BRANDEIS TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT
Game 1 W&L (0-0) vs. Mount Holyoke (0-0)
November 19, 2004 8:00 pm
Game 2 W&L (0-0) vs. Russell Sage (0-0)
or Brandeis (0-0) November 20, 2004 1:00 or 3:00 pm
COMMANDING THE GENERALS:
Mandy King (Southern Maine 98) is in her second season as head
women's basketball coach at W&L. She posted a 9-17 in her first
year at the helm and has a career record of 9-17. King's first season
resulted in a six-game improvement over the previous campaign and
included a bid to the ODAC Postseason Tournament. Under her direction,
two players earned All-ODAC honors and another finished second in
the balloting for the conference rookie of the year award. King came
to W&L after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach
at Bloomsburg University for two seasons. 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. Deanna
Mitchelson (Virginia 02) is in her first season as assistant
womens basketball coach at W&L. Prior to her arrival, Mitchelson
served as head womens basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High
School during the 2003-04 season. Mitchelson captained the womens
basketball team at the University of Virginia where she was a four-year
Washington and Lee has never met any of the three possible opponents
at this weekends tournament.
LAST TIME OUT:
The last time W&L took the court, the eighth-seeded Generals fell
64-61 to top-seeded Eastern Mennonite in the quarterfinals of the
2004 ODAC Tournament. Senior forward Sarah Michaels recorded a double-double
with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Center Jessica Hunsinger also notched
a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds while blocking
Washington and Lee opens its home schedule on Tuesday when it hosts
Peace College at 7:00 p.m. The Generals lost to the Pacers, 62-43,
in their 2003-04 season- opener.
SCOUTING THE LYONS:
Mount Holyoke returns 10 players and all five starters from last seasons
20-8 team. The Lyons return their Top 4 scorers, who all averaged
at least 10 points per game, including senior guard Sarah Belding
(13.5 ppg) and junior center Jonee Billy (12.3 ppg). Billy also pulled
down a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE GATORS:
Russell Sage finished the 2003-04 season with a 3-18 record but return
its top two scorers in senior guards Jamie Desso (15.1 ppg) and Connie
Kaidas (11.2 ppg).
SCOUTING THE JUDGES:
After concluding the 2003-04 campaign with a 22-5 record, Brandeis
enters this season as the No. 22 ranked team in the preseason Division
III womens basketball poll. Despite the loss of All-American
Danielle Fitzpatrick, the Judges still have sophomore forward Caitlin
Malcolm (11.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and junior forward Christine Clancy (10.3
ppg, 7.1 rpg) returning to the court.
RETURNING TO THE COURT:
Washington and Lee returns five letterwinners and four starters back
from last seasons team. Leading the way are the Generals
co-captains, senior guard Bethany Dannelly and junior guard Louisa
Feve. Dannelly controls the offense with her ball-handling and passing
skills. She is W&Ls all-time assist leader with 323 and
her 87 assists last season topped the team. She was also second with
43 steals. Feve was a factor on both ends of the court where she averaged
13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and led the team with 49 steals.
The three other returners are senior forward Emily Barker, sophomore
center Jessica Hunsinger, and sophomore guard Sarah Otey. Barker,
the starting goalkeeper on W&Ls soccer team, averaged 3.7
points and 3.2 rebounds per game last year. Hunsinger was a dominant
post presence as she finished second on the team with 14.2 points
per game and led the ODAC with 10.2 rebounds per game. Otey is a versatile
player who had a positive impact on both the offensive (8.2 ppg) and
defensive (32 steals) ends of the court.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Sophomore center Jessica Hunsinger made her presence known on the
court during her freshman campaign at W&L by averaging a double-double
with 14.2 points and an ODAC-best 10.8 rebounds per game. She also
led the team with 51 blocks, which was the second-highest single season
total in school history. Hunsinger scored a career-high 26 points
in 79-61 loss to Randolph-Macon and pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds
to go along with 14 points in a 70-49 win over Southern Virginia.
She also set a school record with eight blocks in a 60-55 win over
Emory & Henry.
The Generals will play five of their first six games away from the
Warner Center, including a season-opening road trip to Massachusetts
where they will play in the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament. Last season,
W&L was 7-5 at home but just 2-12 at road/neutral sites.
Second-year head coach Mandy King hit the recruiting trail hard in
the off-season as she brought in eight freshmen this season. Guards
Emily Wolff, Kristen Krouchick, Kat Michaels, and Jenna Thorne and
forwards Amanda Kane, Dargan McMaster, Hayley James, and Georgia Gilroy
will all see playing time this season and add depth, quickness, and
power to the Generals roster.
MAGIC NUMBER PART I:
Washington and Lee must keep the number 60 in mind when it steps out
onto the basketball court this season. In 2003-04, the Generals were
9-3 when they held their opponent to 60 points or less but were 0-14
when the opposition scored at least 61 points.
MAGIC NUMBER PART II:
The Generals went 6-1 when they held their opponents to 55 points
or less. The one loss was a 54-53 setback at Bridgewater.
Last season, guards Bethany Dannelly and Louisa Feve became the first
pair of Generals in program history to each dish out at least 80 assists
in a season. Dannelly led the team with 87 while Feve had 81. Dannelly
holds the single-season (152) and career-records (323) for assists
at Washington and Lee.
For the sixth consecutive season, the Generals will open the season
by playing in a tournament. They went 2-8 in the previous five tournaments.
This will be W&Ls second trip to Massachusetts to play in
a season-opening tournament. In 1999-2000, it played in the Wellesley
Invitational where it went 1-1, including a 60-49 win over Randolph-Macon
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