November 11, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 1

GAME 1: W&L vs. Meredith
DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
TIME: 6:00 pm

GAME 2: W&L vs. Alvernia or Gallaudet
DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
TIME: 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm

PDF version of notes here.

THE HEAD GENERAL
Christine Clancy (Brandeis '06) is in her second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee after serving as the assistant coach during the 2011-12 season. In her first season at the helm of the program, Clancy led a W&L team picked to finish last in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to the No. 8 seed out of 12 teams for the conference tournament.  The Generals won a first round contest before falling to top-seeded Eastern Mennonite, 68-58, in the quarterfinals.  W&L ended the season with a 9-16 overall record and finished among the league leaders in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense.

ALL-TIME RECORD
The Washington and Lee women's basketball program is participating in its 21st varsity season during the 2013-14 school year. Over that period of time, the Generals have compiled a 224-282 (.443) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
(EMU, 68, W&L 58 • Salem, Va. • 2/18/13 • ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals)
Senior forward Katy Wilson scored the 1,000th point of her career for the eighth-seeded Washington and Lee women's basketball team, but top-seeded Eastern Mennonite held on for a 68-58 victory in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. The Royals led the entire contest, and held a 48-38 lead over the Generals with 11:30 left in the game. W&L scored 14 of the next 19 points, highlighted by six points from senior forward Rachel Warrick, to cut the deficit to one (53-52) with 6:03 remaining on the clock. EMU countered with four points by junior guard Keyla Baltimore to push the lead back to five, 57-52, with just over four minutes left. Wilson connected on two free throws on the ensuing possession, and after a turnover by the Royals, Wilson dropped in a layup to pull the Generals within one, 57-56, at the 3:02 mark. Eastern Mennonite would seal the game by scoring the next six points and holding on for the 10-point victory. Wilson became the 10th player in program history with 1,000 points and finished her career with 1,013. She led the team with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and grabbed 12 boards. Warrick totaled 16 points with three rebounds and five assists. Baltimore led the Royals with 16 points and four rebounds. Sophomore forward Raiven Patterson added 11 points and four rebounds. For the game, W&L shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the field and 22.2 percent (2-9) from behind the arc. EMU connected on 21-of-50 (42.0 percent) from the floor and 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from long distance. The Royals took 27 free throws (24-27) compared to just four (4-4) for the Blue and White. W&L held the rebounding advantage, 32-28.

FACING MEREDITH

W&L and MC will face off for the third time with the Royals holding a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series. The only time these two teams met were during the 1994 season, with Meredith winning both contests by double-digits.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE AVENGING ANGELS
(MC, 67, W&L 42 • Raleigh, N.C. • 2/20/94)

Meredith took advantage of a double-double by Gilley (18 pts, 11 rbs) en route to a 67-42 win over the Generals in the Women's College Tournament on February 20, 1994. The Blue and White fell to Meredith, 68-55, earlier in the season. Sanda Holmes led the Generals with 13 points, to go along with her nine rebounds. This game ended the Generals season with an 11-10 overall record.

SCOUTING THE AVENGING ANGELS
Meredith enters the game coming off a 2012-13 season that resulted in an overall record of 8-17 and a 4-14 conference record. To end the regular season, the Angels were defeated by LaGrange, 69-61. MC shot just 33.9 percent (21-62) from the field, but scored 15 points from LaGrange's 25 turnovers and also added 12 second-chance points. Guard McKenzi Edwards netted a team-best 16 points and five assists, while senior guard Bryana Holmes notched 14 points and four steals. On the season, the Angels ranked second in the USA South in rebounds per game (42.8), 4.3 better than their opponents. They also ranked sixth in the conference in scoring offense (65.7 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.405, 606-1498). Edwards led the Angels last season with 15.8 points, 3.1 steals and 4.1 assists per game. Guard Keyanka Bailey collected 10.9 points and led the team with 7.6 rebounds per game and center Rah'Nika Jones recorded 6.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.

THE ALVERNIA SERIES

The Generals and the Crusaders could potentially meet for the second time, as Alvernia holds a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series. The teams last met during the 2007-08 season when the Crusaders claimed 76-66 win over W&L at the at the Terry Greene Tip-Off hosted by Franklin & Marshall. Washington and Lee held a 51-37 advantage on the boards, but was hampered by 22 turnovers and 34.9 percent shooting from the floor (22-of-63). Alvernia shot 43.5 percent from the field (27-of-62) and turned the ball over 12 times. Alvernia's Kelli McIntyre scored a game-high 19 points and was aided in Alvernia's offensive effort by Ashley Blevins' 10 points and Tracee Harrison and Joanna Graber, who each totaled nine points. W&L was paced by senior guard Emily Wolff, who tallied a team-high 13 points. Kristen Krouchick registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 boards, while Amanda Kane added 10 points.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
The Crusaders finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 9-16 and finished seventh in the Commonwealth Conference with a 6-12 record. Alvernia welcomes back Honorable Mention All-Commonwealth guard Chelsea Ebersole. Second in the nation in threes per game, Ebersol broke Alvernia's 15-year old record for threes in a season.  She finished the season with 96 triples, 29 more than Theresa Bray's previous record of 67 from the 1997-98 season.  She was two shy of tying the all-time record in the MAC and sits alone in second place, two behind Jenna Palumbo (King's 2006-07). A Sophomore, Ebersole finished the season scoring 14.4 points per game, the top mark on the team and third in the league. The Crusaders also return sophomore guard Stevie Fortna who averaged 10.0 points and 2.4 steals per game.

THE GALLAUDET SERIES
The Generals and the Gallaudet Bison could potentially meet for the first time in program history.

SCOUTING THE BISON
Gallaudet ended the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 7-18 and 5-13 in conference play. The Bison welcome back senior forward Lindsay Stergio, who is the returning leading scorer for Gallaudet (15.0 ppg). Stergio also ranked first on the team with 64 assists and 50 steals on the season. Junior guard Alexa Justus also returns for the Bison. As a sophomore, Justus averaged 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.  

BACK IN ACTION
The Generals return three players who made an impact on the court last season in junior guard Annie Gauf along with sophomore guard Paige Corvino and sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks. Corvino and Gauf started all 25 games during 2012-13 with Gauf averaging a team-high 36.3 minutes on the court. Gauf led the team with 3.4 assists and recorded 4.5 points per game, while Corvino posted 5.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Hendricks notched 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 25 appearances.

DOUBLE TROUBLE
The Generals welcome to the team Darby and Sydney Lundquist, twins from Chattannooga, Tennessee. Both were triple-sport athletes at Notre Dame High School, earning 12 varsity letters apiece in basketball, track and cross-country. During Sydney's career, she was a two-time recipient of the basketball team's best defense award and was also named newcomer of the year (cross-country). Darby was a four-time state qualifier for cross-country during her four seasons. The twins both earned the Fighting Irish triathelte award and were named most consistant in track.

HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Washington and Lee did a fantastic job of defending the three-point arc last season, allowing its opponents to shoot just 23.8 percent (80-336) from beyond the arc to sit second in the league and 17th 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, and Johns Hopkins hit just 2-of-15 (.133). In conference play, W&L held Shenandoah, Eastern Mennonite and Roanoke to just two made three-pointers and Lynchburg went just 1-for-10 from behind the arc (.100).

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