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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 22• W&L (8-13, 5-11) vs. Lynchburg (11-10, 7-9) •Tues., Feb. 10 • 7:00 p.m. • Lexington, Va.
Game 23• W&L (8-13, 5-11) at Randolph-Macon (13-7, 11-4) • Fri., Feb. 13 • 7:00 p.m. • Ashland, Va.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2003-04 Stats
#10 Sarah Otey, Fr., G, 5-6 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
#12 Louisa Feve, So., G, 5-8 13.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Jr., G, 5-5 5.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg
#32 Jessica Hunsinger, Fr., F, 6-0 13.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg
#44 Sarah Michaels, Sr., F, 5-8 14.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.9 apg

ON THE BENCH:

#22 Emily Barker, Jr., F, 5-11 3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
#42 Peggy Altman, Jr., G, 5-7 0.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg
#34 Ashley Brown, So., G, 5-2 2.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg
#20 Amy Volkmann, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
#30 Sarah Williamson, So., G, 5-5 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

COMMANDING THE GENERALS:
Mandy King (Southern Maine ‘98) is in her first season as head women's basketball coach at W&L. King came to W&L after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach at Bloomsburg University for two seasons. She also was a graduate assistant coach at the College of New Jersey for two seasons following graduation from the University of Southern Maine where she earned a bachelor of science in sports medicine in 1999. During her time at Bloomsburg, King helped the Huskies achieve a 36-17 overall record and two berths to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament. The 2001-02 squad finished the season 21-6 overall and was ranked as high as second nationally in Division II. As assistant coach, King served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for on-court coaching, scouting and game preparation. This season marks Erin Shaw's (Southern Maine ‘02) first as an assistant women's basketball coach at W&L. Shaw, a 2002 graduate of Southern Maine, comes to Lexington after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach at her alma mater last season. Amy Forbes (Salisbury ‘01) enters her second season as an assistant for the Generals. Forbes is also the assistant women’s soccer coach, and helped W&L win its second-straight ODAC title this season, and advance to the NCAA South Region Championship.

OPPOSING COACHES:
Richie Waggoner (Roanoke ‘92) enters his fifth season as the head coach at Lynchburg. He led the Hornets to their best-ever season last year with an overall mark of 16-10 and entered the season with a 45-55 career mark with Lynchburg. Waggoner is assisted by Lauren Hedden and Brian Puckett. Carroll LaHaye is in her 22nd season at the helm of Randolph-Macon’s defending ODAC Championship women’s basketball program. LaHaye was named the Virginia State Coach of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and entered the season with a 304-239 (.560) overall record. She is assisted by Ana Litton.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
W&L is meeting Lynchburg for the 20th time, with the Hornets controlling the all-time series, 11-8. The Generals are squaring off with Randolph-Macon for the 22nd time, trailing the Yellow Jackets, 17-4, in the all-time series.

LAST TIME OUT:
Playing without starting guards Bethany Dannelly and Sarah Otey due to injuries, Washington and Lee was defeated by Guilford, 69-38, on Friday evening in Greensboro, N.C. The Generals hung tough through the first half of play, trailing by just seven points (30-23) at the break. However, a 12-2 Quaker run early in the second half put the game away. W&L shot just 26.0 percent for the game and committed 23 turnovers. Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger led the Generals with game-highs in points (14) and rebounds (14). Senior forward Sarah Michaels contributed 12 points.

UP NEXT WEEK:
The Generals wrap up the regular season next week, hosting Bridgewater on Feb. 18, and Guilford on Feb. 22.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS:
Lynchburg enters the week 11-10 overall and 7-9 in the ODAC following an 81-73 win at Hood on Sunday. Freshman forward Caroline Wesley scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as the Hornets extended their winning streak to five games. Senior guard Abby Pyzik scored 15 points while junior guard Shannon Newton and freshman forward Caroline Cubbage added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Lynchburg connected on 32-of-71 (45.1%) from the field, 6-of-14 (42.9%) from three-point range and 11-of-20 (55.0%) from the free-throw line. For the season, Pyzik leads the team with 13.6 points per game and Wesley leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per outing, while ranking second with 11.6 points per game. The Hornets are shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 64.1 percent from the charity stripe.

