W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 13

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 13

Game 22: W&L (6-14, 4-9) vs. Randolph-Macon (18-5, 11-3)
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 34-11, R-MC

Game 23: W&L (6-14, 4-9) vs. Randolph (10-11, 4-9)
Date: Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 30-11, W&L

Game 24: W&L (6-14, 4-9) vs. Guilford (16-6, 8-5)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2:00 pm
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
Series Record: 29-11, GC

Game notes

Following the game, Head Coach Christine Clancy or a player takes a minute to answer some questions about her team's performance. The interview is normally up 20 minutes after the game and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/wlusports.

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. Coach Clancy's overall record as a head coach is 37-37.

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 230-295 (.437) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

W&L 67, Lynchburg 62 • Lynchburg, Va. • 2/15/14
Washington and Lee team scored as time expired to force overtime and went on to defeat Lynchburg, 67-62, Saturday. With the Hornets up by two (56-54), the Generals forced a Hornet turnover and with just four seconds on the clock. Junior guard Annie Gauf then received the inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast to find first-year guard Jackie Clifford for the tying basket that forced overtime. Clifford gave the Generals a four-point lead when she tallied the first four points of the overtime period. Lynchburg pulled within one point (61-60) with 1:44 left on the clock after junior forward Lauren Penley made 2-of-2 from the foul line and first-year guard Charmaine Hairston made a layup. The Generals responded with two free-throws from sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick to make the score 63-60 with 1:28 left. The Hornets once again pulled within one (63-62) off a jumper by first-year forward Jamie Grace with 1:13 on the clock, but that would be as close as they would get as the Generals got two free-throws each down the stretch from sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks and Gauf to reach the final margin. W&L began the second half with a 27-24 lead and saw its lead grow to as many as six points during the first 10:44 of play. LC began to chip away at the Generals' lead, going on a 16-6 run to take a 56-51 lead with 2:05 left to play. The Generals scored five points, courtesy of Gauf, sophomore guard Paige Corvino and Clifford, in the final 1:50 to force the overtime period. For the game, the Hornets outrebounded the Generals, 54-47, including a 24-14 edge in offensive rebounds. W&L shot 37.9 percent from the floor (25-66), while the Hornets made 25-of-78 for a 32.1 shooting percentage. Gauf led all scorers with 18 points, while also recording seven rebounds, seven assists and one block. Hendricks tallied 14 points, three steals and six rebounds, while Vick notched 10 points and seven boards. Penley led the Hornets with 14 points and added 13 rebounds of her own. Senior guard Ann Dorris notched 12 points and four boards, while Hairston and Grace added 10 points each.

W&L and Randolph-Macon will be facing off for the 46th time, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 34-11 edge in the all-time series. Earlier this season, R-MC took down W&L, 96-76, on January 23 in Ashland.

Randolph-Macon enters the week with an 18-5 overall record and a 11-3 ODAC mark after defeating Guilford, 80-74, on Saturday at Crenshaw Gymnasium. R-MC forced Guilford into 24 turnovers and corralled 16 steals. Junior guard Taylor Huber led all scorers with 26 points, while sophomore forward Katie Anderson had 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Sarah Parsons added 13 points and first-year guard Marisha Berry had four points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals for the Yellow Jackets. For the season, Huber leads the team at 22.0 points per game, while Parsons adds 17.9 points per outing. Anderson adds 15.9 points per game, while recording a team-high 9.9 rebounds per contest.

Washington and Lee tallied a season-high point total, but could not keep pace with Randolph-Macon as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Generals, 96-76, at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets opened a 15-point lead (36-21) with 8:14 left in the first half, but the Generals used a 21-9 run over the next 6:35 to slice it to a 45-42 game. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino capped the scoring surge with a triple at the 1:39 mark and the Jackets carried a 50-43 lead into the halftime break. R-MC pushed its lead back to double-digits (56-45) on a layup by sophomore forward Katie Anderson just 1:40 into the second half, but W&L used a 7-0 run keyed by four points from first-year forward Samantha Sharman and three points from junior guard Annie Gauf to make it a six-point game (62-56) at the 12:25 mark. The Yellow Jackets then took control of the game with a 13-4 run that stretched their lead from eight points (76-68) at the 7:27 mark to 17 points (89-72) following a three-pointer by junior forward Taylor Huber with 5:13 to play. The Generals shot 46.4 percent (26-56) from the floor and made 23-of-30 (.767) free throws in the game. However, Randolph-Macon held a 51-29 advantage on the boards, including grabbing 24 offensive rebounds. For W&L, it was the seventh loss in a row, marking the program's longest losing streak since the 2002-03 season. Sharman and sophomore forward Katie Wildes paced six Generals in double figures with 14 points each. Sharman went 6-of-8 from the floor, while Wildes grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. First-year guard Jackie Clifford scored 11 points, while Gauf, Corvino and sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick each notched 10 points. Anderson led five Yellow Jackets in double figures with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Lauren Vugteveen tallied 17 points and senior center Lindsey Sharman chipped in 15 points.

