WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE
Game 26 (ODAC QF) W&L (11-14, 8-12) vs. No. 8 Randolph-Macon (22-2, 19-1) Salem, Va. February 23, 2006 12:30 pm
PROBABLE STARTERS: 2005-06 Stats
ON THE BENCH:
KING OF THE GENERALS:
LAST TIME OUT (2/19/05): Emory & Henry nailed 18-of-32 (.563) three-point attempts and held a 50-39 advantage on the boards in posting a 94-66 victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon in Emory, Va. The Generals held a slim 11-9 lead with 15:27 remaining in the first half, but the Wasps used a 26-8 run over the next 7:01 to assume a 35-19 lead with 8:26 left en route to a 52-31 lead at the break. Emory & Henry hit 10 of its 18 three-pointers in the first half and forced 23 W&L turnovers in the victory. W&L was paced by sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick, who tallied 20 points and a career-high seven steals. Freshman guard Bethany Ridenhour notched 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor, while junior center Jessica Hunsinger added 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Senior guard Louisa Feve chipped in 10 points as well.
W&L VS. RANDOLPH-MACON: ROUND ONE (12/3/05): The 10th-ranked Randolph-Macon women’s basketball team had four players score in double figures in defeating Washington and Lee, 68-58, at the Warner Center. The Yellow Jackets led 27-12 with 6:18 remaining in the first half, but the Generals went on a 17-4 run to pull within two points (31-29) with 55 seconds left in the half. R-MC went into halftime with a 34-29 edge after junior guard Salem Shaffer hit a three-pointer as the first half expired. In the second half, W&L again got within two points (41-39) on a jumper by sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick at the 14:29 mark, but the Yellow Jackets pushed their lead out to 11 points (57-46) with 5:29 remaining en route to the win. Krouchick finished with a team-high 18 points, a team-best four assists, and four rebounds. Junior center Jessica Hunsinger added 17 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five blocks, while sophomore guard Emily Wolff chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. R-MC was led by senior guard Megan Silva’s 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Michelle Orton notched 14 points and eight rebounds, while Shaffer finished with 11 points and six boards.
W&L VS. RANDOLPH-MACON: ROUND TWO (1/12/06): Senior guard Megan Silva tallied 29 points, 10 assists and six rebounds to lead 15th-ranked Randolph-Macon to a 91-70 win over Washington and Lee in Ashland, Va. W&L trailed by just three points (17-14) with 11:51 remaining in the first half, but a 14-3 Yellow Jacket run over the next 7:03 gave R-MC a 31-17 lead en route to a 51-35 advantage at the break. The Generals could not cut the lead to single digits in the second half. W&L was led by sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick, who scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Emily Wolff tied her career high with 12 points and grabbed five boards, while senior guard Louisa Feve chipped in nine points and six assists. Silva’s effort was aided by junior guard Salem Shaffer’s 18 points, nine assists and five steals. Senior forward Kristin Thompson added 12 points and five boards as R-MC shot 53.6 percent from the floor.
W&L’S LAST TOURNAMENT GAME (2/26/04): Forward Michelle Orton scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds to help lead top-seeded Randolph-Macon to an 87-73 win over eighth-seeded Washington and Lee in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament. The Generals trailed 7-2 with 17:32 remaining in the first half, but went on a 20-9 run over the next 7:33 to assume a 22-16 advantage at the 9:59 mark. The No. 5 Yellow Jackets retook the lead at 27-26 with 6:32 left and after W&L pulled to within one at 30-29, R-MC closed out the half on a 12-0 run to take a 42-29 lead into halftime. R-MC opened the second half on three-pointer by guard Salem Shaffer to take a 16-point lead (45-29). However, W&L went on a 17-4 spurt to pull within 49-46 at the 15:32 mark and then tied the game at 49-49 on a three-pointer by forward Hayley James at 15:02. The Yellow Jackets responded with a 14-2 run to take a 63-51 lead with 11:17 left and would maintain their double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. The Generals were 27-for-69 (.391) from the field and had 44 rebounds, including 19 offensive boards. R-MC was 34-for-70 (.486) from the floor and committed just 11 turnovers. W&L was led by forward Kristen Krouchick, who scored a team-high 24 points and notched four rebounds. Center Jessica Hunsinger tallied 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while guard Louisa Feve added 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Senior guard Bethany Dannelly dished out a season-tying high nine assists.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS: Randolph-Macon finished the regular season with a 22-2 overall record (19-1 ODAC) and is riding a 16-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets are currently ranked No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 in the NCAA Division III South Region. R-MC closed out the regular season with a 90-36 victory over Hollins on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 49-23 halftime lead and then held Hollins to just 13 points in the second half. The Yellow Jackets had five players score in double-figures led by senior forward Michelle Orton, who tallied game-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Amanda Hiltunen notched 15 points, while senior guard Megan Silva added 14 points and a game-high seven assists. Junior guard Salem Shaffer and freshman forward Lindsay Riesbeck finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Silva tops the team in scoring (22.7 ppg), assists (6.1 apg), steals (3.4 spg), made three-pointers (29) and free throw percentage (.827, 105-of-127). Orton leads the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg), blocks (25) and field goal percentage (.624, 151-of-242), while scoring 13.3 points per game. Shaffer contributes 11.0 points, 4.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per outing.
