W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 9

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 9

Game 14: W&L (3-10, 1-5) vs. Randolph-Macon (11-4, 4-2)
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 pm
Location: Ashland, Va.
Series Record: 33-11, R-MC

Game 15: W&L (3-10, 1-5) vs. Bridgewater (5-9, 3-3)
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: 28-10, BC

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 12-26.

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 227-293 (.436) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

Virginia Wesleyan 60, W&L 35 • Virginia Beach, Va. • 1/18/14
Virginia Wesleyan limited the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team to just 12 points on 6-of-17 shooting (35.3%) in the first half en route to a 60-35 victory over the Generals at the Batten Center. The Marlins held the Generals scoreless for the first five minutes of play until first-year forward Samantha Sharman drained a jumper in the paint to cut the lead to five (7-2) with 15:00 on the clock. VWC then went on a 23-10 run over the next 11:50 to take an 18-point lead with 3:10 left to play. The Marlins increased their lead, tallying seven consecutive points down the stretch, including four straight from first-year forward Alexis Platt, to take a commanding 37-12 lead at the intermission. Virginia Wesleyan forced W&L into 18 turnovers in the first half, which marked the first time this season the Generals recorded over 15 turnovers in one half. The Marlins held W&L to just 22.2 percent (6-27) shooting in the second half and saw their lead grow to as much as 30 points, as they posted the 25-point victory over the Generals. For the game, VWC out-rebounded the Generals 48-37, including a 24-12 edge on the offensive glass, and held the Blue and White to just 27.3 shooting (12-44) for the game. The Generals were led by sophomore forward Katie Wildes who had 11 points and a team-high three assists. Sharman added 10 points and four rebounds, while first-year guard Jackie Clifford chipped in seven points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks added four points and a team-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Brittany Glasco paced Virginia Wesleyan with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Nancy Kelly and sophomore forward Cassie Conley each finished the game with 10 points. Conley also added five rebounds.

W&L and Randolph-Macon will be facing off for the 45th time, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 33-11 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, W&L won the only contest between these two teams, 69-63, on January 26. The Generals are currently on a four-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets. R-MC last defeated the Blue and White, 79-66, in the 2011 ODAC Tournament semifinals.

Randolph-Macon enters the game with a 11-4 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark after falling to two-time defending ODAC champion, Guilford on Saturday by a score of 80-67. The loss to the Quakers marked just the second time this season the Yellow Jackets lost a game by double-figures. GC held R-MC to just 35.2 percent shooting (25-71) from the field and out-rebounded the Yellow Jackets 61-30. Junior guard Taylor Huber led R-MC in scoring with 24 points, followed by sophomore forward Katie Anderson with 18. Junior guard Sarah Parsons chipped in 10 points. On the season, Huber leads the team with 22.9 points and a team-high 2.2 steals per outing after appearing in just 12 games this season. Two other players also average double-figures. Parsons puts up 18.9 points per game, while Anderson averages 15.9 points per contest. Anderson also pulls in a team and conference-best 10.4 boards per game.

Forward Rachel Warrick and guard Paige Corvino both recorded career-high point totals to lead the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team 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 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 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 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. Forward Shelbi Hendricks hit a pair of free throws sandwiched around a layup by R-MC 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 guard Sarah Parsons, who tallied 19 points. Guard Khajae Hester scored 15 points, while first-year forward Lauren Vugteveen notched 13 points and 13 rebounds.

W&L and Bridgewater will be facing off for the 39th time, with the Eagles holding a 28-10 advantage in the all-time series. After losing to the Generals twice in the 2011-12 season, BC defeated the Blue and White, 63-44, during the only contest between the two teams last season.

Bridgewater enters the week with a 5-9 overall record and a 3-3 ODAC mark after losing to Roanoke, 78-64, on Saturday. Senior guards Holly Morgan and Molly Shelly led the Eagles with a double-double apiece. Morgan finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Shelly recorded 12 points and 12 boards. Roanoke won the rebounding battle 49-47 and forced the Eagles into 23 turnovers. For the season, Morgan leads BC with 12.0 points per game, followed by sophomore guard Cassidy Burkholder with 11.6 points and a team-high 2.5 steals per outing. First-year forward, Heather Cantrell, adds 9.9 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds per contest.

Bridgewater College jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game and cruised to a 63-44 win over Washington and Lee at Nininger Hall. The Generals missed 11 of their first 12 shots from the floor and committed 12 turnovers as the Eagles amassed the early 12-point advantage. W&L turned the ball over just twice for the remainder of the half, but shot only 8-for-30 (.267) from the floor in trailing 32-17 at the break. W&L scored the first two buckets of the second half, one each from forwards Katy Wilson and Rachel Warrick, to slice its deficit to 11-points at 32-21 with 18:37 to play.  However, the Eagles used a quick 6-0 burst to push back out to a 17-point advantage with 16:06 left. Bridgewater would maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the game as the Generals dropped their first contest against the Eagles in the last three meetings. For the game, W&L shot 33.9 percent (21-62) from the floor and just 1-for-11 (.091) from beyond the arc. They finished with 23 total turnovers.  Warrick led the way with 17 points, while Wilson contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Forward Wesleigh Vick added eight points and nine boards. Bridgewater shot 38.5 percent (25-65) from the field and 9-of-12 (.750) from the foul line. Guard Holly Morgan totaled 17 points and nine rebounds, and guard Jessica Mullen added 14 points. Center Katelynn Hottinger chipped in eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

W&L has had a hard time scoring the past four games. The Generals are shooting 28.6 percent from the field (61-213) and 14.2 percent from behind the arc (8-56). The Blue and White have been held under 50 points in four-straight games, including two games under 40 points. The last time a W&L team has not reached 50 points was during the beginning of last season when the Generals recorded four consecutive games with 49 points or less. To further this point, the last Generals team to recorded less than 40 points in two-of-three games was during the 2002-03 season.

Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick and sophomore guard Paige Corvino lead the team on the glass, combining for 177 rebounds (15.6 per game) this season. The duo combine for 33.3 percent of the team’s rebounds. Vick is ranked seventh in the ODAC with 8.0 rebounds per game, while Corvino is in 13th place, averaging 6.8 boards per outing. Over their careers, the duo have combined to record 10 10-plus rebound contests. Vick had a streak earlier this season where she recorded 10+ rebounds in three straight games. She almost continued the streak, but fell one rebound short in the loss to Lynchburg on January 15. The last time a W&L player recorded multiple 10+ rebound games was when forward Becca Bolton recorded five consecutive games during the 2011-12 season. Vick is now only four away from 100 rebounds this season.

Paige Corvino ranks 13th in the ODAC with 21 steals for an average of 1.8 per game, while Jackie Clifford sits in 13th place in the conference with 2.5 assists per game. As a team, the Blue and White ranks seventh in the ODAC with 40.8 rebounds per game, including ranking fourth in defensive rebounds per outing (27.9). The Blue and White is holding its opponents to 61.2 points per game, which is the fifth-best mark in the ODAC. To contrast this point, the Generals rank dead last in points per game (52.0) and steals per game (7.2).

The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The class makes up 54.2 percent of the points, 49.2 percent of the assists, 56.6 percent of the rebounds and an impressive 61.2 percent of the steals. These four combine to shoot 38.8 percent (139-358) from the field and 60.6 percent (71-117) from the charity stripe this season.

The Generals have 159 points off of turnovers this season, which is 12.2 points per game. That equates to 23.5 percent of the Generals’ scoring production. Of the 159 points scored by the Generals, 62 (38.9 percent) were the direct result of a steal.