November 25, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Notes - Week 3

GAME 5: W&L vs. Roanoke
DATE: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
TIME: 7:00 pm

PDF version of notes here.

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 10-19.

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 225-286 (.440) overall record and have won     one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).

LAST TIME OUT
Methodist, 65, W&L, 53 • Fayetteville, N.C. • 11/23/13
Methodist College closed the first half with a 15-2 run in posting a 65-53 victory over Washington and Lee in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Riddle Center. The Generals (1-3) tied the game at 21-21 with 6:09 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Katie Wildes. Shortly thereafter, sophomore guard Kayla Pless drained a three-pointer to ignite the run that gave the Monarchs (2-1) a 36-23 lead at the break. W&L missed each of its last six shots from the floor and Methodist forced the Generals into five turnovers in the final 5:28 of the opening half. The Monarchs pushed out to a 17-point lead (47-30) on a jumper by first-year guard Maya Banks at the 10:55 mark of the second half, before an 8-0 run keyed by four points from Wildes cut it to a nine-point game (47-38) with 7:23 left in the contest. However, three straight points from senior guard Jackie Lyles, followed by four straight from first-year guard Jalisia Campbell pushed the MU advantage back to 16 points (54-38) with 5:31 remaining. W&L used a 7-0 run over the next 2:01 to pull within nine points (54-45) once again at the 3:30 mark, but could get no closer as the Monarchs held on for the 12-point win. Washington and Lee shot just 8-for-27 (.296) in the first half, but recovered to shoot 50.0 percent (10-20) in the second half to finish the game at 38.3 percent (18-47) from the floor. The Generals were also hindered by 51.7 percent (15-29) shooting from the foul line and 25 turnovers. First-year guard Jackie Clifford paced W&L with 11 points, five assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino added nine points and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds.  Wildes tied her career-high for scoring with nine points, and grabbed five boards. Methodist shot just 39.1 percent from the floor, but took 22 more shots than did the Generals (27-69). Lyles tallied a game-high 17 points, while Banks finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four steals.

THE ROANOKE SERIES
W&L and Roanoke will face off for the 39th meeting, with the Maroons holding a 31-7 lead in the all-time series. Last season, the two teams split the series. The Generals defeated the Maroons, 46-34, in Salem on November 15, while Roanoke took down W&L, 58-47, on January 22 at the Warner Center. In the last two seasons, the Blue and White has dropped just one contest to the Maroons. In those last four contests between the two teams, the Generals have outscored the Maroons, 232-208, while holding the Maroons to an average of 52.0 points per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE MAROONS
Roanoke 58, W&L 47 • Lexington, Va. • 1/22/13
Roanoke held Washington and Lee to just two points in the final 9:58 of the contest en route to a 58-47 win over the Generals in ODAC women's basketball action at the Warner Center. After taking a 45-44 lead at the 9:58 mark on a jumper by forward Rachel Warrick, the Generals went scoreless over the next 7:44, allowing the Maroons to take an 11-point lead (56-45) with 2:29 left on the clock. A layup by forward Shelbi Hendricks at 2:14 ended the drought, but guard Laurel Hankins sank two free throws for RC to reach the final score. RC scored 29 of its 58 points off of the Generals' 19 turnovers, but W&L kept its three-point defense in check by holding the Maroons to 2-for-16 (.125) from long range.  Warrick paced the Generals with 16 points and added six rebounds. Forward Katy Wilson registered six points, 11 boards, six assists and a pair of steals, and Hendricks tallied 10 points and four rebounds. The Maroons were led by Tatum McKee, who netted a game-high 17 points, while recording five rebounds and four steals. Hankins notched 14 points and seven boards, and guard Paxton Gwin collected 10 points and eight rebounds.

SCOUTING THE MAROONS
The Roanoke Maroons enter the game with a 2-3 overall record after falling to ODAC opponent Randolph-Macon (105-81) and Christopher Newport (74-70) last week. The Maroons shot just 31.3 percent from the field and 23.1 from behind the arc on the week. Roanoke also turned the ball over 30 times over the two contests, but also caused 30 turnovers and recorded 18 steals. On the season, senior guard Paxton Gwin leads the team with 17.8 points and 0.8 blocks per contest. Junior guard Tatum McKee and senior guard Laurel Hankins also average double-digits, with McKee recording 14.5 points and Hankins posting 10.8 points per game. McKee also pulls in a team-leading 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per outing, while Hankins dishes out 2.5 assists per game.

OUT OF THE GATES
First-year Jackie Clifford was the first rookie to score 15 or more points in a game during the first week of competition since Kristen Krouchick scored 19 in her career opener against Peace on November 23, 2004. Clifford notched 18 points in the second game of her career in the 65-52 win over Gallaudet on Sunday. Clifford was the 11th first-year in W&L history to notch 15 or more points in the first week. To improve on this statistic, her 18 points marked just the seventh time a first-year has posted 18 or more points in a game during the first week of competition.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The squad makes up 54.2 percent of the points, 44.8 percent of the assists and 64.5 percent of the steals.

SEEING DOUBLE
Hendricks' and 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.

ODAC LEADERS
Corvino ranks fifth in the ODAC with nine steals for an average of 2.2 per game, while Annie Gauf is ranked 10th in the conference with 3.0 assists per contest. As a team, the Blue and White rank fourth in the ODAC with 44.8 rebounds per game, including ranking fourth in defensive rebounds per outing (28.8). The Generals are also forcing 15.5 turnovers per game, while also corralling 6.5 steals per game, the second-best mark in the league.

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.

PILFERING THE PILL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L early on, as it is averaging almost two more steals per game than its opponents. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino and first-year Jackie Clifford are the biggest theft artists, collecting nine and eight steals this season, respectively.