Guilford (0-1) Randolph-Macon (0-3) Emory & Henry (0-1)
ODAC LEADERS: Several players from W&L were ranked among the conference leaders at the conclusion of the regular season. Below is a list of those who were ranked in the Top-15:
Points per game: Jessica Hunsinger (15.1 ppg), 9th; Kristen Krouchick (14.5 ppg), 10th
As a team, the Generals also rank second in the conference in rebounding margin (+5.7 rpg) and blocked shots (4.12 bpg).
RECORD BREAKERS: A few of the players on this year’s squad have made their names a permanent part of the Washington and Lee women’s basketball record book. Below is a list of where some of the current players rank in school history.
Points in a career: Louisa Feve (1,289), 2nd; Jessica Hunsinger (1,099), 5th; Kristen Krouchick (673), 11th
W&L has also set or is closing in on several team records.
Points in a season: 1,635 - T 1st (1998-99)
CAROM COLLECTORS: W&L has been a force on the boards this season. The Generals are averaging 44.2 rebounds per game, including 16.1 offensive rebounds per contest, and their +5.7 rebounding margin ranks second in the ODAC (Randolph-Macon is first at +5.8). W&L has hauled in at least 51 rebounds in five games, including a school-record 64 boards in an 89-75 victory over Emory & Henry (1/24/06). Its’ 1,105 rebounds this season are a new school record. All five of the Generals’ starters are averaging at least 4.6 rebounds per game. They are junior center Jessica Hunsinger (10.1 rpg), freshman forward Kara Nadeau (5.4 rpg), sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick (5.3 rpg), sophomore guard Emily Wolff (4.9 rpg) and senior guard Louisa Feve (4.6 rpg). Hunsinger has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in 13 games, Krouchick and Wolff each have two games of at least 10 boards, while Nadeau and Feve both have one game with at least 10 rebounds.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Junior center Jessica Hunsinger is having another stellar season after earning Second Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-State accolades as a sophomore. She has started all 25 games and leads the team in scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounding (10.1 rpg), blocks (2.8 bpg) and double-doubles (12), while shooting 44 percent from the field. Hunsinger became just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point plateau when she tallied 21 points in a 78-70 win over Roanoke on Jan. 28, W&L’s first-ever win over the Maroons. She tied her career-high with 26 points and had a season-best 16 rebounds in a 75-58 loss to Roanoke to Roanoke on Jan. 10. Hunsinger ranks second all-time in blocks (165), third in rebounding (770) and fifth in scoring (1,099). Her 71 blocks this season are a new W&L records and her 2.8 blocks per game ranks 12th in the nation. She is also 45th in the nation in rebounding with 10.1 boards per contest.
SPECIAL K: Sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick is also having an outstanding campaign for W&L. She has started all 25 games and tops the team in field goal percentage (.491) and steals (2.2 spg), while averaging 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Krouchick had a career-high tying 26 points and seven rebounds in both a 77-69 loss at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1/15) and in an 89-75 win over Emory & Henry (1/24). She also recorded double-doubles with 18 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds in a 72-59 win over Lynchburg (2/5) and had 17 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds in a 63-56 loss at Guilford (2/15). She has scored in double figures in 22 of 25 games this season.
FEVE’S WORLD: Senior guard Louisa Feve has been a key component of the Generals’ offense. A two-time Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection, Feve has started 24 games and has notched 11.9 points, a team-best 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, while knocking down a team-high 26 three-pointers. She scored a career-high tying 25 points with five rebounds and five assists in an 86-84 overtime win over Southern Virginia (2/9). Feve also tallied 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a 78-70 win over Roanoke (1/28) and dished out a career-high nine assists in wins over Hollins (1/7) and Lynchburg (2/5). Feve ranks first in school history in made three-pointers (143) and is second in scoring (1,289 points), assists (361) and steals (187).
BY THE NUMBERS: The Generals have averaged 73.8 points per game in their 11 wins, but just 58.8 points per contest in their 14 losses. W&L is 6-1 this season when it scores at least 70 points, including 2-0 when it tops the 80-point plateau. The Generals have the edge over the opposition in field goal percentage (.405-.381), rebounding (44.2-38.5), assists (15.0-13.7) and blocks (4.1-3.1). However, the opposition holds the advantage in scoring (66.3-65.4), three-point percentage (.300-.256), free throw percentage (.667-.633), turnovers (18.5-21.5) and steals (11.0-10.0).
WHO’S IN?: Out of the 11 teams in the league, only eight qualified to participate in the conference tourney. Below is a breakdown of the tournament bracket and schedule. The tournament champion will receive the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Game #2: Thursday, February 23, 2:30 pm
Game #3: Thursday, February 23, 6:00 pm
Game #4: Thursday, February 23, 8:00 pm
Game #6: Friday, February 24, 3:00 pm
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