SWARTHMORE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT
Game 1 W&L (0-0) vs. Swarthmore (0-0)
November 19, 2005 4:00 pm
Game 2 W&L (0-0) vs. Trinity (Conn.) (0-0)
or Mary Washington (0-0) November 20, 2005 2:00 or 4:00 pm
KING OF THE GENERALS:
Mandy King (Southern Maine ’98) is in her third season as head women’s basketball coach at W&L and has a career record of 22-30 (.423). Last season, King led the Generals to a four-game improvement from her initial campaign, tying a school record with 13 victories. Additionally, she guided two players to all-conference honors while leading W&L to the ODAC postseason tournament where the Generals fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Randolph-Macon. King’s first season resulted in a six-game improvement over the previous season and also 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. Dean’na Mitchelson (Virginia ’02) is in her second season as assistant women’s basketball coach at W&L. Prior to her arrival, Mitchelson served as head women’s basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School during the 2003-04 season. Mitchelson captained the women’s basketball team at the University of Virginia where she was a four-year letterwinner.
LAST TIME OUT:
The last time W&L was on the hardwood, the eighth-seeded Generals lost 87-73 to top-seeded and eventual NCAA runner-up Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinals of the 2005 ODAC Tournament. The Generals held a 22-16 advantage at the 9:59 mark, but the 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 lead 45-29 early in the second half, but W&L went on a 20-4 spurt to tie the game at 49-49 with 15:02 left. However, the Yellow Jackets went on a 14-2 run to take a 63-51 advantage en route to the win. The Generals were led by forward Kristen Krouchick, who scored a career-high 24 points with four rebounds. Center Jessica Hunsinger tallied 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while guard Louisa Feve notched 11 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds.
The Generals are 0-1 all-time against Swarthmore, 2-3 all-time against Mary Washington, and have never faced Trinity (Conn.).
Washington and Lee returns to the court on Tue., Nov. 22 at Mary Washington for a 6:00 pm contest. In their last meeting with the Eagles, the Generals won 55-50 on Jan. 19, 2004 at the Warner Center.
SCOUTING THE GARNET:
Swarthmore returns three starters and its top two scorers from last season’s 16-11 squad. The leading scorers are senior forward Radiance Walters (10.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Karen Berk (9.2 ppg). Walters also grabbed a team-best 9.2 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE BANTAMS:
Trinity (Conn.) finished 9-14 in 2004-05 and returns four starters this season, including three of its top four scorers. They are junior forward Leigh Melanson (11.2 ppg), junior forward Sarah Cox (10.0 ppg), and junior guard Catherine Maher (9.7 ppg). Cox also led the Bantams in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and steals (38).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES:
Mary Washington posted a 23-7 record last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament before falling to evenutal NCAA runner-up Randolph-Macon, 89-76. The Eagles return their top two scorers in junior forward Debbie Bruen (13.6 ppg) and senior guard Jenn Olinger (8.0 ppg).
LAST MEETING WITH SWARTHMORE (11/25/01):
In its only other meeting with the Garnet, W&L lost 64-49 in the consolation game of the McWilliams Classic at Washington University. Forward Jessica Mentz ‘02 tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds, while center Megan Babst ‘02 added 17 points and 12 boards.
RETURNING TO THE COURT:
Washington and Lee returns seven players and four starters from last year’s 13-13 overall (9-11 ODAC) squad. The 13 wins tied the school record which was also set during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 campaigns. Leading the way is senior guard and captain Louisa Feve, who became only the fifth player in school history to top the 1,000 point plateau (1,003 pts). Last year, she averaged 13.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. The three other returning starters are junior center Jessica Hunsinger and sophomore forwards Kristen Krouchick and Amanda Kane. Hunsinger led the team in rebounding (9.2 rpg) and blocks (1.7 bpg), while her 13.6 points per game ranked second on the team. Her 94 career blocks rank second all-time. Krouchick had a stellar rookie campaign as she led the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.510). She also chipped in with 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Kane notched 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.
Along with returning four starters, the Generals also bring back three players who saw playing time last season. The trio includes junior guard Sarah Otey, sophomore forward Hayley James, and sophomore guard Emily Wolff. Otey was injured for a good portion of the season, but has made a full recovery from off-season surgery and will provide a spark off the W&L bench this year. James, who missed the first nine games due to injury, became one of the Generals’ top players off the pine by averaging 3.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She also shot 35 percent from three-point range. Wolff, who will begin the season as W&L’s starting point guard, averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game last year.
Third-year head coach Mandy King added quality talent and depth to her team as she brought in seven new players, including five freshmen and two seniors who are members of W&L’s five-time defending ODAC champion volleyball team. The quintet of freshmen are guards Bethany Ridenhour and Casidhe Horan and forwards Kara Nadeau, Ashley Wohler, and Jamila Seaton. The pair of seniors are forward Christine Gladysz and center Taylor Gibson.
In the Generals’ first eight games of the 2005-06 season, four will be played at road/neutral sites and four will be played within the confines of the Warner Center. Last year, W&L went 9-4 at home, but just 4-9 at road/neutral sites. The Generals open the season on the road at the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament and at Mary Washington before playing their next three games at home.
Senior guard Louisa Feve and junior center Jessica Hunsinger have made themselves a permanent part of the W&L record book. Below is a list of where Feve and Hunsinger rank in school history.
Points in a career: Feve (1,003), 5th
Points in a career: Hunsinger (722), 10th
Career points per game: Hunsinger (13.9), 2nd
Career points per game: Feve (13.2), 3rd
Rebounds in a career: Hunsinger (518), 6th
Rebounds in a season: Hunsinger (280, 2003-04), 3rd
Blocks in a career: Hunsinger (94), 2nd
Blocks in a season: Hunsinger (51, 2003-04), 4th
Hunsinger (43, 2004-05), 5th
Blocks in a game: Hunsinger (8, vs. E&H, 12/3/03), 1st
Steals in a career: Feve (142), 5th
Steals in a season: Feve (50, 2004-05), 5th
Three-pointers made in a career: Feve (117), 1st
Three-pointers made in a season: Feve (46, 2004-05), 1st
Assists in a career: Feve (246), 2nd
Assists in a season: Feve (101, 2004-05), 3rd
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