W&L (5-5, 2-2 ODAC) at Eastern Mennonite (7-5, 3-1 ODAC)
DATE: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
LOCATION: Harrisonburg, Va.
TIME: 6:00 pm

GAME 12: W&L at Hollins (3-8, 0-5 ODAC)
DATE: Saturday, January 12, 2013
LOCATION: Hollins, Va.
TIME: 2:00 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 5-5 (.500) 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 220-272 (.447) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

In her first year as head coach of the women's basketball program, Christine Clancy is on the right path toward success at Washington and Lee. Two of the program's previous coaches went 5-5 in the first 10 games at the helm (Terri Dadio Campbell and Janet Hollack), while Mandy King started her first season with a 4-6 record.

(LC 60, W&L 50 • Lexington, Va. • 1/5/13)
After trailing in the first half, 22-21, Lynchburg pulled ahead by as many as 11 points in the second, and finished with a 60-50 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. The Hornets scored the first six points after intermission to take a 27-22 lead just 2:44 into the second half. Sophomore center Lauren Penley paced the run after sandwiching two baskets around a jumper by sophomore guard Katie Reeves. The Generals then pulled to within two (32-30) as first-year forward Shelbi Hendricks capped an 8-5 run with a jumper at the 13:35 mark. LC netted its next seven baskets, while W&L made just 2-of-13 attempts, to give the Hornets their largest lead of the contest (49-38) with 5:51 left in regulation. The Generals rattled off seven straight points to close within four points at the 4:12 mark, but they could not complete the comeback as LC walked away with the 60-50 victory. Senior forward Katy Wilson opened the game's scoring with a layup at 19:48. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the half, which featured five ties but just two lead changes. The Hornets led by as many as five points, 15-10, with 9:36 left in the half, but the Generals tied up the contest by the 7:29 mark (15-15) and closed out the remaining 6:50 on a 7-4 run to claim a 22-21 advantage at the break. Lynchburg shot 46.8 percent (22-47) from the floor, but limited W&L to just 28.1 percent (16-57) from the field. Wilson recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Generals, while going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Megan Marks notched nine points, seven boards and three assists, and first-year guard Paige Corvino registered nine points and four rebounds.

W&L and Eastern Mennonite will meet for the 42nd time, with the Royals holding a 24-17 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals have gone 7-4 against EMU in the last four seasons, but the Royals won both contests during the 2011-12 campaign.

(EMU 75, W&L 55 • Harrisonburg, Va. • 1/21/12)
Eastern Mennonite shot 46.0 percent (29-63) from the floor and forced 24 Washington and Lee turnovers in posting a 75-55 win over the Generals at Yoder Arena. The Royals held the Generals to just nine points in the initial 9:18 of the game in opening a 10-point advantage (19-9).  W&L cut it to a six-point game at 26-20 on a layup by forward Katy Wilson with 5:36 left in the first half, but EMU closed the first half with a 10-3 run for a 36-23 lead at the break. Eastern Mennonite opened the second stanza with a 7-0 spurt in the opening 1:51 to stretch its lead to 43-23 with 18:09 to play and the Generals could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as the Royals swept W&L in the season series for the first time since 2007-08. Washington and Lee, which shot just 38.2 percent (21-55) from the floor, was led by forward Rachel Warrick's season-high 16 points and seven rebounds.  Senior forward Becca Bolton added 15 points and nine boards, while Wilson had six points, seven rebounds and three assists. Guard Stephanie Rheinheimer paced four Royals in double figure scoring with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Guard Shakeerah Sykes contributed 12 points and five rebounds, while forward Kayla Yoders added 11 points and seven rebounds. Forward Bianca Ygarza chipped in 10 points and six rebounds as well.

EMU enter's this week with a 7-5 overall record after a 54-49 loss to Elizabethtown on Monday. The Royals were held to just 31.1 percent (19-61) shooting from the field, the team's second-lowest mark this season. Junior forward Bianca Ygarza led EMU with a double-double on 10 points and 11 rebounds, and first-year forward Jess Rhenheimer notched eight points and nine boards. On the year, Ygarza paces the Royals with 10.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg, while Jess Rheinheimer and junior guard Steph Rheinheimer average 9.0 ppg and 9.2 ppg, respectively. EMU is making good on 40.1 percent (310-774) of its shots from the floor, but just 61.4 percent (154-251) from the free throw line.

W&L and Hollins will face-off for the 38th time, with the Generals claiming a 29-8 lead in the all-time series. Last season, HU swept W&L in two games, giving the Generals their first loss to Hollins since the 2003-04 campaign.