W&L and Randolph will be facing off for the 42nd time, with the Generals holding a 30-11 edge in the all-time series. Earlier this season, the WildCats took down W&L, 71-58, on November 20 in Lynchburg.

Randolph enters the week with a 10-12 overall record and a 4-9 ODAC mark after falling to Shenandoah, 73-50, on Saturday. Randolph allowed Shenandoah to hit 24-of-47 shots to record a 51.1 shooting percentage on the day. Sophomore guard Bria Carlisle led Randolph with 12 points, while senior guard Emilee Duton added 11 points and four assists. For the season, sophomore guard Abigail Bullins leads the team at 12.8 points per game, while Dunton adds 10.8 points per outing. Junior forward Jensen Hoover chips in 9.3 points per game, while recording a team-high 8.1 rebounds per contest.

Randolph College limited Washington and Lee to just 30.4 percent (21-69) shooting from the floor en route to posting a 71-58 victory over the Generals at the RAD Center. The Generals took a 9-7 lead at the 11:40 mark of the first half on a jumper by junior guard Annie Gauf. However, W&L missed each of its next five shots from the field and the WildCats went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:51 to take a 16-9 lead with 7:49 left in the half. The Randolph lead swelled to as many as eight points in the first half in carrying a 32-26 lead into the break. RC held a 34-26 advantage just 35 seconds into the second stanza, but the Generals produced a 9-0 run over the next 2:59 to assume a one-point lead (35-34) on a jumper by sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick at the 16:26 mark. However, the WildCats hit back-to-back triples by sophomore guard Abigail Bullins and senior guard Emilee Dunton to take the lead right back at 40-35 with 16:06 remaining. The WildCats maintained an eight-point lead (55-47) with 9:49 remaining before using a 13-2 run keyed by seven points from junior forward Jensen Hoover to take a commanding 68-49 lead with 3:35 left in the game. W&L committed just nine turnovers in the game, but could not overcome poor shooting and a 53-43 disadvantage on the boards. Gauf paced the Generals with 13 points, while sophomore guard Paige Corvino totaled 11 points and eight rebounds.  Sophomore forwards Shelbi Hendricks and Katie Wildes scored nine points each, and Vick added five points and 12 rebounds. Randolph shot 43.5 percent (27-62) from the floor and was led by Hoover, who tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds. First-year guard Brie Holdren notched 11 points, and Dunton chipped in 10 markers.

W&L and Guilford will be facing off for the 41st time, with the Quakers holding a 29-11 edge in the all-time series. Earlier this season, GC defeated W&L, 63-46, on January 15 in Lexington.

Guilford enters the week with a 16-6 overall record and an 8-5 ODAC mark after falling to Randolph-Macon, 80-74, on Saturday at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to split the season series with Guilford. Senior forwards Morgan King and Gabby Oglesby scored a team-high 16 points. Oglesby also had a game-best 12 rebounds and four blocks. Junior guard Brittany Drew contributed 15 points, four assists and two steals. For the season, Oglesby leads the team at 13.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while King adds 11.4 points and 8.1 boards per outing. Drew adds 9.9 points per game, while recording a team-high 1.6 steals per contest.

Guilford held W&L to just two field goals in the final 10 minutes as the Quakers defeated the Generals, 65-43, at the Warner Center. With GC leading, 43-30, at the 14:05 mark, the Generals used a quick 7-0 run capped by a first-year guard Jackie Clifford layup to pull the Blue and White within six points (43-37) with 10:39 left to play. Guilford held the Generals to just 2-for-7 (.285) from the floor and forced seven turnovers in the final 10 minutes as it went on a 22-6 run to secure its fourth-consecutive victory over W&L. For the game, Guilford limited W&L to 40.9 percent (18-44) shooting from the field, while holding a 35-26 advantage in rebounds. Sharman led the Generals, notching a then career-high 14 points and added three rebounds. Sophomore forwards Wesleigh Vick and Shelbi Hendricks chipped in nine and eight points, respectively. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino recorded a game-high four steals and dished out three assists. Junior guard Brittany Drew led GC in scoring with 12 points, while senior center Gabby Oglesby and junior guard Kayla Adams recorded 10 points each.

The Generals picked up their first road win of the season in spectacular fashion, defeating Lynchburg, 67-62, in overtime on Saturday. With the Hornets leading by two points (56-54) with 39 seconds left to play, W&L forced a turnover with four ticks on the clock. Washington & Lee held Lynchburg to 2-of-7 from the field (28.5 percent) and converted seven of their nine free throws in overtime to seal the game. The last time the Generals won in overtime was when W&L defeated Lynchburg, 76-68, during the 2006-2007 season in Lychburg. Overall, W&L is 2-4 all-time when playing an overtime game.

Entering the final week of the regular season, a lot is still to be determined on who the Generals will play to start the ODAC Tournament. W&L will compete in the play-in game on Monday, February 24, as only the Top 4 seeds recieve a bye to the conference quarterfinals. The Blue and White is currently 10th, which would force the team on the road in the opening round. With three victories this week, the Generals could move as high as sixth, but would need teams in front of them to stumble down the stretch. The fifth through eighth seeds in the tournament serve as hosts for the first-round games.