GAME 6: W&L vs. Guilford
DATE: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington, Va.
TIME: 7:00 pm
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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 11-19.
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 226-286 (.441) overall record and have won one Old Dominion Athletic Conference title (2010).
LAST TIME OUT
W&L 67, Roanoke 63 • Lexington, Va. • 11/26/13
Sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks notched a career-high 29 points and recorded six steals as the Generals opened their conference schedule with a 67-63 victory over the Roanoke Maroons in women’s basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. Roanoke (2-4,0-2) seized control of the contest early in the first half with a 15-9 run in the first six minutes. W&L (2-3,1-1) fought back, taking the lead for the first time at the 10:32 mark (17-15) off a Katie Wildes’ jumper that was assisted by first-year guard Jackie Clifford. The Blue and White never let the lead slip in the first half, as it took a 29-26 edge going into the intermission. A Tatum McKee three-point basket at the start of the second half tied the game at 29-29, but a Hendricks triple sparked a 13-2 run that gave W&L a 42-31 lead with 15 minutes left to play. RC gradually chipped away at the Generals’ lead and sliced it to just two points (51-49) on a Hannah Ward old-fashioned three-point play at the 7:59 mark. That was as close as the Maroons would get as W&L closed out the final minute with four free throws from Hendricks to secure the 67-63 victory. W&L shot a season-best 46.6 percent (27-58) from the floor and held a 41-40 advantage on the glass. Hendricks shot 11-of-18 shooting from the floor and pulled in six rebounds. Wildes was the only other General in double-digits, recording her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while first-year forward Samantha Sharman was one point away from a double-double of her own. She finished the game with nine points and 10 rebounds. Roanoke shot 35.8 percent (24-67) from the field and was paced by senior guard Paxton Gwin, who tallied 12 points and six rebounds. McKee also recorded 12 points and had a team-high three steals. Kelsey Smith chipped in 10 points and six boards.
THE GUILFORD SERIES
W&L and Guilford will face off for the 39th meeting, with the Quakers holding a 28-11 lead in the all-time series. Last season, Guilford won the only contest between these two teams, earning its third consecutive victory over the Generals. W&L last defeated the Quakers, 57-54, in Greensboro on February 11, 2011.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE QUAKERS
Guilford 65, W&L 45 • Lexington, Va. • 2/1/13
Guilford went on a 16-0 run in the final 6:41 of the first half to turn a two-point deficit into a 14-point lead, and never looked back as the Quakers defeated Washington and Lee, 60-45, at the Warner Center. After W&L took a 20-18 lead off a three-pointer by guard Annie Gauf at the 7:12 mark, GC guard Brittany Drew tied the game at 20-20 with a layup at 6:41. Guard Lila Scott then hit back-to-back three pointers just 37 seconds apart to push the Quakers’ lead to six points (26-20) with 5:25 left to go. In the final 5:00, GC (5-2, 1-1) netted eight points with three different players scoring to take a 34-20 lead into intermission. Less than a minute into the second stanza, forward Katy Wilson ended the Generals’ scoring draught with a layup at 19:10 (34-22). However, the Quakers answered back with four consecutive baskets over the next 1:31 to stretch their lead to 20 (42-22) with 16:43 left on the clock. A layup by Wilson at 16:27 ignited a 12-3 run by W&L that included eight points by Wilson and allowed the Blue and White to pull within 11, 45-34, by the 12:21 mark. Two field goals in the next 46 seconds by center Morgan King brought GC’s lead back to 14 points (48-34). The Generals got no closer than 15 points the rest of the contest as the Quakers pulled away for their third-straight win over the Blue and White. For the game, Guilford limited W&L to just 32.8 percent (20-61) shooting from the field, while holding a 47-31 advantage in rebounds. Wilson led W&L, notching her first double-double of the season on a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Alena Hamrick recorded nine points, four rebounds and one block, and Gauf added seven points, four assists and two boards. Forward Gabby Oglesby led GC in scoring with 15 points, while guard Brittany Atwater paced the Quakers with five points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Scott also added eight points and forward Logan Hardin registered five points and four boards.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
The Guilford Quakers enter the game with a 4-1 overall record after defeating Averett, 95-57, last week. The Quakers shot 51.3 percent from the field (40-78) from the field, including an impressive 7-13 (58.3 percent) from behind the arc. Guilford forced Averett into 21 turnovers and collected 11 steals. On the season, senior forward Gabby Oglesby leads the team with 13.8 points and 1.8 blocks per contest. Senior center Morgan King and junior guard Brittany Drew also average double-digits, with King recording 12.8 points and Drew posting 11.8 points per game. King also pulls in a team-leading 9.2 rebounds, while Drew corrals a team-high 2.8 steals per game. Senior guard Keyla Adams does a little bit of everything, averaging 6.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
The core of the Generals consists of sophomores Paige Corvino, Shelbi Hendricks, Wesleigh Vick and Katie Wildes. The class makes up 58.4 percent of the points, 47.1 percent of the assists, 61.8 percent of the rebounds and an impressive 64.4 percent of the steals.
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.
Jackie Clifford and Shelbi Hendricks are tied for third in the ODAC with 12 steals for an average of 2.4 per game, while Corvino is ranked sixth with 11 steals (2.2 per game). Annie Gauf and Clifford sit 10th 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 15.6 turnovers per game, while also corralling 9.0 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the conference.
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS
Sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick and sophomore guard Paige Corvino lead the team on the glass, combining for 80 rebounds (16.0 per game) this season. Vick and Corvino are ranked in the Top 10 in the ODAC in rebounds per outing, with Vick in fourth place with 9.8 rebounds and Corvino in 10th place with 8.2 boards per game. Over their careers, the duo have combined to record six 10-plus rebound contests.
PILFERING THE PILL
Stealing the ball has become quite normal for W&L, as it is averaging 2.2 more steals per game than its opponents. First-year Jackie Clifford and sophomore forward Shelbi Hendricks are the biggest theft artists, collecting 12 steals apiece this season. Sophomore guard Paige Corvino is not far behind, corralling 11 steals on the year.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
The Generals have outscored their opposition, 81-66, off of turnovers this season. That’s 16.2 points per game, while its opponents record 13.0 per game. That equates to 27.7 percent of the Generals’ scoring production, compared to 21.0 percent of the scoring output for its opponents.
HENDRICKS NAMED ODAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hendricks 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 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.
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.