(HU 71, W&L 68 2OT • Hollins, Va. • 1/31/12)
Forward Katy Wilson tallied career highs for both points (29) and rebounds (16), but it wasn't enough as Washington and Lee fell at Hollins University, 71-68, in double-overtime. Hollins opened a 17-12 lead in the first half and carried a 28-26 lead into the halftime break.  After forward Chanci Wright made a jumper that gave Hollins a 30-26 lead just 49 seconds into the second stanza, the Generals responded with five straight points to assume a 31-30 lead with 18:12 left in regulation.  From there, neither team would lead by more than three points as the teams exchanged the lead back and forth.After a pair of Wright free throws gave HU a 48-47 lead at the 4:16 mark of the second half, Wilson made a pair of jumpers 40 seconds apart to give the Generals a 51-48 advantage with 3:18 on the clock.  However, guard Carrie Cox drilled a three-pointer the next time down to knot the score at 51-51 with 2:46 left in regulation.  Neither team could score the winner in regulation, as the Generals missed three shots in the final 29 seconds and Hollins missed with one second remaining. In the first extra session, the teams traded the lead back-and-forth until first-year forward Lauren Morris stuck a jumper with 1:34 left for a 60-58 Hollins lead.  That score remained until senior guard Meg Ingram was fouled with 13 seconds remaining and hit both foul shots to tie the game at 60-60.  Ingram had a look at the game-winner as time expired and the teams headed to the second overtime. The Generals took a quick 63-60 lead on the strength of a three-point play by forward Rachel Warrick just 29 seconds into the final period.  However, Hollins battled back and took a 64-63 lead on a three-pointer by guard Jasmine Greene at the 3:09 mark, but an Ingram jumper and a free throw by senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein wrestled the lead back at 66-64 with 2:33 left.  That would be the Generals' last lead as three straight points by Morris and a Greene jumper provided Hollins with a 70-66 lead with 21 seconds remaining.  Following an Ingram layup and a Greene free throw, W&L had one final chance to send the game into a third overtime, but senior guard Allison Sublett's three-pointer failed to draw iron with three seconds left and the clock expired. Wilson was 13-of-21 from the floor and collected nine offensive rebounds, to go along with three assists and three blocks.  Ingram notched 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, while senior forward Becca Bolton totaled seven points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Greene finished one assist shy of a triple-double, totaling 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.  Wright posted 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Cox and Morris added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Hollins enters this week with a 3-8 overall mark following a 76-71 overtime victory over Hood on Monday. After being down at the half, 33-22, HU fought back in the second period, shooting 59.3 percent (16-27) from the floor and outscoring Hood, 44-33, to send the game into extra time. In overtime, Hollins scored three baskets from distance to pull ahead and take the five-point win. Three HU players recorded double-digit points, including 30 points from senior guard Jasmine Greene. Sophomore forward Britney Campbell registered 14 points and first-year Ella Oakley tallied 10. On the season, Greene is averaging 17.7 ppg, while junior forward Chanci Wright is collecting 8.7 rpg and scoring 7.1 ppg.

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 46.7 percent (332-711) mark from the field puts her third for career field goal percentage, and she is also sixth in career rebounds (691) and eighth in career blocked shots (55). Warrick sits sixth for career free throw percentage, shooting 76.4 percent (146-191) from the foul line.

In its 10 games, W&L showed off its defensive skills. The Generals have held their opponents to just 31.4 percent (170-542) shooting from the field and allowed just 43.6 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 three teams have recorded over 50 points against W&L this season, as Mary Washington notched 56 points, and Guilford and Lynchburg each tallied 60.

Senior guard Megan Marks has seen a burst in performance this season, as she has turned into a main contributor to the General's success. In her previous three years with the team, Marks had not averaged more than 1.8 ppg and 1.7 rpg in a season. Marks has started all 10 games this season, and is notching 4.9 ppg. 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg and a team-high 2.0 spg. She has recorded single-game career highs in points (19), rebounds (8), assists (4) and steals (6) so far this year.

According to the  ODAC Statistical Rankings, Eastern Mennonite and W&L are opposites when it comes to scoring offense, as EMU leads the league with 69.7 ppg and the Generals sit in last with 49.7 ppg. However, don't let the numbers deceive you. The Blue and White is still claiming a +6.1 scoring margin (49.7-43.6), thanks in large part to a defense that allows a conference-low 43.6 ppg.

Washington and Lee has done a fantastic job of defending the three-point arc this season, allowing its opponents to shoot just 19.9 percent (27-136) from beyond the arc to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage defense. In a 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).

The Generals' 10 contests have been decided by an average of 18.9 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).

When comparing statistics in the five wins this season to the five losses, the Generals' numbers drastically improve in the victories. In steals alone, W&L more than doubles its average per game by recording 12.0 steals per win, but just 5.2 in the dropped contests. The shooting troubles are highlighted in the losses as W&L shoots 28.6 percent (77-269) from the floor in the five defeats, while improving to 40.1 percent (19-71) from the field in the five wins. In points scored, the Generals are scoring over 15 more points per game in wins (57.6), as opposed to the 41.8 ppg they are averaging in the losses.

The beginning of the season may have started slow for the Generals, but with the recent burst in performance, W&L is getting comfortable on the court. In the first month of the season, the Blue and White was shooting just 32.0 percent (72-225) from the field and 16.9 percent from three-point range. After 10 games, the Generals are now making good on 34.5 percent (191-553) from the floor and 21.5 percent (32-149) from distance. Even the number of points have gone up since the opening four contests, as W&L averaged 45.8 ppg in the first four meetings, compared to the 49.7 ppg it is now recording.

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

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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