January 28, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 11

GAME 18: W&L (7-10, 4-6 ODAC) at Bridgewater (9-8, 6-4 ODAC)
DATE: Thursday, January 31, 2013
LOCATION: Bridgewater, Va.
TIME: 7:00 pm

GAME 19: W&L vs. Virginia Wesleyan (11-8, 6-4 ODAC)
DATE: Saturday, February 2, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
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 7-10 (.412) 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 222-277 (.445) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(W&L 69, R-MC 63 • Ashland, Va. • 1/26/13)
Senior forward Rachel Warrick and first-year guard Paige Corvino both recorded career-high point totals to lead Washington and Lee to a 69-63 victory over Randolph-Macon at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Generals seized control of the contest midway through the first half with a 10-0 run that turned a one-point lead (11-10) into a 21-10 advantage with 7:06 to play.  Corvino keyed the run with back-to-back three-pointers which were followed by a pair of jumpers by Warrick. Randolph-Macon scored six straight markers to make it a five-point (21-16) game at the 6:15 mark, but a Corvino layup sparked a run of eight straight points for W&L as its lead grew to 29-16 en route to an eight-point lead (33-25) at the break. The Yellow Jackets climbed back within six points at 33-27 on a jumper by sophomore forward Caroline Young just 1:06 into the second half, but the Generals would use a 20-6 run over the next 6:40 to claim a 53-33 lead with 12:14 remaining.  Warrick and senior forward Katy Wilson scored seven points each to spearhead the run. R-MC gradually chipped away at the Generals' lead and sliced it to single digits (59-51) on a three-pointer by first-year guard Hannah Livermon at the 6:23 mark.  Livermon's triple was part of a 15-4 run over a course of 5:14 that saw the Yellow Jackets cut it to a two-point game (63-61) with 1:41 remaining.  However, W&L had a quick response as Warrick hit a jumper the next time down and Wilson canned a pair of free throws with 57 seconds left to give the Generals a 67-61 lead. First-year forward Shelbi Hendricks hit a pair of free throws sandwiched around a layup by R-MC junior forward Paige Mills for the final margin. W&L shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the floor and held a 49-33 advantage on the glass.  Warrick scored a game-high 21 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the floor. Corvino scored 15 markers and grabbed eight boards, while Wilson totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds. Hendricks added eight points and eight rebounds as well. Randolph-Macon shot 34.4 percent (22-64) from the field and was paced by sophomore guard Sarah Parsons, who tallied 19 points.  First-year guard Khajae Hester scored 15 points, while first-year forward Lauren Vugteveen notched 13 points and 13 rebounds.

THE BRIDGEWATER SERIES
W&L and BC will meet for the 38th time, with the Eagles holding a 27-10 advantage in the all-time series. The Blue and White have dropped just one game to Bridgewater in the last three seasons and swept the Eagles in regular-season action last year.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE EAGLES
(W&L 62, BC 58 • Lexington, Va. • 2/4/12)
A breakaway layup by senior forward Becca Bolton with 23 seconds left to play propelled Washington and Lee to a 62-58 victory over Bridgewater at the Warner Center. Tied at 58-58 with 53 seconds to play, a missed jumper by Bridgewater senior guard Jessie Owens was corralled by forward Rachel Warrick, who then found Bolton down court behind the Eagles defense for an easy layup and a two-point lead (60-58) with 23 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, BC turned the ball over leading to a foul on Owens with 12 seconds to go sending senior guard Meg Ingram to the line where she made good on both shots sealing the four-point win. W&L scored five quick points to begin the second half on buckets by Warrick and Bolton, and a free throw by Bolton to bring the score to 36-28 at the 18:13 mark. The Eagles responded with a layup from first year forward Kelsey Taylor to take a 10-point lead (38-28) with 18:11 left in the contest. However, a jumper by forward Katy Wilson at 18:09 ignited a 20-4 run by the Blue and White, which made the score 48-42 in favor of W&L at 7:56. The Eagles went on to miss only one of their next seven attempts from the field to bring the score to 55-55 with 2:14 left on the clock. A three-pointer by guard Holly Morgan at 1:36 gave the Eagles a one-point advantage (58-57), but two turnovers and two missed shots late in the contest held BC at its 58-point state for the remainder of the game.The first 5:01 of the game included two ties and neither team was able to jump ahead, until four made free throws by the Eagles ignited a 15-1 spurt to give them a commanding 24-10 lead at 6:48. Bolton ended the drought with a jumper at 5:51 to pull W&L within 12 points (24-12), but BC fought back and took its largest lead (16 points) with 4:18 left in the half. W&L was able to make good on its final 4-of-8 shots of the opening period, but allowed BC to score three more times to take the 13-point advantage into the break. The Generals were led by Bolton, who recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ingram tallied 18 points and five assists, and Wilson notched 12 points and four assists. Morgan led the Eagles with 19 points and 11 boards, and senior guard Jenny Logan registered 11 points, including 6-for-6 from the line, and three assists.

SCOUTING BRIDGEWATER
Bridgewater enters this week with a 9-8 overall record and a 6-4 mark in ODAC action, after a 78-56 win over Emory & Henry on Saturday. Three Eagles scored in double figures, including a 20-point performance by senior guard Jessica Mullen. Junior guard Holly Morgan notched 18 points and senior center Katelynn Hottinger collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. For the season, BC is shooting 37.3 percent (383-1027) from the field and out-scoring opponents, 61.8-56.4. Mullen paces the Eagles with 17.9 ppg and 3.5 spg, while adding 3.5 rpg and 1.8 apg. Hottinger is averaging 8.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.5 bpg, and Morgan is recording 7.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.5 apg.