LAST MEETING WITH LYNCHBURG:
Lynchburg recovered from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat W&L, 70-61, on Jan. 17. After enjoying a 35-25 lead at the half, the Generals suffered a 14-4 run by the Hornets that tied the contest, 39-39, with 13:19 remaining in the game. The score remained close over the next 10 minutes as each team regained the lead twice and the score was locked up four times. At 3:19 Lynchburg guard Shannon Newton drilled her second three-pointer of the day to raise the score to 55-52 and give the Hornets the final lead of the game. Lynchburg outscored the Generals, 18-9, in the final minutes to record the win. Sophomore guard Louisa Feve led W&L with a game-high 22 points, while junior guard Bethany Dannelly grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and rounded the Generals’ double-digit scorers with 10 points. Caroline Wesley led three Hornets in double-figures with 18 points, while Abby Pyzik combined 17 points with a game-high 13 rebounds for the game’s only double-double. Shannon Newton also reached double-digits with 16 points on the afternoon.

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS:

Randolph-Macon enters the week with a 13-7 overall record and an 11-4 mark in the ODAC. Sophomore guard Megan Silva leads both R-MC and the ODAC with 19.0 points per game while junior forward Emily Crider ranked second on the team in both points (15.0) and rebounds (7.5) per game. Sophomore center Michelle Orton rounds out the Yellow Jackets’ double digit scorers with 12.3 points per game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per outing. On the season, R-MC is shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 67.4 percent from the charity stripe.

LAST MEETING WITH RANDOLPH-MACON:

Four Yellow Jackets scored in double-figures as Randolph-Macon defeated Washington and Lee, 82-68, on Jan. 9, at the Warner Center. The Yellow Jackets connected on 21-of-38 (55.3%) from the field on their way to a 46-36 halftime lead, and extended that lead in the second half to finish the day 32-for-65 (49.2%) from the field. For the game, the Generals shot 23-for-65 (35.4%) from the field and 17-for-27 (63.0%) from the foul line. Freshman Sarah Otey led W&L with a career-high 20 points, while freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger and sophomore guard Louisa Feve each contributed a double-double. Hunsinger scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, while Feve scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Michelle Orton led Randolph-Macon with 18 points, while sophomore guard Megan Silva scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Junior center Emily Crider and freshman forward Ashlee Henshaw rounded out the Yellow Jackets double-digit scorers with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

UNFORTUNATE STREAK:

The Generals’ current six-game losing skid marks W&L’s longest winless streak since it dropped seven-straight to end the 2002-03 season.

WINNING AT THE HALF MEANS WINNING:

In seven of their eight victories this season, the Generals have led the game at halftime. Across the last four years, W&L has a 28-4 record in games it leads at the halftime break. In addition, in their last 48 appearances, the Generals are 2-21 in games they trail at halftime.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:

Senior forward Sarah Michaels, sophomore guard Louisa Feve, freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger and freshman guard Sarah Otey have combined for 22 double-doubles this season.

SHOOTING .500:

Washington and Lee hasn’t shot 50 percent from the field since the Generals connected on 28-of-54 (.518) in a 73-65 loss vs. Emory & Henry on February 12, 2002. All told, W&L has recorded only six 50 percent shooting performances in its last 81 contests.

RAISING ARIZONA:

Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger came to Lexington from Mayer, Ariz., and has made an immediate impact in the paint. Hunsinger has scored in double-figures in 18 of the Generals’ 21 games and grabbed double-digits in rebounds 13 times. She leads the Generals with 12 double-doubles and currently leads W&L and the ODAC with 11.3 rebounds per game.

SCORING AVERAGE:

Across the last five season (120 games) the Generals are averaging 26.4 points in the first half and 30.7 points in the second half for 57.1 points per game. W&L’s opponents are averaging 27.4 points in the first half and 32.5 points in the second half for 59.9 points per game.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES:

In wins, the Generals are averaging 62.4 points, 36.7 percent from the field (177-482), 24.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc (27-110) and 68.2 percent from the foul line (118-173). By comparison, in losses the Lexington squad averages 56.3 points, 34.3 percent from the field (265-772), 25.8 percent from three-point range (56-217) and 67.6 percent from the charity stripe (146-216). In addition, the Generals are winning with an average point margin of 10.4, while losing by an average of 11.6 points.

PUT HER ON THE FOUL LINE:

Junior guard Bethany Dannelly has been stellar for the Generals on the charity stripe. Ranked second on the team after hitting 74.2 percent (49-66) from the free throw line , she enters tonight’s game having made 16 straight. On the season, she has been perfect from the line eight times and since returning to the court after New Year’s, Dannelly has drained 38-of-43 (88.4%) looks from the foul line.




 


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