Game 3 W&L (1-1) at No. 24 Mary Washington (2-0)
Fredericksburg, Va. November 22, 2005 6:00 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 23-31 (.426). 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.
Deanna Applebury (UM-St. Louis ‘99) is in just her third season at the helm of Mary Washington and has posted a career record of 37-20. Last season, she led the Eagles to a 23-7 record, their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship and to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament where they fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Randolph-Macon.
The Generals are 2-4 all-time against Mary Washington. The two teams meet in the championship game of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday with the Eagles coming away with a 60-53 victory.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee dropped a 60-53 decision to the University of Mary Washington in the championship game of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles jumped out to a 9-3 lead at the 15:21 mark, but the Generals pulled to within one point at 14-13 on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Bethany Ridenhour with 9:58 left in the first half. However, UMW pushed its lead to as many as 12 points at 25-13 with 5:36 remaining before going into halftime with a 30-21 advantage. Following intermission, the Eagles extended their lead to 19 points at 46-27 with 10:43 remaining in the second half, but W&L responded with a 16-4 run over the next 4:38 to pull within seven points at 50-43. Freshman forward Kara Nadeau cut the deficit to 50-46 with 4:43 left when she connected on a three-point play, but that would be as close as the Generals would come for the rest of the game. Ridenhour finished with team-high 13 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Louisa Feve chipped in with 11 points and sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick tallied 10 points and seven boards. Junior center Jessica Hunsinger, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with six points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.
Washington and Lee returns to the court on Tue., Nov. 29 when it opens its home and conference schedule against Bridgewater. W&L split its two games against the Eagles last year with each team winning on the road. The Generals won 71-61 on Nov. 30, while Bridgewater won 64-61 on Jan. 18.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES:
Mary Washington is ranked 24th in the nation and is 2-0 on the season following victories over Trinity (Conn.) (66-38) and Washington and Lee (60-53) in the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament. Junior forward Debbie Bruen, who was named the tournament MVP, leads the Eagles in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). Freshman center Ashton Mitchell is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while sophomore center Liz Hickey is notching 10.5 points and a team-best 5.0 blocks per contest.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Junior center Jessica Hunsinger is off to a fast start this season. In the season-opening 67-60 win over Swarthmore in the opening round of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament, Hunsinger notched a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. She was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. Her points, rebounds, and blocks per game rank first on the team.
4 X 10:
In the 67-60 win over Swarthmore, the Generals had four players score in double figures for the first time since a 69-55 victory over Lynchburg on Feb. 6, 2005. The quartet of players were junior center Jessica Hunsinger (23 pts.), freshman forward Kara Nadeau (12 pts.), senior guard Louisa Feve (11 pts.), and sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick (10 pts.).
Senior guard Louisa Feve is off to a great start in her final campaign. She ranks among the team leaders in scoring (11.0 ppg), rebounding (3.5 rpg), assists (3.0 apg), and steals (2.5 spg). Feve is also 8-of-11 (.727) from the free throw line on the season and went 2-2 from three-point range in the victory over Swarthmore.
Freshman forward Kara Nadeau and freshman guard Bethany Ridenhour are making an immediate impact for the Generals. Nadeau is averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Ridenhour has recorded 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with three steals. Nadeau notched 12 points and six boards against Swarthmore and tallied seven points and seven caroms in the 60-53 loss to Mary Washington. Ridenhour scored a team-high 13 points with four rebounds against Mary Washington.
The Generals have been very strong in the rebounding department this season by averaging 46 boards per game, including 15.5 offensive rebounds per contest. W&L pulled down 48 rebounds against Swarthmore, the highest total since grabbing 51 caroms in a 71-55 win over Southern Virginia on Jan. 21, 2005. Five different players are averaging at least 3.5 rebounds per game. They are junior center Jessica Hunsinger (10.0 rpg), sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick (6.5 rpg), freshman forward Kara Nadeau (6.5 rpg), sophomore guard Emily Wolff (5.0 rpg), and senior guard Louisa Feve (3.5 rpg).
W&L is also averaging 10.5 steals per game, led by sophomore forward Kristen Krouchick’s six steals. Krouchick has three steals against Swarthmore and Mary Washington.
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 (1,025), 5th
Points in a career: Hunsinger (751), 9th
Career points per game: Hunsinger (13.9), 2nd
Career points per game: Feve (13.1), 3rd
Rebounds in a career: Hunsinger (538), 6th
Rebounds in a season: Hunsinger (280, 2003-04), 3rd
Blocks in a career: Hunsinger (97), 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 (147), 4th
Steals in a season: Feve (50, 2004-05), 5th
Three-pointers made in a career: Feve (119), 1st
Three-pointers made in a season: Feve (46, 2004-05), 1st
Assists in a career: Feve (252), 2nd
Assists in a season: Feve (101, 2004-05), 3rd
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