December 30, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 6

Game 8: W&L (3-4) vs. Sewanee (5-4)
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2:00 pm
Location: Sewanee, Tenn.
Series Record: 2-1, W&L

Game 9: W&L vs. Apprentice (7-3)
Date: Friday, January 3, 6:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: N/A

Game Notes

MEDIA NOTE
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.

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. Coach Clancy’s overall record as a head coach at W&L is 12-20.

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 227-287 (.442) overall record and have won     one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
W&L 68, Averett 56 • Lexington, Va. • 12/16/13
The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team held Averett to just 6-of-25 shooting in the final 14:30 as the Generals defeated the Cougars, 68-56, in non-conference action at the Warner Center. Averett took a 38-37 lead with 16:01 on the clock, but the Generals used a 21-7 run over the next 9:22 to take a 13 point lead (58-45). Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks began the run with a three-pointer at the 15:00 minute mark and first-year forward Samantha Sharman scored the next eight points to extend the W&L lead to 48-40 with 12:05 on the clock. Sophomore forward Katie Wildes added six points herself as the Blue and White pulled away for the win. W&L led by as many as nine points (19-10) in the first half, but the Cougars used a 15-5 run over the next 6:54 to a take a 25-24 lead with 3:27 left to play. The Generals answered with a quick 8-4 run to take a three-point lead (32-29) going into the intermission. Averett used a quick 9-0 burst to take the one-point lead (38-37) before the Generals went on their decisive run to secure the victory. For the game, the Blue and White limited AU to 34.3 percent shooting (23-67) from the floor and 27.3 (3-11) percent from behind the arc, while holding an impressive 48-27 edge on the glass. The Generals also outscored the Cougars, 36-22, in the paint and scored 20 points off of 13 Averett turnovers. Sharman led the Generals, notching a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Hendricks recorded 15 points on the night, while Wildes also notched a career-high 15 points. First year guard Jackie Clifford chipped in seven points, nine rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino had a good floor game, finishing with a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists. First-year forward Brianna Taylor paced the Cougar offense with 13 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Nicole Garcia scored nine points off the bench, while junior guard Aundrea Burns and sophomore forward Oneka Jones posted eight points apiece. Jones also pulled in 10 rebounds.

THE SEWANEE SERIES
W&L and Sewanee will face off for the fourth time with the Generals holding a slight 2-1 lead in the all-time series. Last season was the first time these two teams met since the 1995-96 season. The Blue and White claimed the 49-26 victory on December 19, 2013.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Sewanee Tigers enter the game with a 5-4 overall record after defeating Covenant, 52-48, on December 10. The Tigers held the Scots to 32.1 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers. On the season, sophomore guard Jamie Chauvin leads the team with 13.1 points, 1.6 steals and 1.6 assists per contest. Senior guard Paige Lowe records 8.0 points per game, while junior forward Kayla Sewell and sophomore forward Casey Hassett lead the team in rebounding. Sewell pulls in 9.2 rebounds and Hassett grabs 8.8 boards per contest.  

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The class makes up 56.6 percent of the points, 52.1 percent of the assists, 60.2 percent of the rebounds and an impressive 64.4 percent of the steals. These four combine to shoot 40.6 percent (86-of-212) from the field and 59.7 percent (46-of-77) from the charity stripe this season.

CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS
Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick and sophomore guard Paige Corvino lead the team on the glass, combining for 104 rebounds (14.9 per game) this season. The duo combine for .353 percent of the team’s rebounds. Vick and Corvino are ranked in the Top 10 in the ODAC in rebounds per outing. Both players are tied for seventh in the conference with 8.0 rebounds per game. Over their careers, the duo have combined to record seven 10-plus rebound contests.

PILFERING THE PILL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L, as it is averaging one more steal per game than its opponents. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino and sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks are the biggest theft artists, collecting 16 and 15 steals, respectively, this season. Corvino leads the team with 2.3 steals per contest, while Hendricks corrals 2.1 per outing. First-year guard Jackie Clifford is not far behind, recording 13 steals on the year to average 1.9 per game.

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
The Generals have outscored their opposition, 113-104, off of turnovers this season. That’s 16.1 points per game, while its opponents record 14.8 per game. That equates to 28.0 percent of the Generals’ scoring production, compared to 23.9 percent of the scoring output for its opponents. Of the 113 points scored by the Generals, 44 were the direct result of a steal.

MOVING UP
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 43.6 percent (89-204) in the last four games. The Generals are also seeing an improvement from behind the arc, shooting 36.1 percent compared to 14.7 percent in the first three contests.

ODAC LEADERS
Paige Corvino ranks second in the ODAC with 16 steals for an average of 2.3 per game, while Shelbi Hendricks is ranked fifth with 15 steals (2.1 per game). Jackie Clifford also sits in 10th place in the conference with 1.9 steals per contest and sits in 11th place with 2.9 assists per game. As a team, the Blue and White rank fifth in the ODAC with 42.0 rebounds per game, including ranking fourth in defensive rebounds per outing (28.3). The Generals are out-rebounding their opponents 42.0 to 40.9 for a margin of +1.1 per game, which is the fifth best mark in the league. The Blue and White are holding their opponents to 62.0 points per game, which is the fourth-best mark in the ODAC. The Generals are also forcing 15.0 turnovers per game, while also corralling 8.4 steals per game, which ranks ninth in the conference.

SEEING DOUBLE
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.

PERFECT TIMING
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.