W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 5

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 5

Game 7: W&L (2-4) vs. Averett (1-2)
Date: Monday, December 16, 4:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: First Meeting

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. All archived interviews can be found there as well.

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 at W&L is 11-20.

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 226-287 (.440) overall record and have won     one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

Guilford 65, W&L 43 • Lexington, Va. • 12/4/13
Guilford held Washington and Lee to just two field goals in the final 10 minutes as the Quakers defeated the Generals, 65-43, in ODAC basketball action on Wednesday night at the Warner Center. With the Quakers 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 (5-1, 1-1) 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 (2-4, 1-2). The Generals held a two-point lead (15-13) at the 7:04 mark, but the Quakers regained the lead (17-15) after a Kayla Adams jumper at 6:11 and led by as much as seven as GC took a 30-26 lead at the intermission. 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. First-year forward Samantha Sharman led the Generals, notching a career-high 14 points and added three rebounds. Sophomore forwards Wesleigh Vick and Shelbi Hendricks chipped in nine and eight points, respectively. Sophomore 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 Oglesby and senior guard Kayla Adams recorded 10 points each.

W&L and Averett will face off for the first time in the history of these two programs.

The Averett Cougars enter the game with a 1-2 overall record after defeating Emory & Henry in overtime, 66-59, on December 3. The Cougars held the Wasps to 25.8 percent shooting and controlled the paint, holding a 26-14 edge in points. Averett also forced E&H into 24 turnovers and collected 10 steals. On the season, Jessica Myers leads the team with 12.3 points, 3.0 steals and 3.7 assists per contest. Oneka Jones also averages double-digits, posting 12.0 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. Alexis Sollars also pulls in 8.0 boards and chips in 8.7 points per outing.

The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The class makes up 56.7 percent of the points, 47.6 percent of the assists, 61.8 percent of the rebounds and an impressive 67.9 percent of the steals.

Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick and sophomore guard Paige Corvino lead the team on the glass, combining for 89 rebounds (14.8 per game) this season. Vick and Corvino are ranked in the Top 10 in the ODAC in rebounds per outing, with Vick in fifth place with 8.6 rebounds and Corvino in 10th place with 7.7 boards per game. Over their careers, the duo have combined to record six 10-plus rebound contests.

Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L, as it is averaging almost two more steals per game than its opponents. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks and sophomore guard Paige Corvino are the biggest theft artists, collecting 15 steals apiece this season to average 2.5 per game. First-year guard Jackie Clifford is not far behind, corralling 12 steals on the year.

The Generals have outscored their opposition, 93-89, off of turnovers this season. That's 15.5 points per game, while its opponents record 14.8 per game. That equates to 27.7 percent of the Generals' scoring production, compared to 23.5 percent of the scoring output for its opponents. Of the 93 points scored, 33 came off of a steal.

Since the first three games, the Generals are noticing an upward trend in performance. Compared to the first three contests, W&L has improved in shooting percentage and total points. In the first three games of the season, the Blue and White shot 31.1 percent (64-204) from the field, while improving to 41.9 percent (63-149) in the last three games. The Generals are also seeing an improvement from behind the arc, shooting 38.7 percent compared to 14.7 percent in the first three contests.

Paige Corvino and Shelbi Hendricks are tied for second in the ODAC with 15 steals for an average of 2.5 per game, while Jackie Clifford is ranked seventh with 12 steals (2.0 per game). Clifford also sits in 10th place in the conference with 2.8 assists per contest. As a team, the Blue and White rank fourth in the ODAC with 44.0 rebounds per game, including ranking fourth in defensive rebounds per outing (28.8). The Generals are holding their opponents to 62.6 points per game, which is the fourth-best mark in the league. The Generals are also forcing 15.3 turnovers per game, while also corralling 8.8 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the conference.

Hendricks earned her first career POW award for the week ending on December 8. She tossed in a career-high 29 points in 38 minutes of action to lead the Generals to a 67-63 victory over Roanoke in their ODAC home opener. She was 11-of-18 from the field, including 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. The forward also chipped in three assists and a career-high six steals on the evening. She is currently ranked third in the ODAC in steals per game (2.4). Hendricks' previous career-high in points was 18, when she went 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line in the 55-54 win over Randolph on January 15. Her three steals against Emory & Henry in the 2012 ODAC Tournament was her previous career-high in steals. Hendricks' point total is good for 13th place in W&L record book for points in a game. The last time a W&L player notched 29 points was on January 31, 2012 when Katy Wilson reached that total.

Shelbi Hendricks' and Wesleigh Vick's double-double performances against Gallaudet marked the first time since 2011 that two W&L players notched a double-double in the same game. Hendricks posted 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Vick recorded 12 points and 10 boards. The last time this happened, Becca Bolton posted 11 points and 14 rebounds and Katy Wilson recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds against Mary Washington on November 15, 2011.

First-year twins Darby and Sydney Lundquist both scored their first collegiate points with 47 seconds left on the clock in the game at Randolph on November 20. As Darby made a jump shot from the short corner on the right side, Sydney was fouled underneath the basket. Sydney sunk 1-of-2 free throws as the twins from Chattanooga, Tennessee notched their first points at the same time.