THE VIRGINIA WESLEYAN SERIES
W&L and VWC will face off for the 42nd time, with the Marlins claiming a 27-14 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals have dropped their last four contests to VWC and have been out-scoredby an average of 10.3 ppg in the contests. W&L's last victory against Virginia Wesleyan was in the ODAC Tournament Semifinals during the 2008-09 season.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE MARLINS
(VWC 60, W&L 58 • Salem, Va. • ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament • 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 women's basketball 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. Her shot was blocked and the clock expired before a follow-up shot could be taken. 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.  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. Virginia Wesleyan shot just 32.3 percent (21-65) from the floor, but was 14-of-14 from the charity stripe.  The Marlins were paced by Blalock's 15 points and 11 boards, and 12 points from guard Sarah Seipp.  Spencer and Lewis chipped in 11 points each.

SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
VWC enters this week with an 11-8 overall mark and a 6-4 record in conference play following a 58-49 loss to Guilford on Saturday. The Marlins trailed by just three (24-21) in the first half, but the Quakers held VWC to 24.2 percent (8-33) in the second to hand Virginia Wesleyan the loss. Sophomore forward Nancy Kelly led the Marlins with seven points and five rebounds and junior guard Symonne Newsome recorded six points and three boards. On the year, VWC is allowing opponents to shoot 38.5 percent (382-991) from the floor, while out-scoring them, 67.9-57.6. Sophomore guard Brittany Glasco is averaging 8.6 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.3 spg, and Kelly is tallying 8.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

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 four seasons here. Combined, the two captains are present on five of W&L's Top 10 career lists. Wilson's 45.9 percent (363-791) mark from the field puts her fourth for career field goal percentage, and she is also fifth in career rebounds (756), eighth in career blocked shots (63) and 10th in career points (896). Warrick sits fifth for career free throw percentage, shooting 77.3 percent (163-211) from the foul line.

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 21.4 percent (50-234) from beyond the arc to lead the league and sit fourth in the nation 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 Johns Hopkins hit just 2-of-15 (.133). Most recently, Shenandoah was stifled from distance, making just 2-of-12 shots (.167) and Roanoke shot 12.5 percent (2-16) in the teams' second meeting.

BATTLE BEHIND THE ARC
This week's matchup between W&L and Bridgewater may not be one where either offense relies on three-point shooting. Along with the Generals sitting fourth on the Division III NCAA Statistical Rankings in three-point field-goal percentage defense, BC currently sits 10th after holding opposing teams to 22.7 percent (53-233) from behind the arc.

ON THE RISE
Against Randolph-Macon, the Generals shot above 40 percent for both field goal and three-point percentage for the first time all season. From the floor, W&L made good on 41.9 percent (26-62), while going 3-for-7 (.429) from distance. On the year, the Blue and White has netted over 40 percent of its attempts from the field three times, dropping only one of those contests, and was over the mark in three-pointers one other time.

LEADING DEFENSE
By allowing opponents to score just 50.4 ppg this season, the Generals' scoring defense isn't only topping the ODAC charts. According to the most recent Division III NCAA Statistical rankings released on January 24, W&L is 44th in the nation after holding opposing teams to just 51.9 ppg in 15 contests. Guilford sits 38th in the country, allowing opponents to average 51.5 ppg.

WATCH OUT FOR WILSON
Senior forward Katy Wilson has played an important role in W&L's success this season, averaging a team-best 10.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 spg and 0.9 bpg. Wilson has recorded a double-double three times this year and has netted double-digit points in nine contests, including a season-high 21 points against Roanoke on November 15. She is also ranked in the top six in four of the ODAC's stastical rankings. For defensive rebounds, Wilson is fourth in the league at 5.2 rpg, while sitting fifth in offensive rebounds (3.3 rpg) and total rebounds (8.5 rpg), and seventh in blocks (0.9 bpg).

HELP ME OUT
W&L has seen more success when the passing is on target, as it is 6-1 when the team records more assists than opponents. It has won just one game when opponents collect more assists. Leading the team with 3.1 apg is sophomore guard Annie Gauf, who is currently ranked seventh in the ODAC. Senior forward Katy Wilson is close behind, notching 2.8 apg.

FIRST-YEAR FRENZY
After using the first couple of months to adjust to the college scene, three active first-years in forwards Shelbi Hendricks and Wesleigh Vick and guard Paige Corvino are now making great impacts on the team's performances. In a loss to Eastern Mennonite, they tallied the top-three point totals for the Generals, including a double-double by Vick on 10 points and 10 rebounds. With Hendricks' nine points and Corvino's eight, the three registered more than half of the team's 48 total points. Against York, Hendricks netted 11 points to tie for the team-high. In a 55-54 win over Randolph, Hendricks registered her first career double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds. Against Hollins, Corvino notched a career-best 15 points, while Vick added another six points and five rebounds. So far this season, Hendricks is averaging 7.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg, Corvino is collecting 5.8 ppg and 1.4 spg, and Vick is notching 4.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg.

 

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